Fall exhibit: "Historical Illustrations of Skin Disease: Selections from the New Sydenham Society Atlas 1860-1884," opening September 17

10 September 2015 - 12:04pm by Susan Wheeler

Historical Illustrations of Skin Disease:  Selections from the New Sydenham Society Atlas 1860-1884

image from the exhibitThe Atlas of Skin Diseases was among the first publications undertaken, in 1859, by the New Sydenham Society. 

Time-consuming and costly to produce, it was issued in seventeen parts over a period of twenty-four years. 

In this exhibit, Yale dermatologists Jean Bolognia and Irwin Braverman present the celebrated nineteenth century illustrations to a current clinical audience, making a relevant teaching point with each plate.  Twenty-five of the Atlas’ forty-nine plates are selected for display.  They depict cutaneous diseases ranging from the common, e.g. psoriasis and eczema, to the rare, e.g. iododerma and systematized epidermal nevi.  Examples of skin signs of systemic disease, including Addison’s disease, neurofibromatosis, and lupus erythematosus, are also shown.  The emotional toll which these chronic diseases inflicted upon patients is a striking feature of the many portraits on view. 

The exhibit is curated by Drs. Jean Bolognia and Irwin Braverman, Professors of Dermatology at the School of Medicine, and Susan Wheeler, Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Library.

On view:  September 17, 2015-January 10, 2016

Statistical Consultants Schedule for Fall 2015

8 September 2015 - 9:20am by Andy Hickner

(by Mark Gentry)

The Medical Library will once again host Statistical Consultants for the fall semester.  Consultants are scheduled to be in the Medical Library on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 5pm to 9pm for most weeks during the term.   Be aware that schedules may change and shifts may be canceled for a variety of reasons, so it is always good to verify the shift immediately before you come to the Library.  Check here for the full CSSSI Statistical Consultants Schedule.

For assistance when there is no consultant at the Medical Library, contact the consultants at 203-432-3278, or visit the Consultant's Desk at the Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI) in the Kline Biology Tower, 219 Prospect Street.

More information on GIS and Statistical Consultants at the Medical Library and elsewhere at Yale is available at this link:  Fall classes on GIS, methods, and statistical packages at CSSSI begin September 17. 

Fall Semester GIS support

8 September 2015 - 9:02am by Andy Hickner

(Authored in collaboration with Kelly Barrick, Center for Science and Social Science Information)

There has been significant change with GIS support recently at Yale.  First, the Libraries are currently in the process of filling the GIS Librarian vacancy. This position will be instrumental in supporting the suite of geospatial services and resources that Yale has to offer. The library is also working with faculty and departments to find additional ways of managing multiple tiers of GIS assistance across campus.

Any questions related GIS, ESRI licensing and installation, workshops and instruction can be addressed to The StatLab will continue to provide GIS and spatial statistics workshops alongside its research and data analysis offerings. For the schedule see

Online tutorials based on earlier workshops are available from the GIS Libguide ( In addition, members of the Yale community can take advantage of online offerings directly from ESRI ( and To request ESRI Virtual Campus Access Codes, email the with a list of up to three (3) course titles. Codes are only valid for Yale University ( email addresses.

Researchers who require assistance with items in the Map Department collection may contact the department directly at or 203-432-1867.

For assistance with finding data or data management, please contact Michelle Hudson, Data Librarian, at


21 August 2015 - 3:52pm by Rolando Garcia-Milian

The National Center for Biotechnology Information is developing a new type of BLAST called SmartBLAST. It process the user query in such a way that presents the three best matches from the non-redundant protein sequence database along with the two best protein matches from well-studied reference species. In addition, it provides results that match the query from the Conserved Domain Database (CDD)
SmartBLAST accepts only one query at a time- either as FASTA sequence or protein accession number/GI- and uses a combination of BLAST and a multiple sequence alignment to produce its results. It first uses the query to search the non-redundant (nr) protein database. Then, it searches the reference database with BLASTP, followed by a multiple sequence alignment on the six sequences (the query and five subject sequences) using the COBALT multiple sequence alignment program.

Screen capture showing the results of a SmartBLAST for TP53 (GI:187830777). Panel A shows the five matching sequences are represented as a phylogenetic tree and a graphical overview. The matches are color-coded: matches from the reference species are green, matches from the non-redundant protein database are blue, and your query is yellow. Panel B represents the results from the multiple alignments.

If you would like to see how SmartBLAST work, please register here for this 15-minute webinar: “Introducing SmartBLAST a Rapid Protein Identification Tool” -September 2, 2015 from 12:00- 12:15 PM at the Medical Library. 

Join the End-User Bioinformatics Network (EBNET) and become a member of a grass root community that collaborates on end-user bioinformatics events, training sessions, resources, and tools that support biomedical research at Yale.

New discount for Yale authors on article-processing charges

20 August 2015 - 9:55am by Andy Hickner

Yale is now a “Supporter Member” of the open access publisher BioMed Central. Yale’s membership provides Yale authors with a 15% discount on article-processing charges of all articles accepted for publication in BioMed Central, Chemistry Central or SpringerOpen journals. Yale’s membership in BioMed Central was made possible through funding from Arcadia.

BioMed Central publishes more than 100 online journals in biology and medicine. The articles in the journals are open access (no subscription or 'pay-per-view' charges), are indexed in PubMed, and are archived in PubMed Central.

Yale’s institutional page on BioMed Central lists Yale authors’ articles and links to more information for authors.

Please feel free to contact Nathan Rupp with questions. For more information on Yale Library’s support of open access, please see Open Access Support.

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