State Library Scholarships Available for the 2015 Paralibrarian Division Annual Spring Workshop!

CSLLogo-CMYK-VThe Colorado State Library is pleased to offer two scholarships to the 2015 Paralibrarian Division Annual Spring Workshop to be held on April 23, 2015 at the Boulder Public Library.

The theme this year is “YOU Are a Champion: Be Extraordinary!” Wield unfathomable power, bring order to chaos, make undeniable connections to the community, and accomplish remarkable feats every day!

If interested, please fill out the scholarship application form by Friday April 10, 2015. All applicants will be notified via e-mail by April 14, 2015 if they have been awarded one of the scholarships.

Those selected must write a blog post for the Colorado Libraries blog  by May 31, 2015. Your blog post can cover a particular workshop session you attended, your overall conference experience, or how you’ve applied or shared workshop information in your library with patrons and/or colleagues.

This scholarship will cover your workshop registration. All applicants will be notified via e-mail by April 14, 2015 if they have been awarded one of the scholarships.

DO NOT register for the workshop until you’ve heard if you’ve received a scholarship. If you are selected, we will register you and pay for your attendance. (The Colorado State Library is unable to reimburse registrations that have already been paid.)

King Richard III

Richard III of England was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field in August 1485.  He was thought to be buried in the church of the Grey Friars, or Franciscans, of Leicester but the site of his burial was unknown.  In August of 2012, University of Leicester archaeologists began to search for the lost burial site. In September 2012, they found a skeleton with a spinal curvature similar to Richard III’s. DNA testing affirms almost conclusively that the remains are of Richard III. In March 2015, Richard III was re-buried in Leicester Cathedral.

You can find some information about Richard III and other historic rulers, in the articles below.

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Precision Medicine: Finally, it’s all about YOU!

At the January 2015 State of the Union Address, President Obama announced his Precision Medicine Initiative. This initiative would put $215 million dollars toward understanding how to personalize an individual’s medical treatment based on his or her genes, environment and lifestyle. While the concept of precision (also referred to as personalized or individualized) medicine isn’t new – think eyeglasses and blood transfusions – advances in science and technology will allow for the exploration of novel treatments and prevention strategies for complex diseases like coronary artery disease, COPD, and hypertension. One million citizens will be asked to volunteer their health data and numerous public and private entities will be collaborating to explore effective disease prevention and treatment.

Why Now?

Developments in basic science, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and advances in technology supporting mHealth, electronic health records, and the storage of big data have created the perfect environment to greatly expand precision medicine. If the past ten years is any indication of rapid change, the sky’s the limit for the next decade:

  • Amount of time to sequence the human genome: 2004-2 years, 2014-2 days
  • Cost of human sequencing: 2004-$22,000,000, 2014-$1,000-$5,000
  • Number of smart phones: 2004-1,000,000, 2014-160,000,000
  • Computing power: 2004-n, 2014-n16

Precision Medicine in Action

The Veteran’s Administration (VA) Office of Research and Development has been working to identify genes linked to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), high blood pressure, and heart disease. VA researchers have discovered that individuals with a certain form of the serotonin transporter gene 5-HTT are at a greater risk for PTSD and depression, information which helps individualize use and dosage of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). They have also found that people with certain forms of angiotensin II receptor type-1 (AGTR1) may have an increased risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. This information can help clinicians develop a personalized preventative care program. Find out more on VA research.

Precision medicine can not only impact an individual, it can address health prevention in an entire community. In 2008, an OB/GYN began mapping children born into poverty in Gainesville, Florida. She was put in contact with a sheriff who was also interested in mapping, but her focus was the community’s incidence of crime. When the two women met, they discovered the maps matched exactly to a one square-mile area and further investigation showed the area also had the highest rate of domestic violence, child abuse and neglect. But why? A ride around the area revealed a lot about the environment and lifestyles of community members. There was poorly maintained housing and a complete lack of access to services like child care, healthy food and medical care – with the closest clinic a 2-hour bus ride away. Find out more about what happened to this community.

Resources for Genetic and Environmental Health

Clinical

Community College and University

  • Environmental Health and Toxicology – portal links health professionals and consumers to many resources to understand the connection between the environment and human health and development.
  • GeneEd Web site – (Grades 9 -12+) Links to vetted genetic Web sites based on high school science curriculum. Includes lesson plans and current events.
  • Genetics Home Reference – Consumer-friendly information about genetic variation and human health.

Consumer and Patient Education

  • Environmental Health and Toxicology – portal links health professionals and consumers to many resources to understand the connection between the environment and human health and development.
  • Genetic Alliance – Nonprofit health advocacy organization committed to transforming health through genetics and promoting an environment of openness.
  • Genetics Home Reference – Consumer-friendly information about genetic variation and human health.
  • NHGRI Talking Glossary – Genetic terms, images and animation. (English/Spanish).
  • Office of Rare Diseases Research – Rare diseases information for patients, families, healthcare providers, researchers, educators and students.

Genetics Professionals

K-12

Public Health

  • Environmental Health and Toxicology – portal links health professionals and consumers to many resources to understand the connection between the environment and human health and development.
  • PHPartners – a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries which provides timely, convenient access to selected public health resources on the Internet.
  • Public Health Genomics – information on infectious diseases and noncommunicable diseases with a focus on human and pathogen genomics, genomic tests, family history, public health science, programs and practice, as well as policy and legislation.
  • National Information Center on Health Services Research and Heath Care Technology (NICHSR) – information and tools for the health services research community.

