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Dr. Jonna Mazet (UC Davis) to Deliver 2016 NLM/MLA Leiter Lecture, May 4

April 20th, 2016 by Deanna Johnson

Jonna Mazet, DVM, MPVM, PhD, will give the 2016 Joseph Leiter National Library of Medicine (NLM)/Medical Library Association (MLA) Lecture, Wednesday, May 4. It will take place at 1:00 PM EST (10:00 AM PST) in Lister Hill Auditorium, on the first floor of NIH Building 38A.

leiter-lecture-2016-mazet_50   Her topic will be, “Emerging Infectious Diseases in the 21st Century: A Prevention Paradigm for Surveillance, Information Sharing, and Health Diplomacy.” The lecture, which is open to the public, will also be recorded and broadcast live on the Web (and is now archived) at:

..Mazet is professor of epidemiology and disease ecology, and executive director of the One Health Institute, at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, where she focuses on global health problem solving, especially for emerging infectious disease and conservation challenges. Currently, she is the global director of a $175 million viral emergence early warning project, PREDICT, that has been developed with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Emerging Pandemic Threats Program. She was elected to the US National Academy of Medicine in 2013.

..The Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecture was established in 1983 to stimulate intellectual liaison between the MLA and the NLM. Leiter was a major contributor in cancer research at the National Cancer Institute and a leader at NLM as a champion of medical librarians and an informatics pioneer. He served as NLM Associate Director for Library Operations from 1965 to 1983.

..Directions to NLM and details about visiting NLM and the NIH campus are available at: Sign language interpreters will be provided at the lecture.


..For more information:
Stephen J. Greenberg, MSLS, PhD
Coordinator of Public Services
History of Medicine Division, NLM

Henry Stewart Talks New Releases

October 7th, 2015 by Deanna Johnson

The Henry Stewart Talks is a collection of biomedical and life sciences specially prepared animated audio visual presentations with synchronized narration. It is regularly updated and growing, with over 1,500 talks; and a new series, Cancer Genetics, has just been added. Here’s a sampling of new talks:

Play '1. Chromosome translocations and cancer		 (45 mins)'       Play '4. Role of molecular markers in guiding therapy in cancer (31 mins)'       Play '3. Respiratory Mycoplasmas'       Play '4. Nanomedicine: promises and pitfalls - part 1 of 3'       Play '9. Ischemic heart disease - part 1 of 2'       Play '7. Bacterial vaccines in development - part 1 of 2'

Chromosome translocations and cancer by Prof. Felix Mitelman, Lund University, Sweden

Role of molecular markers in guiding therapy in cancer by Prof. Joe Duffy, St Vincent’s University Hospital and University College Dublin, Ireland

Respiratory Mycoplasmas by Prof. Stephen Gillespie, University of St. Andrews, UK

Nanomedicine: promises and pitfalls – part 1 of 3 by Prof. Thomas Webster, Northeastern University, USA

Ischemic heart disease – part 1 of 2 by Dr. Vivek Lal, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia

Bacterial vaccines in development – part 1 of 2 by Dr. Kathrin Jansen, Pfizer Vaccine Research & Development, USA

New talks: Animal models in biomedical research

February 23rd, 2015 by Mary Wood





…..Henry Stewart Talks

…..Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection

Animal Models in Biomedical Research






Basic principles of animal models

  1. The moral status of invasive animal research
    Prof. Bernard E. Rollin  –  Colorado State University, USA
  1. Legal aspects of using animals for research in the U.S.
    Dr. B. Taylor Bennet  –  Management Consultant, USA
  1. Modern production of laboratory animals
    Dr. Martin Toft  –  Adlast, DK

Modern techniques for the creation of animal models

  1. Creating animal models by genetic techniques
    Mr. Emmanuel Gomas  –  Transgenic Technologies Training and Consulting, 3TC, FR
  1. Surgical models and perioperative care in swine
    Prof. M. Michael Swindle  –  Medical University of South Carolina, USA
    Prof. Mary Ann McCrackin  –  Medical University of South Carolina, USA
  1. Improving and humanizing animal models by microbiomic techniques)
    Prof. Axel Kornerup Hansen  –  University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Specific animal models

  1. Behavioral phenotyping of mouse models of neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders
    Prof. Jacqueline N. Crawley  –  UC Davis MIND Institute, Robert E. Chason Endowed Chair in Translational Research, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis School of Medicine
  1. Development of immunotherapies for type 1 diabetes. Value and limitations of mouse models.
    Prof. Matthias von Herrath  –  Novo Nordisk Ltd, USA

Henry Stewart Talks added to University Library collection

January 22nd, 2015 by Deanna Johnson

Henry Stewart Talks


UC Davis University Library has licensed the Henry Stewart Talks Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection for 2015. This collection currently contains 1800 lectures, of various lengths, by leading world experts.

