Meet the Makers: Open Insulin Foundation

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library is proud to host Anthony Di Franco, PhD, and Yann Huon de Kermadec, PhD.

The two will introduce the work of the Open Insulin Foundation, a project to make an open source technology and knowledge base to produce insulin at local scale. Work on the project began at the Baltimore Underground Science Space in 2019, after the project was started in 2015 at Counter Culture Labs in Oakland, California. The work of the Open Insulin Foundation continues at both locations and more, with development underway to open a new branch in Paris, France.

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HSHSL’s Open Access Publishing Fund Pilot for Early-Career Researchers Continues in FY22

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In FY21, the HSHSL was able to secure funding to support a pilot project to reimburse early-career researchers for half of the cost of article publishing fees in open access journals. The pilot was successful, with seventeen awards being made to representatives from all of the schools the HSHSL supports.

The Library has secured funds to continue the pilot into FY22. Please remember that funding is limited and will be awarded to every applicant who meets the criteria until it is all expended.

For more information and to apply, please visit the HSHSL’s APC page.

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The “Mr. Rogers” Jar is Back

He’s back! We missed our “Mr. Rogers” jar of encouraging, funny, and positive messages at the Information Services Desk, and we heard that some of you did too.  Take a message for a dose of optimism.  Not right for you? Put it back and take another!

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Historical Collections Highlight: Club Latino-Americano

Sepia photograph of a group of 8 men, five standing behind three seated in chairs. Caption on the bottom handwritten says Club Latino Americano.In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, historical collections highlights Club Latino-Americano, an organization created to support early Latin American students at the University of Maryland. The first student to graduate from countries we associate with Hispanic culture was Jose Raphael Espin in 1856.  Espin was from Cuba and graduated from the School of Medicine.  Following this first graduate, the schools associated with the University of Maryland saw a steady stream of students from Cuba and Puerto Rico, as well as other Latin- and South-American countries.

According to the 1912 Terra Mariae Yearbook, six students from Cuba and Puerto Rico came together to form the Latin Society of the University of Maryland in 1867.  The organization brought together students from all schools of the University with, “The purposes of mutual assistance and advancement of their fellow countrymen engaged in studying the several branches of learning that this University offers.  Also to further spread the knowledge of the advantages this school affords to students among other Latin Americans who are contemplating the study of any one or more of the professions taught at the colleges in Baltimore.” The organization’s name was eventually changed to Club Latino-Americano or the Latin-American Club. 

Sadly after the initial interest in 1867, despite the surprising number of Latin-American students at the University, membership in the organization dwindled.  However, interest was renewed somewhere around 1911. By 1913 there were 35 student members and several hundred alumni members of the organization spreading the word about the University of Maryland throughout Latin America.  A 1914 article in The Hospital Bulletin suggested this renewed interest was due to the increase in Spanish-speaking students at the University following the Spanish-American War of 1898.  The organization allowed students to feel connected to home while several hundred miles away.  It provided support and an avenue for social engagements including an annual banquet. 

After the boom of membership in the 1910s, the organization once again faded by the early 1920s and disappears from the yearbooks and bulletins by that time.  Yet students from Latin and South America continued to matriculate and graduate from the University, suggesting that the club’s recruitment efforts were successful long after it disbanded.

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The Library Genie is Back!

What Are Your 3 Library Wishes?

The Library Genie is accepting wishes from October 1 to 31.

  • How can the HSHSL best help you with your career or studies?
  • How would you like to see the Library’s space designed so that it meets your needs?
  • What about resources and services the Library could provide?

Now is your chance to let us know. Submit your 3 wishes to the Library Genie today! Your wishes will be anonymous, but if you’d be willing to talk more with us about your wishes you can include your name and e-mail address.

Thanks for your input and happy wishing!

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Citizen Science: Gearing Up for Discovery!

