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Nobel Laureate Schekman November NIH Lecture

November 25th, 2013 by Mary Wood

2013 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine Dr. Randy Schekman lecture

hosted by NIH Cell Biology and Metabolism Program can be viewed here



Professor of cell biology and developmental biology at UC Berkeley, Schekman detailed his investigation of the autophagy pathway, which offers keys to understanding mammalian cellular responses to stress and pathogen infection.

He urged the scientific community to reconsider “where and how we choose to publish our most important work” and to:


sign the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment DORA which aims to improve the ways in which the outputs of scientific research are evaluated
submit papers to online journals such as e-Life, where articles are not restricted by length, incur no page charges, are accessible to all subscription and are edited by active investigators.

“Don’t only focus on traditional journals. Their limitations are artificial by the standards of the 21st century.”

UC Davis Global Health website

November 21st, 2013 by Mary Wood

“UC Davis is uniquely positioned to provide integrated solutions, education, and expertise on issues surrounding global health through a collaborative effort involving the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Veterinary Medicine, AgricultureEngineering, and Management and the program in Public Health and International Development.  Ours is a truly interdisciplinary approach to assessing and improving the health of people, animals, and the environment around the world.”


UC Davis Global Health website

Calendar of global health speakers, conferences, and events
Monthly Global Health Night first Tuesday of each month


PMC Releases New ID Converter

November 19th, 2013 by Mary Wood

PMC (PubMed Central) has just released an upgrade to the ID converter:

PMCID – PMID -Manuscript ID – DOI Converter

This utility allows you to start with the unique identifier for an article that is in PMC, and find additional unique identifiers that may apply to the article.  Further details here.

Improvements include support for DOIs, auto-detection of the ID type based on its format, and enhanced output. It also provides output in any of several different formats: HTML, XML, JSON, or CSV.

This tool uses an underlying web service, that is also publicly available for those needing programmatic access to this data. ID Converter API documentation here.


NCBI Discovery Workshops @ UC Davis Library [Webinar Edition]

November 15th, 2013 by Amy Studer
Image:  Light Helix by BloodLight
The UC Davis Library is pleased to announce:

2013 NCBI Discovery Workshops @ UC Davis Library [Webinar Edition]

The workshops will focus on the following areas:

1.      Sequences, Genomes, and Maps:  December 17, 2013 from 12:30-2:30pm PT
2.      Proteins, Domains, and StructuresDecember 18, 2013 from 12:30-2:30pm PT
3.      NCBI BLAST ServicesDecember 19, 2013 from 12:30-2:30pm PT
4.      Human Variation and Disease GenesDecember 20, 2013 from 12:30-2:30pm PT

You are welcome to register for one or more workshops, each emphasizing different sets of NCBI resources.  Specific examples will be used to highlight important features of the resources and tools under study and to demonstrate how to accomplish common tasks.  Electronic copies of detailed handouts for each session will provide step-by-step instructions and additional information about each example.

All workshops are taught by NCBI staff and will consist of 1.5 hours of instruction followed by a Q & A period.

Due to the US Government sequester, the workshop instructors will not be able to present in person at UC Davis, as in previous years.  Instead, you are invited to attend all sessions via webinar, using your own computer or perhaps collaborating with your department or research group to view together.

NCBI Discovery Workshops Website:

Questions?  Contact or

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SciENcv – Science Experts Network

November 7th, 2013 by Mary Wood

Availability of a Test (Beta) Version of the Science Experts Network (SciENcv)

NIH Notice, NOT-OD-13-114sciencecv_logo_a1
Release Date: September 17, 2013

This new electronic system will enable researchers to easily assemble the information (including expertise, employment, education and professional accomplishments) to populate an NIH biographical sketch (biosketch).  Initially, the goal of SciENcv is to reduce the burden associated with creating and maintaining federal biosketches while accommodating the need to describe scientific contributions.

NIH launched a test version of Science Experts Network (SciENcv) which allows users to create an online professional profile to share with others.  In addition, the SciENcv profile allows users to note their ORCID IDs. ORCID provides a persistent and unique author identifier number for authors. For more information on ORCID, see FAQs.

Users are encouraged to test SciENcv and provide feedback. To create a SciENcv profile, users should sign in to My NCBI.  A SciENcv profile will be automatically populated with information stored in an NIH Biographical Sketch for eRA Commons account holders who have linked their eRA account to My NCBI.

SciENcv is a cooperative project by academic research institutions and federal agencies that participate in the Federal Demonstration Partnership. An interagency workgroup with representatives from NIH, NSF, the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Smithsonian developed the concept. SciENcv is closely connected to the STAR METRICS program.

The Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae project
My NCBI Help: SciENcv
My NCBI Curriculum Vitae Web Application: SciENcv

PubMed Relevancy Sort

November 5th, 2013 by Amy Studer

PubMed now includes a new relevance sort option.

The “Relevance” sort option is available from the “Display Settings” menu under the “Sort by” selections.  Initially, easy access to relevance sort will also be provided under a “New feature” discovery tool (see red boxes on image).

The relevance sort order for search results is based on an algorithm that analyzes each PubMed citation that includes the search terms. For each search query, “weight” is calculated for citations depending on how many search terms are found and in which fields they are found. In addition, recently-published articles are given a somewhat higher weight for sorting.

PubMed Relevancy

For additional information, please visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

This blog entry was adapted from NewsBits Blog from NN/LM Pacific Southwest Region, October 23, 2013.