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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

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:

JoVE – Journal of Visualized Experiments

April 22nd, 2013 by Bruce Abbott

The Library has subscribed to all the parts of JoVE, so all content is now available. The URL for JoVE is:

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:
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Resources for music and video online: legal downloading and streaming alternatives

October 21st, 2009 by

In a recent post on the DMCA-info listserve, Jan Carmikle, the UC Davis Designated Agent for Digital Millennium Copyright Act notices, sent out a welcomed listing of both legal download sites and alternatives to legal downloading, namely streaming.
The compilation of resources provided by Educause is in response to the The Higher Education Opportunity Act which requires all colleges and universities to offer legal alternatives to unauthorized downloading.

The collection of resources is available on the Educause website:

Note: the site is continuously updated.

Legal downloading & streaming alternatives for music, games & video

Legal downloading & streaming alternatives for music, games & video

The Educause site includes a diverse assortment of legal alternatives to downloading, including streaming music, streaming video, online games, along with some legal P2P file sharing sites.
The streaming video sites include classic and contemporary award winning films such as those found at The Criterion Collection: online cinematheque, along with a lengthy listing of sites providing streaming access to popular TV and movie titles from commercial producers/vendors from Disney to Zune…
Many of these sites do have online stores for purchase of related products.

Looking for Educational Videos or Podcasts?

It takes a little wading around to find educational resources but they are there, though definitely buried. After keyword searching and scrolling through the channels, collections and ‘recently added’  lists, I came up with the following educational shows on Hulu:

Milestones in Science & Engineering:

The Nobel Prize (short clips):
Wired Science:

Hulu links out to some of the commercial sites, providing short clips as is the case with the TLC Discovery Health show (short clips): Big Medicine

Downloading Video and Audio Podcasts for Players or to view on your computer:

Higher Education Video and Audio Podcasts are available through iTunes (UC Davis on iTunesU) and Zune (higher education section) both requiring software downloads…but well worth it.

A favorite among the many streaming video sites is Hulu which offers an assortment of TV and video content through its channels and collections and some may be of interest to educators.
For example, in the Hulu Collections you’ll find President Obama’s speeches: and related TV and video collections.

Other Hulu services include the Publishing and design tools from their Hulu Labs:

Keep up on issues of copyright and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in action:

Subscribe to one of the UC Davis listserves: Copyright-info and DMCA-info.
Find out more about the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) at the UC Davis Innovation Access: connecting research to the market.

About the image:

The original family snapshot was cropped and edited using the built-in image editor on the free Flickr site. We used the pro features in the embedded Picnik editor (additional fonts, icons, images to overlay your photos). Subscription to the pro version provides access to the stand-alone Picnik editing site and allows the users to pull images from a variety of photo sites across the web at a cost of $24.00 for the annual subscription. Even the free Flickr accounts can be linked to the free Picnik editor via the ‘edit’ button; pro Picnik subscriptions can be linked through a login when in Flickr or Picnik. Both options allow for an arsenal of online quick editing features. To access the editor, log into your free or pro Flickr account, then click the edit button directly above any of the pictures you have uploaded.
View a larger version of the Picnik embellished image using the Halloween ghosts, copyright symbol, arrows, black and white view, item focus in blue and, my favorite, the editable lightening rod.

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