News and notes for biology, July 2017

Olin Library North Door: Update Aug. 14: The north entrance is not anticipated to open until sometime in mid- to late-October. During some of August, access to Olin Library will be limited to a path on the northeast side of the building. If you are coming from the west, you will need to walk all the way around the south construction fence of Olin Library and enter from the northeast side. The book return on the south side can still be used but the south entrance will be closed. Please check What’s New for dates and details as they become available.

New open access journal: Engineering Biology, v.1, June 2017+; initiative from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) “focused on the application of engineering science and practice to the design of biological devices and systems for a wide range of fields and applications.”

I find data visualization fascinating. It really has power to explain, sometimes. Unfortunately, I have few skills in this area. Anyway, this PLOS Biology post was interesting to me: An Unexpected Perk of our Data Policy.

For much more old-fashioned visualization see Sketching the Beginnings of Life, One Cell at a Time 4:46 video, about re-creation of Edwin Grant Conklin’s (1863-1952) work documenting the stages of embryo development in the marine slipper snail Crepidula fornicata. Blog post about this work: A Report from the MBLWHOI Library: BHL Supports the Research of Recent Catherine N. Norton Fellows.

Free Data Science Learning Materials: I hadn’t seen this page before and thought parts of it might be useful to you: HarvardX Biomedical Data Science Open Online Training. The courses are divided into the Data Analysis for the Life Sciences series, the Genomics Data Analysis series, and the Using Python for Research course. It includes links to videos, text materials and online course modules. You need to register (free) to get into the course modules.

On Thoreau’s 200th birthday, a gift for botany, about Harvard University Herbaria posting digital images of Concord specimens. Images available here

Summary about preprints: Biology’s Roiling Debate Over Publishing Research Early WIRED, July 8, 2017.

WU Services for Funder Mandated Data Management Plans (DMP)

The Encyclopedia of Life is 10 years old!

Taproot Episode 1, Season 1: Extreme Open Science and the Meaning of Scientific Impact with Sophien Kamoun is now available. This is an example of open science, open data; it includes discussion about preprints, incentives for scientists, the use of twitter to disseminate discoveries, and more. [Also available on iTunes] “Taproot is the podcast that digs beneath the surface to understand how scientific publications are created. In each episode, we take a paper from the plant biology literature and talk about the story behind the science with one of the authors.” One of the hosts is our own Liz Haswell! Episode 2, Normalizing Nomenclature and The Idealism of Youth with Carolyn Lawrence-Dill, was also very interesting.

The NCBI Minute: How You and Your Journal Club Can Contribute Using PubMed Commons [12:48]

New Streaming Reserves Platform Available for Fall: Wowza, the new streaming reserves platform, will go live this fall. This new platform replaces RealPlayer and promises to be more user-friendly. There is no additional software necessary to play films. Students click the link in their Ares course, and the video plays in the browser of their choice. View an example.

About the author

Ruth is a librarian at Washington University for biology, math, history of science; she is also scholarly communications coordinator. Email: Phone: 314-935-4819