National Library of Medicine has Modified PubMed Searching

The National Library of Medicine, producer of the Medline/PubmMed database, has implemented modifications to the search engine to produce more inclusive search results.  Two new capabilities of have been tested, and are now launched for general use: automated term matching (“ATM”) and Citation Sensor.  In the past when there were conflicts of specific metadata, like journal names, with MESH terms, searches frequently failed and returned a nul result.  With ATM these conflicts have now been resolved.  The second new capability, Citation Sensor, now recognizes citation elements like year, volume, and issue number, when you type a string of search terms, and will attempt to match them directly to a specific article.  For a complete discussion of these changes read the National Library of Medicine’s latest Technical Bulletin

Related Readings – Richard Ostfeld Ph.D.

Special Seminar Series

Biodiversity Loss and the Rise of Zoonotic Pathogens

Wednesday May 14, 2008

Welch Hall Level 2 Refreshments 3:45 p.m. Lecture 4 p.m.

Recommended Review Article:

Ostfeld, R. and F.  Keesing.  2000.  The function of biodiversity in the ecology of vector-borne zoonotic diseasesCanadian Journal of Zoology – Revue Canadienne de Zoologie 78(12):2061-2078

Related Articles:

Dobson, Andy et al. 2006. Sacred cows and sympathetic squirrels: the importance of biological diversity to human health. PLoS Medicine3(6):e231

Ostfeld, Richard and K. LoGiudice. 2003. Community disassembly, biodiversity loss, and the erosion of an ecosystem service. Ecology 84(6):1421-1427

LoGiudice, K.; Ostfeld, R.; Schmidt, K. A. et al. 2003. The ecology of infectious disease: effects of host diversity and community composition on Lyme disease risk. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 100(2):567-571

Epstein, P.R. 2002. Biodiversity, climate change, and emerging infectious diseases. Conservation Medicine 2002:27-39

Pongsiri, M. J. and J. Roman. 2007. Examining the links between biodiviersity and human health: an interdisciplinary research initiative at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Ecohealth 4(1):82-85



Related Readings – Benoit Mandelbrot Ph.D.

Insight Lectures Series

On the Fractal Geometry of Roughness in Nature and Culture

Tuesday May 13 Abby Dining Room 5:30 p.m.

Recommended Reading:

Mandelbrot, Benoit B.  The Fractal Geometry of Nature. Henry Holt & Co., Inc. 1982. ISBN-13: 9780716711865 Markus Library QA 614.86 M2711 1982

Savoy, Eugene.  Theory of Interaction: the simplest explanation of everything. Geones Books. 2002. ISBN-13: 9789549103458

Halley, J. D. and D. A. Winkler.  2008.  Critical-like self-organization and natural selection: two facets of a single evoltuionary process? Biosystems 92(2):148-158

Batty, M. 2008.  The size, scale and shape of cities.  Science  319(5864):769-771

Lan, C.H.; Lan, K, T.; and C.Y. Hsui. 2008.  Application of fractals: create an artificial habitat with seveal small strategy in marine environment. Ecological Engineering32(1):44-51

Su, Z. Y. and T. Wu. 2007.  Music walk, fractal geometry in music. Physica A 380(1-2):418-428

Chaui-Berlinck, J. G.   2006.  A critical understanding of the fractal model of metabolic scaling. Journal of Experimental Biology 209(16):3045-3054

Konvalina, J. et al. 2006.  Combinatorial fractal geometry with a biological application.  Fractals 14(2):133-142

Denny, M.W. et al. 2004.  Quantifying scale in ecology: lessons from a wave-swept shore Ecological Monographs 74(3):513-532

Kiselev, V. G.; Hahn, K.R. and D. P. Auer.  2003.  Is the brain cortex a fractal? NeuroImage 20(3):1765-1774

Huisman, J. and F. j. Weissing. 2001. Fundamental unpredictability in multispecies competition. American Naturalist 157(5):488-494