Science News & Announcements

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

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

new NIHMS home page preview

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

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

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


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

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

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
More info:
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.
Information on Assistive Listening Device

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”.
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

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.