A week ago, two students in chemical and biological engineering, contacted me about doing research in biomedicine. Michael Peters & Olivia Marais came to see me, listened intently and asked excellent questions. See their presentation below.
Working with UBC students is very rewarding. Dean
What a way to start the year.
In the Huffington Post, Jan. 3, 2104 this quotation: “Scientists are calling it “libricide.” Seven of the nine world-famous Department of Fisheries and Oceans [DFO] libraries were closed by autumn 2013, ostensibly to digitize the materials and reduce costs. But sources told the independent Tyee in December that a fraction of the 600,000-volume collection had been digitized. And, a secret federal document notes that a paltry $443,000 a year will be saved.” http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/capt-trevor-greene/science-cuts-canada_b_4534729.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008
Watch for the Fifth Estate on CBC who is doing a piece on January 10th regarding the funding and support of science (or lack thereof) entitled Silence of the Labs. (Not sure I like the play on words but…)
“…In the past few years, the federal government has cut funding to hundreds of renowned research institutes and programs. Ottawa has dismissed more than 2,000 federal scientists and researchers and has drastically cut or ended programs that monitored smoke stack emissions, food inspections, oil spills, water quality and climate change.Now some scientists have become unlikely radicals, denouncing what they call is a politically-driven war on knowledge.
In Silence of the Labs, Linden MacIntyre tells the story of scientists – and what is at stake for Canadians – from Nova Scotia to the B.C. Pacific Coast to the far Arctic Circle.”
- Aboriginal health (97,903 views)
- Aboriginal health search filter (54,725 views)
- Apple iPhone4 for physicians (45,656 views)
- Google scholar bibliography (44,357 views)
- Academic libraries 2.0 (41,172 views)
- Blogs (40,725 views)
- Evidence-based health care (37,830 views)
- H1N1 (Human Swine Flu) in Canada (36,256 views)
- Social media glossary (36,150 views)
- Collaboration 2.0 (35,255 views)
- Bibliography – Library 2.0 (34,486 views)
- Social cataloguing (34,254 views)
- Author impact metrics (33,293 views)
- Systematic review searching (33,020 views)
- Consumer health information (32,448 views)
- Accreditation (32,312 views)
- Social media policies (30,090 views)
- Grey literature (29,528 views)
- Google scholar (28,987 views)
- Evidence-based web 2.0 (28,779 views)
The Medicine 2.0 movement is largely led by Dr. Gunther Eysenbach at the University of Toronto. His landmark article in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, which he edits, was published in 2008 and is entitled “Eysenbach G. Medicine 2.0: social networking, collaboration, participation, apomediation, and openness” (as well as its companion piece Health 2.0 and medicine 2.0: tensions and controversies in the field). These papers are central documents in understanding the complementary web 2.0 trends e.g., Health 2.0 & Medicine 2.0 …they are definitely worth a close reading.
Now, five years later, the Medicine 2.0 movement in 2013 is hosting in London its sixth international congress on social media (and mobile apps and ‘web 2.0′). I really wish I could attend….However, in looking at the online abstracts, I can see that there is a good Canadian presence at the conference, and a considerable amount of content for medical and health librarians interested in medicine 2.0 topics. (Download the conference document and search for Canad* and librar* to see what I mean).
Note the oral presentation by CHLA/ABSC members on pg. 331
Helen Lee Robertson, Jill Boruff, Dagmara Chojecki, Dale Storie, Lee-Ann Ufholz. “What are they really doing on that smartphone? How medical students, residents and faculty use their mobile devices”