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Exotic pets: health and safety issues for children and parents

October 31st, 2012 by Ferguson Mitchell

J Pediatr Health Care. 2012 Mar;26(2):e2-6. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2011.11.009. Epub 2011 Dec 28.

Millions of households own exotic pets and this trend is increasing. This article discusses zoonoses associated with exotic animals, injuries and exotic pets, other health problems associated with exotic pets and high-quality information and resources on the web.

Images courtesy the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital Small Animal Clinic.

NEW – Open Access Fund Pilot

October 22nd, 2012 by Mary Wood

UC Davis Open Access Fund pilot (UCD-OAF) supports
Academic Senate, Academic Federation members, faculty, post-docs, residents, fellows, and graduate students
who want to make their journal articles free to all readers immediately upon publication.

UCD-OAF provides Davis authors reimbursement up to $1000/article for open access fees for those publishing in full open access journals  (journals in which all articles are published open access)

The fund is intended to subsidize reasonable open access publishing charges for researchers when funds are otherwise unavailable. Eligible charges include article processing fees for fully open access journals.


The California Digital Library and UC Davis University Library are providing the funds in order to support UCD authors interested in reshaping models of scholarly publishing.
The University Library will track how the funds are spent, and the success and sustainability of the pilot will be evaluated.
The chief goals of the program include fostering greater dissemination of the work of University of California, Davis scholars and encouraging author control of copyright.

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Optimize predictive value of preclinical research

October 15th, 2012 by Mary Wood

NIH–sponsored workshop calls for more detailed reporting in animal studies

Improved study design and data sharing are expected to speed therapy development


A workshop sponsored by NIH‘s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) has produced a set of consensus recommendations to improve the design and reporting of animal studies.  By making animal studies easier to replicate and interpret, the workshop recommendations are expected to help funnel promising therapies to patients.

The workshop recommendations published in Nature, Oct. 10, A call for transparent reporting to optimize the predictive value of preclinical research, apply to scientific papers as well as grant applications that describe preclinical animal studies – those intended to develop and test potential therapies.

The recommendations say that all preclinical animal studies should include details about four key aspects of research methodology:
randomization, blinding, sample size estimation, and data handling

In the 1990s, concerns about under-reporting and bias in clinical studies led British and Canadian researchers to develop the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) statement.  It includes a 25-item checklist of vital information that researchers should provide and readers should look for in write-ups of clinical studies.  The CONSORT statement has been adopted by more than half of the core biomedical journals searchable through NIH’s index of scientific publications, PubMed.

Notice in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts emphasizing the importance of good study design in grant applications.
NINDS has posted a list of points for grant applicants to consider when designing and reporting experiments, and for reviewers to consider when reading grant applications.

REFERENCE:  Landis, SC et al. “A call for transparent reporting to optimize the predictive value of preclinical research.”  Nature,  October 10, 2012.  DOI: 10.1038/nature11556

Join us for Open Access Week 2012 events

October 9th, 2012 by

Open Access Week, a global event now entering its sixth year, is an opportunity to discuss and learn about the potential benefits of open access publishing. As the UC community debates open access mandates, faces federal data sharing requirements, and along with the rest of the worldwide research and academic community debates how to work with an ever-increasing amount of scholarly information, Open Access Week is more relevant and important than ever.

Please join the UC Davis Library in celebrating Open Access Week 2012 with three special events:

Should You Publish in Open Access Journals?
This session will include a short introduction to OA publishing, followed by a facilitated audience discussion on the pros and cons of publishing in open access journals, led by Michael Rogawski M.D., Professor of Neurology. Bring your questions and come ready to participate!
Monday, October 22, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Education Building Room 1204, UC Davis Medical Center Sacramento Campus map

Open data and open access:  expert panel discussion
Four experts — MacKenzie Smith (UCD University Librarian), Jonathan Eisen (UCD Professor and PLoS Biology editor), Timothy Vollmer (Creative Commons) and Carly Strasser (DataOne and California Digital Library) will debate the merits of open access and open data and discuss recent developments in scholarly publishing and sharing data. Come with your questions for what promises to be a lively, cutting-edge discussion!
Wednesday, October 24 at 11:30am-1:00p
Nelle Branch room, 2nd floor Shields Library map

Data Management for Researchers: Organizing, Describing, and Sharing your Data
This workshop, presented by Carly Strasser, will introduce researchers to basic data management principles and demonstrate tools you can use to organize and share data. Not sure whether you should be publishing your data, or how to get started? Come to this workshop!
Wednesday, October 24, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Library Instruction Lab, 1st floor Shields Library map

Questions or RSVPs? Contact Raquel Abad at or 916-734‑3870 (Sacramento), or Phoebe Ayers at or 530-752-9948 (main campus).

Interdisciplinary Frontiers / Shared Horizons

October 8th, 2012 by Mary Wood


Shared Horizons: Data, Biomedicine and the Digital Humanities

What are the intersections between biomedicine and humanities scholarship? How might biomedical research methodologies influence humanities inquiry? What interpretative processes might humanities scholarship share with biomedical research?

The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) invites biomedical and humanities scholars to investigate data, biomedicine, and the digital humanities.
Together with the Off. Digital Humanities of the Natl Endowment for the Humanities, the Natl Library of Medicine of the NIH, and the Research Councils UK, two-day symposium to:

address questions about collaboration, research methodologies, and the interpretation of evidence arising from the interdisciplinary opportunities in this burgeoning area of biomedical-driven humanities scholarship
investigate the current state of the field
facilitate future research collaborations between the humanities and biomedical sciences


Interdisciplinary Humanities Related … Funding opportunity at UC Davis

Interdisciplinary Frontiers in the Humanities and Arts (IFHA) Program

The UC Davis campus Interdisciplinary Frontiers in the Humanities and Arts (IFHA) program will facilitate the formation and enhancement of interdisciplinary teams to conduct collaborative research of significant value and relevance. An objective of the IFHA program is to further strengthen the ability of UC Davis faculty to compete for major foundation, federal and philanthropic grants and to explore partnerships with civil society and the private sector.

Program objective to create internationally competitive interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary Research Clusters from across UC Davis in all the fields of the humanities, quantitative social sciences, humanistic social sciences, and the creative and performing arts.

Public Health: New Offerings

October 1st, 2012 by Amy Studer

Oxford Bibliographies:  Public Health

Combining the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia, this resource guides researchers to scholarship in 65 public health topics, such as: air & water quality, community-based participatory research,  the Ottawa Charter, & violence prevention.  To explore this resource, link from the home page of this other new resource:

Public Health MPH Student Guide

The public health subject guide offers quick access to select library resources for the public health community at UC Davis, including recommended public health literature databases and links to sources of data and statistics.

NEW LIBRARY CLASS:  Accessing the Public Health Literature

This hour long workshop is designed for students and others who are interested in the literature of public health.  Using PubMed as a starting point, this class will cover additional databases and public health related data sources based on the interests of attendees.  To be offered every 2-3 weeks during fall quarter.  Click here for the class schedule.

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