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Lecture, October 7, “Integrating multi-scale data for biomedical discovery and clinical implementation”

October 1st, 2015 by Deanna Johnson


Lecture Presenter: Dr. Russell Altman

Lecture Presenter: Dr. Russell AltmanThe program will be videocast at:

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the first annual Donald A.B. Lindberg & Donald West King Lecture on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 1:00 PM EDT in Masur Auditorium, Building 10 in Bethesda, MD. The inaugural lecture, which honors recently retired NLM Director Dr. Lindberg and former NLM Deputy Director of Research and Education Dr. King, is titled, “Integrating Multi-scale Data for Biomedical Discovery and Clinical Implementation.” It will be given by Russell Altman, MD, PhD, of Stanford University. Dr. Altman’s primary interests are in the field of bioinformatics. He is particularly interested in the analysis of protein and RNA structure and function, both in an individual problem-centered manner and on a functional genomic scale. Dr. Altman currently serves as a member of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD).

The program will be videocast at:

And archived for later viewing at:


OpenHelix: bioinformatics & genomics tutorials (trial)

April 14th, 2015 by Mary Wood


Click here for trial access

[Note:  We have received some reports of problems viewing in Chrome and Firefox browsers when using the Web VPN.  No problems have been reported with Internet Explorer.]

To access and analyze the vast amounts of data available, the researcher and scientist must learn how to use the databases and tools that are used to store and analyze genomics and genomics related data.

To help faculty, staff and students quickly learn to use these resources, OpenHelix has created over 100 tutorial suites on critical databases and tools.

The University Library currently has a trial subscription and the opportunity to evaluate the OpenHelix bioinformatics and genomics tutorial suites.

“The tutorial suites include an introductory online narrated tutorials, can be viewed from beginning to end or navigated using chapters and forward and backward sliders.  In addition to the tutorials, training materials including the animated PowerPoint slides used as a basis for the tutorial, suggested script for the slides, slide handouts, and exercises.”


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NCBI Workshops at UC Davis

August 9th, 2014 by Amy Studer

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September 15 – 16, 2014

Presented by Peter Cooper, PhD & Wayne Matten, PhD
National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)

2205 Haring Hall

Pre-registration is complete. 

You are welcome to register on-site, 15 minutes prior to the start of each workshop.

This series of in-person workshops will focus on the following:

Monday, September 15, 2014:

9-11:30am             Navigating NCBI Molecular Data Using the Integrated Entrez System and BLAST

1-3:30pm               NCBI Genomes, Assemblies and Annotation Products: Microbes to Human

Tuesday, September 16, 2014:

9am-11:30am       Advanced NCBI BLAST

1-3:30pm               Gene Expression Resources at NCBI

Workshop format will include lecture and hands-on activities.  Participants are encouraged to bring laptops for practice sessions.  Workshops are free of charge and open to UC Davis faculty, students and staff, as well as others in the Sacramento region.  Guest wireless Internet access will be provided.

Printed handouts will NOT be provided.  Link to course materials:

Questions?       Contact


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For a detailed description of workshops:  Read the rest of this entry »

NCBI Discovery Workshops @ UC Davis Library [Webinar Edition]

November 15th, 2013 by Amy Studer
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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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A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI

May 3rd, 2013 by Amy Studer
DNA Molecule display, Oxford University

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I had the wonderful experience of spending March and April enrolled in a new course sponsored by the National Library of Medicine:

A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI

We started with an online preparatory course, which culminated with a week of instruction on NCBI bioinformatics databases at NLM on the NIH Campus in Bethesda.

The course was taught by NCBI staff and Diane Rein, Ph.D., M.L.S., Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology Liaison from the Health Science Library, University at Buffalo.

The goal was to learn how to search within and across the NCBI bioinformatics resources, such as:

Also, we experimented with tools like:

I am interested in finding out more about how members of the UC Davis community are using and learning about these databases.   If you are currently using these databases for your research or want to learn more about them, please consider contacting me:

Amy Studer, Health & Life Sciences Librarian     |    530- 752-1678