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Public Health & Health Professions

Welcome new and returning students!

For those of you who are returning, welcome back! We missed you (no, seriously–we love it when it’s busy). For those of you who are new, welcome!

My name is Michelle Zafron and I’m the library liaison to the School of Public Health and Health Professions here at UB. Should you need help with anything library related (and that covers a wide range), you can contact me a couple of different ways:

  • Phone: (716) 829-5746
  • Email: mlzafron @ buffalo . edu
  • Chat: See this box? It should also be on the right hand side of your screen. Monday – Friday 8:30 – 5, I am generally available. Just type your question into that box and I’ll do the best I can to help you.Library H3lp

Things you should know about:

  • Delivery+ is a free service to UB students, faculty, and staff. If you need a book, book chapter, or an article, you can request it. You’ll need to register but it’s pretty painless and the service is amazingly faast.
  • Want to access databases or articles from off-campus? Just make sure you log in through the UB Libraries. You’ll need your UBIT name and password, but once you’ve done that, you should be able to get to most everything but print materials from wherever you are.
  • Consider taking a workshop. They fill up fast. Learn to use PubMed. Make your presentations more effective with Prezi. Use EndNote to organize your citations and work with Word for easy formatting. Consider how to be more productive with your iPad. You can find out more about them here.
  • Maximize Google Scholar . I’m not knocking it. Google Scholar is a great tool (it shouldn’t be your only tool, but it’s a good one). Set it up to search UB Library holdings for you. Instructions are on the linked page.
  • Need help in the middle of the night or on the weekends or any hour? Use our 24/7 chat service.
  • Have a great year and remember to contact me if you need help!

Sign up today for bioinformatics workshops!

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Introduction to Blast

The Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST) is a combination statistical and mathematical equation created by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). The BLAST suite offers a set of tools for identifying areas of similarity between various kinds of genomic and protein sequences as well as specialized BLAST tools for Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), comparing sequences, identifying mutations, sequences binding molecules such as drugs and more.

Thursday, June 26 • 1:00-4:00 pm

Advanced BLAST

An extension of the Introduction to BLAST building on the skills learned, covers working with nucleotide BLAST, Assigning biological function to your unknown sequence and specialized BLAST functions.

Monday, July 7 • 1:00-4:00 pm


UCSC Genome Browser Workshop

The UCSC Genome Browser permits researchers to rapidly browse a large number of vertebrate, invertebrate, microbial and model organism genomes. Any portion of any genome may be retrieved at any scale, together with dozens of aligned annotation tracks (known genes, predicted genes, ESTs, mRNAs, CpG islands, assembly gaps and overage, chromosomal bands, mouse homologies, and more). Users can also add their own custom tracks to the browser for educational or research purposes. In addition, the Browser provides portals to ENCODE data, the Neanderthal sequences, and is home to the popular sequence alignment tool, BLAT.

Friday, July 25 • 1:00-4:00 pm


A pharmacogenomics knowledge resource that encompasses clinical information (including dosing guidelines and drug labels), potential clinically actionable gene-drug association, and genotype-phenotype relationships. Pharm GKB collects, curates and disseminates knowledge about the impact of human genetic variation on drug responses.

Friday, August 15 • 1:00-3:00 pm

Check all our offerings on the HSL Workshops page. Don’t forget to scroll down and look over the list of Workshops on Demand too.

Questions? Call your instruction librarian, Deb Chiarella, at 716-829-5753 or e-mail

New service model

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Starting July 1, we’re consolidating our circulation and reference service desks at the Health Sciences Library. All inquiries will be handled at one desk in an effort to provide more streamlined service.

We will continue to handle reference questions and more in-depth research consultations. All librarian liaisons to the health sciences schools will remain on the South Campus in the Health Sciences Library.

As the librarian liaison to the School of Public Health and Health Professions, I will still be available to meet with you in person or field questions by email, chat, or phone.

Please contact me if you have any questions!

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Type 2 Diabetes is on the rise

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The National Diabetes Statistics report for 2014 is out and the numbers are not good. This is not news, the levels of people with diabetes in the US have been high for years, but these are still startling numbers.

More than 1/3 of adults in the US are estimated to have blood sugar levels high enough to put them in the pre-diabetic class.

29.1 million people or 9.3% of the U.S. population have diabetes.

Put another way, they estimate that there are 21.0 million people who have been diagnosed with diabetes.

And that there are  8.1 million undiagnosed people in the US.

Summer Classes

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Classes begin on June 11th.  Check all our offerings on the HSL Workshops page.  Don’t forget to scroll down and look over the list of Workshops on Demand too.

Questions?  Call your instruction librarian, Deb Chiarella, at 716-829-5753 or e-mail

Friends of the Health Sciences Library – Event

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FRIENDS OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES LIBRARY PROGRAM ALERT!  On Thursday, May 29, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm, the Robert L. Brown History of Medicine Collection will be hosting the Spring 2014 Friends of the Health Sciences Library Program. This year’s presentation will be in Abbott Hall, Room B15 and is entitled “A View Inside: The Establishment and Contents of the UB Museum of Radiology and Medical Physics”, given by UB faculty members Daniel Bednarek, PhD, Professor of Radiology and Benjamin Kutas, RT, Radiology Instructor Emeritus. The event will include a tour of the Radiology Museum, also located in Abbott Hall’s lower level (Room B20). Refreshments will be served in the Robert L. Brown Collection after the presentation and tour.  Come and enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at a fascinating collection of items of historical significance to radiology and medical physics dating back as far as 1896.  For further information, please see the invitation below.  We hope to see  you on May 29th!

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Home Health Conference

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Home Health Innovations:  Bridging Practice and Research.  This event is supported by a 3E project which includes Nursing, Public Health, Engineering, Computer Science, and Architecture.  The keynotes, topics and breakouts touch upon nearly all of our research interests, as technology and informatics expands to improve all areas of nursing and healthcare practice.  I enthusiastically welcome you to register by following the directions on the attached form or at the website:

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