Additional lectures are added monthly, a running list of which may be viewed here.


Recent lectures include:

Translational Medicine: Bench to Bedside

June 10th, 2014 by Mary Wood
Science Reference for Library of Congress announces availability of a new science webcast
The Library of Congress celebrated the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the DNA structure with a panel discussion that included
Nobel Laureate James D. Watson  (in collaboration with other scientists discovered the structure of DNA)
Nobel Laureate Carol Greider, Johns Hopkins Univ (and graduate of Davis Senior High, UCSB, and UCB)
Orla Smith, moderator, managing editor of Science Translational Medicine
The discussion focused on translational medicine, which takes basic scientific discoveries in the laboratory (bench) and uses it in the field (bedside) to produce new drugs, devices and treatment options of cancer and other diseases. The biological processes brought about by understanding the structure of DNA have been opening doors to new medical research and treatments since 1953.
Video also on the Library’s YouTube channel

Dogs in WWII

December 3rd, 2012 by Mary Wood

Household canines serve in World War II


Semper Fido

Nov 30, 2012  /  This American Life
480: Animal Sacrifice (radio program, recording available, 20 minutes)
What animals sacrifice for us, and what we sacrifice for them

Susan Orlean, NY Times writer, tells about the moment America asked untrained household canines to make the ultimate sacrifice: to serve in World War II. Susan talks to a woman who remembers being a teenager when her dog Tommy joined the service, and digs into the National Archives to learn the fate of other dogs that fought on the front lines.



Dogs are inducted into the Army, Front Royal, VA, 1942. (111-SC-140929)



Soldiers and Animals in World War II

Fall 1996, Vol. 28, No. 3

Let the Records Bark!
Personal Stories of Some Special Marines in World War II

Winter 2011, Vol. 43, No. 4

EndNote X5: downloading the free licensed version for UC Davis students, staff & faculty

October 11th, 2011 by

My UC Davis Site

Watch all or part of the video on YouTube

Watch the video onYouTube:

For Jeff Magnin’s UWP 104 Class, working on an annotated bibliography with the help of EndNote.
Downloading your free licensed version of EndNote X5 from the MyUCDavis website:
The video will also show an example of seeking a citation style that was not available with the download, namely CSE/CBE.
In the case when you don’t find your preferred Output Style, just go to the website and seach for your required Output Style. Download the files and put them into the Styles folders within your EndNote X5 folder. We walk through the process.

Earlier, I sent 21 citations from the Web of Science database to my EndNote Desktop software.
You may also export your citations as text files from databases that do not have the direct EndNote or EndNote Web support. You can easily import these text files in Endnote format into your EndNote database directly from the EndNote file menu. All of these citations can be reformatted into our preferred format, such as CSE/CBE that is being used in the UWP 104 class.
You will be able to organize your citations and place into their own group folders. You’ll be able to sync your EndNote Desktop version with your EndNote Web account and work with either of your EndNote libraries (desktop or Web) when writing your paper using a popular wordprocessing software such as Word or similar. You’ll find the EndNote toolbar available in your Word software. If you do not see it, take a look in the tools menu.
For further help, be sure to check out the UC Davis Endnote website. We offer classes and ongoing support for EndNote and EndNote Web.

Shields Library Instruction website:
Download your free version of the licensed Endnote X5 using your UC Davis ID and kerberos pass phrase or password.
Check out the vendor’s website for ongoing updated tutorials or to request or download specific output styles that do not ship with the EndNote Software. There are over 5000 styles available at their website:
Be sure to create your EndNote web account:

Libguide for Jeff Magnin’s class: Creating an annotated bibliography, Using Google Scholar to download citations into EndNote, Web of Science and citing your sources using CSE/CBE citation style.

STAT!Ref Announces: New Live Medical News Feed

November 9th, 2010 by Bruce Abbott

This is a press release from STAT!Ref, one of our licensed vendors, and it will likely be of interest to some of you.  To sign up for the service see the last section of the announcement:
The STAT!Ref Medical News Feed, in conjunction with Reuters Health Medical News, keeps health professionals ahead of the curve with the latest key developments in the world of medicine and pharmaceuticals. Produced by the dedicated team of journalists specializing in medicine and pharmacology, this service is an essential news resource for all educational institutions, medical programs, nursing programs, pharmaceutical businesses and other health information departments.

