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New and Improved Study Tool on Access Pharmacy

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AccessPharmacy has re-introduced a new and improved version of the Top 300 Drug Flashcards on AccessPharmacy.  The cards contain all the content from Kolesar & Vermeulen’s Top 300 Drugs print flashcard set.  Quiz yourself on all aspects of 300 common drugs.

To use the flashcards click on Self-Assessment in AccessPharmacy and then click on “Top 300 Drugs Flashcards.”

Happy studying!



Chance to Participate in the Professors and Their Pets Exhibit at Lockwood Library

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On behalf of Molly Poremski:

Greetings from your Library!

The librarians at Lockwood are currently planning an exhibit and we need your help. The exhibit, “Professors and Their Pets” will coincide with this semester’s Stress Relief Days, held at Lockwood and the Health Sciences Library at the end of the semester. What we would like from you is a photo of your pet, or of you and your pet together, along with a small paragraph about your pet.  We will be putting up an exhibit on December 1st in the lobby of Lockwood showcasing the professorial pets.

Here’s what we need:

  • One higher quality digital photo (300dpi or higher) of you and your pet, or of just your pet
  • A paragraph (maximum 100 words) telling us about your pet

Here’s an example:

  •  This is Biff. He came from the Buffalo City Animal Shelter in 2003. Biff enjoys sleeping, staring at birds, chicken liver pâté, and running around the house at top speeds in the middle of the night for no apparent reason. Biff lives with librarian Molly Poremski.

For promotion of the exhibit, we may use your photo on the Library’s social media. If you’d like to opt out of that, please just let me know when you send in your photo.

If you’d like your furry (or not so furry, as the case may be) friend included in Lockwood’s upcoming exhibit, please email the photo and paragraph to Molly Poremski, by November 10th.

Thanks for considering!

Molly D. Poremski

International Languages and Literature Librarian

Kanopy Streaming Video Now Available

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The University Libraries are providing even more access to streaming videos to support classroom instruction. Kanopy Streaming Video is now available through a joint pilot project with other regional colleges.

Kanopy offers more than 6,500 films in a wide variety of subject areas and from several educational film distributors including these popular collections: Criterion Collection, Symptom Media, PBS, Green Planet Films, First Run Features, California Newsreel, BBCActive, NEVCO and German Film.

Create clips/playlists and embed any video or clip in UBlearns. Questions? Please contact Multimedia Collections and Services at

Welcome to the class of 2018!

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Welcome to south campus!  The summer has been so quiet around the library without you.  If you should have any library needs, please feel free to email, call, drop in or chat with me. I’d be happy to help.

Good luck with your classes and best wishes for a wonderful and productive year!



Ebola Information

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There has been a great deal of news coverage dedicated to the recent Ebola outbreak.

Here is a compilation of resources for reliable information regarding Ebola.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization

National Library of Medicine (NLM) MedlinePlus Resource Guides

NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC)

U.S. Joint Commission

Congratulations Dr. Marilyn Morris!

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Dr. Marilyn Morris, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences has been named one of five UB Distinguished Professors effective September 1, 2014.  This honor is open to all full professors who have achieved national and international national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within their fields.

Dr Morris has authored over 160 peer reviewed articles, nine books and a patent.  To read the full UB Reporter article and meet the remaining four UB Distinguished Professors, click here.

Summer Bioinformatics Workshops at HSL

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Please join us for Summer Bioinformatics at HSL.  Workshop and registration information is listed below.


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.


Instructor: Dr. Diane Rein

Location: TBD – South Campus

Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM  Registration:




Advanced BLAST:   This course will be an extension of the Introduction to BLAST building on the skills learned in the Introduction to BLAST.  This course will cover working with nucleotide BLAST, Assigning biological function to your unknown sequence and specialized BLAST functions.


Instructor: Dr. Diane Rein

Location: TBD  - South Campus

Date: Monday, July 7, 2014

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM  Registration:




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.


Instructor: Dr. Diane Rein

Location: TBD – South Campus

Date: Friday, July 25, 2014

Time: 1pm-4pm Registration:



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


Instructor: Dr. Diane Rein

Location: TBD   – South Campus

Date: Friday, August 15, 2014

Time 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Registration:


Congratulations Dr. Brian Tsuji

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A team of researchers led  by Dr. Brian Tsuji Brian Tsuji, PharmD, associate professor and director of clinical research in the Department of Pharmacy Practice has been awarded a $4.4 million dollar National Institutes of Health grant.  This grant will allow researchers to study the development of new dosing regimens for polymyxin antibiotics in order to fight antibiotic resistant superbugs.

To learn more, read the full text of the article see the UB Reporter article.

Hospitals Put Pharmacists In The ER To Cut Medication Errors

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In case you hadn’t heard the great NPR story from earlier today I thought I would link to it here for easy access.  Read about Children’s Medical Center in Dallas has employed 10 full time pharmacists in the ER to help reduce medication errors and cut down on drug interactions that cause thousands of unnecessary deaths each year.

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