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March 27 LIFT Forum – Innovation Efforts that Excite!

The Wednesday, March 27 Library and Information Technology Forum features Jean Shipman, Bob Chestnut, Patrick Loftus, Glenn Prestwich and Dave Morrison who will present an overview of some of the innovation efforts on campus.

Presenters and their topic include:

  • Jean Shipman, Director Eccles Library: “Innovation and Librarians” – Librarians are a natural innovation partner, as they can support student teams, faculty or staff with their information needs. Key resources, space, and services enable innovation – many of which will be showcased at this Forum.
  •  Bob Chestnut & Patrick Loftus, Medical Students:  ”Bench to Bedside (B2B) Medical Device Design Competition” – The history, purpose, and format of the student-run B2B competition will be covered, as well as the library resources that have made it successful.
  •  Glenn D. Prestwich, Ph.D., Special Presidential Assistant for Faculty Entrepreneurism:  ”Culture of Impact, Faculty as Mentors for Student Entrepreneurs” – Overview of the faculty entrepreneurial program at the University of Utah.
  •  Dave Morrison, Patents Librarian: “The Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) at the University of Utah Libraries” – An overview of the history, services, and resources available to explore the patent landscape.

Please join us in the Spencer F. and Cleone P. Eccles Health Sciences Education Building, Room 1750 at 12:05-1:00 p.m. for this program.

For more details, visit the LIFT Forum page.   Program can be viewed from off-site via link from the web page; and available on demand after the program.

The LIFT Forum is co-sponsored by the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and the Media-on-Demand committee.

Questions can be directed to:  Jeanne Le Ber; 801-585-6744.


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Sex and Gender Differences Research: Think About It

The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, in collaboration with six partners, received a grant from the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) and the National Library of Medicine of the NIH to highlight and extend the wealth of resources available from the NIH and its Institutes and Centers on sex and gender differences research. This project will develop learning materials and create strong collaborations and connections with departments and organizations across the health sciences to disseminate the high-quality information available on sex and gender differences in health to researchers, students and clinicians.

As part of this effort, the Eccles Library will be focusing its social media on a different women’s health topic each week.

If you’re interested in the importance of sex and gender differences for research and practice in the health sciences, be sure to follow any or all of the Spencer S. Eccles Health social media channels: Twitter, Facebook or this blog.

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Ask the Expert Women’s Health series: Nutrition and Your Brain

You are invited to our next presentation on Wednesday March 27th at the Madsen Health Center for our Ask the Expert Women’s Health series. This month’s topic is “Nutrition and Your Brain”.

Rachel Jones, Assistant Professor, College of Health at the University of Utah will discuss:

  • the best functional food and nutrients for your brain
  • which food and nutrients can help with depression
  • how the brain is affected when we live at elevations above 2000ft

This is not your typical nutrition presentation….you will leave with information about how and why your environment & nutrition choices can influence your physical and emotional well-being!

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Sex and Gender Differences Research – Informational Session

The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and the Health Sciences Student Council (HSSC) welcome you to an informational session.

Join us:

March 20, 2013 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm in the Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB), room 3515 B.

We will enjoy light refreshments and learn:

  • What is the difference between sex and gender?
  • How do sex and gender affect health?
  • Why is it important to include sex and gender differences in research?
  • Where can I find more information and resources?
  • What is the Office of Research on Women’s Health?

Questions? Contact Amy Honisett at or 801-587-9246

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Future of higher education – Radio West from KUER

This week of March 4th, Radio West runs a series “in partnership with the Hinckley Institute of Politics, about the future of higher education.”
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Hidden Treasure: A weird and wonderful collection

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a collection of more than 17 million items and their new book, Hidden Treasure, showcases a collection of rare and surprising pieces found in the collection. Michael Sappol is the editor of this fascinating collection and a curator-historian at NLM.

