The science of snowstorms

Although the snowfall from winter storm Juno has not quite measured up to the predictions of a dangerous and historic snowstorm made this past weekend, the storm has had a heavy impact on New England, causing flooding, power outages, and dumping up to 30 inches of snow on parts of the region. The National Weather Service’s predictions prompted swift action from public officials and an avalanche of media coverage across the nation (including a map from the Smithsonian allowing viewers to track the storm through social media).

According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), forecasting snowfall is a difficult science. This observation from the NSIDC seems to resonate strongly with the spotty snowfall observed during winter storm Juno:

“In addition, snow does not fall evenly everywhere. Even during the same storm, one neighborhood may receive deep snow, while an adjacent neighborhood may only receive a light dusting. At the local scale, variations in snow depth are caused primarily by wind during and after the storm, and by melting after the storm. At the larger scale, say across an entire state, it also depends on the storm track. Places in the middle of the storm track may receive significant snowfall, while locations along the edges of the storm may receive much less.”


 

Interested in keeping warm, snuggling up indoors, and reading about weather and climatology? The John Crerar Library offers a multitude of resources that will allow you to explore the storm from a safe distance:

In Print

Online

Other Online Resources

PubAg: new search engine for published USDA research

National Agricultural Library“The National Agricultural Library (NAL) has unveiled PubAg, a user-friendly search engine that gives the public enhanced access to research published by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists. NAL is part of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS).

PubAg, which can be found at PubAg.nal.usda.gov, is a new portal for literature searches and full-text access of more than 40,000 scientific journal articles by USDA researchers, mostly from 1997 to 2014. New articles by USDA researchers will be added almost daily, and older articles may be added if possible. There is no access fee for PubAg.”

Text from the USDA Agricultural Research Service.

The Science Writing Prize for College Students accepting submissions for 2015

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The annual John Crerar Foundation Science Writing Prize for College Students honors the memory of John Crerar – industrialist and philanthropist whose estate established the John Crerar Library.

This competitive award for excellence and clarity in science writing acknowledges the ability of a University of Chicago College student to produce a paper, on a scientific topic, which is thorough in its arguments but accessible to a broad readership.

Students will submit a 2,500-3,000 word essay on a topic in science, medicine and/or technology. Essays should describe how the topic is relevant to the student’s studies and describe the topic’s impact on society today and into the future. Submissions must be scientifically and technically accurate, make reference to the relevant literature, and be accessible to a readership with a general knowledge of science. We encourage and welcome submissions from all perspectives.

  • First Prize is $1500
  • Second Prize is $500
  • Deadline for submission is: APRIL 20, 2015

     

Click here for more details and competition guidelines.

 

Email questions to crerar-prize@lib.uchicago.edu.

 

 

 

 

New Library Director and University Librarian arrives on campus

Brenda Johnson

Brenda Johnson

Dear University of Chicago Faculty, Students and Staff,

As I begin my second week on campus, I would like to say how very happy I am to have arrived at the University of Chicago. The warm welcome I have received from so many of you in the last few days has made me feel immediately at home.

The University of Chicago’s status as one of the world’s premier academic and research institutions and its Library’s role in fueling intellectual inquiry and a transformative education are well known internationally. As the year unfolds, I look forward to learning much more about your work; about the ways you rely on the Library to support your research, teaching and study; and about the ways you see your needs evolving as you break new scholarly ground or advance in your education.

It will be my great pleasure to meet many more of you and to discuss these matters with you in the coming months.

With warm regards,

Brenda L. Johnson
Library Director and University Librarian
The University of Chicago Library

Save the date: 4th Biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium, May 1, 2015

CrerarGuide09_arch_color2Save the date for the 4th Biennial Kathleen A. Zar Symposium, “The Changing Ecosystem of Scholarly Communication,” held on Friday, May 1, 2015 at the John Crerar Library. 

