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Just added Vet Med online books

August 31st, 2012 by Deanna Johnson

Radiology of BirdsCanine and Feline CytologySmall Animal Critical Care Medicine

Small animal critical care medicine

Atlas of dental radiography in dogs and cats

Canine and feline cytology

Manual of canine and feline cardiology

Radiology of birds

Slatter’s fundamentals of veterinary ophthalmology

These titles will be added to the Harvest Catalog shortly, or some may already be there.

Research Ethics Training – Graduate Students

August 28th, 2012 by Mary Wood

The Chronicle of Higher Education article:

How to Train Graduate Students in Research Ethics: Lessons from 6 Universities

discusses the new report from the Council of Graduate Schools,  “Research and Scholarly Integrity in Graduate Education: A Comprehensive Approach,” outlining the findings from the Project for Scholarly Integrity.  The six participating institutions were U Alabama Birmingham, U Arizona, Columbia, Emory, Michigan State, and Penn State.  The survey tools and the lessons learned are available at the Council on Graduate Schools.  Other universities are encouraged to consult the models to assess and improve their own ethics training.

Federal regulations require that all NSF grant recipients be trained in the “responsible and ethical conduct” of research; in 2009, the NSF said it would require only that institutions certify that they have provided ethics training.

Recipients of NIH funding must also comply with the requirement for Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (2009 NOT-OD-10-019).  Congress established the Office of Research Integrity to promote integrity in biomedical and behavioral research supported by the U.S. Public Health Service.


Related resources and sites at UC Davis include:


Research Compliance and Integrity


Research Ethics: RCR Program



Scheduled outage and platform improvements on Elsevier’s ScienceDirect, Scopus & Hub–Saturday, August 25, 2012

August 22nd, 2012 by Bruce Abbott

ScienceDirect, Hub, Applications, and SciVal are expected to be offline and unavailable for approximately 19 hours beginning Saturday, August 25th, 2012 for scheduled maintenance for a new release from: Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 4:30 AM PDT until Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 11:30 PM PDT (UTC-4 hours).

Exam Master has added pediatric practice exams for the ABP Certification Exam

August 20th, 2012 by Bruce Abbott
This is an announcement from Exam Master--access to this resource is available from:
off-campus access through the VPN:,
The first time you access Exam Master it requires you to register.

The American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Certification Exam is quickly

Exam Master is happy to provide you with our recently released, new
Pediatric practice exams.  This is an excellent review and prep
resource for the upcoming initial certification and re-certification of
the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) Certification Exam.

Exam Master’s practice exams contain over 350 questions, answers, and
explanations on the essentials of general pediatrics, the health and
welfare of children and adolescents. Practice exams, containing 7 blocks
of 50 questions each, were designed to emulate the experience of the
actual ABP exam and cover 35 topics including:

• Growth & Development Milestones
• Preventive Pediatrics
• Infectious Diseases
• Nutrition & Nutritional Disorders
• Respiratory Disorders
• Adolescent Medicine & Gynecology
• Behavioral & Mental Health Issues
• Fetus & Newborn Infant
• Allergic & Immunologic Disorders
• Endocrine Disorders
• Gastrointestinal Disorders
• Skin Disorders
• Disorders of Cognition, Language & Learning

Log in to your Exam Master portal for access to the ABP Certification
Practice Exams!

Triclosan impairs excitation-contraction coupling…

August 17th, 2012 by Mary Wood


Chemical widely used in antibacterial hand soaps may impair muscle function


Triclosan impairs excitation-contraction coupling and Ca2+ dynamics in striated muscle

Cherednichenko G, Zhang R, Bannister RA, Timofeyev V, Li N, Fritsch EB, Feng W, Barrientos GC, Schebb NH, Hammock BD, Beam KG, Chiamvimonvat N, Pessah IN.

