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Cushing Center featured in Atlas Obscura

18 May 2015 - 5:20pm -- Andy Hickner

On May 30, the Cushing Center will be one of the destinations for Obscura Day.  Obscura Day will include "more than 150 events in 39 states and 25 countries, all on a single day, and all designed to celebrate the world's most curious and awe-inspiring places."  Other Obscura Day destinations will include the ghost towns of Chernobyl, Mayan ruins in Mexico, and Pasadena's Bunny Museum, to name just a few.

A recent article published by Atlas Obscura features some newly digitized images from the Cushing Tumor Registry: 

http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/cushing-tumor-registry-cushing-whitney-medical-library

2013-2014 Annual Report now online

7 May 2015 - 1:23pm -- Andy Hickner

(by John Gallagher, Interim Director)

On behalf of the staff of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, I’m honored to present this year’s Annual Report. Whether supporting the clinical, research, or educational goals of users, the Library seeks to be an essential and valued research partner.

This report highlights a wide range of activities and accomplishments, including:

  • The diverse roles librarians have played in the clinical setting
  • A 10% increase in the University’s overall compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy, thanks in part to Library support
  • The acquisition or licensing of new resources and collections
  • Librarian assistance with videos for the new Yale School of Medicine (YSM) flipped curriculum
  • A systematic review service supporting the publication of many articles, several of which listed librarians as coauthors
  • The Library’s formal designation as a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre
  • Delivery of Library services, resources, and expertise to Yale School of Nursing (YSN)’s new home on West Campus
  • Facility upgrades in study spaces provided by the Library
  • Record use of the Library’s world-class historical collections in classes, exhibits, and research
  • The addition of Finn, a therapy dog, who visited the Library most Fridays

And more!

All of us at the Medical Library share a deep sense of pride in this year’s accomplishments, and it is with optimism and enthusiasm that we look forward to supporting and serving our users in the coming year.

In memory of Lynn Sette

4 May 2015 - 9:31am -- Andy Hickner

Lynn Sette

Sadly, after a long illness, Lynn Sette passed away peacefully last week. Lynn was beloved by so many here at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, as a truly kind and considerate friend and colleague. 

Lynn first joined the Medical Library as an Acquisitions Assistant in 1979. She earned her Masters in Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University in 1983, and truly loved being a reference librarian since then.  She was very passionate about her work, and served as a library liaison to the Departments of Pediatrics and Dermatology, as well as a personal librarian for medical students. Among her proudest accomplishments was her collaboration with staff at the New Haven Free Public Library to create a consumer health information resource and collection there to serve the health information needs of New Haven residents. For many years Lynn also volunteered weekly at Yale New Haven Hospital’s Newborn Special Care Unit, work that was extremely close to her heart. 

Please join the Library in extending our most heartfelt condolences to Lynn’s family. 

New edition of Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine

22 April 2015 - 5:44pm -- Mark Gentry

harrisons coverThe 19th edition of the world's best-selling medical text, Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, is now available from the Medical Library in both print and online.  The complete ebook may be accessed through the AccessMedicine platform.  The ebook includes a number of chapters not found in the print edition.  Expanded content also includes videos and enhanced illustrations.  Here's the direct link to Harrison's Online.

The two volume print edition is shelved in the Information Room's 3 Day Reserve section with the call number designation of Med RC46 .H27 2015.

 

 

 

Discovering the Beauty of Science: Call for Entries

17 April 2015 - 9:51am -- Rolando Garcia-Milian

Scientists may not consider themselves artists, however, there are times when science and research experiments lead to incredibly beautiful visual results. We invite Yale biomedical researchers (undergrads, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, associate researchers, etc.) at Yale to “Discover the Beauty of Science” by submitting up to two images per individual. Share with us the visual results of your work where science crosses over to art.  Your images will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel of artists, scientists and members of medical community and selected for an YSM exhibition.

Contest Deadline
Tuesday - June 30th, 2015 – 11:59 pm
Winners will be notified
Friday - July 31st, 2015

Awards
Awards will be given to 3 - 1st Honors and 1 - Viewer’s choice and consist of 1 TB USB 3.0 M3 Portable External Hard Drive
The images will also be posted online and a print exhibition will be on display in the foyer outside the Medical School Library Fall 2015

Eligibility
Yale affiliates including, students, postdocs, faculty, assistants, physicians, etc. working in scientific and biomedical research.

Rules of Submission
1.    Individuals may submit up to 2 images.
2.    There is no contest fee.
3.    The submitter must have been involved in the generation of the images and must obtain permission for its use in this contest from any colleagues who also participated. Acknowledgement of collaborators can be credited in the written description.
4.    Images must be submitted electronically USING THIS FORM 
5.    In awarding of prizes, images will be judged on esthetics, originality, and composition.
 

If you have questions or need help, contact Rolando Garcia Milian or Terry Dagradi

BIOBASE TRAINING WORKSHOP

16 April 2015 - 2:18pm -- Rolando Garcia-Milian

Sponsored by the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

Date & Time:    9:00am - 12:30pm, Friday, June 5, 2015
Location:    The Anlyan Center Auditorium (N 107), 300 Cedar Street New Haven, CT 06520
Campus:    Medical School
Presenter:    Dr. Alex Kaplun, Field Applications Scientist, BIOBASE
Registration:    Free and open to Yale affiliates – limited seating- REGISTER HERE

 
PROTEOME™’s powerful ontology search query system, with specialized tools for gene set analysis and pathway visualization, allows scientists to quickly find answers to questions relevant to their research. It works seamlessly with TRANSFAC®, an internationally unique knowledgebase containing data on eukaryotic transcription factors and miRNAs, their experimentally-proven binding sites, and regulated genes, which supports research into gene regulation. Based on TRANSFAC®'s broad compilation of binding sites, positional weight matrices are derived which can be used with the included Match tool to search DNA sequences for predicted transcription factor binding sites. TRANSFAC enables you to identify transcription factors affecting gene expression in your microarray and RNA-Seq experiments, as well as predict how they, in combination, can induce observed gene expression patterns.

In the PROTEOME™ section, the attendees will learn to:
1.    Search for individual gene, disease, and drug reports by name.
2.    Browse for sets of genes, diseases, and drugs which share a desired set of characteristics.
3.    Upload a list of genes and identify those characteristics which are statistically over-represented (NEW)
4.    Export annotated characteristics for a gene list.
5.    Visualize protein-protein networks, overlaid with disease and drug assignments
6.    Annotate custom sequences.

Network visualization using the BKL Pathfinder tool.

In the TRANSFAC section, the attendees will learn to:
1.    Search for individual transcription factors and miRNAs, their experimentally-characterized binding sites and regulated genes, and ChIP experiments.
2.    Create positional weight matrices of transcription factor binding sites using set of aligned experiment-derived sites.
3.    Predict transcription factor binding sites (single sites or combinations) within a promoter or DNA sequence.
4.    Analyze high-throughput data sets for models of transcription factor binding (NEW).
5.    Perform statistical analysis of your differential expression data to determine which transcription factors are responsible for the observed effect (NEW).
6.    Perform step-by-step comprehensive microarray and ChIP-seq data analysis in easy-to-use, guided workflows (NEW).

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