Scholarly communication in the sciences is in a state of rapid evolution.  In addition to conventional journal and book publishing, scientists have many modes of consumption and dissemination of research: videos, interactive charts, linked data, blogs, social media, visualizations, and more.  The metrics system has also had to adapt, as impacts are now measured far more extensively than by citations alone, including downloads, bookmarks, blog posts, Tweets, and mainstream news coverage.  Technology is a big driver of change, but so too is a dynamic funding landscape, with mandates for wider public sharing of research. Researchers, librarians, and publishers all benefit from field guides to this novel ecosystem.  The 2015 Zar Symposium will explore this new information ecosystem and its impacts on those who inhabit it.

Information about previous symposia is available at http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/crerar/zar/.

Introduction to EndNote Online Version: workshop

When: Monday, January 12, 2015 12:001:00 p.m.
Where: Crerar Library, Computer Classroom
5730 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL
Description: EndNote offers an online version of its popular citation manager that is available to the University of Chicago community freely through the Library. The online version offers the key features of the popular EndNote software, but with added enhancements of cloud storage, syncing, and the ability to easily share and collaborate. Come to this workshop and see if EndNote’s online version works for you.
Contact: John Crerar Library
773-702-7715
More info: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.cfm?course_id=1339
Tag: Workshops, Training, Graduate Students, Staff
Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance. For events on the Student Events Calendar, please contact ORCSA at (773) 702-8787.
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Lecture: Dynamic Execution for Exascale Computing – Thomas Sterling, Jan 14

thomassterling-mw2015Friday, January 15, 2015, 3:00-4:30 PM Lecture
Dynamic Execution for Exascale Computing
Thomas Sterling
Professor, Informatics and Computing, Indiana University | CREST, Executive Associate Director, Chief Scientist
Kathleen A. Zar Room, John Crerar Library

The challenge of achieving useful exascale computing will demand innovations in computer architecture, parallel programming models, and system software. This presentation will describe the areas where advances are anticipated and the concepts behind them. It will provide examples from experimental systems demonstrating early results that support these approaches. The talk will include current findings from the recently developed HPX-5 runtime system and the new XPI asynchronous programming interface.

Speaker biography: 

Dr. Thomas Sterling holds the position of Professor of Informatics and Computing at the Indiana University (IU) School of Informatics and Computing as well as serves as Chief Scientist and Executive Associate Director of the Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies (CREST). Since receiving his Ph.D from MIT in 1984 as a Hertz Fellow Dr. Sterling has engaged in applied research in fields associated with parallel computing system structures, semantics, and operation in industry, government labs, and academia. Dr. Sterling is best known as the “father of Beowulf” for his pioneering research in commodity/Linux cluster computing. He was awarded the Gordon Bell Prize in 1997 with his collaborators for this work. He was the PI of the HTMT Project sponsored by NSF, DARPA, NSA, and NASA to explore advanced technologies and their implication for high-end system architectures. Other research projects included the DARPA DIVA PIM architecture project with USC-ISI, the Cray Cascade Petaflops architecture project sponsored by the DARPA HPCS Program, and the Gilgamesh high-density computing project at NASA JPL. Thomas Sterling is currently engaged in research associated with the innovative ParalleX execution model for extreme scale computing to establish the foundation principles to guide the co-design for the development of future generation Exascale computing systems by the end of this decade. ParalleX is currently the conceptual centerpiece of the XPRESS project as part of the DOE X-stack program and has been demonstrated in proof-of-concept in the HPX runtime system software. Dr. Sterling is the co-author of six books and holds six patents. He was the recipient of the 2013 Vanguard Award. In 2014, he was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

*Refreshments will be served*

 For more information contact RCC at info@rcc.uchicago.edu or 773-795-2667

Introduction to Endnote (Desktop Version), Wednesday, Jan.14, 12-1 PM

Endnote imageLocation: Crerar Library Computer Classroom.

Learn how to use the bibliographic software EndNote.  Topics covered include creating and managing libraries, importing references from online databases, importing and managing PDFs and creating formatted bibliographies and citations in Microsoft Word. Registration is required.  Register for this section.

