Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving Break Hours

Please be aware that starting Wednesday the library will have shortened/reduced hours this week and weekend due to the Thanksgiving holiday:
  • Wed., Nov. 23rd: 7:30am-5pm
  • Thurs., Nov. 24th: CLOSED
  • Fri., Nov. 25th: CLOSED
  • Sat., Nov. 26th: CLOSED
Normal hours will resume Sun., Nov 27th. Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

White House call for information on Public Access to publications and data

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has put out two formal Requests for Information; one on the subject of “Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications” and the other on “Public Access to Digital Data.” Read more at

Open Access: Berlin Declaration

High-level researchers, fund providers, and open-access advocates who attended the Berlin 9 Open Access Conference held in Bethesda, MD on November 9 focused on the benefits of putting research quickly and freely into the hands of scholars, students, innovators and the general public. Read more

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Henry Stewart Talks - November update

Neurotrauma, a new Henry Stewart Talks series, has been added in November. The series editor is Prof Norman Saunders, University of Melbourne, Australia.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Connecting E-science and Team Science: The Changing Nature of Research

Join us on November 18 from 1:00-2:30 PM in Dykes Library Room 1028 for the webinar "Connecting E-science and Team Science: The Changing Nature of Research" presented by the Medical Library Association. Topics include an intro to eScience, understanding research, collaborative science, and librarians' roles in eScience. Please register here
Please go here to see the agenda and list of presenters.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Cost of medical education

The College Board last week released its 2011 Trends in College Pricing. In the section on institutional finances, the report found, "State appropriations per full-time equivalent (FTE) student declined by 9% in inflation-adjusted dollars between 2007-08 and 2008-09, by 6% in 2009-10, and by 4% in 2010-11. Average tuition and fees at public four-year colleges rose by 9% beyond inflation in 2009-10 and by 7% in 2010-11." The College Board also reported, "The 18% real decline in state appropriations per FTE student from 2007-08 to 2010-11 was the largest three-year decline in the 30 years" of data reporting.

Medical Imaging and sports medicine

As part of its on-going series of articles on medical imaging, Saturday's New York Times featured a page one article on the use of MRIs in sports medicine. The article reports, "M.R.I.’s are not the only scans that are overused in medicine but, in sports medicine, where many injuries involve soft tissues like muscles and tendons, they rise to the fore."

Center for Innovative Science

UPMC announced on Thursday that it will invest nearly $300 million to create a Center for Innovative Science "that aims to revolutionize the way treatments are designed for individual patients." Funded by UPMC and scheduled to be completed in 2014, the center will focus on personalized medicine and the biology of cancer and aging, with the goal "of developing new understandings of disease to improve patient outcomes while reducing over-diagnosis and unnecessary treatments."

AAMC 2011 question: "What improvements in medical education will lead to better health for individuals and populations?"

The November issue of Academic Medicine is now available. This issue is being made available on-line to both subscribers and non-subscribers alike. The issue contains essays responding to the editor's 2011 question of the year, "What improvements in medical education will lead to better health for individuals and populations?" The issue also includes articles relating to translating research to personalized medicine, leveraging the health care workforce, and improving the recruitment of participants in clinical trials.