Learn how citizen scientists can address community and environmental health challenges in a new self-paced edX course Citizen Science: Gearing Up for Discovery

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Celebrate Health Literacy Month With the HSHSL

The HSHSL aims to educate health care providers and researchers about the importance of clear communication and to increase their overall health literacy awareness. October is Health Literacy Month. Did you know the library has resources & workshops to support health literacy? The HSHSL has a health literacy guide with resources for health care providers and patients. You can learn how to assess health literacy, write in plain language, write informed consent forms, and even how to convey numerical concepts to patients. The library also offers health literacy workshops throughout the year.

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DABS Volume 3 Issue 3: Data News Roundup

In this edition of Data and Bioinformation stuff, we bring you exciting news and updates from around the data world.

UMB is now an OSF Member Institution

OSF, a project of the Center for Open Science, is a free and open source project management tool that supports researchers throughout their entire project lifecycle. It’s a great product to help you collaborate and share resources with your team and others!

The HSHSL has recently coordinated UMB’s membership in OSF, which means that you will soon be able to log in to OSF with your UMB credentials, and you will have the option to affiliate your project with UMB. All UMB affiliated projects will show up on a special landing page – a great way to promote all the great work we do here! Stay tuned for more information and resources on using OSF in the near future.

We here at CDABS love using OSF to share materials from our workshops. See OSF in action by checking out our workshops page here: https://osf.io/eyk4d/.

Open to All – ICPSR’s Virtual Biennial Meeting

ICPSR is the world’s largest repository of social science data. All University of Maryland Baltimore staff, students, and faculty have access to the extensive ICPSR data holdings for free! It can be a great place to find data, share data, and learn about working with data.

From October 6-8, ICPSR will be holding their biennial meeting. This meeting is free, virtual, and open to the public. The theme of the meeting is “Data Positivity: Data Doing Good”. The sessions will provide numerous opportunities to learn more about ICPSR data, including how to find and access it. Check out the meeting page to find out more and register.

NIH’s All of Us Research Program Offers Expanded COVID-19 Data in Latest Release

The All of Us Research Program, part of the National Institutes of Health, is a historic precision medicine effort to collect and study data from a diverse cohort of one million or more participants living in the United States. In the program’s latest data release, the second major update since it launched, tens of thousands of records have been added containing COVID-19 related data from the COVID-19 Participant Experience (COPE) survey, electronic health records, and wearable devices. Read more about this newest update in the official press release

Not sure how to get started using All of Us data? Check out our step-by-step guide on getting registered to use the All of Us Researcher Workbench, and please reach out to CDABS if you have any questions about the process or using Workbench tools!


The Center for Data and Bioinformation Services (CDABS) is the University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library hub for data and bioinformation learning, services, resources, and communication.

Questions? Contact: Amy Yarnell, Data Services Librarian and Jean-Paul Courneya, Bioinformationist – at data@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

To read more of our content and stay informed please visit our communications page and use the form to subscribe: https://www2.hshsl.umaryland.edu/cdabs/communications

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DABS Volume 3 Issue 2: CDABS is hiring! Come work here!

The Center for Data and Bioinformation Services (CDABS) is the University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library hub for data and bioinformation learning, services, resources, and communication.

We are growing! As part of our growth we are looking for a creative and collaborative Statistics and Research Data Specialist to join the Data and Bioinformation Services department, the home of CDABS. The Statistics and Research Data Specialist is a key member of a team responsible for advancing the Library’s research data support mission at UMB. This is a part-time position at 30 hours/week.

This position provides consultation services to students, postdocs, and staff, providing assistance with statistical aspects of research design, data interpretation and analysis, and on the use of software supporting this work. They serve as a vital team member of HSHSL’s CDABS.

In a strong team environment, they collaborate with other members of the Services Division, and with colleagues Library-wide to develop and deliver innovative programs and services. In addition to advancing HSHSL priorities, they engage with the University community and participate in professional and scholarly activities.

To apply for and find out more about the job go here: https://umb.taleo.net/careersection/umb_external_staff/jobdetail.ftl?job=2100016R&lang=en


Questions? Contact: Amy Yarnell, Data Services Librarian and Jean-Paul Courneya, Bioinformationist – at data@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

To read more of our content and stay informed please visit our communications page and use the form to subscribe: https://www2.hshsl.umaryland.edu/cdabs/communications

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