Researcher Tools from NIH

  • GenBank - an annotated collection of all publicly available DNA sequences.
  • Gene – integrates information from a wide range of species. A record may include nomenclature, Reference Sequences (RefSeqs), maps, pathways, variations, phenotypes, and links to genome-, phenotype-, and locus-specific resources worldwide.
  • Genes and Expressions – Tools to help users query and download experiments and curated gene expression profiles.
  • Human Genome Resources – integrated, one-stop, genomic information infrastructure for biomedical researchers from around the world so that they may use these data in their research efforts.
  • International HapMap Tool - partnership of scientists and funding agencies from Canada, China, Japan, Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the United States to develop a public resource that will help researchers find genes associated with human disease and response to pharmaceuticals.
  • NCBI Webinars and Courses – a series of webinars and courses led by NCBI staff who explain and demonstrate the use of various NCBI web resources with particular emphasis on recent changes and improvements.
  • OMIM – comprehensive, authoritative compendium of human genes and genetic phenotypes that is freely available and updated daily.

Other

-Dana Abbey, Colorado/Health Information Literacy Coordinator

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and Eastern Colorado

Posted on behalf of Lee Wheeler-Berliner, WIOA Project and Change Manager for the Colorado Workforce Development Council.

Please join us on Thursday April 9th for a discussion on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and what it means for Eastern Colorado. Representatives from the Colorado Workforce Development Council, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the Colorado Department of Education, and the Colorado Department of Human Services will be present to share information and answer questions. WIOA calls for the strategic alignment of services across many programs as well as a shared planning process, and this meeting will outline how your program can get involved.

The meeting will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 at the School District offices at 715 West Platte Avenue in Fort Morgan. Please RSVP through this link: http://goo.gl/forms/ZQGc8olaK7. Visit http://www.colorado.gov/cwdc/regional-meetings to learn more. Specific questions regarding this event can be sent to Dawn Garcia or Lee Wheeler-Berliner. We look forward to seeing you on April 9th!

Denver Turnverein 150th

The Denver Turnverein celebrates their 150th anniversary this spring.  While there were multiple Turnverein or “Turner” clubs in Colorado, Denver’s was the earliest. You can read more of the historic news about the Turnverein in some of the articles below.

Denver Turnverein’s 150th anniversary traces colorful Colorado history

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Battle of Neuve Chapelle

March 10 – 13th, 1915 the Battle of Neuve Chapelle was waged in France. Trench warfare began in Fall 1914, and by spring the Germans were dug into trenches in the northern French countryside and elsewhere. British forces attacked the German trenches near Neuve Chapelle for three days. On March 13, the Germans were defeated in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle, with over 11,000 British and Indian casualties suffered to capture 1,200 Germans.

Big Battle is Now Impending On French Soil
Daily Journal
March 13, 1915

Part I

Part II

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Is The Earth Flat

“Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?” – Terry Pratchett, Going Postal

Prolific fantasy author Terry Pratchett passed away March 12, 2015.  His most famous works focus on Discworld, a fictional place in which the land was a flat disc. In Discworld, the disc rests on the backs of elephants standing on the back of a giant turtle. Did you know some people believed the Earth was flat?  A Siberia sect believed the earth rested on the backs of whales and some Zuni built a shrine to the center of the flat earth. You can read more about some flat earth supporters here.

Round, North and South
Aspen Daily Chronicle
November 21, 1889

 

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2015 Kraemer Copyright Conference

Need to learn more about copyright and how to navigate it in the library world? Register for the 2015 UCCS Copyright Conference! The conference is FREE, and open to staff from public, academic, school, and special libraries!

When: June 1 & 2, 2015

Where: The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918

Learn more and register for the conference!

 

National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics

In 1910, aviation was seen by many as a fledgling and dangerous hobby. By 1914, aviation had become a growing concern and a serious part of the war effort. In March 1915, the U.S. created the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), a precursor to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Visit the links below to read about the early work of NACA.

Plan an Aircraft Exhibit
Montezuma Journal
July 19, 1917

Moffett on Aeronautic Board
Oak Creek Times
May 14, 1921

Definitions of Airplanes
Carbonate Chronicle
September 12, 1921

New Device Checks Every Move of Airplane Pilots and Machines
Daily Journal
May 17, 1922

Testing Stress on Planes
Longmont Ledger
July 6, 1923

To Prevent Airplane Fires
Longmont Ledger
July 20, 1923

John Gose and Others of Committee on Aeronautics Invent Fireproof Gasoline Tank
Plateau Voice
July 27, 1923

U. S. Leads World in Aeronautics
Wet Mountain Tribune
October 19, 1923

These articles come from the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, a service of the Colorado State Library, History Colorado, and libraries, historical societies, and community organizations in Colorado.

Mesa County added to the list of (WIOA) Regional Meetings

Please join us on Friday, March 13th, 2015 for a discussion on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and what it means for Mesa County. Representatives from the Colorado Workforce Development Council, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the Colorado Department of Education, and the Colorado Department of Human Services will be present to share information and answer questions. WIOA calls for the strategic alignment of services across many programs as well as a shared planning process, and this meeting will outline how your program can get involved.

 

The meeting will be held from 7:30 – 9:30 am at the Mesa County Workforce Center, 512 29 ½ Road, Business Center Conference Room B, Grand Junction, Colorado. If interested in attending, please rsvp through this link: . Visit http://www.colorado.gov/cwdc/regional-meetings to learn more. Specific questions regarding this event can be sent to Tracey Garchar or Lee Wheeler-Berliner. We look forward to seeing you on March 13th!




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