New Resource Available: PROQOLID

Information on research instruments can be notoriously difficult to find. Have you ever searched for a well-known research questionnaire only to have difficulty finding out how you can obtain copies? Or had trouble finding out whether a research instrument has been validated or find references for the validating studies? If so, you may want to check out a new database available from Levy Library, PROQOLID.

PROQOLID contains validation, licensing, and translation information on nearly 1,000 research instruments such as the Diabetes Quality of Life (DQoL) measure, Amsterdam IADL Questionnaire©, Philadelphia Geriatric Center Morale Scale and many others. Using this database you can:
• Discover an appropriate research instrument for your study
• Find out how to license copies of the tool, whether translations into other languages are available, and whether Conditions of Use apply
• Find references to validating studies

In order to access Levy Library’s subscription, please email us at RefDesk@mssm.edu and request the username and password to access PROQOLID.

Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA) Workshop

Come learn how to advance your research projects with hands-on exercises. The following topics will be covered:

Search & Pathway Building – Gene/ Chemical, Functions, Drug Targets

• Advanced Search: Limiting results to a molecule type, family or disease-association.
• Building pathways: Creating a pathway, pathway navigating, Using Build and Overlay tools
• Bioprofiler

Dataset Analysis: Interpretation of Gene, Transcript, Protein and Metabolite Data

• Data Upload and Analysis: Uploading and formatting a dataset, setting analysis parameters and running an analysis
• Pathway Analysis and Canonical Pathways
• Downstream Effects Analysis and Interpreting the Heat Map
• Upstream regulators Analysis
• Regulator Effects Analysis
• Network Analysis: Interpreting networks and viewing your data in the context of cellular molecular networks
• Comparison analysis and Comparing multiple observations

When: Tuesday, April 7th, 2015, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Where: Large Classroom, Levy Library
Speaker: Shawn M. Prince, Senior Field Application
Scientist, QIAGEN Bioinformatics
Register: tinyurl.com/llv3n9a

Human Gene Mutation Database (HGMD) Workshop

Human Genome Mutation Database (HGMD) is a unique resource providing comprehensive data on human inherited disease mutations, it is widely used in human genetics research, diagnostics, and personal genomics applications. The following topics will be covered in this hands-on workshop:

• Look up mutation information for a gene of interest
• Filter a genes mutation information by an associated disease
• Look up mutation information for a disease of interest
• Browse for mutations by type of mutation (missense, nonsense, indel, etc)
• Perform advanced searches to identify mutations by criteria such as nucleotide and
amino acid sequence context, affected genomic features, and more
• Export mutation tracks for viewing in UCSC’s genome browser

When: Tuesday, April 7th, 2015, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Where: Large Classroom, Levy Library
Speaker: Alex Caplan, Field Application Scientist, QIAGEN Bioinformatics
Register: tinyurl.com/llv3n9a

Planned outage: Levy Library website

The Levy Library website (library.mssm.edu) will undergo scheduled maintenance tonight (Friday, February 13, 2015) between 10:00pm-11:30pm. Some Levy Library webpages may not be available during this time period.
Please contact us at refdesk@mssm.edu with any questions or concerns.

Tail Tuesdays!

Our visit with Alice the therapy dog proved so successful last November that Levy Library is proud to host a new program – Tail Tuesdays. Starting tomorrow (02.10) a certified therapy dog will visit Levy Library the second Tuesday of every month.

First up is Tazzy, a gray standard poodle from Good Dogs. Come meet her and owner Linda Frank on the 10th floor of Levy Library between 12-1pm.

Levy Library and ASC-IT hours – NYC Blizzard

Due to the expected storm and blizzard conditions within the New York area, the Levy Library located in ANB 11, will close today at 5:00 PM. Depending on weather conditions, the Library hopes to be open on Tuesday, January 27th from noon-8:00PM. Member hospital library locations at Beth Israel, NYEE, St Luke’s and Roosevelt will be closed Tuesday, January 27th, 2015.

Library resources may be accessed at our website 24/7 at:

http://library.mssm.edu

Library reference services will be available by email at Refdesk@mssm.edu

The Academic IT Support Center (ASC-IT) service desk within ANB 11 will be closed Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 agents will be available by email (ascit@mssm.edu) during our regular hours of 8:00 AM-8:00 PM.

We will provide a status update tomorrow morning regarding our services.

Stay safe and warm!

Tail Tuesdays

In order to promote wellness and stress reduction, Levy Library will host a visit from a certified therapy dog on the second Tuesday of every month.

The next visit will be with Tazzy (Good Dogs International) on Tuesday, February 11th from 12pm-1pm on the 10th floor of the Levy Library. Come on by and say hi, all members of the Mount Sinai community are welcome.

Tazzy wants to meet you!

