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VPN app for Android Phones and iPhones or iPad

September 26th, 2013 by Bruce Abbott

Junos Pulse is a VPN app for iPhones or iPads and Android devices. Use Junos Pulse to log into the UC Davis network using either wifi or your telecommunication provider’s services. You will have network access to resources such as online journals and books, and other licensed resources, including UpToDate.

Junos Pulse is free. You may have network charges from your telecommunication provider, depending on your service plan. It may be downloaded from ITunes or from Android app providers.

How to install and use the client on Android (4.3)
How to install and use the client on iPhone (iOS 7)

Systematic Reviews of Animal Studies

September 24th, 2013 by Mary Wood

Citation: Hooijmans CR, Ritskes-Hoitinga M (2013)
Progress in Using Systematic Reviews of Animal Studies to Improve Translational Research.
PLoS Med 10(7): e1001482. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001482
…We summarize developments since 2002, focusing on the scientific rationale for systematic reviews of animal studies and the limitations and pitfalls. Moreover, we suggest further improvements in animal research to maximise its contribution to evidence-based translational research.
Authors spoke on same topic at recent Cochrane Colloquium: “Synergy of systematic reviews of animal and clinical studies: towards evidence-based translational medicine”.  (program/abstracts)

Trial for PolicyMap until November 30, 2013

September 24th, 2013 by Bruce Abbott

The library is offering a trial to PolicyMap–a mapping and data tool until November 30, 2013. Please evaluate it and compare it to our existing subscription to Social Explorer.

Access it directly here:

Here’s a bit of info on Policy Map:

PolicyMap is an online (no software installation needed) US national data and mapping tool and analytics platform with varied applications for college students and faculty. It is used in undergraduate and graduate curriculums and research related to social sciences, urban studies, real estate and housing analysis, community and economic development, public administration, public health, policy and political science, education, business, economics, statistics, and geography, among others. In the academic environment, PolicyMap enables students to concentrate on their subject matter rather than having to spend time learning a GIS tool. PolicyMap is web-based and geared toward users who may not be GIS experts but want to be able to analyze large amounts of data quickly and produce maps, tables, charts and reports with a minimal learning curve for the application itself.

Please send any comments to

NIH Medical Research Scholars Program

September 23rd, 2013 by Mary Wood

NIH Medical Research Scholars Program Accepting Applications

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) for 2014–2015 will begin accepting applications on Oct. 1. The MRSP is a yearlong, mentored research training program for qualified medical, dental, and veterinary students in basic, clinical, or translational research at the main NIH campus in Bethesda, Md. The application deadline is Jan. 15, 2014.


Changes to Library Account Logins

September 17th, 2013 by Ferguson Mitchell

As part of the Library’s response to the campus initiative to remove barcodes from the new AggieCards, students, staff and faculty can now also use their Kerberos ID and passphrase to log into their library account via the My Account links on the left bar of the Library home page.  For older cards, both the 14 digit barcode numbers and 9 digit account numbers will work from the Other Accounts and Proxies login page.  Please consult the Account FAQ for additional information.

Affordable Care Act (ACA)

September 12th, 2013 by Amy Studer

Want to find out more about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act?

Video about the Affordable Care Act

Video from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Libraries have developed resource guides about various aspects of the law, including policy and implementation:


ILAR Journal 60th Anniversary

September 12th, 2013 by Mary Wood




..ILAR Journal
..Institute for Laboratory Animal Research
..U.S. National Academy of Sciences


Information and resources on a wide variety of topics related to laboratory animal science and welfare to scientists, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees, laboratory animal veterinarians and pathologists, and regulators in the U.S. and around the world.

All back issues of the ILAR Journal can be found at the ILAR Journal homepage.

ILAR Journal 60th Anniversary Virtual Issue

The papers selected for this special e-issue come from issues of the ILAR Journal published in the last decade, and are meant to provide the reader with a taste of the depth and breadth of subjects covered by the journal.

Animal Models of Focal and Global Cerebral Ischemia<>Richard J. Traystman  44(2)

Use of the Göttingen Minipig as a Model of Diabetes, with Special Focus on Type 1 Diabetes Research<>Marianne O. Larsen and Bidda Rolin   45(3)

Stereotypies and Other Abnormal Repetitive Behaviors: Potential Impact on Validity, Reliability, and Replicability of Scientific Outcomes<>Joseph P. Garner  46(2)

Adjuvants and Antibody Production: Dispelling the Myths Associated with Freund’s Complete and Other Adjuvants<>
Harold F. Stils, Jr.  46(3)

Environmental Enrichment for Laboratory Rodents and Rabbits: Requirements of Rodents, Rabbits, and Research<>
Vera Baumans  46(2)

Animal Models of Huntington’s Disease<>Shilpa Ramaswamy, Jodi L. McBride, and Jeffrey H. Kordower  48(4)

Design and Statistical Methods in Studies Using Animal Models of Development<>Michael F. W. Festing  47(1)

Behavioral Phenotyping of Transgenic and Knockout Mice: Practical Concerns and Potential Pitfalls<>
Kathleen R. Bailey, Nathan R. Rustay, and Jacqueline N. Crawley  47(2)

Macaque Models of Human Infectious Disease<>Murray B. Gardner and Paul A. Luciw  49(2)

Noninvasive Bioluminescence Imaging in Small Animals<>Kurt R. Zinn, Tandra R. Chaudhuri, April Adams Szafran, Darrell O’Quinn, Casey Weaver, Kari Dugger, Dale Lamar, Robert A. Kesterson, Xiangdong Wang, and Stuart J. Frank  49(1)

Calorie Restriction and Aging in Nonhuman Primates<>Joseph W. Kemnitz  52(1)

Contributions of Bird Studies to Behavioral and Neurobiological Research<>Marc F. Schmidt  51(4)