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NCBI Hackathons Hit 25 and Celebrate with Bacon, Disco, and More

Let us explain. You don’t have to have grown up in the ’70s to have danced disco and eaten bacon regularly, but to have developed DrugDisco or created MR BACOn, you must have participated in an NCBI hackathon. DrugDisco is a high throughput automated drug discovery pipeline and MR BACOn is otherwise known as a Mendelian Randomization…

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Social Justice, Health Equity, and All of Us Highlight MLA Annual Meeting

The official tag line for this year’s Medical Library Association conference was “Adapting, Transforming, Leading,” but the real organizing theme appeared to be equity and diversity. From Elaine Martin’s Janet Doe Lecture on “Social Justice and the Medical Librarian” to former US Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher’s closing plenary on health disparities to the option…

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NLM Fun at the STEM Festival

It was STEM on a grand scale as NLM took part in activities at the NIH pavilion of the Health & Medicine section at the fifth USA Science & Engineering Festival (USASEF) this spring. Families filled the NIH pavilion, where they could engage in more than 30 hands-on activities focusing on health, biomedical, and behavioral…

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Inspiring the Next Generation: Fifth Annual Science Day at NIH

Now in its fifth year, “Science Day at NIH” was once again celebrated with pep rallies, speakers, and hands on activities—all celebrating science and health careers. Nearly 500 students from 11 DC-area middle and high schools attended the event on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland, in May where they were presented…

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Getting it Right on Rare Diseases: The National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s First #citeNLM2018 Edit-a-thon on April 17

It seems like a natural collaboration: The world’s largest medical library and the world’s largest encyclopedia. On April 17, medical librarians and others will participate in a Wikipedia edit-a-thon to make it easier to get credible, evidence-based information on rare diseases. “Wikipedia is one of the most popular websites in the world. People visit to…