Mount Sinai Hires a Dean – or Three

Fifty years ago this month, on January 8-9, 1965, the proposed Mount Sinai School of Medicine had its first LCME survey visit. A group was sent to judge whether The Mount Sinai Hospital could successfully create and maintain a medical school. If the surveyors were favorably impressed, they would send a letter of support to the U.S Commissioner of Education expressing their reasonable assurance of success, and the School would then be eligible to receive matching federal funds to help build the new school. Mount Sinai had already submitted a grant for $26 million and so this visit was incredibly important.

The leaders of Mount Sinai thought it would demonstrate their commitment to the School project if they could have a Dean in place by the time of the visit. The Dean Selection Committee had been interviewing several candidates, and in December decided that they would ask Irving Schwartz, MD, to become Dean at Mount Sinai. Dr. Schwartz was then Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physiology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The negotiations were opened right before the LCME visit and Dr. Schwartz was introduced to the surveyors as “almost definitely” the first Dean of the young School. The visit went well, and the surveyors were very impressed with Mount Sinai’s efforts. The Summary and Conclusions of their report include these observations:

- The Mount Sinai Hospital is an almost unique institution because of its long traditions of academic pursuits, its unusually capable clinical faculty, its extensive research activity in basic fields, and the strong support it receives from the Jewish community.

- Throughout the institution one can sense an aura of over-all competence, a devotion to academic pursuits, and a soundness of educational philosophy which auger well for the future of the school.

When the official report was received late in February, it had already been decided that Dr. Schwartz would not be the Dean of the entire Medical School, but would instead serve as Dean of the Graduate School of Biological Sciences, as well as Chairman of the Department of Physiology. The Dean Selection Committee went back to work, and by June had received the commitment of George James, MD to be the Dean of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, as well as the CEO of what would become The Mount Sinai Medical Center. On November 30, 1965, Mount Sinai held an investiture ceremony to install the first three official Deans of the new School: George James, MD as Dean of the School of Medicine, Irving Schwartz, MD as Dean of the Graduate School, and Hans Popper, MD, PhD, as Dean for Academic Affairs. (Dr. Popper had long been on Mount Sinai’s staff and was a leader in the effort to create a school.)

In 1967, after repeated submissions and revisions, Mount Sinai received its grant for $26 million, the largest such grant ever given by the government at the time.

The Mount Sinai Hospital News announces the investiture of the three Deans, December 1965

From The Archives: 3rd General Hospital Records Now Online

by Ramona Tirado
Mount Sinai Archives intern, Fall 2014

3rd General Hospital

The Mount Sinai Archives is proud to announce that the records of the U.S. Army 3rd General Hospital, Mount Sinai’s overseas unit during World War II, have been scanned and are now available to the public. This is the first Mount Sinai historical collection to be fully digitized and made freely accessible.

Establishing and maintaining a military hospital was a major undertaking that greatly taxed Mount Sinai’s financial and human resources. In total, Mount Sinai’s contribution to the war included 421 doctors, 216 nurses, 158 employees and 7 trustees, many of whom served as part of the 3rd General Hospital unit. The unit was established in August 1942 and trained at Camp Rucker in Alabama. They were sent overseas in May 1943, spending a year in Tunisia before following the Allied offensive into Italy and France. The unit was formally deactivated in September 1945.

The documents included in the 3rd General Hospital Collection span approximately 20 inches. The collection includes an unpublished unit history written by Dr. Ralph Moloshok, who meticulously detailed his experiences in the war from the arrival of the August 22, 1942 telegram announcing deployment orders to the unit’s official deactivation on September 16, 1945. The manuscript includes details of the officers’ training schedules, education, recreation, and travel. Photographs of their time in basic training at Camp Rucker, as well as their travels to North Africa, are affixed within its pages, and the manuscript also contains hand drawn illustrations by an unidentified artist. Also of note are two scrapbooks from the Department of Nursing and the Nursing Alumnae Association. These scrapbooks contain memorabilia and official documents associated with the Mount Sinai members of the Army Nurse Corps’ participation in World War II. They cover the time period from 1942 through 1945. The collection also contains a complete run of Grand Rounds: Memos from Mount Sinai Men to their Fellows in the Services, a newsletter that collected the correspondence of Mount Sinai’s overseas units for readers on the home front and abroad. Finally, of special note are the digital copies of 8mm films that were created by Dr. Henry Horn, a member of the Unit.  These are available for viewing on-site at the Archives.

A finding aid for the collection is available here. Scanned items can be viewed in the Mount Sinai Digital Repository.

Cover of the 3rd General Hospital Unit History

The Levy Library’s Interlibrary Loan service (ILLiad) will be unavailable tomorrow (12.10.2014) from 11am-1pm due to a system upgrade. Updating to the latest version of ILLiad (8.5) means will be able to process your requests faster and more efficiently.

If you’ve never used our Interlibrary Loan service, there’s no better time to start! Did you know that if you want access to an electronic journal article that Levy Library doesn’t have available, we can usually order if for you through interlibrary loan? For more information, check out our ILL information page.