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Wildland Fire: Air Quality and Health

June 28th, 2011 by Mary Wood

Environmental health research is inherently multidisciplinary and collaborative.  Some of the research being done here at UC Davis in the area of air quality, air pollution and pulmonary health is being done by scientists in groups and centers identified in the following links.

Firefighters working in the Monument Fire smoke; credit Northern Rockies IMT

Excellence in Pulmonary Research

…..For the past 40 years, UC Davis has been recognized for excellence in research in basic pulmonary toxicology and comparative lung biology. UC Davis investigators have a strong record of developing collaborative research initiatives through the School of Veterinary Medicine, the California National Primate Research Center, the School of Medicine, and the College of Engineering.


Air Quality Research Center

…..Facilitates research on the scientific, engineering, health, social and economic aspects of gaseous and particulate atmospheric pollutants.
…..Air pollution research and education at UC Davis focus on urban and regional smog, indoor air quality, global climate change, health and environmental effects, and intermedia transfers. Investigations span both gaseous and particulate forms of air pollution, and employ theoretical, numerical, experimental, and policy approaches. Many departments, laboratories, faculty, staff, and students are employed solving these air pollution problems in the service of industry, state and federal governments, and non-profit organizations.

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Crocker Nuclear Laboratory, Air Quality Group

…..The Air Quality Group is a research group composed of professors, professional research scientists, staff research associates, and graduate and undergraduate students from the combined disciplines of Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Atmospheric Science and Ecology. The group is supported by extramural funding and grants and/or contracts from many sources, the largest being the National Park Service (NPS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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PubMed searches: wildland firefighters ; firefighters and respiratory
Toxline search: firefighters
Biosis:  wildland fire and air quality
Pollution Abstracts: wildland fire and air quality 

Data as Publication: UC3 Webinar

June 24th, 2011 by Mary Wood

Data as Publication

Come to the Carlson Health Sciences Library conference room – 2:00pm Thursday June 30 – for the next UC3 webinar.

Speakers:
John Kunze, Associate Director, UC Curation Center, California Digital Library
Catherine Mitchell, Director, Publishing Program, California Digital Library

Abstract:
There is an increasing need to establish a new publishing paradigm to cope with the deluge of data artifacts produced by data-intensive research, many of which are vital to data re-use and verification of published conclusions. Due to the limitations of traditional publishing, most of these artifacts are not usually disseminated, cited, or preserved. At the California Digital Library (CDL), one promising approach to the problem is to wrap these artifacts in the metaphor of a “data paper,” which is a somewhat unfamiliar bundle of scholarly output with a familiar facade: minimally, a set of links to archived artifacts and a cover sheet containing familiar elements such as title, authors, date, abstract, and persistent identifier, just enough to create basic citations, build “overlay journals,” and enable discovery of data by Internet search engines. Additional elements that permit deeper domain-specific discovery and re-use, such as variable names, methods, etc., are planned. A pilot implementation at CDL will bring a number of existing services to bear on the problem, including (a) the Merritt repository for safe, stable storage for datasets; (b) EZID for generating, managing, and resolving persistent identifiers; and (c) eScholarship for publishing data papers and overlay journals.

webinar  archive:
Slides | Webinar |

The UC3 Summer Webinar Series is a forum for timely topics of interest to the UC community. We will highlight projects, services, and developments in areas of digital preservation, web archiving and data curation. We hope to raise awareness of these issues, and the resources and services available to the UC community. Our webinars will feature librarians, scientists, and technologists.

Data Sharing by Scientists: UC3 Webinar

June 10th, 2011 by Mary Wood

Data Sharing by Scientists: Practices and Perceptions

Come to the Carlson Health Sciences Library conference room12:30pm Wednesday June 15 – for the UC3 webinar on NSF’s Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE)

Speakers:
Carol Tenopir, Professor of Information Sciences, Director of Research, College of Communication and Information, Director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies, University of Tennessee
Mike Frame, Deputy Center Director for the Center for Biological Informatics, U.S. Geological Survey

Abstract:
Guest speakers will discuss results of a survey of scientists and their data sharing practices. A primary goal of NSF’s Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) is to ensure preservation and access to multi-scale, multi-discipline, and multi-national science data, particularly in the Earth and Environmental Sciences. As a means to measure project success and to better understand the needs of the community, DataONE has conducted a baseline assessment of the data sharing practices and preferences of domain scientists. The survey was motivated by the understanding that improving access to the sharing of data requires changes in both technology and expectations of the scientific community. This webinar will present the key finding from the assessment including data management practices, barriers to sharing data, and more. The California Digital Library, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis UCSB, and the UCSB Library are active participants in the DataONE initiative.

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webinar archive:

slides, audio recording

The UC3 Summer Webinar Series is a forum for timely topics of interest to the UC community. We will highlight projects, services, and developments in areas of digital preservation, web archiving and data curation. We hope to raise awareness of these issues, and the resources and services available to the UC community. Our webinars will feature librarians, scientists, and technologists.

Merritt Curation Repository: UC3 Webinar

June 6th, 2011 by Mary Wood

Introducing the UC3 Webinar Summer Series and a Merritt Curation Repository Walkthrough

Come to the Carlson Health Sciences Library conference room – 2:00pm Thursday June 9 – for the first UC3 webinar on the Merritt Curation Repository

Speakers:
Patricia Cruse, Director, UC Curation Center, California Digital Library
Stephen Abrams, Associate Director, UC Curation Center, California Digital Library

Abstract:
The first webinar will provide an overview and purpose of the summer webinar series and an introduction to the Merritt Curation Repository. Learn about Merritt’s core functions and services and how you might use Merritt to meet your data curation needs.

webinar archive:

Slides | Webinar |

The UC3 Summer Webinar Series is a forum for timely topics of interest to the UC community. We will highlight projects, services, and developments in areas of digital preservation, web archiving and data curation. We hope to raise awareness of these issues, and the resources and services available to the UC community. Our webinars will feature librarians, scientists, and technologists.

Comprehensive Physiology

June 2nd, 2011 by Bruce Abbott

Comprehensive Physiology (the online version of the Handbook of Physiology) is now available to UC Davis users.  It is published by Wiley in conjunction with the American Physiological Society.

URL for on campus access:  http://uclibs.org/PID/176285 

Off-campus access using VPN: https://vpn.lib.ucdavis.edu/book/10.1002/,DanaInfo=onlinelibrary.wiley.com+cphy

The most wide-ranging and authoritative collection of review content ever assembled in the physiological sciences. Comprehensive Physiology includes the landmark series Handbook of Physiology, available for the first time in an online format. This seminal series will be continually updated and expanded to capture the current science of physiology for a twenty-first-century readership.