Raising of America |Screening & Panel Discussion |Thursday, November 5, 6-8pm @Hardin Library


Join us at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences for a screening and moderated discussion of the film The Raising of America.

Thursday, November 5, from 6-8pm, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
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More information about the Hardin Library Film Series is available online.

About the film
The Raising of America will reframe the way we look at early child health and development. This ambitious documentary series by the producers of Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? explores how a strong start for all our kids leads not only to better individual life course outcomes (learning, earning and physical and mental health) but also to a healthier, safer, better educated and more prosperous and equitable America.

Discussion Panelists
Resmiye Oral, MD, Director, Child Protection Program, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics-General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Renita Schmidt, PhD, Associate Professor, Teaching and Learning
Christine M. Catney, PharmD, MA, Clinical Assistant Professor, Applied Clinical Science

For more information, see our guide.
All 5 episodes are available via streaming for University of Iowa affiliates:
The Raising of America Once Upon a Time Are We Crazy About Our Kids? Wounded Places DNA Is Not Destiny



One Button Studio |Open House Grand Opening |Tuesday, Nov. 3 from 3pm-5pm

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What is One Button Studio?

One Button Studio is a user-friendly way to practice presentations. There are six simple steps:
1. Plug your own flash drive into the system
2. Load your background or PowerPoint slides (we will have several backgrounds to choose from if you don’t bring your own)
3. Activate the lights and camera with the touch of a single button
4. Record your presentation
5. Stop recording by pressing the button
6. Remove your flash drive and go

Why use it?

One Button Studio is a great tool for practicing a presentation. When view a presentation you’ve recorded, you’ll be able to spot verbal tics, hand gestures, and facial expressions that can detract from your presentation.  At this time, we do not have staffing at the library to help you edit your videos.

Examples of studio use:

•UI Instructors and faculty can use One Button Studio for a wide range of class assignments, such as documenting small-group discussions, presentations, and mock interviews. Clinical training can be enhanced by using the Studios to participate in variety of mock patient interactions, such as medical history intake.

•UI staff can use the Studios to create instruction videos for student employees.

•Community members can also use One Button Studio. Popular projects include recording family history and creating presentations.

•If you have some basic video editing skills, you can even use One Button Studio to create a video that includes other elements such as music, titles, captions, photography, and video footage shot outside the studio.

Want a personal tour?
Email Sarah Andrews to set up a time.

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Master your references and research with EndNote Desktop | workshops this Fall @Hardin Library

endnoteEndNote is a reference management tool that helps you to easily gather together your references in one place, organize them, and then insert them into papers and format them in a style of your choosing.
This session will walk you through the basics of using EndNote to collect and format your citations. The class will be hands-on and there will be time for questions at the end.
Our sessions this Fall:

Register online or by calling 319-335-9151.   No time for class?  See our guide.

EndNote Desktop is available for free to faculty, staff, and graduate students only.   Load EndNote Desktop on your own computer for free.  Undergraduates may download EndNote Basic for free.

Open Access Week | Guest Post |On Generous Scholarship

By Willow Fuchs

During the month of Open Access week (October 19-25) we will be highlighting a number of guest posts from University of Iowa Faculty and Staff who have personal experience making their work Open Access.  We appreciate their contributions.

The third guest post is by Meenakshi Gigi Durham, distinguished scholar, teacher, and writer whose durhamwork centers on media and the politics of the body. Her research emphasizes issues of gender, sexuality, race, youth cultures, and sexual violence.  She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies.

See her Iowa Research Online deposited publications here.

On generous scholarship

A vital aspect of doing academic work is disseminating the knowledge we create so as to maximize its potential to have positive effects on the world. That’s why I’m a fan of institutional repositories. The impetus in the United States today seems to be to corporatize and commoditize education, somehow turning it into a for-profit enterprise instead of a public good. Institutional repositories are a great way to challenge and resist that impulse, returning us to the recognition that research is a crucial element of a collective vision of social progress.

