SLA Biomedical and Life Sciences Division

2010 News

Latest Medical News

Nov 2010-Feb 1, 2011
Call for Contributed Posters
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Nov 2010-Jan 4, 2011
Call for Contributed Papers
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November 30, 2010
DBIO Election Results
The Nominations and Elections Committee is pleased to announce the 2010 DBIO Elections Results. The officers will assume their positions on January 1, 2011.

November 9 - 24, 2010
Vote for 2011 DBIO Officers
Biographical Information on Candidates

November 8, 2010 - March 25, 2011
DBIO Awards: Call for Nominations
The DBIO Awards Committee, chaired by Michele R. Tennant is seeking nominations for two awards to be presented at the DBIO Annual Business Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, June 2011.

1) Distinguished Member Award – This award recognizes one outstanding member each year for his/her service and dedication to DBIO and accomplishments in the profession. Award criteria and nomination information are available at

2) Winifred Sewell Prize - This award is given to a DBIO member who has shown leadership and innovation in the development and/or use of advanced technologies in the organization or dissemination of biomedical and life sciences information. Award criteria and nomination information are available at

The Division is fortunate to have as members so many dedicated and distinguished professionals, so please consider nominating a DBIO colleague for one of these awards.

November 1, 2010-January 15, 2011
SLA Association-Level Award: Call for Nominations
Nominations for SLA Fellows and Rising Stars are now open, with a deadline to the SLA by December 15, 2010. Other association-level awards open on November 1, 2010 and are due on January 15, 2011.

Please consider nominating one of your DBIO colleagues. You may nominate individuals two ways:

1. Individually nominate a colleague via the SLA Web site (


2. Send all relevant information to Michele Tennant (, Chair of the DBIO Awards Committee (include the nominee’s CV and letters of support if possible). Deadlines to get your information to Michele – December 1 for Fellow/Rising Star nominations; December 10 for other Association-level awards. PLEASE NOTE: A nomination that comes through the division usually carries more weight than one that comes from an individual.

For a list of awards and criteria, see

Thanks, and let’s honor our deserving DBIO members!

October - December 31, 2010
SAGE Research Methods Online – Free access
SAGE Research Methods Online (SRMO): the essential tool for researchers has been release in beta. SRMO provides advanced search and discovery tools to support researchers and students as they explore relevant content across the social and behavioral sciences, covering quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods. It was designed by iFactory.
“SRMO combines world-leading content from a broad range of sources—books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, journals, videos—with a truly unique search and discovery solution which we think is going to offer everyone from new students to advanced researchers a really useful service,” said Martha Sedgwick, Senior Manager, Online Products, SAGE. “We’ve had an incredibly positive response from both librarians and faculty since we opened the Beta version of SRMO, and their feedback during this period will enable us to enhance the platform even further.”
More than 100,000 pages of SAGE’s leading book and reference material on research methods are available through SRMO; a visual ‘methods map’ enables exploration of the connections between more than 1,400 unique methods, theories, and terms; and the SRMO List function will enable users to store and share selected content. The open beta version of SRMO will be available until the product’s official launch in January 2011. During this period access will be free to anyone registering for a trial. For further information visit:

October 16-29,2010
2010 DBIO Request for Nomination According to the Recommended Practices for the Division, please send additional nominations to Jean Crampon, Nominations and Elections Chair. Your petition must be endorsed by twenty DBIO members. In addition you must also check with the person being nominated for their agreement.

The nominee will need to respond directly to Jean Crampon explicitly confirming their willingness to run on the ballot. The nominee must also provide a paragraph with their background, their interest in the office, and a recent digital picture.

