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Dermatology Grand Rounds in the Historical Library

22 March 2018 - 12:22pm by Susan Wheeler

Dermatology Grand Rounds in the Historical Library

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Viewing  8:00 - 9:00 am      Discussion  9:00 - 10:15 am.

Jean Bolognia, M.D., and Irwin Braverman, M.D., will present nine patients of Dr. Peter Parker (YC 1831, YMS 1834) as portrayed in the Historical Library’s paintings by Lam Qua.   A medical missionary, Parker founded a hospital in Canton and commissioned portraits (1836-1855) of over one hundred patients, many of whom had large tumors. In 1888, he bequeathed his collection of paintings to the Pathology Department of the Yale Medical School. The paintings were transferred to the Historical Library in the early 1970’s. Case reports of many of the patients survive, providing valuable insights. Today, the collection draws researchers in history of medicine, art, religion, clinical medicine and bioethics.

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!

 

It's March Madness at Cushing/Whitney Medical Library!

16 March 2018 - 12:53pm by Caitlin Meyer

Join us March 21st and 22nd for March Madness at Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. 

We'll be offering special classes comparing popular library resources. What tool or database has what it takes to win it all? 

All classes are free and will be held in SHM L 103, also known as the TCC or computer classroom.

Schedule: 

Research Impact
Scopus vs Web of Science
Wednesday, March 21st at 1:00PM
Both Scopus and Web of Science offer access to huge amounts of literature, track citations, offer insights into research impact, and cover multiple disciplines. Which tool reigns supreme? Which one does what better?

Register here! 

Literature Searching
Ovid Medline vs PubMed
Wednesday, March 21st at 4:00 PM
Ovid MEDLINE and PubMed both search the MEDLINE journals - but which interface is better? Which database best suits your needs? Ovid’s search building feature and clean interface make it a strong candidate, but strong enough to beat out PubMed’s legacy and features like automatic term mapping? Join Alexandria Brackett for this showdown and decide for yourself!

Register here!

Point of Care Bedlam
UpToDate vs DynaMed Plus 
Thursday, March 22nd at 11:30 AM
During this game (class), we will compare the differences between these two point of care tools. We will assess the validity of the information, the currency of their resources, and the different perks of the two products, including calculators, guidelines, patient education information, and more. Come to this class to help you decide which tool is best for you and your patient care. Refereed by Alexandria Brackett. 

Register here!

Citation Management 
EndNote vs Zotero 
Both EndNote and Zotero help you manage your references and PDFs, make the creation of bibliographies a breeze, and integrate into paper-writing software such as Microsoft Word for easy citing while you're writing. Both are free. Which is right for you? Which does what better? Come decide for yourself with a showdown refereed by Caitlin Meyer. 

Register here!

 

Resource Spotlight: Incidence & Prevalence Database

14 March 2018 - 3:44pm by Caitlin Meyer

Welcome to Resource Spotlight! The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library provides access to an incredible array of databases, e-book collections, software and more. In this series of posts, we’ll be showcasing highlights from our collection.

In this edition of Resource Spotlight, we’ll be looking at the Incidence & Prevalence Database (IPD). Made available by Clarivate Analytics, IPD is a compendium of global epidemiological data from hundreds of sources. The collection of data is intended to provide a comprehensive overview of your research topic - whether that be incidence, prevalence, morbidity, mortality, trends, cost, risk-factors, or disease classifications. 

The sources integrated into IPD include government reports, medical journals, market investment reports, medical and scientific associations, national and international healthcare surveys, trade journals, database audits, and industry contacts. The website is updated monthly with new information and government statistics are typically updated annually. 

In addition to the data sets procured from sources mentioned above, IPD also features: 

  • Hundreds of “Article Reviews”, where expert analysts condense information into digestible pieces
  • “IPD Summaries”, tables of worldwide and regional incidence and prevalence data 
  • A self-produced “Global Incidence and Prevalence Report with Map”
  • Information on U.S. patient discharges

IPD offers some advanced searching functionality that allows users to search by countries or regions, by certain publication criteria (author, title, date), by ICD Code, or by their controlled vocabulary of keywords. 