Key Features:

* Coverage of 200 leading international medical journals and 80 major conferences and symposia
* More than 60 healthcare and therapeutic verticals in areas such as oncology, cardiology, infectious diseases, mental health, women’s health, diabetes and more
* Written by experts, for experts. The right amount of complexity, detail and depth for a health professional audience in and easy-to-digest news format
* Flexible content and delivery, including customized feed topics
* Access to daily updates and a complete news archive of approximately 20-25 stories per day


* STAT!Ref technology and customer service paired with Reuters Information, included at no extra cost in every subscription
* An advanced news source for medical media
* Reliable and timely business intelligence information for corporate and hospital intranets
* Comprehensive and current clinical research updates for medical libraries

In order to register for STAT!Ref Medical News Feed, from Thomson Reuters you must create a My STAT!Ref “Preferences” account.

Log in to STAT!Ref
* Go to “Preferences” and log in or sign up.
* After logging into Preferences, click the STAT!Ref Thomson Reuters Alerts link on the Preferences options menu to open the STAT!Ref Medical News feed page where you can select the STAT!Ref Medical News Feed areas of Interest.

For UCDHS: use VPN (not Citrix) to access licensed journals & resources from off campus

November 20th, 2009 by

VPN: login from off campus

For off campus access to the Library’s licensed online journals & articles, use the web-based VPN (Virtual Private Network).
To login through the VPN, just look for the blue button located in various locations from the Library website or login directly from the VPN login page: 

Note: From the UCDHS Citrix client, you will NOT be able to access all of the Health Sciences Libraries’ licensed resources.  Using the VPN will give you access to the resources that are not available via the Citrix client login.

What if I am already logged in through my Citrix Account?
If you are already logged in through the Citrix client, just open up another web browser and login to the VPN with your UCD Login ID and Kerberos password. 

Getting what you need 24/7
Once logged into the VPN, you will have full access to all of the resources, including 100 plus health sciences related databases, over 43,500 electronic journals, full text articles where available and  electronic books (accessible via the website, the Clinical Resources Center or one of the library catalogs: UC Davis Harvest Catalog or Next-Generation Melvyl).

Exploring the Literature Beyond the Health Sciences Disciplines at UC Davis
There are actually around  517 electronic databases covering the disciplines at UC Davis.  Select a database and search the literature or use one of the Subject Guides to focus on databases for a specific subject area.

Checking your UCD Login ID or Kerberos Password
If you do not know whether you have a UCD login and Kerberos password, or if you have forgotten your password, you can request an account or test your password at UC Davis Computing Account Services.

Click to watch the VPN video on YouTube (1:00 minute)

Click to watch the Login~ VPN video on YouTube (1:00 minute)

Watch the video:
Note: Adobe Flash Player 10 required to view HD videos

“Planning for a Pandemic” webcast archived

November 5th, 2009 by Deanna Johnson
The “Planning for a Pandemic” Webcast from November 30 has been archived and is now available on the Public Health Reports website.


Attention! This webcast may be for you.

Pandemic[West Coast:  10:00 AM]

Webcast: Planning for a Pandemic – Can History Inform Action?

November 30, 2009 :

The next PHR Meet the Author web cast series brings together public health historians and practitioners to connect the U.S. experience of the 1918 flu pandemic to the ongoing practice issues facing influenza preparedness planning.

The program will address cutting-edge questions including:
• How did diverse communities and local leaders respond to the 1918 flu?
• How can these responses inform contemporary planning?
• How are these lessons being applied to inform the U.S. response to H1N1?
• What are the implications for planning at the local level, both in urban and rural America?

Planning for a Pandemic – Can History Inform Action?

Monday, November 30, 2009 at 10:00 AM (PST)

Howard Markel, MD, PhD
George E. Wantz Professor of The History of Medicine, University of Michigan
Alexandra Stern, PhD
Zina Pitcher Collegiate Professor in The History Of Medicine, University Of Michigan
Marty Cetron, MD
Ronald H. Lauterstein Professor Director of the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Implications for cities: David Rosner, PhD
Ronald H. Lauterstein Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and History
Implications for rural areas: Michael Meit MA, MPH
Director, Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, National Opinion Research Center

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®) or newer.