Science News & Announcements

New EndNote collaboration feature: Library Sharing

Endnote imageStop emailing EndNote libraries!  EndNote now makes it possible to share your library with up to 14 collaborators–including references, PDFs, and annotations–and everyone can use the library at the same time.  There is no library size limit and unlimited cloud storage.  Collaborators need to be EndNote X7 users, but are not restricted to members of the same organization.  Library sharing relies EndNote’s sync feature, so be sure to set up your EndNote online account. 

Questions?  Ask a Librarian or sign up for a workshop.

Deb Werner recognized as Rising Star by the Medical Library Association

Deb Werner, Librarian for Science Instruction and Outreach, has been recognized as a 2014-2015 Rising Star by the Medical Library Association (MLA). The MLA Rising Star Program, now in its fourth year, is a one-year leadership development program designed to identify emerging leaders within its members of health sciences librarians and provide leadership opportunities. Those selected to participate are paired with experienced mentors who guide the mentee through the design and implementation of a project.

Deb’s project is to create and disseminate a Public Policy Toolkit for MLA members. The Toolkit will be a roadmap that members may use to 1) understand the public policy issues important to the health sciences library profession, 2) learn the various ways to become involved in advocacy, and 3) appreciate the effects of advocacy on the health sciences library community.

Deb has been paired with four mentors: the co-chairs of the Joint MLA/AAHSL Legislative Task Force, the chair of MLA’s Government Relations Committee, and MLA’s Director of Information Issues and Policy. Respectively, they are: Linné Girouard, Hospital Librarian and Director, Professional Education Center, Houston Methodist Hospital; Cynthia L. Henderson, Executive Director, Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library, Howard University; Linda Hasman, Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Liaison Services Librarian, Edward G. Miner Library, University of Rochester; and Mary M. Langman, Director, Information Issues and Policy, Medical Library Association.

They have already begun work, attending the Joint MLA/AAHSL Legislative Task Force annual meeting in Washington D.C. in June and making congressional visits on Capitol Hill. At the Task Force meeting, members discussed legislative priorities, met with government relations colleagues from the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and spoke with the Betsy Humphreys, Deputy Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). On the following day, Task Force members and their ‘Rising Star’ went to Capitol Hill to meet with congressional staff to discuss issues related MLA’s legislative priorities, such as the importance of NIH funding and the role of the NLM in disseminating health information.

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RCC Mind Bytes: Research Computing Expo and Symposium, Oct. 28, 12:30-5:30

For more information visit the Mind Bytes web site.

https://mindbytes.uchicago.edu/

NCBI webinar: Getting to Know the E-utilities: The Entrez Programming Interface

Learn to use the public API for the NCBI Entrez system in this free, upcoming webinar:

Date: Wed., October 15, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6052412748665434625
Description: This presentation will introduce you to the Entrez Programming Utilities (E-utilities), the public API for the NCBI Entrez system that includes 40 databases such as PubMed, PMC, Gene, Genome, GEO and dbSNP. The E-utilities are a set of eight server-side programs that allow you to integrate the search, download and linking functions of Entrez into your applications. After covering the basic functions and URL syntax of the E-utilities, we will then demonstrate these functions using Entrez Direct, a set of UNIX command line programs that allow you to incorporate E-utility calls easily into simple shell scripts.

If you can’t attend the webinar, watch an a brief introduction to E-utilities on NCBI’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCG-M5k-gvE .

Introduction to the Research Computing Center, Oct. 8, 1-3 pm

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 1:00–3:00 p.m. | Kathleen A. Zar Room, John Crerar Library

H. Birali Runesha, Associate Vice President for Research Computing; Director, Research Computing Center 

The Research Computing Center (RCC) is a centralized service that provides high-end computing and visualization resources to researchers at the University. This presentation will discuss RCC services and provide information on how to get computing and storage resources on RCC’s computing infrastructure. A hands-on component will begin by creating accounts on Midway, the RCC’s high-performance computer, through which attendees will be able to compile code, submit jobs using the SLURM batch scheduler, explore the software module system, and learn about rcchelp, a custom online documentation system.