Exhibits Coal Swamp Fossils: The Robert Springfield Fossil Collection – new web exhibit

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A branch of Calamites sp. that shows multiple spore producing cones of a sphenopsid.

A web version is now available of the current Crerar Library exhibit: Coal Swamp Fossils: The Robert Springfield Fossil Collection.  The physical exhibition, consisting of 16 fossils, is on view in the Crerar Library’s First Floor Reading Room for the 2014-2015 academic year.  It was curated by Benjamin Rhind, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools high school senior.

Exhibit Description: This collection of fossils was collected by Robert Springfield in mines in southern Tennessee and northern Alabama.  They contain many fossils from the Carboniferous Period, ranging from 330,000,000 -300,000,000 BCE.  The period was defined by the large deposits of coal beds that it left behind.  This massive amount of coal was because of the development of bark bearing trees and the fact that a lower sea level during this age left behind large lowland, swampy forests.  Plant life during the period was diverse, and although this collection of fossils contains several different genera and species, they all fit into one of three categories: sphenopsids, lycopods and pteridosperms.

The University of Chicago Library is grateful to the Springfield family for their gift of fossil specimens, which brings unique materials to the Library’s collections.  The Robert Springfield Fossil Collection is on loan from the Library’s Special Collections Research Center.

 

Best of science and medicine in 2014

Here’s a look back on some of the best and most read of science and medicine in 2014:

Medicine

imedapps’ Best Medical Apps Released in 2014

Cleveland Clinic’s Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2014

Hercules A galaxy

Hercules A galaxy (Photograph by X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO, Optical: NASA/STScI, Radio: NSF/NRAO/VLA)

Docphin’s Top 50 Most Viewed Medical Journal Articles in 2014

Read by QxMD’s Top 50 Articles from 2014

 

Science

Science’s Breakthrough of the Year 2014

Nature’s 2014: The Year in Science

Wired’s The Craziest Sci-Fi Fantasies That Got Closer to Reality This Year

Science Friday’s The Best of 2014

National Geographic’s Nature Photo of the Year

National Geographic’s Best Space Pictures of 2014

Something’s Brewing web exhibit launched

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Drawing of beer barrels in storage.

Something’s Brewing. The Art, Science and Technology of Beer Brewing 

(an online exhibit)

There is more to brewing than barley and hops. Beverages have been brewed from beans, oatmeal, honey, molasses, rye, wheat, old bread, and even whole chickens. Ancient Egyptians, medieval monks, and Chicago city founders have all practiced the art of brewing.

The Crerar Library exhibit, Something’s Brewing: The Art, Science and Technology of Brewing, was originally shown January 8 – March 31, 2007 and explored the development of brewing, from the ancient Sumerians’ rice-based beverages to the rise and fall of the Chicago brewing industry.  The Library is pleased to present a web version of the exhibit, including links to original works in digital online libraries where available.  

This exhibit was curated by Andrea Twiss-Brooks and Debra Werner.  The images and text were adapted for the web exhibit by Jennifer Hart and Andrea Twiss-Brooks.

NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system getting a new look

In January 2015, a redesign of the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system will be launched.  The redesign includes a new interface, streamlined log in and manuscript submission processes, and screen-specific help information.  Additional details about the new interface are at http://www.nihms.nih.gov/NIHMS_Announcement.pdf.

More information about the NIH Public Access Policy is available on Crerar’s NIH Public Access Policy Guide.

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Preview of the new NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) home page.

Alert Fall quarter loans to quarterly borrowers automatically extended to April 3

Items checked out by current quarterly borrowers with privileges in good standing and due January 9 will be automatically renewed by the Library for winter quarter. As of December 18, all such items will have a new due date of April 3, 2015. No action by borrowers is necessary.

The automatic renewal is being performed because the functionality to manually renew items is temporarily unavailable in the Catalog. The Library is working to restore this functionality as soon as possible.

Users may view a list of all items out, including current due dates, via My Account.

For assistance, please contact Circulation online or visit a Library circulation desk.

