Science News & Announcements

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.

Contact: John Crerar Library
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Tag: Lectures, Training
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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:

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 ( 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 ‘’ 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  

Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room”.
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For those who cannot use this call-back feature, the dial-in information is:
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Pass-Code: 745907

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

Introduction to Data Visualization, Nov 5, 1-3 PM

Simon Jacobs, Research Programmer, Research Computing Center

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 1:00–3:00 p.m. | Kathleen A. Zar Room, John Crerar Library

Data visualization techniques allow researchers to display their data in ways that help to communicate research results in a visually appealing manner. With the large amounts of data that are now being collected or generated, researchers’ needs quickly outgrow what is provided by Excel or Graphviz. This workshop will discuss basic principles of data visualization as applied to D3, a commonly-used Javascript framework for data visualization. In a hands-on session, participants will build several sample visualizations for an example dataset.

Prerequisites: Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop to participate in the hands-on session. Familiarity with HTML and Javascript will be helpful, but not required.

Register here.

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.



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

For more information visit the Mind Bytes web site.

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
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: .

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.