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Monday, November 30, 2009


ToxLearn is a multi-module online learning tool that provides an introduction to toxicology. It can be used as an ancillary curriculum to a first-level undergraduate toxicology course, and can provide users of NLM's toxicology databases with a working knowledge of basic toxicology principles. Only Module One will be released at this time. Additional modules will come later.

ToxLearn is an update of the earlier NLM ToxTutor, which was designed to provide a basic understanding of toxicology as an aide for users of toxicology literature contained in the National Library of Medicine’s toxicological and chemical databases.  ToxLearn will update and expand on that effort.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Future of UI Biology Library

The Biology and Life Sciences New Service Models Planning Team wants your input on the delivery of library and information services for biology and other life science disciplines on the Urbana campus. Please take a few moments to respond to their survey.

National Lake Fish Tissue Study

Via Docuticker.

National Lake Fish Tissue Study
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental monitoring provides crucial data for describing the condition of the environment and for assessing the effectiveness of pollution control activities. In the 1990s, EPA identified a lack of information necessary to accurately characterize the condition of the Nation’s surface waters and responded by designing a series of statistically-based surveys to produce information on the condition of lakes, streams, rivers, and coastal waters in the United States. The National Study of Chemical Residues in Lake Fish Tissue (or National Lake Fish Tissue Study) is one of the statistically-based surveys conducted by EPA since the late 1990s. This study is a national screening-level survey of chemical residues in fish tissue from lakes and reservoirs in the conterminous United States (lower 48 states), excluding the Laurentian Great Lakes and Great Salt Lake. It is unique among national assessments of fish contamination in lakes because the sampling sites were selected according to a statistical (random) design. Study results allow EPA to estimate the percentage of lakes and reservoirs in the United States with chemical concentrations in fish tissue that are above levels of potential concern for humans or for wildlife that eat fish. This study also includes the largest set of chemicals ever studied in fish. Whole fish and fillets were analyzed for 268 persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) chemicals, including mercury, arsenic, dioxins and furans, the full complement of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) congeners, and a large number of pesticides and semivolatile organic compounds.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Chicago Herpetological Society Grants

Grants of up to $1000 are offered in:

  • Illinois Herpetology
  • Grad Student Research in Herpetology
  • Undergrad Student Research in Herpetology
  • Conservation
  • Captive Management, Husbandry and Propagation
Applicants must be society members as of 31 December 2009.
Further information and application guidelines.

Friday, November 20, 2009

New Books

The latest batch of new books is now on display through January 22, 2010.

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