Library winter interim hours, Dec. 13 – Jan. 4

Beginning Saturday, December 13, the Library will have reduced building hours at all of its locations for the winter interim. Normal hours resume Monday, January 5.

All Locations
December 25: Closed
January 1: Closed

Crerar Library
Sunday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Exceptions: December 24 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Jan. 4 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. 

D’Angelo Law Library Circulation
D’Angelo Law will be open with restricted access its regular hours through Dec. 16 for the Law School exam period. Interim hours take effect starting Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday Closed
Exceptions: Dec. 24 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Dec. 31 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; Jan. 4 noon – 9:00 p.m. 

Eckhart Library
Monday – noon – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday Closed
Exceptions: Dec. 24 noon – 3:00 p.m. 

Mansueto Library
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Exceptions: Dec. 24 8:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.; Jan. 4 10:00 a.m. – 12:45 a.m.

Regenstein Library
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Exceptions: Dec. 24 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Jan. 4 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.

Regenstein All-Night Study
Closed until January 6

SSA Library
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday Closed
Exceptions: Dec. 24 9:00 a.m. – noon; Dec. 26 Closed; Jan. 2 Closed

For a complete list of hours for all locations and departments, see hours.lib.uchicago.edu.

What are Altmetrics? An Introduction

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Altmetrics infographic from the Altmetric bookmarklet tool

Most scientists are familiar with a cited reference search (looking for articles that include a previously written article as a reference or citation) and with journal impact factor (a measure of how many citations in the literature are to articles from a particular journal). What may be less familiar to researchers is the concept of altmetrics. Altmetrics may be defined as “non-traditional metrics proposed as an alternative to more traditional citation impact metrics, such as impact factor.”[1] In the context of scientific publishing, altmetrics most often are applied as article level metrics, and measure the impact of an article by how many mentions appear in social media (Twitter, Reddit, Facebook, blogs, etc.) or in the news media, how often the article is viewed or downloaded, or how many times it is saved (bookmarked or included in a site like Mendeley[2]). Altmetrics are one way of measuring the immediate impact of an article since the more traditional citations take some time to appear in the published literature. There is currently considerable discussion about the value of altmetrics, and some controversy about their use in evaluating research, but there has been a growing interest on the part of funders and publishers.   BioMedCentral,[3] Nature Publishing Group[4] and Elsevier[5] have integrated article level metrics into their websites, and some funders have begun to show interest in altmetrics as a way to demonstrate impact of funded research.[6]

There are a number of sites (some commercial ventures) that calculate altmetrics in various ways, including ImpactStory, Altmetric.com, Plum Analytics, and CitedIn. If you want to explore altmetrics for yourself, you can install a free bookmarklet from Altmetric.com to get an altmetric infographic and data on any article.

 If you want to read even more about altmetrics, here are few articles that provide additional details and discussion:

Altmetrics: A 21st-Century Solution to Determining Research Quality - Stacey Konkiel

Keeping Up With… Altmetrics – Chin Roemer and Rachel Borchardt.

NISO Vets Research on Altmetrics – POSTED BY Judy Luther, Jul. 10, 2014 on The Scholarly Kitchen blog

Altmetrics: A Manifesto – Jason Priem, Dario Taraborelli, Paul Groth, Cameron Neylon

 

Inspec has been cancelled

The Library has made the decision to cancel Inspec due to significantly low use and budget constraints.  Inspec will no longer be available starting January 1, 2015.

Inspec is a database that is produced by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and provides access to research literature in physics, electrical engineering and electronics, computers and control, information technology for business, and mechanical and production engineering. 

Although we avoid cancelling resources and titles whenever possible, we must make this decision on occasion.  One of our considerations when cancelling a resource is whether or not other resources are available that provide a similar service and meet the needs of faculty, students and staff.  In this case, the coverage of journals and other titles in Inspec is comparable to what is found in SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS) and Compendex.  For those not familiar with ADS and Compendex, ADS covers astronomy and physics and Compendex covers engineering and the applied physical sciences.