I lived for years in a resource-poor country, and I know that even in the wealthier nations, there are many institutions and scholars who don’t have access to the treasure trove of databases we are privileged to use every day via the wonderful library system at the University of Iowa. But scholarship can’t happen without access to up-to-date knowledge; as scholars, we build on the work that advances our fields. It’s always been inspiring to me that some of the world’s greatest ideas and inventions have been catalyzed by an encounter with some prior work: Galileo read Copernicus and came up with his theory of heliocentrism; Srinivasa Ramanujam read G.S. Carr and made groundbreaking contributions to number theory; Toni Morrison read Virginia Woolf and went on to write Nobel Prize-winning novels. Connecting with the thoughts and ideas and perspectives of others inspires and informs us. We need to make sure the next great scholar can read everything he or she wants to. Part of our work is facilitating the discoveries of the future. That takes generosity and a social conscience —that’s the spirit behind teaching, just as it is behind scholarship.

So whenever I can, I contribute my writings to Iowa Research Online. I offer my work humbly, as part of a community of thinkers whose aims are to change the world for the better. It’s truly gratifying that my IRO papers have been downloaded far more often than they have from commercial journal websites or databases. I hope they are contributing to the way others are thinking about the issues I study: gender, sexuality, and the media. I hope they are sparking new ways to think about these issues, and I hope those ideas will translate into the real goals of my own work, which include social justice, gender equity, and an end to sexual violence.

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Capitalizing on Research Data | Public Seminar | Wednesday, Nov. 11, 10:30am-11:30am

The University of Iowa Libraries will host guest speaker Heidi Imker, director of the Research Data Service (RDS) at the University of Illinois-Champaign.

Imker’s seminar, Capitalizing on Research Data: Management, Dissemination, and Archiving, will explain how researchers can meet new funder requirements for research data management and leverage public access requirements to increase the visibility and impact of their research. Discussion will follow her seminar.

November 11, 10:30am-11:30am, meet and greet with refreshments following.

Heidi Imker, PhD

Heidi Imker, PhD

Illinois Room, Iowa Memorial Union (348 IMU)

New data sharing requirements
Recently, many federal funding agencies have expanded their requirements for public access to research results. Researchers in all disciplines must now “better account for and manage the digital data resulting from federally-funded research.”

Imker urges researchers to view this requirement as an opportunity to regard research data as an important product of scholarly work. Sharing data widely can enhance visibility for researchers, as well as create a collaborative environment of research process verification and results validation.

Such activities will be key to increasing the pace of discovery and demonstrating the importance of research.

In addition, Imker says higher demand for efficient data management tools means researchers may have better options to choose from when it comes to gathering, analyzing, and depositing data in public access repositories.

About the speaker
As director of RDS, Imker oversees a campus-wide service headquartered in the University of Illinois Library. RDS provides the Illinois research community with the expertise, tools, and
infrastructure necessary to manage and steward research data.

Prior to joining the Library, Imker was the Executive Director of the Enzyme Function Initiative, a large-scale collaborative center involving nine universities, funded by the National Institutes of Health and located in the Institute for Genomic Biology.

Imker holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois and completed her postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School.

For more information, please visit http://guides.lib.uiowa.edu/data.  Please contact us at lib-data@uiowa.edu if you have any questions.

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Pediatric Nutrition at the UI | History of Medicine Lecture | Thursday, Oct. 22, 5:30pm

Ekhard Ziegler, MD Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Pediatrics

Ekhard Ziegler, MD
Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Pediatrics

The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society invites you to a lecture on Pediatric Nutrition at The University of Iowa.  
Nutrition research was an important part of the Department of Pediatrics’ activities,  beginning with the departments’ founding in 1914.  Nutrition research reached national and international fame under Samuel J. Fomon’s four decades of leadership.

Thursday, October 22, 2015
2117 Medical Education Research Facility (MERF)


pediatric nutrition

Donate to The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society



The Janus Faces of Open Access Publishing | Guest Post by Dr. Frederick Domann

Frederick E. Domann, PhD @RickDomann

by Willow Fuchs

During the month of Open Access Week (October 19-25) we will be highlighting a number of guest posts from University of Iowa Faculty and Staff who have personal experience making their work Open Access.  We appreciate their contributions.

The second guest post is by Frederick Domann, PhD; Director, Molecular & Cellular Biology Graduate Program; Co-director, Radiation and Antioxidant Enzyme Core Service; Co-director, Free Radical Cancer Biology Program; Professor of Radiation Oncology; Professor of Pathology, Surgery

There is little doubt that the open access (OA) model for publishing scientific literature has revolutionized the academic approach to publishing and the publication industry itself. Since the advent of OA publishing there has been an exponential proliferation of OA journals which currently number greater than 10,000 (https://doaj.org).

