Archive for March, 2009

Open Access Article Placement Charges

Peter Suber has a great post that summarizes the of recommendations of the Research Information Network on article placement charges for OA journals.  The recommendations can be classed under the broad categories of:

  • Higher Education Institutions
  • Funders
  • Authors
  • Publishers

Considering MIT’s recent mandate for all faculty members to go OA which was unanimously passed, we all need to have as much information as possible in considering our OA journal choices.

I admire MIT’s commitment to the dissemination of high quality information to everyone.  Let’s all step on that band wagon, eh?


March 29, 2009 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

The NIH Rocket Boys

I had to blog on this news item that NIH recently announced about a new children’s book that they have released for anyone who asks for it.  Called “The NIH Rocket Boys: How NIH Gives Health and Hope to Kids and the World,” the book recounts the stories of NIH’s youngest researchers including the story of a 9-year-old boy named Terence Boylan and his request for $10 to build a rocket ship with his 14-year old friend Bruce Cook.

You can send a request to the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) to receive the book at Rocket Story, NIH Center for Scientific Review, 6701 Rockledge Dr., Room 3030, Bethesda, MD 20892. E-mail requests can be sent to

An electronic version of the book can be downloaded from:

Read the entire NIH news release here

The real future of science?  It lies with the children, the next generation of scientists.  Do your part.

March 26, 2009 at 1:35 am Leave a comment

OA Week and University of Michigan

Hey, I know I’ve posted this before, but this is a gentle reminder that Open Access Week sponsored by the University Library at the University of Michigan is starting on Monday.  Yahoo!!!  I’ll be at the University Hospital’s “triangle” (you know that area between the University Hospital and Mott?) with a fabulous poster about OA and what it could mean to you.  We’ll also have some swag to give away…  (Aren’t you curious?)

Also, don’t forget that the Health Informatics Research Organization is sponsoring the Natural Language Processing: Legal Challenges panel on Wednesday at noon at the BSRB Auditorium as part of OA week.  The panel will be great.  Send me a comment if you have any questions.

I just got back from AMIA’s Bioinformatics Translational summit so have been unable to post for awhile.  Sorry about that.  The summit was FANTASTIC.  I highly recommend it and will post something soon about my adventures.

March 22, 2009 at 6:50 pm Leave a comment

Consortium for Stem Cell Therapies

stemcell1The University of Michigan announced the creation of the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute Consortium for Stem Cell Therapieas to create embryonic stem cell lines.

This is the first major embryonic stem cell research program
launched in Michigan since the November 4th passage of a state constitutional
amendment allowing scientists to create new stem cell lines using
surplus embryos from fertility clinics. 

Information on the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute can be found here.


March 11, 2009 at 1:56 am Leave a comment

Open Access Week

oaPlease join us for a University Library sponsored Open Access Week at the University of Michigan.  Open Access is the free, permanent, online access to information.

The keynote event is- Open Access and the Academy: A Lively Discussion on the Future of Scholarly Publishing.  This event will be on Tuesday, March 24th from 4:00pm to 5:30pm at the Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery. 

The panel will be moderated by our own, Paul Courant, and will include scholarly publishing giants Jasna Markovac, Heather Joseph, Jean-Claude Guédon and Vivian Siegel. 

The other event that I am sure you will want to attend is the Natural Language Processing: Legal Challenges panel on Wednesday, March 25th.  Jack Bernard from General Counsel’s office, Kathleen Folger and John Wilkin from the University Library will be there to talk about the who, what, where, when and how’s of copyright and acquiring the text needed for NLP.  This panel discussion will be moderated by myself (I know…) and takes place at the Biomedical Research Sciences Building’s auditorium (the Pringle) at Noon.  Yahoo!

For a full listing of events, please click here.  You know my opinion on the fundamental right that people have to information (especially if you are paying for the generation of it through you tax dollars). 

See you there!

March 3, 2009 at 6:47 pm Leave a comment

Bioinformatics Conferences

A list of upcoming bioinformatics conferences from Conference Alerts.

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