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Worldview 100

July 27th, 2015 by Mary Wood

The Worldview 100

Scientific American’s Worldview 100 ranks two UC Davis faculty among the top 100 visionaries in biotechnology.
“The visionaries who continue to reshape biotechnology—and the world”

At just 40 years old, biotechnology is a relatively new industry. Its starting point, arguably, was the 1975 Asilomar Conference on Recombinant DNA, at which the potential benefits and hazards of DNA manipulation and the ways it should be regulated were debated and essentially decided upon…Here, we name 100 of the industry’s leading lights in a list we’ve dubbed “The Worldview 100.” The honorees include researchers who provided fundamental insights into biological processes, as well as their colleagues who developed those insights to create the biology-based goods and services that are the essence of biotechnology…


Director  |  World Food Center  |  University of California, Davis |  Davis, California, U.S.
This plant biologist visionary and founding president of the Danforth Center knows how to keep things in perspective. “After a series of laboratory successes that followed the discovery of disease-resistant technologies, I self-assuredly referenced ‘being on a roll,’” he told Worldview. “Soon thereafter I took a fall and a long roll down a run at the Purgatory ski resort at a Keystone Conference. To my chagrin and embarrassment, a friend, Jonathan Jones, from the John Innes Center, UK, shouted, ‘Are you still on a roll, Beachy?’—not just one time, but repeatedly in following years.”


Director |  Laboratory for Crop Genetics Innovation & Scientific Literacy  |  University of California, Davis |  Davis, California, U.S.
When Worldview asked Ronald to tell us her greatest contribution to biotechnology, she pointed out her work with rice, in particular, “isolation of the Xa21 resistance gene and the Sub1 submergence tolerance gene in collaboration with my colleagues.” Her pick for the most exciting application of biotech in the past year: the HIV and Ebola vaccines.


Colleagues from UCSF and UCB

Atul Butte
Director  |  Institute of Computational Health Sciences  |  University of California, San Francisco  |  San Francisco, California, U.S.
Discussing the new institute, Butte notes, “We hope that we will be successful in making discoveries and developing diagnostics and therapeutics. If we want to change the world of medicine, we have to bring those discoveries into the marketplace and closer to patients.”

Jennifer Doudna
Li Ka Shing Chancellor’s Professor in Biomedical & Health Sciences  |  University of California  |  Berkeley, California, U.S.
One of the leading researchers who created the CRISPR-Cas9 technology for genome engineering, Doudna believes that we must “increase connections and communications between academic labs and companies” to help biotechnology move ahead even faster.

Find Biomedical Images

July 1st, 2015 by Mary Wood

Lane Medical Library’s Bio-Image Search

  • Enables discovery of biomedical images you can use i.e., images with Public Domain & Creative Commons licenses
  • Aggregates biomedical images from many image sources
  • Displays results in four groups, from broadest reuse rights to most limited reuse rights

Lane Medical Library – search for biomedical images

Online Veterinary Anatomy Museum OVAM

June 19th, 2015 by Mary Wood

Online Veterinary Anatomy Museum

The Online Veterinary Anatomy Museum (OVAM) is a compendium of photos, drawings, radiographs and micrographs of animals commonly encountered by veterinary students. The virtual museum is composed of digital materials from more than 15 institutions including veterinary schools in the UK, the rest of Europe, India and Australasia.

The initial project, which developed out of WikiVet, was funded by JISC, a UK registered charity that supports use of digital technologies for education and research.

NIH Notices to enhance reproducibility

June 12th, 2015 by Mary Wood

NIH issues NOTICES on proposed changes in grant application and peer review process


NOT-OD-15-103 proposes changes in four areas deemed critical for enhancing rigor and transparency in NIH-funded research which are addressed in the proposed changes:

The scientific premise of the proposed research
Rigorous experimental design for robust and unbiased results
Consideration of sex and other relevant biological variables
Authentication of key biological and/or chemical resources

NOT-OD-15-102 provides further details on the expectation that investigators factor sex as a biological variable into the research design, analysis, and reporting components of grant applications involving vertebrate animal or human studies.


The updates are currently pending approval by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). NIH expects to incorporate changes into funding opportunity announcements and the Standard Form 424 (Research and Related) Grant Application Guide in Fall 2015. The revisions will apply to grant applications submitted in January 2016 and beyond. Additionally, peer reviewer training starting in Spring 2016 will include the four highlighted areas of reproducibility.

June 9 blog post by Sally Rockey, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, and Larry Tabak, Principal Deputy Director of NIH

NIH has created a site describing ongoing efforts in rigor and reproducibility.

from AAMC June 12 Washington Highlights

Digital Science visit June 11

June 5th, 2015 by Mary Wood

Digital Science Research Tools presentation 6/11

UC Davis Office of Research and University Library welcome Digital Science, featuring products for collaborative writing and publishing, research management for life science labs, to help analyze and understand the research funding landscape and altmetrics.

Lunch / presentations
Thursday, June 11
12:00 – 1:15 pm
Shields Library, Instruction Room (2nd floor)

Overleaf is a collaborative science publication system that makes the whole process more open and more transparent by bringing the whole scientific process into one place, from idea to writing to review to publication

Labguru marries the electronic lab notebook with project and logistics management. It offers an easy means of tracking projects, protocols, biological collections & materials.

Dimensions for Universities is a funding data aggregator that provides a view on funding resources where the funding has been allocated. The system shows historical awarded grant data from over 70 funders back to 1965 and active grant data up to 2024 and allows institutions to identify emerging areas into which research funding is being channeled

Altmetric tracks article level outputs for your institution. The data in this tool can be used to show faculty, staff and students a richer picture of their online research impact & it allows users to track and measure online activity around academic research.