The two offices needed for 2011 are:
Chair-Elect- Division Chair -Past Chair (2011-2013) and Treasurer (2011-2012)

Chair-Elect, Term of office: 2011
Job Description:
Division Chair, Term of Office: 2012
Job Description:
Past Chair, Term of office: 2013
Job Description:

Treasurer, Term of office: 2011-2012
Job Description:

Please respond NO LATER THAN October 29, 2010 to Jean Crampon, Nominations and Elections Chair, at

The DBIO members that have already agreed to run on the ballot can be found at:

September 30, 2010
Protein Structure Initiative PSI: Biology
The Protein Structure Initiative (PSI), an effort that started by NIH in 2000 with the main goal of developing highly efficient, or high-throughput, methods for revealing the structures of many different proteins. The structures help scientists answer questions about protein biology and model other structures.
Four large-scale PSI:Biology centers will operate pipelines for determining protein structures nominated by the scientific community or identified by collaborating biologists funded by PSI:Biology grants. The centers, all established during the first phase of the PSI, are based in California, Illinois, New Jersey and New York and will receive up to $140 million in funding. Read more at:

Visit the Structural Biology Knowledgebase at:
Keep informed about advances in structural biology and structural genomics. Discover how protein sequences, three-dimensional structures and models relate to biological function. Stay up to date with the latest protocols, materials and technologies.

September 28, 2010
Library cuts threaten research
The economic downturn is hitting libraries and hitting them hard. Earlier this month, New Mexico State University (NMSU) library announced the cancellation of over 700 journal and database subscriptions.
The University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) cancelled 118 print and 115 online subscriptions for 2010, as well as several databases (including Faculty of 1000 Medicine, publisher of The Scientist). Last spring, the University of Washington announced cuts of 1,600 print and electronic journals, databases, and microforms. The University of Virginia library sliced 1,169 journals, the University of Arizona downsized by 650 print and electronic titles, and Georgia State University cut 441 and is now considering the fate of another 1,092. The list goes on and on. Read more: Library cuts threaten research - The Scientist - Magazine of the Life Sciences

September 25, 2010
Scitable from Nature Education
Scitable,, is a free science library and personal learning tool brought to you by Nature Publishing Group, the world's leading publisher of science. Scitable currently concentrates on genetics and cell biology, which include the topics of evolution, gene expression, and the rich complexity of cellular processes shared by living organisms. Scitable also offers resources for the budding scientist, with advice about effective science communication and career paths.

September 20, 2010
Fall is the Time to See Raptors on the Move
The best time to see hawks, harriers, eagles, and other raptors is during their fall migration, which is in full swing across the country right now. Raptors tend to fly known routes—which means folks can count on seeing large numbers of them as they head south.

Learn more about raptors and their migrations at:
List of some of the best sites in the country for hawkwatching at:

August 2, 2010
Biofeedback Conference review issue

The latest issue of Biofeedback is finally out and available at: .
Look for highlights from the June conference in New Orleans, including photos from the 75th Anniversary party on the Creole Queen, also information about several members' awards and accomplishments, and more.  Send your comments and suggestions to Susan Kendall, Biofeedback Editor and Buzz Haughton, Associate Biofeedback Editor.

August 2, 2010
Scientopia: a new science blogging network

A brand new science blogging collective has launched itself today. I encourage you to stroll on over to  and take a look-see. You may even want to save a bookmark or two.

The vision statement reads as follows:
    “Scientopia is a collective of people who write about science because they love to do so. It is a community, held together by mutual respect and operated by consensus, in which people can write, educate, discuss, and learn about science and the process of doing science. In this we explore the interplay between scientific issues and other parts of our lives with the shared goal of making science more accessible.
    As a community, we strive to be welcoming of anyone with an interest in science and its place in our world, regardless of any feature, whether extrinsic or intrinsic, which may act or have historically acted as a barrier to full participation in science or discourses about science.”

July 31, 2010
Resources on Oil Spills, Response and Restoration: a Selected Bibliography

The National Oceanographic Data Center (NOAA) Library has compiled: "Resources on Oil Spills, Response and Restoration: a Selected Bibliography" available at:

July 25, 2010
Elsevier's BrainNavigator

Elsevier's BrainNavigator is an advanced 3D brain program that maps brain images and anatomy in a way that is perfect for brain based education and research. Offering both free and subscription-based content, it combines the Allen Institute for Brain Science's 3D brain visualization technologies with Elsevier's vast library of brain reference materials including the world renowned brain atlases authored by leading cartographers, George Paxinos, Charles Watson, Keith Franklin. A new release of BrainNavigator is coming in August with content enhancements and new tools.

