Suggest a Purchase

March 16th, 2017 by Steven Dunlap

Do you know of a great book, an important journal or a very useful database? Please let us know. Go to the Lane Library Home Page, click on the red “Contact us” button on the right side, select “Suggest a Purchase.” The librarians consider every suggestion carefully. The more you can tell us about how the book, journal or database will contribute to your work or studies greatly aids our evaluation. How do you see yourself using the resource? (continue reading)

– Exam Review?
– Teaching?
– Diagnostic or treatment decisions?
– Keep up in your field?
– Something else?

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Repeal & Replace Watch

March 14th, 2017 by Steven Dunlap

Kaiser Health News Logo

Repeal & Replace Watch from the Kaiser Health News site tracks “the new administration’s plans to revamp the health care system. With analysis, explanation, investigation and data, Repeal & Replace Watch follows the new politics of health care.” For a non-partisan, fact-based primer on the most recent legislative effort see the post: Say What? Fact-Checking The Chatter Around The GOP Health Bill.

Usefulness of useless knowledge

March 14th, 2017 by Steven Dunlap

New book: a reprinting of The Usefulness of useless knowledge, Abraham Flexner’s seminal essay about the value of primary research remains relevant today given “a forty-year tightening of funding for scientific research has meant that resources are increasingly directed toward applied or practical outcomes, with the intent of creating products of immediate value.” In his companion essay that accompanies this reprinting of Flexner’s, Robbert Dijkgraaf the current Director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, provides a bridge from 1939 to the present showing how basic research has led to major transformations in the past century (X-rays and lasers, and more).

Publishing Research Data

March 3rd, 2017 by Steven Dunlap

Wooden loetter blocks spelling Data resting on the open book

We find publishing research data becoming increasingly prevalent. Springer Nature recently updated their research data policies, which probably impacts many authors at the School of Medicine. To learn more about these policies and to see a list of Springer Nature journals that have adopted one of these policies we suggest researchers take a look at Springer’s Research Data Policy Types.

Photo courtesy of Janneke Staaks.

Open Access Update

March 1st, 2017 by Steven Dunlap

GATES FOUNDATION AND AAAS Starting January 1, 2017 all Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded research published will be accessible immediately upon publication. The Foundation has formed a partnership with The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to ensure open access to research funded by the Gates Foundation and published in the Science family of journals.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation started an Open Access Policy for articles published from funded research in 2015. At first, the Foundation allowed the publishers to make the articles exclusive to subscribers (called an embargo) for up to 12 months. But now that the 2-year transition period has ended all research published has to have full open access terms. The Foundation will “pay reasonable fees required by a publisher to effect publication on these terms.”

The partnership with the AAAS will facilitate grantees publishing in journals such as Science, Science Translational Medicine, Science Signaling, Science Advances, Science Immunology or Science Robotics.

Hearing Aids

March 1st, 2017 by Steven Dunlap

Book Cover

Hearing Aids
The library received a print copy donated by Stanford author Gerald R Popelka, PhD, Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Also an e-book, part of the series: Springer handbook of auditory research.

the first Handbook of its kind in the area of hearing aid research, often the least-defined, least-understood, part of the multi-disciplinary research process. (Wordery review)

  • Overview of current key issues in hearing aid research from the perspective of many different disciplines.
  • Offers insight into the scientific knowledge, current technology, and future technology that can help improve hearing aids.
  • Useful to people with a wide range of backgrounds, including engineers, basic scientists, ENT specialists, and audiologists.

— From Preface.

Featured Data Sets

February 22nd, 2017 by Steven Dunlap

Project Tycho from the University of Pittsburgh provides free data sets on diseases.
Science Magazine, editorial Feb 17 2017:
“Analyses of these data revealed that vaccine development and systematic vaccination programs have led to dramatic reductions in the number of cases.” — Data in Public Health, by Jeremy Berg

  • Contains information corresponding to nearly 88 million cases
  • Includes all available city and state notifiable disease data from 1888 to 2011, mostly from hard-copy sources
  • ∼100 million cases of serious childhood diseases have been prevented through vaccination programs
  • Tycho open to interested parties without restriction

New Book – The Truth in Small Doses

February 21st, 2017 by Steven Dunlap

Book cover

The Truth in Small Doses: Why We’re Losing the War on Cancer—and How to Win It
by Clifton Leaf, Deputy Editor of Fortune Magazine, and recent speaker at the Dean’s Lecture Series.

A decade ago, Clifton Leaf … a cancer survivor himself, began to investigate why we had made such limited progress in fighting this terrifying disease. The result is a gripping narrative that reveals why the public’s immense investment in research has been badly misspent


Tech tip Tuesday – Beware of Crapware

February 21st, 2017 by Steven Dunlap

Illustration for PC Magazine article depicting computer malware

Trying to save money so you buy a really cheap PC? There’s a reason that PC costs so little: software makers pay to have their software loaded on the PC in advance or on the install disc the store gives you. Uninstalling it proves time-consuming and frustrating. How to Clean Crapware From a New PC by Eric Griffith on PC Magazine describes how to solve this problem so you can buy your cheap PC and use it too.

The solution:
– Windows 10 (not 7, 8, or 8.1)
– start with a full reset of the OS using the Windows 10 Refresh Tool
– Beware of download sites such as CNET’s, Tucows, FileHippo, Softpedia, Snapfiles
– Download from the software developer’s sites

Guidance for managing ethical issues in infectious disease outbreaks

February 16th, 2017 by Steven Dunlap

Guidance cover

Guidance for managing ethical issues in infectious disease outbreaks by the World Health Organization. Previous guidance from the WHO focused on the specific pathogen. This document started with the work of ad-hoc ethics working groups that met in Geneva, Switzerland to provide guidance on the use of untested interventions during the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa then expanded to address the cross-cutting ethical issues that apply to infectious disease outbreaks generally.

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