SciVal … Experts … Pure

May 29th, 2015 by Mary Wood



.SciVal Experts is now part of Pure

 : an application that scans through Scopus to isolate faculty researcher profile summary data, including research topics and publications

SciVal includes author information such as H index, co-authors, cited papers, journals, grants, and affiliation
Also at the author level, provides trends, similar experts, research network, institutional network, and coauthor network
At department level, provides publications, journals, grants, trends, and institutional and research networks


“In an effort to synergize inter-disciplinary clinical and translational research, UC Davis is committed to using innovative research tools and information technologies to promote collaboration regardless of organizational affiliation or position within the bench-to-bedside-to-population spectrum of science. This expertise portal is a key component of UC Davis mission to catalyze the application of new knowledge and techniques to clinical practice at the front lines of patient care.”



Research profiles include those scientists from the
Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Veterinary Medicine


More about Pure & SciVal

New NIH biosketch format May 25, 2015

May 12th, 2015 by Mary Wood

Notice Number: NOT-OD-15-032

New Biographical Sketch Format Required for NIH and AHRQ Grant Applications May 25, 2015
Research grant applications, career development, training grant, and all other application types should use the general Biographical Sketch Format Page and instructions and sample.

Tool to Help Build the New Biosketchsciencv_2

SciENcv serves as an interagency system designed to create biosketches for multiple federal agencies, and supports the new biosketch format.

SciENcv pulls information from available resources making it easy to develop a repository of information that can be readily updated and modified to prepare future biosketches. A YouTube video provides instructions for using SciENcv.

Start Using SciENcv to Create and Maintain Your Biosketch Profiles


Three changes to the biosketch:

The allowed length has been increased from four to five pages.

Up to five of the applicant’s most significant contributions to science are to be included in section C. Description can include the impact of each, its context and the role of the applicant. The importance of each contribution can be underscored by up to four peer-reviewed publications, videos, patents, databases or other products.

A URL to the applicant’s publicly available bibliography may be provided.

The primary difference is section C. In SciENcv, you can add contributions and select citations to support them from your Bibliography. It also allows you to include a link to your complete Bibliography

Every researcher with a MyNCBI account has access to the MyBibliography and SciENcv tools. If you maintain MyBibliography as you publish and edit the settings to make it “Public,” you will be provided with a URL that you can share on your biosketch.

SciENcv is connected to MyBibliography, and you can directly import the citations you want into section C. To create the new biosketch in SciENcv, click on “Create New Profile.” You will be given three options—to create a profile from scratch, from an external source or from another profile. To minimize the amount of changes you need to make, if you have used SciENcv before, select “from another profile.” If you have an eRA commons account, you can use it as the external source. Both options auto-populate sections of your biosketch. In all cases the type of document that you should create is “New NIH Biosketch.”


UCLA CTSI NIH Biosketch Tips  (includes recorded webinar)

Access to Global Unique Device Identification Database

May 6th, 2015 by Mary Wood

NLM and FDA Launch Public Access to Global Unique Device Identification Databaseindex

The FDA and the National Library of Medicine announced that data submitted to FDA’s

Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID)

is now publicly available through a website called AccessGUDID

Search / download information that device labelers have submitted to the GUDID about their medical devices.

Because the UDI system is being phased in over the next several years, labelers are currently submitting data on only the highest risk medical devices, a small subset of marketed devices. But as the system is implemented according to the UDI compliance timeline, the records of all medical devices required to have a UDI will be included.

This is a beta version of AccessGUDID; after exploring its contents and assessing its functionality, please provide feedback in order to shape future enhancements, including advanced search and web services.  Submit feedback through the Contact Us link at the bottom of the AccessGUDID landing page or the FDA UDI Help Desk.

Changes to Google Chrome — Problems with Scopus and Ovid

April 24th, 2015 by Bruce Abbott

Google Chrome Version 42 recently instituted a change that turned the Java web plugin off by default. This leads to problems with how Google Chrome interacts with some of the Library’s databases, including Scopus and Ovid.

Elsevier has added these easy to follow directions to the Scopus web pages on how you can re-enable the Java web plugin.

NEJM Videos: Superior experience with UCDavis Library VPN Client

April 23rd, 2015 by Amy Studer

Did you know that there are several different approaches for remote access to UC Davis Library licensed resources?  Most people are familiar with the Web VPN, but the VPN Client works better in a number of situations.  VPN_button

For example, New England Journal of Medicine has some really helpful “videos in clinical medicine,” including:


Putting On and Removing Personal Protective Equipment
Rafael Ortega, M.D., Nahid Bhadelia, M.D., Osamede Obanor, B.S., Kyle Cyr, M.A., Priscilla Yu, B.A., Maureen McMahon, R.N., and Dahlia Gotzmann, B.S.N.  N Engl J Med 2015; 372:e16March 19, 2015DOI: 10.1056/NEJMvcm1412105

Video link:


The VPN Client is the recommended authentication approach for viewing these videos from off-campus.

Here are instructions about how to install the VPN Client:

Note:  Installing the VPN Client requires installing Java as a first step.

For problems with installing JAVA or the VPN Client software, contact:


Choose the VPN Client (Network Connect) if you:

  • Tend to use multiple windows and tabs in your browser
  • You often connect to PDFs which have URL links
  • You want to use the “Find Full Text” feature in EndNote
  • Use MyNCBI in PubMed
  • Rely on licensed resources not accessible via the Web VPN
  • Prefer uninterrupted access to licensed resources from your own computer
  • Prefer OS-level rather than browser-level access to licensed resources

Let us know how the VPN Client works for you… OR