Archive for July, 2009

CTSA Awardees

NIH announced the seven institutions to receive CTSA funding.

  • Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston)
  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine (New York City)
  • New York University School of Medicine (New York City)
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Little Rock)
  • University of Florida (Gainesville)
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston)

In addition, the first CTSA progress report was released today and is available at

Read the full NIH news release here.


July 15, 2009 at 4:58 pm Leave a comment

Data Manipulation with R

So for you bioinformaticists using R, I thought you might be interested in knowing that the book, Data Manipulation with R, by Phil Spector is available as an e-book in Mirlyn. Get the full Mirlyn record here with the link to the book.  You’ll have to login if you aren’t already, using your Kerberos password.  I don’t know anything about R, but the book has decent reviews on Amazon.  Have fun!

July 14, 2009 at 3:29 am Leave a comment

BioSystems Database

biosysThe NCBI folks have created another database, NCBI BioSystems, which is the aggregation of several public databases.  This database connects biosystem records with literature, molecular and chemical data from the Entrez system.  Biological pathways from KEGG nd BioCyc are currently included.  Links to this database are included in records from NCBI Gene, HomoloGene, OMIM and the Protein Clusers databases.  Get the full details on NCBI BioSystems here.

July 7, 2009 at 7:25 pm Leave a comment

Federal Research Public Access Act

Step 1: Create a public access policy for NIH funded research.

Step 2: Create a public access policy for all government funded research.

Nice.  Good job NIH.  Looks like the other agencies want to come on board.  The Federal Research Public Access Act was introduced on June 25th.  This legislation would require that federal agencies with an extramural research budget of $100 million or more to institute a public access policy that would ask researchers to deposit a final manuscript of an accepted peer-reviewed article into a stable digital repository of choice that allows free, online access to readers no later than 6 months after publication in the journal, itself.

Get the details at The Alliance for Taxpayer Access.  ATA has all the necessary links for you to contact Congress and indicate your support.  While you’re at it, also tell them that you oppose Conyer’s H.R.801 Fair Copyright in Research Works Act which seeks to repeal the NIH Public Access policy (I know, what the hey?!!!).

Warning: Soapbox Rant (again)
C’mon.  Let’s continue to do the right thing here folks.  We have basic rights. Access to information is one of them.  To create a culture where only people with the right amount of money get to have information is ignorant and ultimately detrimental to society.  I’m a librarian and proud of it because we empower people through the fundamental right of information access so that they can educate themselves on their own terms.

It doesn’t take much to let your voice be heard.  Citizenship carries responsibility.  Be a part of the democracy we fought so hard to create.

July 2, 2009 at 2:33 pm Leave a comment

Bioinformatics Conferences

A list of upcoming bioinformatics conferences from Conference Alerts.

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