SLA Biomedical and Life Sciences Division

DBIO Programs 2008 - Seattle


1:00-5:00 PM
Journal Survival School: How Knowing History Enables You to Negotiate the Scientific and Clinical Future
A half-day continuing education course led by Tony Stankus, University of Arkansas Libraries. The course will trace the co-evolution of biomedical specialties and the journals that target them, in a way that will enable information professionals to anticipate journal births, deaths, takeovers, and changes in pecking order and make smarter choices proactively. 

Biomedical and Life Sciences Division Board of Directors (closed meeting)
The Board of Directors of the Biomedical and Life Sciences Division will meet to discuss division activities.


12:00-1:30 PM
Vendor Relations Lunch
Sponsored by Collexis, EBSCO Corporation, Serials Solutions, Wiley - Blackwell
Enjoy a free lunch while learning about the latest trend-setting products in knowledge management, serials subscription management, medical information and serials publishing from Collexis, EBSCO, Serials Solution and Wiley-Blackwell.


7:00-8:30 AM
Contributed Papers Session
Sponsored by Portland Press
Enjoy a free breakfast while listening to presentations featuring the innovative projects of our colleagues. Learn from their experiences and take home ideas for your own research. Papers include:

  • Life Science Research and Its Impact on Species Conservation Regulation and Advocacy: The Role of Legal Information Professionals by Bobbi Weaver;
  • Event-based Science: From the Haystack to the Desktop by Joshua B. Illig;
  • Putting Wikipedia to the Test: A Case Study by Kaye Lasserre and Lisa Kruesi; and
  • The Institutional Review Board and Library Research: Memoirsof a Multi-site Project by Michele R. Tennant.

9:00-10:30 AM
Science of Coffee
Co-sponsored with Science-Technology Division, Chemistry Division, Food, Agriculture & Nutrition Division, and Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics Division
Sponsored by New England Journal of Medicine
This talk will examine the fascinating history of coffee from its beginnings in prehistoric time, interesting mythologies, and the reasons for its popularity in various cultures. We will examine some of the more than 1000 chemical compounds that give coffee its aroma, taste and potential health properties. Finally the health aspects of this amazing and complicated beverage will be discussed which will include mental acuity, physical performance, and disease prevention. In case you missed the exciting Contributed Papers session, here's a program that will wake you up!

1:30-3:30 PM
Hot Science Technology Sampler
Co-sponsored with Chemistry Division and Information Technology Division
Sponsored by Nature Publishing

Speakers: Richard Kidd, Editorial Production Systems Manager, Royal Society of Chemistry; Carol Perryman, Project Coordinator, Alliance Library System; Hilary Spencer, Product Development Manager, Nature Publishing Group; Bob Stewart, Senior Manager, Chemical and Specialty Information, Thomson Scientific; Joshua Walters, Librarian: Access & Interface, The Boeing Company.
Come see demonstrations of applications of hot new technologies that are likely to have an impact on the flow and organization of scientific information in the future. We will be exploring HealthInfo Island on Second Life, Project Prospect produced by the Royal Society of Chemistry, and more.

Cyberinfrastructure, Part I: Building Bridges with Cyberinfrastructure
Co-sponsored with Engineering Division.

Speaker: Lucille T. Nowell, Ph.D. Program Director, NSF Office of Cyberinfrastructure.
This program discusses the concept of cyberinfrastructure and how it relates to information professionals.

3:30-5:00 PM
The Wonderful Wacky World of Wikipedia
Speaker: Phoebe Ayers, University of California, Davis
With millions of articles on an endless number of topics, Wikipedia has become the essential resource for user-generated encyclopedic information. This session will include an intro-to-Wikipedia presentation which includes the background, controversies and perspectives from an insider in the organization and a librarian.

3:30-5:00 PM
Environmental Issues in China
Co-sponsored with Environment & Resource Management Division and Business and Finance Division
Speakers: Isabel Hilton, Editor,; Kong Chiu, Project Manager, US Environmental Protection Agency, Climate Change Division
We seem to hear nothing but bad news about China's environment. Is there good news and what is it? Try EPA's Integrated Environmental Strategies program that works with the Chinese government to develop programs and policies. Or a web-based initiative to foster open dialog between Chinese researchers and journalists and their counterparts in other countries..


7:00-8:30 AM
Annual Business Meeting
Sponsored by Annual Reviews
Annual business meeting and breakfast. Ticket Number: 700

9:00-11:00 AM
Cyberinfrastructure, Part III: Informatics Across the Biological Sciences
Sponsored by Elsevier Science
Co-sponsored with Engineering Division, Knowledge Management Division, Natural History Caucus, Pharmaceutical & Health Technology Division, and Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics Division
Speakers: Dr. Quentin B. Wheeler, Vice President and Dean, Arizona State University; Neil Rambo, University of Washington Libraries; Catherine N. Norton, Director, MBL/WHOI Library; Dr. William Michener, University of New Mexico.
Scientists across a wide range of fields need to manage large quantities of data. This program will explore some of the projects and issues involved in informatics/bioinformatics and what librarians can offer.

11:00 AM -12:30 PM
Biomedical and Life Sciences Division Medical Section Luncheon
Sponsored by JAMA & Archives Journals
The Medical Section will hold a brief business meeting, after a talk by Dr. James Brinkley of the Structural Informatics Group at the University of Washington about the need for managing and sharing the raw laboratory data that forms the basis for journal articles as well as technical and sociological barriers to doing so. Dr. Brinkley will illustrate these problems and solutions with his own work on integrating distributed data about the human brain. Ticket Number: 785. Lunch will be provided.

7:00-9:00 PM
All Sciences Poster Session & Reception
Co-Sponsored by EBSCO Corporation, MERCK & Co., Proquest, Springer
Co-sponsored with Science-Technology Division, Chemistry Division, Engineering Division and Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics Division. See the DBIO poster Submissions. Come mingle with your colleagues from these divisions and view what is sure to be an interesting mix of posters!


Biomedical and Life Sciences Open Board of Directors and Breakfast
Sponsored by Swets
This board of directors meeting is open to all division members. Breakfast is included.
Join fellow Division members for a discussion of strategic planning issues, moderated by Jan Sykes.

Academic Roundtable
Sponsored by Elsevier Science
Co-sponsored with Science-Technology Division
This year we will be discussing... Recruiting Good Candidates for Open Positions; Debating the Future of the Reference Desk; What Affect Open Source Journals have on Academic Librarianship; Going Completely Electronic: Should we or Shouldn't we?; Future of Library Space; Skills of Future Librarians: What Library Schools Should be Teaching; Generational Differences in Staff and Patrons, and Recruiting Science Librarians. The ticket fee includes a box lunch.

Biomonitoring: A New Data Tool for Risk Analysis?
Co-sponsored with Environment & Resource Management Division and the Natural History Caucus
Speakers: Diana Lee, Research Scientist, Calif. Dept. Public Health, Environmental Health Investigation; Amy Kyle, UC Berkeley, Center for Environmental Public Health Tracking
Originally just a tool to demonstrate the pervasiveness of toxic chemicals in our lives, biomonitoring is becoming a new facet of human exposure risk analysis. Learn what biomonitoring is all about, how it is being used, and its potential for helping researchers understand health impacts of environmental exposure to chemicals.



Rev. Ausgust 2012