The Incidence & Prevalence Database may be useful to those involved in clinical research, public health, market research, product development, business development, and more. 

Start exploring the Incidence & Prevalence Database today!

For questions on how to best use IDP, feel free to contact Public Health Librarian Kate Nyhan.

High-Performance Workstation at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

9 March 2018 - 4:06pm by Melissa Funaro

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library offers a high-performance workstation with a suite of licensed and open source tools, such as BRB-Array Tools, Cytoscape, and Qlucore, to process, manage, analyze, and visualize data in a variety of formats. Available to anyone with a Yale netID, this workstation can be used for high-throughput data analysis, such as next-generation sequencing (NGS) data analysis and any other type of data that requires powerful computing capabilities.

The computer is located behind the library's Information Desk.

If you would like access to this computer, please contact Rolando Garcia Milian at rolando.milian@yale.edu.

Rolando working with researcher on the high performance computer

Job Posting: Data Librarian for the Health Sciences

7 March 2018 - 8:52am by Andy Hickner

(by Judy Spak)

We are excited to announce a newly created opportunity at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. Come be a part of our team, or share with your friends!

Data Librarian for the Health Sciences, Medical Library (requisition #48291BR)
In an ever-changing, data-intensive environment, the Data Librarian is an enthusiastic, user-centered individual who will be responsible for the design of the library’s data support program, working collaboratively with others at Yale involved in data education and policy. This position reports to the Assistant Director of Research and Education Services and is a member of the Research and Education Team. 

Through consultation and collaboration, the Data Librarian works to enable faculty, students, clinicians, and researchers to leverage data resources to the fullest, providing information on acquisition and management of datasets for biomedical, clinical, and health sciences research. This position Increases the visibility and usability of data resources through research consultations, workshops and course-integrated instruction, online research guides, and outreach efforts. 

For your convenience, the complete posting and a link to apply can be viewed here:  http://bit.ly/2oEr7Uo.

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 

 

Resource Spotlight: CINAHL

19 February 2018 - 10:55am by Caitlin Meyer

 

Welcome to Resource Spotlight! The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library provides access to an incredible array of databases, e-book collections, software and more. In this series of posts, we’ll be showcasing highlights from our collection.

In this edition of Resource Spotlight, we’ll be looking at CINAHL - The Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature. CINAHL is not only the home of a lot of the nursing and allied health literature that isn’t indexed in MEDLINE (PubMed, Ovid MEDLINE), but also features books and select conference proceedings. 

The database features full-text articles from 1,300 journals in the field and citations from thousands more. The broad coverage is complemented by search tools geared specifically towards nursing and allied health inquiries. For the sake of brevity, we’ll only discuss two: Clinical Queries and Special Interest. CINAHL’s Clinical Queries tool on the advanced search page let you select what type of question you’re asking (therapy, prognosis, etiology, qualitative, etc.) and select how broad or specific answers you’d like to receive. This way, you don’t have to browse through unnecessary or off-topic results. The Special Interest lets you filter your results before you even search as well, but by topic. Some of the topics include Case Management, Evidence-Based Practice, Pain and Pain Management, and more. 

In addition to providing access to the nursing and allied health literature, CINAHL also contains content to improve patient care such as: 

  • Continuing education modules
  • Evidence-based care sheets ranging from treatment for breast cancer to “Music and Hospitalization” 
  • Educational materials for quick overviews of diseases and conditions

CINAHL is available to Yale affiliates through the VPN, YNHH affiliates through the proxy server, and everybody on the YaleSecure WiFi network.  

Start exploring CINAHL today!

For questions on how to best use CINAHL, feel free to contact the 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!

 

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