I personally receive countless requests to serve on the editorial boards of these journals which I typically ignore and promptly delete. Academic institutions have embraced the OA model since traditional journals can cost as much as $20,000 per year for an institutional subscription. Indeed, universities such as the University of Iowa offer incentives in the form of payment of publication fees for their faculty to publish in OA journals. Indeed my trainees and I have benefitted from these incentives and have published several papers in OA journals within the last several years.

One of these (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24672806), published two years ago in the reputable Dove Press journal Hypoxia is currently the most viewed and downloaded paper since the journal’s inception. Clearly this has provided a brilliant showcase for our work and we have benefitted from the university’s OA policy. Open access allows free and ready access to its readers, while passing the costs of production and publication off to the contributors of literary content.

And while this “pay to publish” approach opens opportunities for investigators to quickly and broadly disseminate their findings, OA publishing also has a dark side. This dark side is manifest in the proliferation of “predatory” journals that accept work that may be of questionable quality and significance. Such journals should be actively avoided and are identified on Beall’s list of predatory journals which can be found at http://scholarlyoa.com/publishers/.

One of the perils of the pay to publish model are the presentation of opportunities for blatant conflicts of interest in the publication process http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMc1307577). For example, pharma businesses might take advantage of the lower rejection rates and relaxed journal standards in OA journals to publish prematurely or incompletely to promote the interests of their company.  Another troubling aspect of the proliferating OA model is the pressure to provide qualified competent reviewers from a limited pool of knowledgeable experts, the demands on whose time are typically already overextended, to review the avalanche of submitted manuscripts.

Since the material in OA journals is disseminated digitally there are essentially no page limits and so the numbers of papers and rate of papers published is astronomical. Already more than 2 million papers are published in the greater than 10,000 OA journals mentioned above. Almost certainly the rigor of review that is afforded these papers is on average substantially below that of traditional journals. These acknowledgements appear to have led to an improved perception of the value of publications in traditional journals for the communication of highly reliable and reproducible results.

Other digital resources such as ArXiv (http://arxiv.org/) enable investigators to disseminate their own findings before they are peer-reviewed in pre-print form known as e-prints, so the information can be distributed to interested parties without delays or compromising the quality of the finally published work. And while ArXiv may have downsides of its own (http://mathoverflow.net/questions/65090/downsides-of-using-the-arxiv) it may present a viable alternative to OA publishing, and at minimal or no expense.

Hopefully this discussion highlighting the two-faced nature of OA publishing will leave the reader with a better sense of risks and benefits of both publishing in and reading from OA journals.



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Seeking Nominations | Arthur Benton Librarian’s Award for Excellence

The University Libraries is seeking nominations for the Arthur Benton University Librarian’s Award for Excellence. Funded by a generous endowment, this prestigious award acknowledges a library staff member’s professional contributions in the practice of librarianship, service to the profession, scholarship, or leadership which has had a significant impact or innovation to the operations of the Libraries or the University of Iowa. The library staff member will receive $1,500 to be used for professional development activities.

Criteria for the award and the nomination form are available at:   http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/admin/bentonaward/

Nominations are due by Friday, October 16.


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Find biomedical and pharmaceutical publication information using EMBASE | workshop Tues., October 13

EMBASE is a biomedical and pharmaceutical database containing bibliographic records with abstracts. Although there is overlap with records from PubMed, there are also many unique records. EMBASE is useful when conducting systematic reviews or to search topics on food/diet/nutrition, medical devices, or drugs.
This hands-on session will show you how to conduct basic searches using EMBASE’s quick search box, how to conduct searches using EMTREE subject headings, and how to use subheadings for drug and disease topics.
Our next session is:

Register online or by calling 319-335-9151.  We also have a help sheet.

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Learn to use NCBI databases for genetic information at our workshop

Overwhelmed by the number of databases that the National Center for Biotechnology Information has to offer on nucleotide sequences, genes and proteins?
Wondering which database you should always start with?
Would you like to learn how to set up an NCBI account to link articles in PubMed to records in other databases?
Do you know about PubMed’s Gene Sensor?
Are you familiar with the concept of linear navigation?
Learn all of these tips and more in this session that is designed for anyone who needs to search the NCBI databases for genetic information.
Our sessions this semester:

Sign up online or by calling 319-335-9151.

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