 If you use Inspec on a regular occasion, and you find that ADS and/or Compendex do not meet your specific need, please contact Barbara Kern at 773-702-8717 or by email at bkern@uchicago.edu.

Lecture and exhibition on the four humors in Shakespeare – Dec. 11 @ 4pm

STC 19511 copy 1, page 126There is an upcoming medical history exhibition and opening lecture to be held at Northwestern University’s downtown medical campus which is open to the University of Chicago community.

“And there’s the humor of it”: Shakespeare and the four humors

This is an exhibition developed and produced by the Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine and the Folger Shakespeare Library

Catherine F. Belling, PhD, Associate Professor in Medical Education – Medical Humanities and Bioethics, Northwestern University, will deliver a talk entitled:

Bleeding is Good for You! Humoral Physiology and Therapeutic Violence in Shakespeare

When: Thursday, December 11th, 2014, 4:00 to 5:00 pm

Where: Galter Health Sciences Library (303 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL)

The exhibit runs through January 2, 2015.

For further information, contact:
Galter Health Sciences Library
312-503-8133
galter-admin@northwestern.edu

Visualization of High-Dimensional Data and the Paper of the Future – lecture on Dec. 9 @ 2 pm

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Alyssa Goodman is Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University, and a Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution. Goodman’s research and teaching interests span astronomy, data visualization, and online systems for research and education. Goodman received her undergraduate degree in Physics from MIT in 1984 and a Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard in 1989. She became full professor at Harvard in 1999, and was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2009. Goodman recently served as Chair of the Astronomy Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and on the National Academy’s Board on Research Data and Information, and she currently serves on the both the IAU and AAS Working Groups on Astroinformatics and Astrostatistics. Goodman’s personal research presently focuses primarily on new ways to visualize and analyze the tremendous data volumes created by large and/or diverse astronomical surveys, like COMPLETE. She is working closely with colleagues at Microsoft Research, helping to expand the use of the WorldWide Telescope program, in both research and in education.

When: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Where: Crerar Library, Kathleen A. Zar Room
5730 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL

This event is part of the Research Computing Center’s annual Speaker Series,
Show and Tell: Visualizing the Life of the Mind

Contact: Research Computing Center
773-795-2667

Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance.

Extended Library hours December 5 – 7

To support students preparing for finals, Crerar, Mansueto and Regenstein will extend weekend building hours during reading period and finals week.

Mansueto will be open Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6 until 12:45 a.m. Crerar and Regenstein will be open these days until 1:00 a.m.

The Regenstein 1st floor all-night study space will be open 24 hours until the end of finals on Friday, December 12.

For a full list of library hours, see http://hours.lib.uchicago.edu.

Crerar Library hosting webinar, “Beyond the Search II: Data Management for Systematic Reviews”

When: Wednesday, December 3, 2014 1:002:30 a.m.
Where: Kathleen Zar Room, Crerar Library
5730 South Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL
Description: This webinar will provide an overview of resources and strategies for managing the data produced during the systematic review process. Special attention will be given to systematic review software, management of the citation results, the appraisal process, and strategies for overcoming complications and challenges that tend to arise when data are shared inter-departmentally or cross-institutionally.

The primary audience is medical librarians, but the session will provide valuable information for anyone handling the data management of a systematic review.

This is a free event and will be live-streamed in the Crerar Library’s Kathleen Zar Room. Light refreshments will be served.

The sponsorship of this webcast site has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under Contract No. HHSN-276-2011-00005C with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Register: https://qtrial2014az1.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5tYiYAyowKq22CV
Contact: John Crerar Library
773-702-7715
More info: https://www.mlanet.org/professional-development-education-online-learning/beyond-search-ii-data-management-systematic
Tag: Lectures, Training
Notes: Persons with disabilities who need an accommodation in order to participate in this event should contact the event sponsor for assistance. For events on the Student Events Calendar, please contact ORCSA at (773) 702-8787.
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MD Consult has been retired

MD Consult has been retired by its producer, Elsevier.  We are currently working to get access to as much of the ebook content as possible.  Ebook access will continue on a different platform soon. 