Department of Molecular Biosciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, and Department of Entomology and Cancer Center, University of California, Davis, CA 95616.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Aug 13. [Epub ahead of print]

Triclosan (TCS), a high-production-volume chemical used as a bactericide in personal care products, is a priority pollutant of growing concern to human and environmental health. TCS is capable of altering the activity of type 1 ryanodine receptor (RyR1), but its potential to influence physiological excitation-contraction coupling (ECC) and muscle function has not been investigated. Here, we report that TCS impairs ECC of both cardiac and skeletal muscle in vitro and in vivo. TCS acutely depresses hemodynamics and grip strength in mice at doses ≥12.5 mg/kg i.p., and a concentration ≥0.52 μM in water compromises swimming performance in larval fathead minnow. In isolated ventricular cardiomyocytes, skeletal myotubes, and adult flexor digitorum brevis fibers TCS depresses electrically evoked ECC within ∼10-20 min. In myotubes, nanomolar to low micromolar TCS initially potentiates electrically evoked Ca(2+) transients followed by complete failure of ECC, independent of Ca(2+) store depletion or block of RyR1 channels. TCS also completely blocks excitation-coupled Ca(2+) entry. Voltage clamp experiments showed that TCS partially inhibits L-type Ca(2+) currents of cardiac and skeletal muscle, and [(3)H]PN200 binding to skeletal membranes is noncompetitively inhibited by TCS in the same concentration range that enhances [(3)H]ryanodine binding. TCS potently impairs orthograde and retrograde signaling between L-type Ca(2+) and RyR channels in skeletal muscle, and L-type Ca(2+) entry in cardiac muscle, revealing a mechanism by which TCS weakens cardiac and skeletal muscle contractility in a manner that may negatively impact muscle health, especially in susceptible populations. PMID: 22891308 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]


Webinar on New Enhancements to Merritt

August 13th, 2012 by

The University of California Curation Center (UC3) will host a free webinar on Wednesday, August 22 from 2:00-3:00 pm (PT) to highlight new enhancements to Merritt, the UC3 repository service. Registration will be open to the first 150 attendees, with a recording made available and posted to the UC3 website. To register, please see:

Some of the key highlights that will be discussed during this webinar:

o   Merritt now supports public access to designated collections and objects.  Depositors can designate collections as “dark” or “light” archives, and can change the designation at any point. We also now have persistent URLs to object landing pages and to individual files that can be used in catalogs, finding aids and other external access systems.

o   Merritt supports integration with the eXtensible Text Framework (XTF – for search, browse, and delivery.  In collaboration with UC3, the DataShare program at UC San Francisco is deploying XTF to provide open access to data stored in Merritt.  DataShare will be conducting user testing on this integration, and plans on rolling out their site to the public in September.

o   The Merritt administrative user interface for submitting digital objects has been streamlined and simplified.

o   Depositors can now submit Dublin Core XML metadata records with digital objects instead of ERC records.

o   Merritt now supports the display of click-through data use agreements for particular collections.  This functionality is being piloted with UCSF DataShare content.

All of the new functionality will be demo’ed, with time at the end of the webinar for discussion.

Enhanced Library Service – Improved Access to Print-Only Library Collections

August 13th, 2012 by Mary Wood

Based on the results of a successful pilot to enhance the library’s current document delivery service for print-only science titles, the UC Davis University Library is now extending the free campus document delivery service (CDDS) to all UC Davis University Library-owned titles.

Now, all faculty, researchers, and individuals in health sciences departments may request electronic deliveries of journal articles and book chapters owned in print-only formats at any UC Davis University Library and have them delivered electronically at no cost.

If you have questions, please visit here or contact a library staff member in any of the library’s Access Services departments.

Document Delivery Service (DDS)

Submit Your Work to Open Access Journals

August 7th, 2012 by Mary Wood

UC Discounts on Article Publication Charges for Open Access Journals – 2012

Open access journals are peer-reviewed journals that provide free, online access to their articles. They do not charge subscription fees to readers or libraries. Rather, they cover costs through publication fees, institutional subsidies, endowments, or sponsorships. There are thousands of open access peer-reviewed or editorial quality-controlled scholarly journals. There are also hybrid models that allow open access to some of their material and recover their costs from a mixture of author charges, institutional memberships and print subscriptions.

See the Directory of Open Access Journals DOAJ

Submission to an open access journal is certain to remove the financial access barriers for potential readers of your work. Although open access journals are relatively new, evidence to date suggests that publishing with them may increase the reach and impact of your work.


eScholarship publishes a number of journals that are edited by UC faculty or sponsored by UC departments, research units, or publishing programs. Learn more about using eScholarship’s publishing services for UC-affiliated journals.
UC gets discounts on some publication fees via institutional memberships or licensing agreements.  See chart

UC Reshaping Scholarly Communication