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Events for Research Month

The library will host or sponsor six events during the month of October for Research Month. Save the dates!

10/11, 5 – 6P Library 8th floor

“Reading with a Researcher: Steve Caplan, PhD”

Join Steve Caplan, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, as he reads selections from his novels, which chronicle the lives of scientists and academia. His novels include Matter Over Mind, Welcome Home Sir, A Degree of Betrayal, and Saving One.

10/15, 10 – 11A DRC 1002

“Data Visualization: Tools to Make Your Research Shine”

Learn why a polished presentation of your research data matters, how to prepare your data for publication, and how to use DIY tools to get the “polish” that highlights your work. This presentation goes behind the scenes with the Lab Rat Design Team. Sponsored by the McGoogan Library of Medicine.

10/17, Noon – 1P MSC 2010

“Systematic Reviews 101” 

Join Christian Minter, MSLIS, and Emily Glenn, MSLS, to get a jump-start on the basics of organizing your approach and using tools for systematic reviews. By the end of this session, participants will be able to describe the systematic review process and locate resources to support the completion of a systematic review. Sponsored by the McGoogan Library of Medicine.

10/26, 11A – noon WHM 8011

“Leveraging your Rights for Greater Impact”

Learn about open access within the scholarly community and how to leverage your rights as an author. Join Kevin Smith, MA, MS, JD, University of Kansas Dean of Libraries, as he discusses strategies you can use to share your research with the world. This is a live streamed event from Criss Library at the University of Nebraska Omaha.

10/26, 5P MSC Linder Reading Room

“UNeMed’s 3D Printing Invent-a-Thon Presentations” 

The final presentations by those who participated in the multi-day “Invent-a-Thon,” which invites teams of high school students to design and 3D print a solution to a real-world healthcare problem. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team, with a reception to follow.

10/29, noon – 1P MSC 2014

“Authorship and Your Presence on the Web” 

Join Teri Hartman, MLS, and Christian Minter, MSLIS, as they show you how to use publisher tools and social media to maximize the impact of your scholarly research. Sponsored by the McGoogan Library of Medicine

Use Research Nebraska to Find an Expert

By Emily Glenn

Did you know that UNMC maintains collection of researcher profiles and research outputs? Research Nebraska, curated by the Office of Vice Chancellor for Research, is a one-stop portal to find experts at UNMC. The portal is searchable by researcher name, unit or department, output and publications, projects, and more. Profiles of researchers from UNL, UNO, UNK, and Boys Town National Research Hospital are also included.

Research Nebraska is a front door to find information about research topics at UNMC. The search tools let you start anywhere: with a keyword, a name, or a general subject appearing in any searchable field. From there, you can browse a set of profiles and see how strongly they match your search criteria.

In addition to topic searches, you can use Research Nebraska to locate colleagues and become familiar with their work. Two “at a glance” features make it easy to answer the questions of “What does this person know about?” and “Who does this person know or collaborate with?” The “fingerprint” feature provides a visual guide to subject areas represented in a researcher’s publications. The more solid-colored the fingerprint ring, the more prevalent the subject appears in that person’s works. The researcher network provides a constellation of collaborators. Lines connect coauthors; shaded icons represent frequent co-authorship.

Don’t Overlook

By Emily Glenn

Open data is free, publicly available data that anyone can access and use without restrictions—and it can be fascinating. organizes nearly 200,000 different datasets from 174 agencies and 13 organization types across 14 topics spanning eight sectors (Local Government,  Consumer, Business, Climate, Health, Energy, Agriculture, and Education). While is for federal open data, state, local, and tribal governments can share metadata—data that describe the open data– for greater discoverability of their datasets. This metadata is hosted alongside federal data and helps to “surface” data that otherwise might stand alone on an unconnected or lesser-known web space.

Here is a sampling of some data described or hosted on that may be new to you:

  • Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON), is a web-based information system allowing users to find, explore, and download biological occurrence data for species (g., plants, animals, fungi) that occur at a particular location and time in the United States (U.S.). In the Omaha area, there are 65,498 georeferenced species, including Poecile atricapillus, also known as the black-capped chickadee.
  • Woozy keeps you updated on the most recent recalls issued by the Food & Drug Administration and the Consumer Product Commission. See product images, descriptions, and contact information to track and learn about recalled products. You can also customize your feed to follow specific reasons like undeclared food allergens or baby products.  The Red Cross Hurricane app and Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) app also use open data to serve up Safety Apps.
  • Creative Class County Codes, provided by the Economic Research Service (ERS) of the Department of Agriculture, indicate a county’s share of population employed in occupations that require “thinking creatively.” Variables used to construct the ERS creative class measure include number and percent employed in creative class occupations and a metro/nonmetro indicator for all counties, 1990, 2000, and 2007-2011.
  • 500 Cities: Local Data for Better Health represents a first-of-its-kind effort to release information on a large scale for cities and small areas within those cities. It includes estimates for the 500 largest US cities and approximately 28,000 census tracts within these cities. Data were provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Population Health, Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch. The Health topics data catalog and incorporate a wide range of health-related data.

A series of impact profiles provide examples of how open government data has been leveraged to some benefit, such as AccuWeather, the weather forecasting service, and City-Data, a hub for demographics, crime rates, weather patterns, home values, cost of living and more in U.S. cities. If you use any of these datasets, you too can submit stories describing an application or solution derived from a dataset on Final Rules

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today issued a final rule (link is external) that specifies requirements for registering certain clinical trials and submitting summary results information to The new rule expands the legal requirements for submitting registration and results information.  At the same time, the National Institutes of Health has issued a complementary policy (link is external) for registering and submitting summary results information to for all NIH-funded trials, including those not subject to the final rule. A news release includes links that provides summaries and a table to better understand the changes.

Important elements of the final rule include:

  • Providing a checklist for evaluating which clinical trials are subject to the regulations and who is responsible for submitting required information;
  • Expanding the scope of trials for which summary results information must be submitted to include trials involving FDA-regulated products that have not yet been approved, licensed, or cleared by the FDA;
  • Requiring additional registration and summary results information data elements to be submitted to, including the race and ethnicity of trial participants, if collected, and the full protocol;
  • Requiring additional types of adverse event information; and
  • Providing a list of potential legal consequences for non-compliance.


Post from Midcontinental Region News. Used with permission.