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Today in PLoS Medicine: position data from cell phone SIM cards used to improve response following disaster

August 31st, 2011 by

Researchers use position data from SIM (subscriber identity module) cards following earthquake disaster to estimate trends and track population movement in Haiti.

PLoS Medicine: a peer-reviewed open-access journal

a peer-reviewed open-access journal

Bengtsson L, Lu X, Thorson A, Garfield R, von Schreeb J, 2011 Improved Response to Disasters and Outbreaks by Tracking Population Movements with Mobile Phone Network Data: A Post-Earthquake Geospatial Study in Haiti. PLoS Med 8(8): e1001083. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001083

Veterinary Drug Disposal

August 19th, 2011 by Mary Wood

AVMA Best Mgt Practices

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is using research, education, and outreach to help communities learn how to properly dispose of medicines.

“Studies have identified a wide range of pharmaceutical chemicals in rivers, streams, groundwater, and drinking water nationwide. It has been shown that some of these compounds are harmful to aquatic organisms, affecting reproduction and development even at very low concentrations … unknown quantity also end up in the water when people dispose of unused human or pet medicines via the trash or toilet.”

Funded by NOAA, SeaGrant, Univ Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Purdue University, the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant created a website on this issue:
…..Safe Disposal of Unwanted Medicine

The three main components of the guidelines are:

1. Don’t flush medications down the toilet unless the label specifically instructs you to do so and instead
2. Take advantage of community take-back programs or other programs that collect medicines at a central location for proper disposal. If a take-back or collection program is not available, then
3. Remove labeling from packaging and dissolve solid medications, mix with unpalatable items (kitty litter, coffee grounds, etc.) and seal in a container before placing in the trash.


Specifically related to veterinary medicine, the AVMA has posted information to provide guidance on medicine disposal

Best Management Practices for Pharmaceutical Disposal and Waste Disposal by Veterinary Practices

Are your Google Scholar Preferences set to work with UC-eLinks & EndNote?

August 11th, 2011 by

We’re looking for a 1996 journal article “Blood pressure and flow rate in the giraffe jugular vein.”
So, if you are using Google Scholar to quickly locate an article, make sure you edit your Scholar Preferences to work with UC-eLinks. Through the UC-eLinks in Google Scholar, you will then be able to to reach full text of any articles in library licensed online journals, or locate the call number (shelf location & library) for the print subscription via links to the library catalogs. If we don’t have a license or subscription for the journal, UC Davis students, staff and faculty can request the article from another library via the the request link in the UC-eLinks window.
Work along with the video to make sure your Scholar Preferences are setup for use with both UC-eLinks, along with bibliographic management software such as EndNote, Refworks, Mendeley, etc. The article could also be found via the UC-eLinks in PubMed. Be sure to use the link to PubMed via the Library’s website and login via the VPN if you are off campus.

setting Google Scholar Preferences to work with UC-eLinks & EndNote

Watch the video on YouTube

Note: To download EndNote or take an introductory class in using EndNote for bibliographic management, writing course papers, articles or your thesis, see the EndNote page on the Library Website.


August 9th, 2011 by Mary Wood

EZID: create and manage unique, persistent identifiers and make research visible

UC3 Webinar Thursday 11 August  2:00 – 3:00pm
Speaker: Joan Starr

EZID makes it simple for researchers and others to obtain and manage long-term identifiers for their digital content. The service can create and resolve identifiers, and it also allows entry and maintenance of information about the identifier (metadata). More information about EZID is available on our website. The EZID webinar will cover:

* An overview of EZID’s functions and a tour of the user interface
* How to get started using EZID
* What kind of metadata you need to supply
* How to practice using EZID and where to get help

UC3 Webinar Archives

  • Title: EZID: create and manage unique, persistent
    identifiers and make research visible
    Speaker: Joan Starr (CDL)
    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.

UC Davis Regenerative Medicine Consortium

August 3rd, 2011 by Mary Wood

An article about the UC Davis Regenerative Medicine Consortium recently appeared in DVM360 magazine:

Calif. researchers collaborate on animal, human health

DVM 360
According to Athanasiou, the BME department straddles human medicine, veterinary medicine, life sciences and the business school, and, like glue, holds together the regenerative medicine programs run by the other disciplines.



A collaborative future: Stem cell therapy is the current focus of the union of three departments—the veterinary school, medical school and engineering college— at the University of California-Davis.


...UC Davis Regenerative Medicine Consortium combines veterinary medicine, human medicine and bioengineering



Aug 1, 2011
By: Ed Kane, PhD