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Spring classes at the Carlson Health Sciences Library

March 21st, 2011 by Mary Wood


Endnote for the Health Sciences

Thursday,March 31,4-5pm
Tuesday,April 12,11-12noon
Friday,April 22,2-3pm
Wednes,May 4,1:30-2:30pm
Friday,May 20,12-1pm


Advanced EndNote

Wednesday,April 27,4-5pm


Accessing Health Literature

Monday,April 4,3-4pm
Thursday,April 28,12-1pm
Tuesday,May 10,4-5pm


All sessions will be offered in the CHSL Conference Room.  Bring your wireless capable laptop to get the most out of the session.

You are also welcome to bring your lunch, snacks and covered drinks.  If this schedule does not work for you, please contact Deanna Johnson, or 530 752 3271 to arrange for a more convenient time.

To register for one of these classes or one of the many others offered at Shields Library, visit Library Instruction Description of Classes page.  Of course, you are always welcome whether you register or not.


Canary Database

March 17th, 2011 by Mary Wood
One Health Lecture Series March 11, 2011

From Some Health to One Health–an MD Perspective

Peter Rabinowitz, MD

Associate Professor, Yale University School of Medicine
Author of Human-Animal Medicine: Clinical Approaches to Zoonoses, Toxicants and Other Shared Health Risks


In his talk, Dr. Rabinowitz mentioned the Canary Database:

Can animals – like canaries in coal mines – warn humans about chemical, infectious, and physical environmental hazards?
We select, curate, and index 1000s of scientific studies from MEDLINE, CAB Abstracts, and Agricola so you can review the evidence of animals as “early warning” sentinels of human health hazards.
Find evidence of animal as sentinels: …for environmental hazards ; …for diseases ; …by location


The Canary Database is maintained by Yale University Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine,  supported by the National Library of Medicine Information Systems, and part of the Yale Human Animal Medicine Project.


Related links in the School of Veterinary Medicine include Calvin Schwabe One Health Program and One Health Institute.

PubMed® Mobile Beta

March 17th, 2011 by Bruce Abbott
From the announcement from NLM:

PubMed® Mobile Beta provides a simplified mobile friendly Web interface to access PubMed. PubMed Mobile includes the same basic search functionality and content as Standard PubMed; that is, all search terms and fields work similarly.


PubMed Mobile does not include specialized search pages, such as Limits and Advanced search, or added features, such as My NCBI, Clipboard, or LinkOut/Outside Tool. To use these and other PubMed features, display your retrieval in Standard PubMed via the link at the bottom of the screen.

Open-access publisher BioMed Central

March 15th, 2011 by Mary Wood


BioMed Central publishes 213 peer-reviewed open access journals; the list of journals and access is provided at this Gateway page.
The BioMed Central website provides some interesting UC Davis-specific compilations and statistics, including

Work published with BioMed Central in the last 12 months by UCD researchers

Most Viewed (30 days)

Most Viewed (past year)

The Library receives monthly BioMed Central UC Davis usage statistics:

February 2011, the eight most often used titles at UCD were

BMC Genomics, articles accessed 329 times

BMC Bioinformatics, 217

BMC Plant Biology, 158

BMC Evolutionary Biology, 113

BMC Cancer, 85

BMC Genetics, 62

BMC Public Health, 60

BMC Microbiology, 60


From ISI Web of Science we can find out how many papers in these same open access journals are written by UC Davis authors, and from ISI Journal Citation Report, each journal’s 2009 Impact Factor.