Prerequisites: Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop to participate in the hands-on session.

Register here.

‘Particle Fever’ screening and discussion on Aug. 26 to feature film’s star scientist

particle-fever“Particle Fever,” the new, award-winning documentary that follows six scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider—the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet—will be shown at the University of Chicago’s Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26. One of the scientists who stars in the film, Nima Arkani-Hamed, as well as physicists from UChicago and Fermilab, will participate in a discussion following the screening.

See more and RSVP for this free screening.  

“Using the New NCBI Variation Viewer to Explore Human Genetic Variation” webinar August 13th

NCBI will offer the webinar “Using the New NCBI Variation Viewer to Explore Human Genetic Variation” on Wed., Aug. 13, from 12:00 – 1:00pm  CDT.  Learn how to find human sequence variants by chromosome position, gene, disease names and more.  Additional details at the NCBI news site.

Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2762824590748330498

New printing service coming to libraries and residence halls in August

07/31/14 update: The transition to the new printing service has been rescheduled to begin the week of August 11. See below for further information.

In early August, a new printing service will be rolled out to campus libraries and residence halls. The service will introduce upgraded equipment for printing, copying, scanning, and faxing, as well as a new and improved software interface for web-based printing.  Microform scanners will also be upgraded as part of the new service, and an overhead scanner for bound materials will be added at the Joseph Regenstein Library.

Starting Friday, August 1, users will no longer be able to use the current web printing service or to add value to their cards using the current web revalue service.  Printing from library computers and from personal computers with print drivers installed will continue to work throughout the transition.  Current copy card machines will still allow users to add value to their current cards using cash only.  The Library encourages users to avoid adding value to current cards or purchasing new copy cards until after the new printing service is in place.

Starting the week of August 11, the new equipment will be installed and the new web service will be launched at printing.uchicago.edu.  There may be brief periods in the week of August 11 when printing services are unavailable at a specific location while the old equipment is removed and the new equipment installed.

The cost of printing, copying, scanning, and faxing using the multifunction devices will remain the same as the 2013-14 prices for these services. Scanning at microform scanners and the new overhead scanner will cost the same as scanning at the multifunction devices: 2 cents per page.

Users who currently have an outstanding balance on their UChicago Card or recently issued library card will have the balance transferred to the new system automatically.  Users with older library cards or copy cards will need to ask for assistance in manually transferring any outstanding balance on their old card to a new card.

We appreciate your patience as the work to move to the new system is completed.  For more information about the upcoming changes, see printing.uchicago.edu.

“BLAST in the Cloud” webinar July 30th

NCBI will offer the webinar “BLAST in the Cloud” on Wed., July 30, from 2:00 – 3:30pm  CDT.  Since late June, web and standalone BLAST have been available on Amazon Web Services (AWS).  This webinar will show you how to log on to AWS and deploy the NCBI-BLAST Amazon Machine Image (AMI).  Prior knowledge of using web and standalone BLAST is required.

Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8126572163773355778.

Hanging sculpture Crystara temporarily removed from Crerar Library atrium

Image of Crystara

Surrounded by scaffolding, workers prepare to lower Crystara from the Crerar Library atrium.

For the next several weeks, visitors to Crerar may find that the main lobby feels a little emptier than usual. For the past 30 years, visitors to Crerar have walked under Crystara, a 30’ long aluminum and Waterford crystal sculpture by artist John David Mooney. Suspended above users as they made their way to the bookstacks and other library resources, the sculpture was designed to refract the sunlight coming in through the atrium skylight, changing the look of the entire lobby as the sun moved across the sky. Now, in order to repair the roof and replace the glass in the skylight, Crystara has been temporarily taken down.

Over four days, from July 7 to 10, workers lowered, disassembled, and moved the sculpture to the east side of the first floor. Work on the roof is scheduled to be finished mid-September, at which point the workers will return and the sculpture will be returned to the atrium. In the process, the new glass in the skylight should make Crystara gleam like new and help to fulfill the artist’s intention in a way viewers haven’t seen for years. 

After the break, see a slideshow featuring more pictures from the entire process.

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