Register to gain free access to these features and more on BrainNavigator:
• The 3D BrainNavigator, derived from the Allen Institute for Brain Science's Brain Explorer® 3D viewer
• Choose the 3D model that works best for your need
• Thumbnail views of schematic drawings and select stain images
•Information on brain structures for both rat and mouse
• Search and link to ScienceDirect's unparalleled neuroscience research

Subscribe to gain access to these features and more:
• High resolution images and additional images not included in books
• Access to your own Workspace where you can store your own lab notes and share them with colleagues
• A virtual 3D slicing tool
• The ability to calibrate any atlas image to your own subject rat or mouse
• Overlay the atlas map on the atlas image-or your own image
• Simulate injections in 3D and see alternative paths before you

June 24, 2010

Help for Scholars on 'Fair Use'

Amid reports that many scholars are holding back on their use of materials that they aren't sure are covered by "fair use" provisions to copyright law, a new guide attempts to provide help. "The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication" ( was produced by the International Communication Association, American University's Center for Social Media, and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American's law school.
Source: INSIDE HIGHER ED June 24, 2010 Daily Update

June 24, 2010

Assessing Assessment

The June 17, 2010 issue of Nature includes a detailed assessment of various aspects of bibliometrics, including the value of “science metrics” to assess aspects of the impact of research output (e.g., publications) as well as “individual scientific achievement”. In this issue, Nature begins an ongoing conversation on such measures and how they should be developed and used.
All the metrics-related articles are collected at and are available for online comment.

June 22, 2010

Research Paper: The Fatal First Click: How Do We Hook Them Once We’ve Got Them to Look?

This paper will be delivered on August 11, 2010 at the 76th IFLA General Conference and Assembly in Gothenburg, Sweden. Info literacy is the topic.
Authors: Kristine Ferry, Director of Web Services; Cynthia Johnson, Head of Reference; Cathy Palmer, Head of Education and Outreach from the University of California, Irvine Libraries.

From the Abstract: As the age of electronic information matures, library websites have emerged as primary service points that inform users of the services and resources available to them. Regardless of how rich the resources, how pleasing the graphic design, how easy the navigation, and how actively librarians promote the use of the website, the truth is that the majority of library websites serve simply as link providers, many of which are accompanied by explanatory text. In this paper, we will present a proof of concept that we can use to proactively entice and inform users about services and resources selected to meet their individual information needs. The proof of concept is built using information and tools that are readily available to any library. We will showcase examples of electronically mediated services with differing levels of ease of implementation.
Paper available at:

June 16, 2010

VIVO: The Power of the Semantic Web

VIVO is a national social network of scientists and researchers across the country. Institutions can participate in the network by installing VIVO, or by providing semantic web-compliant data to the network. The application that supports VIVO was developed at Cornell University in 2003 and implemented locally in 2004. VIVO is being expanded through a $12.2m stimulus grant from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

According to Brian Lowe, programmer/developer at Cornell University who is helping to transform VIVO from a local people-finding service into a semantic web “With VIVO, the institutions can put in all kinds of different data,” and “We’re working on creating a path where that information can get mapped up into something that can be queried in a reliable fashion with a more abstract layer on top for better linking and associations.”

The seven partner institutions include the University of Florida, Cornell University, Indiana University, Washington University at St. Louis, The Scripps Research Institute, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Ponce Medical College.

More information: 2010 DBIO Contributed Paper-- "VIVO: A National Resource Discovery Tool for the Biomedical Community" by K.L. Holmes, Washington Univ; M.R. Tennant, Univ of Florida; G.O. Hack, Univ of Florida; V. Davis, Univ of Florida; M.H. Devare, Cornell Univ; S. Russell Gonzalez, Univ of Florida; and M. Conlon, Univ of Florida, VIVO Collaboration

May 19 to June 24, 2010

Save $50 on SLA's Virtual Annual Conference

If you are not able to attend SLA 2010 in New Orleans, you can still participate in the conference through the Virtual Conference Component. As a virtual component attendee, you will have the opportunity to view, as well as participate in, the two General Sessions and a generous helping of Spotlight Sessions in real time! 

