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VisualDx access at CWML!

11 May 2018 - 12:33pm by Lindsay Barnett

VisualDx is now available through the library!  Thanks to all of you who reached out to share your feedback about the cancellation of this resource a year ago.  After months of conversation with VisualDx, we were able to negotiate terms more amenable to the library's budget and expectations.   We have restored access to VisualDx, and you can begin using the resource immediately.  Please let Lindsay Barnett or your departmental liaison know if you have any questions!

Free 30-Day Trial to Aquifer Addiction

4 April 2018 - 9:08am by Lindsay Barnett

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is hosting a free 30 day trial to Aquifer Addiction (formerly CARE), and we would love your input!  If you are interested in exploring this product, please contact Lindsay Barnett who will create a trial account for you.  Please note that the trial is not available to students. 

About Aquifer Addiction:

Used in medical schools around the world, the Aquifer Addiction (CARE) online curriculum prepares medical students to identify, intervene and address substance use disorders.  The lack of formal education surrounding substance use disorders and addiction has left many practicing physicians and healthcare professionals inadequately prepared to assess, intervene, manage, and treat patients.

Key Features:

  • Twelve modules incorporate case studies, which provide an interactive platform for clinical consideration, and videos featuring today's leading experts in addiction covering key topics.
  • Created for educators, by educators, in conjunction with the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the Treatment Research Institute.
  • Proven pedagogy that standardizes experiences - overcoming geography, seasonality, and accessibility.
  • Evidence-based, peer-reviewed, and continuously updated content.
  • Self-assessment questions at the end of the course emphasize key content and enable students to test their knowledge and skills.
  • A wealth of source material, tools, and full references in each case.
  • Delivered via the Aqueduct learning management system, which includes user management options, easy reporting on student progress and course usage, plus tools for creating custom courses to match a specific curriculum.
  • Available for individual or institutional subscribers for students or as continuing education. 

The trial runs through May 2nd. 

Let us know what you think!  Contact Lindsay Barnett with feedback.

Census Panel Discussion: Recap and Additional Resources

20 March 2018 - 1:14pm by Lindsay Barnett

Update: On Monday, March 26th, the Commerce Department announced that the 2020 Census will reinstate the citizenship question for the first time in 70 years.  Our panelists discussed some of the dire and far-reaching consequences a Census undercount can have on public and economic health, as well as political representation.  A number of states are planning legal action in response to this decision.  See "What Can We Do?" below for a list of organizations advocating for a fair and trustworthy Census.  

Thanks to all who joined us on Tuesday, February 27th for a fascinating discussion: What happens to community health when data is compromised? A discussion panel on the 2020 Census and other survey data.

A special thanks to our phenomenal panelists who made this session possible:

 

Mark Abraham – Executive Director of DataHaven
Read Mark’s coauthored article with Aparna Nathan that appeared in the Hartford Courant, “Census Underfunding Could Hurt Connecticut.”

Rachel Leventhal-Weiner – Data Engagement Specialist at Connecticut Data Collaborative
Contact Rachel at rlw@ctdata.org.

Kenya Flash – Pol. Sci., Global Affairs & Gov. Info. Librarian at the Center for Science and Social Science Information, Yale University

Miriam Olivares – GIS Librarian at the Center for Science and Social Science Information, Yale University

Jim Hadler – Senior Consultant, Infectious Disease and Medical Epidemiology, Connecticut and Yale Emerging Infections Program, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists 

And our Moderator, Kyle Peyton, PhD candidate in Political Science, Yale University, ISPS Policy Fellow.

 

For those of you who could not attend, or want to stay involved in the discussion, here are some highlights and additional resources.

 

What does Census data do?:

Informs other population surveys

Acts as an integral part of geospatial work

Helps determine public health funding based on incidence

Allows for analysis of social determinants of health through the American Community Survey, which fills in important details of population data that the decennial Census outlines. 

 

Read more about the links between Census data and public health in these articles:

Using the Census to understand the link between flu and poverty in New Haven, CT

Exploring the relationship between poverty and premature mortality in New York City

 

Why is the Census endangered?

