The days may be shorter and the temperatures cooler, but you can still enjoy and explore DC with events and activities from Health Living @ Himmelfarb's December calendar!
- Enjoy the lights with Zoolights or Georgetown Glow
- Sample DC's cultural events with Winternational, the Kennedy's Center's free Messiah Sing-A-Long, or laugh through New Year's Eve with the Comedy Shuffle
- Keep exercising (and enjoying) winter days at the Washington Harbour Ice Rink - just a short walk from Himmelfarb Library on the Georgetown waterfront
Image: Bentley, W.A. (1885). Snowflake Study. Retrieved from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/smithsonian/5243239593/
Himmelfarb Library is launching a 3D printing service!
Starting today, faculty, staff, and students of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Milken Institute School of Public Health, School of Nursing, MFA, and GW Hospital can submit print jobs through our 3D Print Job Submission form.
3D printing will be free for the next three months while we conduct our pilot project; afterwards we will be charging a fee based on the weight of the material used in order to recover costs. While we will prioritize print jobs for academic or curricular purposes, we welcome a wide variety of print requests. For a full list of our policies including what we will and won't print, see our "3D Printing at Himmelfarb" guide.
Want to get started with 3D printing, but aren't sure what to start with? Check out the NIH 3D Print Exchange for some inspiration and a great source of model files to download and print.
We look forward to seeing what you come up with!
PolicyMap now provides access to new life expectancy data from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. This data provides standardized life expectancy data at census tract level, and allows identification of neighborhood-level differences in life expectancy as shown in this map of life expectancy in Washington, DC using CDC data on 'Life expectancy at birth, as of 2010-2015'.
Learn more about this data and PolicyMap functionality via PolicyMap's article Knowing Life Expectancy to Improve Public Health.
Himmelfarb Library provides access to PolicyMap . To learn more about PolicyMap, please ask us, review the PolicyMap YouTube Channel, or check out tutorials including:
- Maps: easily display data using different geographic parameters
- Tables: View data as a bar graph or chart to compare multiple geographies
- Reports: Run reports for predefined geographic areas or create a custom area
- 3-Layer maps: Find areas that meet up to three criteria for site selection or to locate hot spots
- Data loader: updaload your own address-level data
- Data download: download PolicyMap data for use in your research
How do law, policy, precision medicine and health equity relate to one another? A free webcast conference on November 29 will explore these issues; participants may also register for free in-person attendance.
Are you starting to think about GW Research Days 2019? Learn more about Research Days by hearing from some of the presenters and faculty mentors at GW Research Days 2018:
New research published in JAMA Internal Medicine looks at the inverse relationship between coffee drinking and mortality. In this population-based study, researchers used baseline demographic data to estimate hazard ratios for coffee intake and mortality, and also looked at the potential effect of specific genes which are known to modify caffeine metabolism.
In Association of Coffee Drinking With Mortality by Genetic Variation in Caffeine Metabolism: Findings From the UK Biobank, Lotfield, Cornelis, and Caporaso seek to answer the question:
"Moderate coffee consumption has been inversely associated with mortality; however, does heavy intake, particularly among those with common genetic polymorphisms that impair caffeine metabolism, increase risk of mortality?"
To understand their research and find an interesting example of population-based genetic research, read the full article - and and enjoy your favorite caffeine beverage guilt-free while you read!
To learn more about these issues and other genetics topics, participate in the SMHS’s online Genetics Journal Club.
Image citation: Foong, C. (2012). coffee [Online image]. Available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/cherylfoong/8249906174