BMC Genomics 2004-2011   /    43 papers with UCD author(s)  /   journal Impact Factor 3.759

BMC Bioinformatics 2005-2010   /     21     /     3.428

BMC Plant Biology 2005-2011   /     23      /     3.774

BMC Evolutionary Biology 03-10  /    16      /     4.294

BMC Cancer 2001-2011    /     7      /     2.736

BMC Genetics 2002-2010   /     7     /      2.230

BMC Public Health 2001-2011   /     0      /      2.223

BMC Microbiology 2003-2010   /     6      /      2.890

University of California, Davis ranked No. 2 ‘Best Graduate School’ in Veterinary Medicine

March 15th, 2011 by Bruce Abbott

See the U.S. News and World Report’s 2012 rankings of “Best Graduate Schools”:

NCBI Discovery Workshop at UC Berkeley in June

March 8th, 2011 by Deanna Johnson

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) staff will give a Discovery Workshop at UC Berkeley on June 6-7, 2011. The workshop will consist of four intensive 2.5-hour hands-on training sessions, each emphasizing a different set of NCBI resources. Participants will also be able to set up individual consultations with NCBI staff.


The sessions will focus on NCNCBI Tools & ResourcesBI resources related to the following topics:


Sequences, genomes and maps    (Monday June 6, 9:00 am – 11:30 am)
Proteins, domains and structures   (Monday June 6, 1:00 pm –  3:30 pm)
NCBI BLAST services        (Tuesday June 7, 9:00 am – 11:30 am)
Human variation and disease genes   (Tuesday June 7, 1:00 pm –  3:30 pm)


Participants may attend all or any combination of these sessions.


To register, go to    Registrants should receive a confirmation e-mail within a week.  Early registration is recommended to ensure a spot.


The sessions will be held in a large auditorium with wireless Internet access.  They are intended to be hands on sessions so you should plan on bringing a laptop computer. Participants will be notified of the location.  For more information about the sessions, please see

From JAVMA News: Budget cuts continue to plague veterinary schools

March 2nd, 2011 by Bruce Abbott

A news story in the JAVMA News, March 15, 2011 (posted 3/2/2011), provides an overview of budget cuts at US veterinary schools.  It specifically mentions the situation at  the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and includes comments from Dean Bennie I. Osburn.

From the news story:

California Gov. Jerry Brown plans to cut $12.5 billion from the state’s budget, including $500 million from the University of California system and another $500 million from the California State University system.

Those cuts would be effective July 1 and would mean an additional $3 million less in funding for the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

“We’re state-located rather than state-supported,” said Dr. Bennie I. Osburn, outgoing dean of UC-Davis’ veterinary school. “There’s still some state support, but we’re at a tipping point. We’ve been told to plan for maybe 6 percent to 10 percent in cuts, but now we’re probably in the neighborhood of 20 percent.”


To make up for the shortfall, the school has made substantial reductions in the number of staff (140 positions). Further still, the veterinary school is holding open faculty positions vacated through retirement or resignation. Some faculty members have even put a portion of their salaries into grants, but Dean Osburn said the school can’t depend on that for long, because the federal government is also cutting back, and it pays many of their salaries.

Primate Portal and NIF 3.0.1

March 1st, 2011 by Mary Wood

Announcing two interesting resources for those working in biomedical and neuroscience research:


Provides an overview of resources and information for investigators interested in transitioning to research involving nonhuman primates.

Within the Portal you will find information for identifying animal models and finding funding opportunities, research labs and facilities, animal colonies and potential collaborators. The Portal also provides access to database searching, scientific literature, current events news and a calendar of meetings.

As of November 2010, the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center (WNPRC) Library has discontinued updating PrimateLit .  A couple of weeks ago, the WNPRC Library announced the release of Primate Portal, with funding by NIH:

a new website that provides information for biomedical researchers who work, or plan to work, with the nonhuman primate as a human disease model. Researchers interested in primate research are invited to visit the Primate Portal and create a user account at no cost.



Neuroscience Information Framework  NIF 3.0.1

A dynamic inventory of Web-based neuroscience resources: data, materials, and tools accessible via any computer connected to the Internet. An initiative of the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research, the Neuroscience Information Framework advances neuroscience research by enabling discovery and access to public research data and tools worldwide through an open source, networked environment.

While offering several resources, it is primarily a search portal for anyone looking for neuroscience information, tools, data or materials.

Sponsored by NIH and DHHS, collaborating institutions include University of California, San Diego, California Institute of Technology, George Mason University, Yale University Medical College, and Washington University.