A question about citizenship status has been proposed for the 2020 Census.  This question has the potential to significantly reduce response rates among already undercounted immigrant and minority communities, jeopardizing the accuracy of the data collected and driving up costs as more resources are used to follow-up with non-responders.  As Census data drives redistricting and federal funding, an inaccurate count puts vulnerable communities at risk of not receiving necessary funding and resources.  Inaccurate Census data also hinders efforts of public health officers to initiate effective disease prevention programs in high risk communities.

In addition, underfunding of the Census has the potential to result in an inaccurate count, as fewer resources are available for field testing and follow-up of non-responders, among other issues.  The impacts of an undercount would be felt long after 2020, at both the local and national level.  Lack of funding doesn’t just affect the decennial Census, many Census programs and other federal surveys are at risk. 

As Census data provides the infrastructure for numerous policy, commerce, and research efforts, stripping resources from the Census is like tearing up our roads and highways! 

 

What can we do?

Reach out to your congressional representative and demand a fair and thorough count!  A full count is in their self-interest as well as the communities they represent. 

Follow The Census Project, a network of organizations that “support a fair and accurate 2020 Census and a comprehensive American Community Survey”.

https://thecensusproject.org/

The National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) is building a strategy to end gerrymandering and create fairer maps in the 2021 redistricting process.

https://democraticredistricting.com/

The Count on Stats initiative of the American Statistical Association aims to educate and advocate for the importance of trustworthy federal statistics. 

http://www.amstat.org/ASA/Science-Policy-and-Advocacy/Count-on-Stats.aspx

The Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics devoted to increasing the public’s knowledge of Federal statistics and creating dialog around the value of Federal statistics for the public good.

http://www.copafs.org/

At the local level, The Connecticut Data Collaborative aims to “empower an ecosystem of data users by democratizing access to public data and building data literacy”.  In addition to offering processed and machine-readable datasets through their data portal, the CT Data Collaborative offers a monthly open data conference call and provides updates in federal and state data in the news, in addition to various events.

http://ctdata.org/

Register for the next Open Data Call and learn more about The CT Data Collaborative’s events here:

http://ctdata.org/academy/

Contact a librarian at CWML for questions and additional resources about the Census and its impact on public health!

 

Endangered Data Week at CWML - Schedule of Events!

20 February 2018 - 9:21am by Lindsay Barnett

Join us the week of February 26 - March 2 as we discuss datasets in danger of being lost or repressed and explore preservation strategies!  

 

Biomedical Data Repositories Workshop

Monday, 2/26, 4-5pm

So you want to put your research data into a repository. Maybe you anticipate citations and credit from other researchers; maybe you practice open science; maybe data sharing is required by your journal or funder. In this workshop, Research and Education Librarian Kate Nyhan, Access Services/Clinical Librarian Alyssa Grimshaw, and Collection Development & Scholarly Communication Librarian Lindsay Barnett will go over some key questions to consider as you choose the right repository for your project.   

  • What are the advantages of domain-specific repositories and interdisciplinary repositories?
  •  Can you maintain some control over access and reuse of your data?
  • What features facilitate the discovery, re-use, and citation of your data?

By the end of the workshop, you’ll be able to discuss the pros and cons of data repositories including OSF, figshare, and NCBI (including PubMed Central’s new data deposit options), and you’ll know how to use re3data.org to find disciplinary repositories. 

Register for this event here.

 

What Happens to Community Health When Data is Compromised? A Discussion Panel on the 2020 Census and Other Survey Data

Tuesday, 2/27, 12-1pm, Medical Historical Library 

Public health researchers and policy-makers rely on accurate, representative policy data to make informed decisions.  This panel of researchers, experts, and activists will discuss how proposed changes in the 2020 Census could discourage participation, jeopardizing access to comprehensive population data.  The panelists will explore the potential impacts to community health when essential data is lost or compromised.  

Panelists:

  • Mark Abraham, Executive Director of DataHaven
  • Rachel Leventhal-Weiner, Data Engagement Specialist at Connecticut Data Collaborative
  • Kenya Flash, Pol. Sci., Global Affairs & Gov. Info. Librarian at the Center for Science and Social Science Information, Yale University
  • Miriam Olivares, GIS Librarian at the Center for Science and Social Science Information, Yale University
  • Jim Hadler, Senior Consultant, Infectious Disease and Medical Epidemiology, Connecticut and Yale Emerging Infections Program, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists

Moderated by Kyle Peyton, PhD Candidate in Political Science, ISPS Policy Fellow

This event is co-sponsored by The Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) at Yale University.  

