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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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OT 346 4/1/14 class notes

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1. To edit the spacing, font, etc. for EndNote formatted documents, after you’ve added your bibliography, look on the EndNote toolbar in the Word document, find “bibliography,” to the right of it is a dropdown.

Now click the layout tab. Under “line spacing,” click the dropdown to double. Click ok. You may need to click “Update Citations and Bibliography” to get the changes to show.

2. How to deal with capitalization in EndNote for APA. In EndNote, you’ll see a style listed on the left-hand side. Change this to the style you want. If you don’t see the style listed, one of your options should be select another style.

For example, let’s pick APA 6th-Annotated

Edit –> output style manager –> edit APA 6th-Annotated
on the left: under Bibliography, choose title capitalization, pick sentence style
under Footnotes, do the same

Click the X and you will be prompted to save
Agree and then I would suggest saving as a copy.

Now change the style to APA 6th–Annotated Copy and you are good to go!