Register for SLA's Virtual Annual Conferenece & INFO-EXPO between today and 4 June using this promotional code and save $50 on the $200 registration rate. Register here.

Please Note: Upon registering for the virtual component, you will receive log-in instructions. A download and install of the VirtualU application will be necessary. If you are unable to participate via the 3D environment you can still view the sessions via a 2D browser based player. The 2D player will require the Microsoft Silverlight plugin to be installed.

May 18, 2010

Spring 2010 issue of Biofeedback is available online

Our Spring 2010 Biofeedback issue is already online at:

with the latest news on the DBIO Program at the SLA Conference in New Orleans, an overview of our history within the last 25 years, 75 years of DBIO chairs, info on our new DBIO events calendar and much more!

May 18, 2010

10 Animals Most At Risk from Gulf Oil Spill

The oil spill threatens Louisiana's barrier islands - a buffer against hurricanes - its marshlands and more than 400 species of wildlife, including whales, dolphins and the brown pelican - the state bird. Read about the selection of animals at risk in the open water, along the coasts and in the wetlands at:;contentBody,1


May 7, 2010

Deepwater Horizon Incident, Gulf of Mexico

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a federal agency focused on the condition of the oceans and the atmosphere. As the nation’s leading scientific resource for oil spills, NOAA has been on the scene of the Deepwater Horizon spill from the start, providing coordinated scientific weather and biological response services to federal, state and local organizations. Get daily information at:

More Information about this Incident:


EPA: Federal Response to BP Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Deepwater Horizon Joint Information Center

Deepwater Horizon Response on Facebook

Deepwater Horizon Response on Twitter

May 5, 2010
Eroding Library Role?

“As scholars have grown better able to reach needed materials directly online, the library has been increasingly disintermediated from research processes,” write the authors of the report, which is based on a national survey of professors administered last year. This report by Ithaka looked at the faculty attitudes and behaviors on key issues ranging from the library as information gateway and the need for preservation of scholarly material, to faculty engagement with institutional and disciplinary repositories and thoughts about open access.  Full report at:

May 4, 2010
Breakthroughs in Brain Biology

The Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences has recently published “The Year in Cognitive Neuroscience 2010, ” Volume 1191, March 2010.  Edited by Alan Kingstone (University of British Columbia) and Michael B. Miller (University of California, Santa Barbara, CA), this issue captures the excitement and enormous strides that have recently occurred within the field, including: an anatomical model of language; the utility of magnetoencephalography; and advances in our understanding of the neural mechanisms of social cognition and cognitive function.
Please note: This is not a free issue, viewing it requires subscription.

May 4, 2010
The Human Genome at Ten

Ten years ago, the fiercest research race in biology was entering the home straight, as two teams vied to sequence the human genome. Nature's special
<> asks what lessons have been learned from the first post-genome decade. Highlights include Francis Collins  and Craig Venter — who agree that this era has seen a breathtaking acceleration in genome science and sequencing technology but a modest impact on human health — plus a news feature exploring the newly appreciated complexity of biology, and a decade of genetic sequencing in (very big) numbers.

May 3, 2010
DNA factory launches

The project, called BIOFAB: International Open Facility Advancing Biotechnology aims to boost the ease of bioengineering with "biological parts" that are shared resources, standardized and reliable enough that they can be switched in and out of a genome like electronic parts in a radio.
The idea of an open-source registry for DNA parts has been floating around since MIT synthetic biologist Tom Knight established the BBF and launched iGEM, an international student competition in synthetic biology.
Read more:

April 14, 2010
Publisher’s Choice Online (PCO) Expands!