Among the items featured in the collection are photographs of international nurse uniforms, dental cartoons, health and hygiene puzzle blocks from China, U.S. Army malaria pinup calendars, Adolf Hitler’s X-rays, and a volume on the art of palm reading. Each item highlighted in the book has been specially selected and is paired with a commentary from a scholar on the history and significance of the item. “Some things are charming and entertaining. Others are disturbing to look at, or document terrible things,” Sappol says. “There’s a lot in the book. In some cases it’s a document of human suffering, showing the diseases and afflictions people have. In other cases, it’s a document of ingenuity and coming up with treatments.”1

Hidden Treasure is available as a free download from NLM’s Digital Collections or, if you’d like a hardcopy to entertain your guests, you can purchase it through major online booksellers. You can also find a review in The New York Times.

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Sign in to NCBI when off campus

offcampusassess_iconSolutions  for known issue when trying to  Sign in to NCBI via library’s EZproxy (off-campus access button.)

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Two options for University of Utah users listed below:

  1. Sign in to NCBI via library’s EZproxy at — bookmark this!  Note: You may need edit bookmark: copy & paste exact  URL above.
  2. Or use two browsers or two tabs:
    1. Open PubMed first, sign in to NCBI
    2. then Open new tab or browser and log in via “off-campus access” button from the library homepage.


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TRI University Challenge! Informational Webinar, March 6 at Noon

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program is excited to introduce the TRI University Challenge! 

Through this new initiative, EPA is challenging the academic community to find innovative and creative ways to use TRI data to promote more informed decision-making and action on the part of communities, manufacturers, and government. Project ideas may range from one semester to multi-year research or coursework as long as the projects increase the knowledge, use, and understanding of TRI data and other related information. Priority will be given to projects related to one or more of the following topics:

  • Pollution Prevention and Sustainability
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Technology and Data Mashups
  • Environmental Education

Institutions whose project proposals are selected will serve as TRI University Challenge partners. Partners will receive direct non-monetary support from EPA TRI staff experts, and, depending on the outcome of their project, may receive national recognition for their project as well as speaking opportunities at conferences and events. Applicants who are not prepared to submit project ideas this spring are encouraged to submit project proposals during the next open application period.

Sample project ideas and evaluation criteria are posted on the TRI University Challenge website:

Informational Webinar

Join us for a webinar on March 6 at 2:00 p.m. EST to learn more about the Challenge and ask questions about getting involved.  Register at:

Application Deadline

EPA will be accepting TRI University Challenge applications between March 18 and May 13, 2013. Award applications must be submitted electronically to by 5:00 p.m. on May 13, 2013, to be considered. Applicants will be contacted regarding their application status by June 14, 2013.

For questions not answered during the webinar, please contact Zachary Scott at

Help spread the word about the Challenge to your friends and professional contacts in academia.

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It’s Oscar Time

oscar-statueGet your own health care Oscar by participating in our video contest sponsored by the University of Utah’s Health Literacy Interest Group.

1. Register a team by March 4th.
Email Erica Lake:

2. Create a 30-second to 1-minute public service announcement.

Choose any health literacy issue, such as:

  • Failure to take medications correctly
  • Overuse of the emergency room
  • Medical diagnoses being made at later stages

3.  Submit your video to Erica Lake by March 25th.

Contest winners will have their PSA aired on a local TV station, featured on Dr. Vivian Lee’s blog, and promoted on university websites and social media outlets. All participants will be entered into a drawing for a new Kindle.

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ORCID: A Unique Identifier for Researchers

ORCID is a free tool that allows you to gather together the outputs of your research under one unique identifier. It will give you the ability to make sure that the articles, data sets, etc. that you published are the ones attributed you, and are linked together.

“ORCID aims to solve the name ambiguity problem in research and scholarly communications by creating a central registry of unique identifiers for individual researchers and an open and transparent linking mechanism between ORCID and other current researcher ID schemes. These identifiers, and the relationships among them, can be linked to the researcher’s output to enhance the scientific discovery process and to improve the efficiency of research funding and collaboration within the research community.”
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