 

Data Discussion: Touring the Cushing Center and the Cushing Tumor Registry

Thursday, 3/1, 11am-12pm

"The brains are so cool!" All our visitors say that - but have you heard the story of how this collection came to be, and how researchers are still using these samples today? For Endangered Data Week, we're offering this special tour exploring how Cushing Tumor Registry has survived a century, and still supports research today.

The Cushing Tumor Registry was endangered when researchers moved institutions, when key staffers retired or died, when funding streams dried up, and when environmental conditions threatened preservation. Could this happen to your project? Join Cushing Center Coordinator Terry Dagradi and Research and Education Librarian Kate Nyhan to discuss the continuing life of this extraordinary (and at one time, endangered) collection.

Register for this tour here.

 

Working with Census Data

Thursday, 3/1, 4-5pm

The Census Bureau offers rich, longitudinal, geocoded data on health and its social determinants.  This workshop will navigate Census.gov to find public-use data releases, technical documentation, and questionnaires for any Census Bureau survey.  Join Research and Education Librarian Kate Nyhan and Access Services/Clinical Librarian Alyssa Grimshaw to discuss key concepts for working with census data, including census geographies and the sampling implications of ACS 1-, 3-, and 5-year estimates.  You’ll try out American Fact Finder to work with tables and maps, and compare it to licensed mapping tools like SimplyMap, PolicyMap, or SocialExplorer.  When you leave the workshop, you’ll be able to leverage this rich public-use data, and you can make an informed decision about which mapping platform is right for you.

Register for this event here.

 

Can't get enough endangered data?  Check out these events hosted by ISPS...

 

Why Reproducibility in (Social) Science Matters (and How to Get it Right)

Thursday, 3/1, 10:30am-12pm

ISPS Policy Lab, 77 Prospect St.

Talk by Brian Earp (Yale University). This talk will give an overview of the relevant history and philosophy of science with respect to reproducibility, mostly using examples from psychology, and explaining why reproducibility is so important. 

Yale co-sponsors: ISPS, Yale Day of Data, Center for Science and Social Science Information, Graduate Writing Lab

Audience: Yale community

 

Making Research Transparent and Reproducible 

Bad news! This workshop has to be postponed. Email isps@yale.edu if you'd like to be notified when it's rescheduled.

Friday, 3/2, 10:30am-12pm

ISPS Policy Lab, 77 Prospect St.

Workshop with Florio Arguillas (Cornell University). The hands-on workshop is intended primarily for postdocs and graduate and undergraduate students in the social sciences. The workshop will focus on practices that help researchers conduct research efficiently and transparently, including how to create replication documentation for research involving statistical data that can help keep everything organized, enhance researchers’ ability to reconstruct the data processing and analysis they do, and be easily shared with others.

Yale co-sponsors: ISPS, StatLab, Center for Science and Social Science Information, Yale Center for Research Computing

Audience: Yale postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students in social sciences.

 

...And this event hosted by the Department of Linguistics and Yale University Library!

 

Linguistics Friday Lunch Talk

Friday, 3/2, 12-1:30pm

Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall

A panel of Linguistics faculty and graduate students will discuss a position paper on reproducible research in linguistics.  The panel will consider the role of reproducibility in increasing verification and accountability; associated implications for how linguistic data are managed, cited, and maintained for long-term access; and mechanisms for evaluating "data work" in academic hiring, tenure, and promotion processes.  

Reproducible research in linguistics: A position statement on data citation and attribution in our field  

Panelists:

Maria Piñango, Associate Professor of Linguistics, Psychology, Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Jim Wood, Assistant Professor of Linguistics

Rikker Dockum, Graduate Student, Linguistics

Moderated by Claire Bowern, Professor of Linguistics

Sponsors: Department of Linguistics, Yale University Library 

 

Mark your calendars! Census Data and Public Health Panel Discussion (2/27, 12pm) at CWML!

14 February 2018 - 4:39pm by Lindsay Barnett

Please join us for an engaging and informative discussion with a group of expert panelists from Yale and the wider community as we consider how population data influences public health! 

 The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library and the Institution for Social and Policy Studies are hosting:

 

What happens to community health when data is compromised? A discussion panel on the 2020 Census and other survey data

February 27th, noon

Medical Historical Library, Yale School of Medicine, 333 Cedar St.

