Code Your Graph


This Friday’s Data Jamboree is devoted to techniques and tools for data visualization.  Bring your laptop for hands-on tutorials on ggplot and matplotlib, and a keynote talk on visualizing high dimensional data.  Everyone is welcome!

When:  June 24, 2:30 – 5:00 PM
Where:  OHSU Auditorium / OLD Library
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Food & Drink will be provided

Arrive by 2:30 for help installing software packages!

Acland’s Anatomy is now available to OHSU!


Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy is a series of anatomy lessons on video presented by Robert Acland. Dr. Acland who was a professor of surgery in the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Videos are of real human anatomic specimens in their natural colors and presents moving structures – muscles, tendons, and joints – making the same movements that they make in life.

2016 OHSU Poetry Contest Winners

The winners of the 2016 OHSU Poetry Contest have been selected. The three winning poems, as well as honorable mentions, are listed below by category, with full text available by clicking on the title:

Health & Healing:
Winner:what they don’t teach you,” by Akshay Pendyal
Honorable Mention: “Hospice Consult in Parkdale, OR,” by Allison Nye

Artistic Excellence:
Winner:Passions in Every Room,” by Michael Wynn
Honorable Mention: “Pre-Med,” by LeNeva Spires

OHSU Experience:
Winner:For Bases,” by Libbey White
Honorable Mention: “The Recipe,” by Kevin Nusser

Special Mentions:
Aerial Tram theme: “Aerial Tram”
Unique form: “A Breath of Fresh Air,” by Mariam Rehman

Holiday Hours

Monday, May 30th, 2016 the OHSU Library service desk at the BICC and the Graduate LRC at the CLSB will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.

The After Hours Study Space is on the 4th floor of the Library. It may be accessed through the 4th floor entrance when the Library is closed with a valid OHSU badge. The Graduate LRC is accessible with OHSU badge for departments and programs located at CLSB 24 hours a day.

Data Jamboree Friday, May 20th, 2016

RNA is in our dnaAttend this Friday’s Data Jamboree for a workshop on exploring RNAseq data through visualization.  Attendees will learn about the RNAseq experimental pipeline at OHSU, including study design considerations and RNAseq technologies.  Bring your laptop and data for a hands-on introduction to an open source tool for visualizing your data.  Please visit the RNAseq visualization website for help on formatting your data for inputting into the data visualization tool or explore the pre-loaded data.  Everyone is welcome!

When:  May 20th, 2:30 – 5:00 PM
Where:  Collaborative Life Sciences Building, 2S060
Food & Drink will be provided

This event is presented by Computational Biology, the Knight Cardiovascular Institute, the Biostatistics & Design Program, and the OHSU Library.

OHSU Library Hosting Research Week 2016

On Monday, May 2, from 5-8pm, the OHSU Library will be hosting the Research Week 2016 opening poster reception. Posters will be displayed on the Library’s 3rd and 4th floors. The Library will be open for service during its normal hours of 8am-6pm, and the 24-Hour Space will remain available for study throughout the poster reception. However, library users should expect some disruptions, with the event set-up beginning at 10am on May 2nd. We apologize for any inconvenience.

OHSU students, staff, faculty and volunteers are invited to submit one to two original, unpublished poems on or before Saturday, Apr. 30, 2016, to be included in the OHSU Library and OHSU WRITEs annual poetry contest.

Prizes will be awarded for the top-rated poem in each of these three categories:
·         OHSU experience
·         Artistic excellence
·         Health and healing

The winning poems will be framed and showcased in the OHSU Library (BICC 3rd floor), and posted on the OHSU Library’s website. The winning authors in each of the three categories will receive a $50 Powell’s gift card.

Please see the Poetry Contest 2016 page for contest guidelines and other details.

BICC 25th Anniversary Celebration Save the Date


Save the date for the celebration of the BICC 25th Anniversary in Portland, Oregon, Friday, October 28, 2016.

“The Biomedical Information Communication Center is the resource for health information at Oregon Health Sciences University. The BICC building, which opened in September, 1991, houses library services; microcomputer facilities, training and support; audiovisual and video conferencing services; the Health Informatics Program; and BICC administrative offices. The offices of ORHION, the BICC’s electronic information system, are also housed in the building.”

With these auspicious words, the BICC opened 25 years ago.

On behalf of Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), we would cordially like to extend an invitation to attend a celebration of the past, present, and future of the BICC in beautiful Portland, Oregon, October 28. Tour the building, talk with former and current inhabitants, view exhibits of historic computers and artifacts, enjoy some great food and beverages, and help us celebrate!

Confirmed speakers include:
• Donald Lindberg, MD, Emeritus Director of the National Library of Medicine
• J. Robert (Bob) Beck, MD, former Director of the BICC
• Lesley Hallick, PhD, former OHSU Provost
• Dolores Judkins, MLS, AHIP, OHSU Library Emeritus Associate Professor
• David Witter, MA former Interim University President
• David Hickam, MD, MPH, former OHSU professor / VA physician
• And we hope to have the new Director of the National Library of Medicine as well…

We hope you can join us!

Chris Shaffer and Valerie Fishler, OHSU Library
Bill Hersh, Joan Ash, and Kathryn Pyle, Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE)
Jan Pfeifer, EdCOMM
Mike Miller, Information Technology Group (ITG)

Holiday Hours

Monday, February 15, 2016 the OHSU Library at the BICC and the Graduate LRC at the CLSB service desk will be closed in observance of Presidents’ Day

The After Hours Study Space is on the 4th floor of the Library. It may be accessed through the 4th floor entrance when the Library is closed with a valid OHSU badge.  The Graduate LRC is accessible with OHSU badge 24 hours a day for departments and programs located at CLSB.

ICMJE seeks feedback on sharing clinical trial data

The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) has issued a proposal for “Sharing Clinical Trial Data” and is asking for feedback.

The announcement has appeared in the Annals of Internal Medicine, as well as published in JAMA, Lancet, PLoS Med, NEJM and CMAJ. Harlan Krumholz of Yale shared a commentary on NPR that you may find interesting.

The ICMJE website provides a link to the feedback form, which has specific areas that they want comments on.