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“New” College of Pharmacy building 1976

By John Schleicher

Forty years ago there was a new College of Pharmacy building (see architect’s rendering).COP new rendering 1970s

Pharmacy Hall on the Lincoln campus opened in 1918. It was replaced in 1958 by Lyman Hall, a new building for the college, named in honor of the college’s founding dean. As this building became outdated, in 1972 the NU Board of Regents approved incorporating the COP as a unit of UNMC, and authorized a new building for the college in Omaha. Classes and other functions of the COP gradually shifted to Omaha from 1972 until 1976, temporarily occupying other buildings on the UNMC campus. The new COP building was dedicated in October 1976. It contained 58,580 square feet, and was built at a cost of $3.2 million. In 2014 this building was renamed the Williams Science Hall.

NLM Spotlight: Big Data to Knowledge Initiative

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In 2012, the National Institutes of Health launched the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative. The National Library of Medicine is one of the many institutes involved in this trans-NIH initiative to support research and innovative approaches to integrate Big Data and data science into biomedical research.  The BD2K Initiative facilitates broad use of biomedical digital assets, conducts research and develops methods and tools to analyze Big Data, enhances training on methods and tools for Big Data, and supports the data ecosystem.

As part of the BD2K Initiative, there are various educational and funding opportunities available to support your involvement in data science. Here are a couple of highlights:

BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science Webinar Series
This series of free webinars provide a high-level didactic overview across the range of topics important to data science (including data management, data representation, computing, data modeling, and more). The series will be held each Friday at 11:00 am Central Time, beginning September 9, 2016 and running through May 19, 2017. Join in by visiting You may also dial in using your phone: (872) 240-3311, access code 786-506-213. Registration is not required.  Lecturers will include: Mark Musen (Stanford), William Hersh (Oregon Health Sciences), Lucila Ohno-Machado (UCSD), Michel Dumontier (Stanford), Zachary Ives (Penn), Suzanne Sansone (Oxford), Chaitan Baru (NSF), Brian Caffo (Johns Hopkins), and Naomi Elhadad (Columbia). For more information about the series and to see archived presentations, visit:

BD2K Grants from the National Library of Medicine
The National Library of Medicine is currently offering grants to support educational activities that train biomedical scientists, enhance diversity in the research workforce, or develop metadata standards for a software repository. See these and other grant opportunities on the BD2K Funding Announcement page.

For more information about BD2K: