Steve Duckworth, University Archivist

duckworth_2016-10-18-copySteve Duckworth recently joined OHSU Library’s Historical Collections & Archives as the University Archivist. Steve comes most recently from working as the Processing Archivist for the University of Florida. Previously, he served as a Project Archivist for the National Park Service in Anchorage, AK and as an Archives Processor with the “Hidden Collections” project of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL). He has also conducted archival processing in Philadelphia’s John J. Wilcox, Jr. LGBT Archive and the Sigma Sound Studio Audio Archive (at Drexel University), and even once served as the Assistant Librarian for the Allentown (PA) Symphony Orchestra.

Steve has an MSLIS with a concentration in Archives Management from Drexel University (as well as a couple of other degrees in music performance). He has recently completed the Digital Archives Specialist certification from the Society of American Archivists (SAA). He serves on SAA’s Diversity Committee and as a member of the SAA Issues & Advocacy Roundtable’s On-Call Research Teams. He has recently conducted research into artifact processing within traditionally paper-based archival environments and has previously participated with teams that published or presented on web archiving, reprocessing archival collections, and enhancing finding aids for accessibility and usability.

Steve is excited to bring his experience and inquisitive nature to this position where he hopes to enhance current collections while increasing the diversity and substance of the holdings of HC&A. Additionally, he hopes to contribute to a more diverse work place and profession through various initiatives and outreach efforts. Being new to Portland, Steve is also looking forward to exploring this beautiful area and getting to know the people and places that make the Pacific Northwest so unique.


Nicole Vasilevsky appointed to Research Assistant Professor in the OHSU Library




The OHSU Library is pleased to announce that Nicole Vasilevsky, PhD, was appointed to Research Assistant Professor in the OHSU Library. Nicole works as a biocurator and ontologist in the Ontology Development Group. Currently she is focusing on biocuration of the rare disease literature for the Monarch Initiative (, ontology development for the Monarch Disease Ontology, Human Phenotype Ontology and the Cell Ontology, and is developing educational resources for the Big Data to Knowledge projects in DMICE and the Library.

Register for Science Hack Day

Science Hack Day Portland is just a couple days away. Starting with a kick-off reception this Friday at 6:30 PM, OHSU students, scientists, and staff will team up with developers, designers, librarians, roboticists, and science enthusiasts to tackle projects and build new connections.

Science Hack Day Portland is open to everyone, free, and a great opportunity to solve research issues, build your network, and have fun with science! Over 125 attendees have already formed teams to automate lab procedures, visualize and open up data, explore new techniques, and just have fun code and hardware. Want some inspiration? Read about what the OHSU Laboratory of Brain, Hearing, and Behavior will be working on.

You can register for Science Hack Day Portland now, or just show up! You can come with an idea ready to form a team, or just some curiosity and a desire to tinker. Doors open this Friday, October 7, at 6:30 PM at the XOXO Outpost. Food and drink will be provided. No worries if you can’t make it on Friday, you can still join and form teams on Saturday. View the full schedule here.

If you have questions or ideas about Science Hack Day Portland, please contact Robin Champieux at or the event organizers at

OHSU Science Hack Day team aims to reduce human errors with robotic upgrade

shd2In the Oregon Hearing Research Center’s Laboratory of Brain, Hearing, and Behavior, led by Dr. Stephen David, we study how the auditory brain interprets sounds in different behavioral conditions.

Listening to a friend talking in a noisy room seems like an effortless task for most people, but it can be challenging for people with even mild hearing impairments. Understanding how the healthy brain solves these problems is important to develop better treatments for the hearing impaired.

We use a number of techniques to study brain activity during auditory behavior. Recently, we have begun using optogenetics to precisely control neural activity in specific brain regions, which requires shining a laser light over the area under study.

One of the key pieces of equipment for our experiments is a stereotactic micromanipulator. This manipulator has three axes that can be moved to precise, targeted positions by the careful adjustment of manipulator knobs by the skilled hands of one of our lab members. This technique is subject to human error due to relatively low accuracy and replicability of human movements.

In an effort to reduce these potentially confounding human errors, our lab will team up at the first Science Hack Day in Portland (October 7-8) to upgrade our existing manual stereotactic micromanipulator to a robotic one.

We will use affordable, commercially available CNC equipment and open source CNC controlling software such that the experimenter will be able to control the position and the speed of each movement digitally, with a precision of about 3 micrometers per turn. This will make our experimental control about 10 times more accurate and reproducible.

OHSU students Saderi and Lawson receive scholarships to attend OpenCon

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For the second year, the OHSU Library is sponsoring two scholarships to OpenCon 2016 in Washington DC.  OpenCon is a conference and platform for the the next generation of scientists, clinicians, and scholars to learn about Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education, develop critical skills, and catalyze action toward a more open system of research and education.

Because of their existing activities related to OpenCon’s mission and their visions for effecting local change, Daniela Saderi, a PhD candidate in the neuroscience graduate program, and Katy Lawson, an OHSU medical student, have been selected to attend the conference and will receive full travel support from the Library.  OpenCon draws participants from around the world.  Daniela and Katy will have the opportunity to build an international network and engage with key leaders in research, government, and publishing.

Daniela works in the laboratory of brain, hearing, and behavior lead by Dr. Stephen David. She was awarded an NIH F31 predoctoral fellowship to study how behavioral state shapes neuronal responses to sound in the auditory midbrain.  An active open science advocate, Daniela co-leads the Open Insight project sponsored by the OHSU Library and funded by NIH. She is excited about joining the OpenCon community to continue her mission toward promoting openness in science and find new routes for collaboration.

Katy Lawson is in her final year of medical school and will pursue a residency in pathology. With a background in basic science research and a master’s degree in clinical research, she is motivated by the creation and dissemination of knowledge to improve medical outcomes. Katy is committed to the principles of collaboration and open access to resources, education, and research that aim to propel knowledge toward the advancement of health.

The OHSU Library and the OpenCon organizers were impressed by the applications we received from across the OHSU student and early career researcher communities.  Thank you to everyone that expressed an interest and we will be working to offer opportunities to engage with the conference locally.

Congratulations to Daniela and Katy!

Monarch Initiative receives $5 million award to help researchers learn more about the genetic causes of disease


Dr. Melissa Haendel, Associate Professor in the OHSU Library and DMICE, and the  Monarch Initiative team have been awarded a $5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health Office of the Director to increase the utility of animal models and improve our understanding of human diseases.

The Monarch Initiative is a global, translational consortium, which includes OHSU, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Jackson Laboratory, the University of Pittsburgh, Charité Hospital, Queen Mary University of London, and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.  It provides sophisticated algorithms for phenotype comparison within and across species, leveraging a large corpus of deeply integrated and structured information about genetics, descriptions of resulting malformations, clinical signs, and symptoms.

Without a big-picture view of phenotype data, many questions in genetics are difficult or impossible to answer.  Monarch’s computational tools, bioinformatics analyses, and interactive visualizations provide clinicians and researchers with previously unavailable insight from numerous information sources to shorten the path of information exchange between the bench and clinic, with the ultimate goal of advancing rare disease diagnosis and personalized medicine.  Towards these ends, the project has already achieved success.

The $5 million award over 4 years will support extension of the scope and precision of Monarch disease modeling by including a greater diversity of species and sources that focus on a broader range of common and complex diseases and new categories of clinical data. This work will enhance Monarch’s capabilities to inform diagnostics, mechanism discovery, and improved phenotyping.

“We are deeply excited to continue this work in translational phenomics, and are dedicating to making more basic research data available for clinical applications”, said Dr. Haendel.  “With this funding we will be developing new user-focused tools for maximizing the utility of the data for patients, researchers, and clinicians.”

Graduate LRC Service Desk Hours Expanding

After evaluating data that showed significantly increased usage of the Graduate Learning Resource Center at the CLSB over the past year, the Library is expanding the LRC service desk hours to better support the educational needs of students, faculty, and staff at this location. Beginning Monday, September 26th, the LRC service desk will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

RefWorks Subscription to End December 31st, 2016

The OHSU Library will no longer be subscribing to RefWorks as of December 31, 2016. OHSU now supports EndNote, reference management software that allows users to manage citations in personal libraries and create bibliographies. The Library will hold drop in sessions for help with transferring your RefWorks citations to EndNote. if you would like to be part of these sessions, please contact the Library prior to October 7th, 2016.

Library Closure, Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

The OHSU Library in the BICC will be closed on Wednesday, September 21st for a staff in-service day. The After Hours Study Space in the BICC will be available after 6 PM for OHSU students, faculty and staff with ID. The Library will resume regular hours on Thursday, September 22nd.

The Graduate Learning Resource Center at the Collaborative Life Sciences Building can be accessed 24 hours a day with an OHSU badge for departments and programs located at the CLSB. The LRC service desk will be closed on Wednesday, September 21st.

For additional information on library hours see