Publisher’s Choice Online (PCO) is an exciting new program that provides the opportunity for Choice Reviews Online users to browse the full text of titles that have been reviewed by Choice.  Participating titles will be readily identifiable by the “Browse the Book” link that appears beneath the review on Choice Reviews Online (see the example below).  Clicking on the link launches a new browser window displaying the full-text version of the title on PCO.  The full-text titles are view only; they cannot be copied, downloaded, or printed. See the list of publishers below:
ABC-CLIO (with its imprints Greenwood, Libraries Unlimited, Praeger, and Praeger Security International)
Algora Publishing
American Phytopathological Society
University of Arizona Press
University of Arkansas Press
Baylor University Press
Bloomberg Press
Cambria Press
Central European University Press
University of Chicago Press
University Press of Colorado
CRC Press
Equinox Publishing
Grey House
Guilford Press
University of Illinois Press
Kogan Page
LFB Scholarly Publishing
Libraries Unlimited
M.E. Sharpe
University of Manitoba Press
University of Missouri Press
Paradigm Publishers
Peter Lang Publishing Group
Praeger Security International
Salem Press
Schlager Group
Space & Signals Technical Publishing
Vanderbilt University Press
W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
Wilfrid Laurier

April 10, 2010
“In the Field” Blog

“In the Field” Blog is where you can find coverage of conference events by the reporters of Nature journal. The disciplines covered are: biology and biotechnology, chemistry, earth and environment, health and medicine, physics and mathematics, and space and astronomy.
The most recent meeting covered is the American Chemical Society spring meeting. The March 23, 2010 post on the presentation given by Lynne Elkin in the history of chemistry session is quite relevant to us.
Dr. Elkin, an expert in biological sciences and recognized authority on the life and work of Dr. Rosalind Franklin spoke about “Rosalind Franklin's missed chances to solve DNA.” Read the post at:

April 9, 2010
U.S. Marine Mammal Inventory Database

In 1972, Congress passed a law to protect marine mammals from the effects of fishing, captures and pollution. It required the National Marine Fisheries Service to keep an inventory of marine mammals in captivity from birth or the date of their capture until death. The Sun Sentinel obtained the inventory through March 24, 2010 and created a searchable website at:
 Find dolphins, whales, seals and other marine mammals by name, state or facility.

April 7, 2010
JournalTOCS: A Free Table of Contents Service With Access to More Than 14,000 Titles
Read more

JournalTOCs, <> is the largest, free and searchable collection of scholarly journal Tables of Contents (TOCs) in the world. It contains TOCs for over 14,000 journals collected from over 500 publishers.  It has 3,562. titles for medicine and 1,720. for biology.
More journals are added continuously.

March 29-April 9, 2010

Early Bird Registration Ends 9 April 2010

Join SLA 13-16 June in captivating New Orleans for the SLA 2010 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO. With more than 250 sessions and panels; endless networking opportunities; and the high-octane INFO-EXPO hall, this is one conference you can't afford to miss! Register by 9 April and save $180 off the May advanced rate. The DBIO program is available at:

March 24, 2010

US health bill promises changes for biomedical researchers

The historic health-care bill that passed the US House of Representatives on 21 March includes several lesser-known provisions that will significantly affect biomedical researchers, teaching hospitals and the biotechnology industry.

The final legislation, which is expected to become law, would establish a new competitive grant programme at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Called the Cures Acceleration Network (CAN), this provision was written into the law by Senator Arlen Specter (Democrat, Pennsylvania). It will authorize as much as US$500 million annually for speeding the translation of basic discoveries into treatments, through individual awards of up to $15 million per year. The CAN would be separate from an already existing NIH programme called Clinical and Translational Science Awards, which has a budget of roughly $483 million in 2010.

Source: Published online 23 March 2010 | Nature | doi:10.1038/464479a

March 23, 2010

Pimp my poster

Colin Purrington hates most poster presentations, although he doesn't want to. About 10 years ago, Purrington, an evolutionary biologist at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, created a Web site offering tips for how to make more successful posters. The tips run from the practical (using a Photoshop plug-in to test how a poster will look to colleagues with color-vision deficiencies) to the innovative (recording a message or audio sample onto one of the recordable cards available at drug stores and then affixing the card onto a poster). He also started a group on the photo-sharing site Flickr called "Pimp My Poster," where scientists can submit their posters and get instant feedback.