 

Public health researchers and policymakers rely on accurate, representative population data to make informed decisions.  This panel of researchers, experts, and activists will discuss how proposed changes in the 2020 Census could discourage participation, jeopardizing access to comprehensive population data.  The panelists will explore the potential impacts to community health when essential data is lost or compromised. 

 

Moderator:

Kyle Peyton – PhD candidate in Political Science, Yale University; ISPS Policy Fellow

Panelists:

Mark Abraham – Executive Director of DataHaven

Rachel Leventhal-Weiner – Data Engagement Specialist at Connecticut Data Collaborative

Kenya Flash – Pol. Sci., Global Affairs & Gov. Info. Librarian at the Center for Science and Social Science Information, Yale University

Miriam Olivares – GIS Librarian at the Center for Science and Social Science Information, Yale University

Jim Hadler – Senior Consultant, Infectious Disease and Medical Epidemiology, Connecticut and Yale Emerging Infections Program, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists 

 

This session is part of our Endangered Data Week series.

For questions, please contact Lexi Brackett (alexandria.brackett@yale.edu).

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Love Data Week at CWML - Schedule of Events!

8 February 2018 - 10:52am by Lindsay Barnett

 

Join us the week of February 12-16th as we celebrate data!  

 

Love Data Week Kick-Off

Monday, 2/12, 11am-1pm

Join us at the front entrance of the medical library for Valentines, candy, and data!

 

Intro to Genome Browsers

Monday, 2/12 2:30-4pm

Ensembl provides access to genomic information with a number of visualization tools.  This session will review the basic functionalities and navigation of Ensembl by using specific examples.  Join Biomedical Sciences Research Support Librarian Rolando Garcia-Milian to explore the data retrieving and visualization capabilities of this resource.  Please bring your laptop to follow the instructor.

Register for Intro to Genome Browsers.

 

Data Discussion: The Cushing Center and the Cushing Tumor Registry

Thursday, 2/15, 11am-12pm

You may have seen the Cushing Center, with brains, photographs and more - but have you heard the story of how the collection came to be, and how researchers are still using these samples today?  Join Cushing Center Coordinator Terry Dagradi and Research and Education Librarian Kate Nyhan to discuss the continuing life of this extraordinary collection.
The Cushing Center will be closed for construction on 2/15, so we will meet in the medical library alcove. You're welcome to drop by at any time in the eleven o'clock hour!

 

Practical Data Research Management Workshop

Thursday, 2/15, 4-5pm

Planning how you'll manage your research data will save you time and trouble.  This workshop will discuss moments of "data management risk" and practical approaches to data management that you can apply in your own work.  Join Research and Education Librarian Kate Nyhan and Access Services/Clinical Librarian Ayssa Grimshaw and leave this workshop with a checklist of practical next steps in data management.  

Register for the Practical Research Data Management Workshop.

 

Why do we love data? Learn more about Love Data Week here!

Love Data Week and Endangered Data Week at CWML!

1 February 2018 - 4:39pm by Lindsay Barnett

Join the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library as we celebrate Love Data Week (February 12 - 16) and Endangered Data Week (February 26 - March 2)!

What are these weeks?

Date Weeks provide opportunities for researchers, scholars, data professionals, and the broader community to share stories about the data that shape our lives.  Love Data Week is devoted to data lifecycle management, including sharing, preservation, reuse, and research data services.  Endangered Data Week aims to bring light to data sets that are in danger of being deleted, repressed, mishandled, or lost.

Why are they important?

Data Weeks encourage us to stop and think about the data that we use, manage, and create both professionally and in the course of our everyday lives.  As the foundation of our research, scholarship and practice, we encourage you to consider: Are you giving your data the care it deserves?

Why celebrate with us?

Because we love data too!  We want to hear your stories and learn more about how you engage with data.  We want you to have the knowledge and tools to better manage and maintain your data.

What's happening?

CWML is planning a number of events for both weeks.  These include workshops, informational sessions, tours, and speakers. 

View our calendar of events for Love Data Week here!  

View our calendar of events for Endangered Data Week here!

Stop by our table at the front entrance of the library February 12th from 11am-1pm, as we kick-off Love Data Week with information, crafts, and candy!

If you would like to receive messages about Data Weeks events, please send your email address to lindsay.barnett@yale.edu.

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