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NCBI Discovery Workshop at UC Berkeley

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) staff will give a Discovery Workshop at UC Berkeley on June 6-7, 2011. The Workshop will consist of four intensive 2.5-hour hands-on training sessions, each emphasizing a different set of NCBI resources. Participants will also be able to set up individual consultations with NCBI staff.

The sessions will focus on NCBI resources related to the following topics:

Sequences, genomes and maps (Monday June 6, 9:00 am - 11:30 am)
Proteins, domains and structures (Monday June 6, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm)
NCBI BLAST services (Tuesday June 7, 9:00 am - 11:30 am)
Human variation and disease genes (Tuesday June 7, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm)

Participants may attend all or any combination of these sessions.

This is a great opportunity to explore these powerful tools under the guidance of expert NCBI staff. Those interested in attending are encouraged to sign up early, as researchers from throughout the region are expressing interest in the workshops and space will be limited.

To register, go to Registrants should receive a confirmation e-mail within a week.

The sessions will be held in a large auditorium with wireless Internet access. They are intended to be hands-on sessions, so participants should plan on bringing a laptop computer. Participants will be notified of the location. For more information about the sessions, please see

Mar 11, 2011 | Categories: Events and Workshops | msholinb

AtoZ Maps Online Now Available at UCB

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The UCB Library has subscribed to a new map and GIS data database, AtoZMapsOnline. This resource provides more than 145,000 maps and also includes links to GIS data and commercial and free GIS software.

AtoZMapsOnline's diverse holdings make it a valuable resource for students of all disciplines. The database includes outline maps, political maps, physical maps, thematic maps, climate change maps, environment maps, historic maps, hurricane maps, earthquake maps, volcano maps, fire maps, animal and plant species distribution maps, current event maps, geology maps, topographic maps, and weather maps. These maps are presented in pdf files which are easily incorporated into presentations, papers, or easily translated into vector lines using graphics software.

Download and use the maps in any way you wish! This includes use for print and electronic reports, so long as the maps are not resold. AtoZMapsOnline can be found on the Public Health Library's Public Health GIS Resources web page.

Originally posted on the Earth Sciences and Maps news blog.

Mar 07, 2011 | Categories: New Resources | msholinb

No Health Without Research: World Health Report for 2012

"In times of financial crisis and competing priorities, it is even more important that evidence and science informs health policy and decision making." Thus states Tikki Pang, Director, Research Policy & Cooperation, World Health Organization. WHO's forthcoming 2012 World Health Report will be the first to discuss the impact of health research. The hope is to provide a practical "A to Z Guide for Investing in Health Research."

WHO and the Public Library of Science (PLoS) have launched an initiative to encourage researchers to complement and substantiate the key messages in World Health Report 2012 by creating a special WHO/PLoS Collection. Researchers are invited to submit papers for the collection; see details at the PLoS Collections site.

Background information is on Tikki Pang's blog post on PLoS' Speaking of Medicine blog and WHO's World Health report site.

Mar 07, 2011 | Categories: News, Scholarly Communication | msholinb

Thinking about donating to the library?

The Public Health Library welcomes gifts of all sizes. During this difficult economic climate, every dollar is greatly appreciated. Giving is much easier with our new web page, Giving to the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library; you can even make a donation online.

If you have any questions, or would like to direct your donation to a specific endeavor, please contact:

Debbie Jan,

Head Librarian

Feb 14, 2011 | Categories: News | msholinb

Public Health Law Webinar: Affordable Care Act provisions

The first in a monthly series of free webinars addressing public health law topics will discuss the public health provisions in the Affordable Care Act. The webinar, which will be held Thursday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. PST, will feature a discussion of the population health provisions of the health reform law that have not received adequate public attention.

Future webinars will be held on the third Thursday of each month starting at 1 p.m. EST. The Public Health Law Association is hosting this month's webinar, in conjunction with partners. E-mail Lori Fietz at by Feb. 22 to register.

Feb 10, 2011 | Categories: Events and Workshops | msholinb

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