Read more: Pimp my poster - The Scientist - Magazine of the Life Sciences

March 23, 2010

Designing attention-grabbing presentations

Learn how to build and deliver better PowerPoint presentations by watching a talk narrated by Penn State University's Michael Alley

Additional Resources:

  • The Craft of Scientific Presentations: Critical Steps to Succeed and Critical Errors to Avoid, by Michael Alley, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2003. $39.95.
  • Presentation Zen Design: Simple Design Principles and Techniques to Enhance Your Presentations, by Garr Reynolds, New Riders Publishing, 2010. $31.49.
  • slide:ology, by Nancy Duarte, O'Reilly Media, Sebastopol, Calif., 2008. $34.99.
  • The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, by Edward Tufte, Graphics Press, Cheshire, Conn., 1983. $40.00.

Read more: Pimp your PowerPoint - The Scientist - Magazine of the Life Sciences

January 13, 2010

SLA-led volunteer opportunities

Christopher Hooper-Lane, Chair of DBIO 2010 Programming Committee, invites you to participate in the following SLA-led volunteer opportunities in New Orleans in conjunction with the 2010 Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO, 13 - 16 June:

Habitat for Humanity (full-day option)
        Saturday, 12 June, 7:45 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
        Participants: 40 Volunteers
        Ticket #99
        Cost: $105/pp; cost covers a $50 volunteer
        fee that Habitat for Humanity collects plus
        transportation and lunch. Volunteer fee is tax

Habitat for Humanity (full-day option)
       Thursday, 17 June, 7:45 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
       Participants: 40 Volunteers
       Ticket #810
       Cost: $105/pp; cost covers a $50 volunteer
       fee that Habitat for Humanity collects plus
       transportation and lunch. Volunteer fee is tax

Second Harvest (half-day option)
       Thursday, 17 June, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
       Participants: 20-25 Volunteers
       Ticket #815
       Cost: $45/pp; cost covers transportation.

January 12, 2010

Article of the Future

Cell launches a new format for the presentation of research articles online. According to Emilie Marcus, Editor-in-Chief, ...”in conjunction with our authors and readers, we have worked to develop an online format that breaks free from the restraints of paper and allows each reader to create a personalized path through the article’s content based on his or her own interests and needs. Underlying the “Article of the Future” is a new approach to structuring the traditional sections of the article, moving away from a strictly linear organization required by print towards a more integrated and linked structure. Tabbed and hyperlinked navigation through the Introduction, Results, Figures, Experimental Procedures and Discussion allows subject-area experts to quickly access in-depth information on a particular experiment while providing more general readers an opportunity to absorb the conceptual insights without being overwhelmed by additional details. More information at:

January 5, 2010

Top 10 New Species

The International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University and an international committee of taxonomists - scientists responsible for species exploration and classification - announces a list of the Top 10 New Species for the preceding calendar year.

The Top 10 New Species described in 2008, are listed with links to additional details about each species at: .The species announcement commemorated the 300th anniversary of the birth of Carolus Linnaeus, who initiated the modern system of plant and animal names and classifications. Read more at:


January 4, 2010

JCB DataViewer

The JCB DataViewer, is a browser-based application for viewing original image files - from various types of microscopes and gel-documentation systems - associated with The Journal of Cell Biology (JCB) articles. It is the first browser-based system for viewing multi-dimensional light microscope image data. According to Emma Hill, Executive Editor the JCB DataViewer it is the first browser-based system for viewing and analyzing multi-dimensional microscope image data. The JCB DataViewer was developed by The Rockefeller University Press in collaboration with Glencoe Software, Inc. using technology developed by the Open Microscopy Environment. Access to original data provides full transparency in data presentation and heralds a completely new scope of analysis and discussion within scientific articles. Read more:


Rev. March 2011