We already have the ejournal content on the ScienceDirect platform.

For any questions or suggestions for alternative titles please email Ricardo Andrade: andrader@uchicago.edu

Comets in the news and at Crerar Library

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Picture of comet on November 4th. Credit: NASA.gov

Today Rosetta’s Philae probe is making the first-ever landing on a comet when it touches down on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.  Interested in reading more about comets?  Crerar has a number of volumes on the topic, both in print and online.  Most of our print volumes are in the QA721 call number area.  Or interested in further research in astronomy?  The Library also offers a  guide to research in astronomy

 

Below are some volumes from the collection.

Introduction to Comets by John  C. Brandt.  Cambridge University Press 2004.  Location: Crerar 3rd floor bookstacks: QB721 .B798 2004.

Comets: Nature, Dynamics, Origin and their Cosmogonical Relevance by Julio Angel Fernandes.  Springer (2005).  Full text online or in print in Crerar 3rd floor bookstacks: QB721.F47 2005

Great Comets by Robert Burnham.  Cambridge University Press (2000).  Location: Crerar 3rd floor bookstacks QB721 .B79 2000

Hunting and Imaging Comets by Martin Mobberley.  Springer (2011).  Full text online.

 

 

 

 

Endnote Workshop (Webinar), Tuesday, Nov. 11, 5:30-6:30 PM

Learn about the desktop citation management software, EndNote. In this webinar, you will learn to how to use EndNote, including how to create and manage libraries, import references from online databases, and create formatted bibliographies and citations in Microsoft Word. Registration is required at: https://training.uchicago.edu/course_detail.cfm?course_id=320

Exhibits Coal Swamp Fossils: The Robert Springfield Fossil Collection

 Calamites sp.

A branch of Calamites sp. that shows multiple spore producing cones of a sphenopsid.

An exhibit of 16 coal swamp fossils is now on display in the Crerar Library’s first floor Reading Room. 

Curated by Benjamin Rhind, high school senior at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, the exhibit of Sphenopsid and Lycopod specimens is drawn from The Robert Springfield Fossil Collection and is on view for the 2014-2015 academic year.

We are grateful to the Springfield family for their gift of fossil specimens, which brings unique materials to the Library’s collections.  The Robert Springfield Fossil Collection is on loan from the Library’s Special Collections Research Center.

HealthMap: Using Online, Real-time Surveillance to Identify Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks (webinar)

DATE:  Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 12:30 PM CST  

TOPIC:  HealthMap: Using Online, Real-time Surveillance to Identify Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Long before the 2014 Ebola outbreak was a topic on every front page and in every news outlet, HealthMap (http://healthmap.org/ebola) detected a trend showing a “mystery hemorrhagic fever” spreading in a small area in West Africa. Shortly afterwards, the World Health Organization announced the Ebola epidemic.  Developed in 2006, HealthMap delivers real-time intelligence on a broad range of emerging infectious diseases for a diverse audience including libraries, local health departments, governments, and international travelers. This tool brings together disparate data sources, including online news aggregators, eyewitness reports, expert-curated discussions and validated official reports, to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health. HealthMap is a freely available as a Web site ‘healthmap.org’ and through the mobile app ‘Outbreaks Near Me’.

PRESENTER:  John Brownstein, Ph.D., co-founder of HealthMap, is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and directs the Computational Epidemiology Group at the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program in Boston. He has been at the forefront of the development and application of public health surveillance. HealthMap is in use by over a million people a year including the CDC, WHO, DHS, DOD, HHS, and EU. Dr. Brownstein has advised the World Health Organization, Institute of Medicine, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the White House on real-time public health surveillance.

LOGIN:  To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, November 13, click on https://webmeeting.nih.gov/disinfo  

Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room”.
A box should pop up asking for your phone number.
Enter your phone number and the system will call you.
For those who cannot use this call-back feature, the dial-in information is:
Dial-In:  1-888-757-2790
Pass-Code: 745907

SPONSOR:  National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Specialists Program