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Welcome! Library tour for Biosciences at 14.00 today

Francine C Wood1 October 2014


Francine's profile pictureI’m the Subject Librarian for Biosciences & Psychology and my colleagues and I are here to help you find information for your studies and research! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any queries by emailing library@ucl.ac.uk.

If you haven’t yet attended a library orientation, I’m running a Science library tour covering resources and collections for Biosciences at 14.00 today. If you’d like to come along please send me a quick email to confirm at f.wood@ucl.ac.uk.

If you can’t make it today there are plenty of resources available to help.  Our  Getting Started and Subject Guides are good places to start and there are links to a number of guides and an online course on our website.

All the best for the new term and I hope to see you in the library soon!


Induction Course for SLMS PhD students

Francine C Wood25 July 2014

*Posted on behalf of Dr. Morgana Vianna. Course details are also available via the Doctoral Skills Development Programme course list.* 

PhD Induction Course for School of Life and Medical Sciences (SLMS)

This course is for research students in the School of Life and Medical Sciences. This two and a half day training programme (Mon 06th – Wed 08th October 2014) is intended to introduce the research student to the basic skills and research culture essential for a successful pathway to a PhD. It will also bring together researchers and students from many disciplines. The course includes a variety of sessions including: keeping lab notebooks, Health and Safety, Ethical research, submission of papers for publications, presentation of research, stress and time management, strategies to survive your PhD and a workshop on literature searches and the use of EndNote.

You also will have the opportunity to listen to students who have embarked on the PhD journey and their views from the faculty.

Teas, coffee and sandwich will be provided. There will be two receptions on the Mon 06th – Tue 07th October for participants to interact with speakers in a more informal environment.

For specific information please check the scheduled timetable (PhD Induction Programme 2014)

Course Recommended for

This course is particularly relevant to the following groups:

  • 1st Year Research Students
  • Students in Life Sciences
  • Students in Medical Sciences

Course Organisers

  • Organisers – Dr Morgana Eli Vianna and Dr Adam Roberts (UCL Eastman Dental Institute)
  • Administrator – Ms Kasia Bronk – (Graduate School)


Spotlight on Cruciform Library iSkills Blog

Francine C Wood12 May 2014

Knowledge Awareness Week 2014The Cruciform Library iSkills Blog highlights information and sessions offered by some of UCL Library Information Skills trainers over the academic year.   There’s tips and advice on a range of topics; from Accessing Desktop@UCL Anywhere to writing a Biomedical Systematic Review.

The latest post announces a series of 15 minute drop-in lunch time events for Knowledge Awareness Week 2014 next week, 19-24th of May, which should be useful for anyone needing to search biomedical resources for literature reviews later in the term.  Why not pop in?


P.S. Don’t forget you can also follow us on twitter! @UCLsciencelib and @ucl_crucitwit

Need any help with computers and software?

Lisa K Flint14 October 2013


 The new programme for student IT training has been released by ISD. Please find the timetable for the Autumn term here.

Whether its SPSS, EndNote, Excel or Unix, training covers these and many other computer software packages. Note that some of the session are open only to Postgraduates.

For more information check out the webpage at


News from the ZSL Library

Lisa K Flint3 May 2013


The new look Library online catalogue was launched on 15 April. This includes details of the book and serial holdings, artworks and ZSL’s archives as well as including links to relevant online resources. Other resources can be accessed via the sidebar including links to open access journals, links to useful websites, lists of studbooks and lists of guides and publications about zoos http://library.zsl.org/

 A special collection of books on the subject of  climate change have been moved into the Reading Room so that they are more easily accessible to all.

It is 160 years since the opening of the Fish House at ZSL London Zoo, the first ever public aquarium it opened in May 1863. There is a display on the Reading Room Gallery and a feature on the ZSL website http://www.zsl.org/about-us/library/artefact-of-the-month-may-2013-160-years-since-the-opening-of-the-fish-house-at-zsl-london-zoo-the-first-public-aquarium,172,PS.html

 We are holding a special introductory tour for Student Fellows on Tuesday 11 June at 4pm – please contact ZSL Library to book a place tel 020 7449 6293 or email Library@zsl.org details can be found at http://www.zsl.org/membership/fellowship/library-tours-for-fellows,1540,AR.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=ZSL+-+London+Zoo&utm_campaign=2385189_eNews+April+2013+-+Fellows&utm_content=library&dm_i=7U7,1F4F9,1S58J1,4TO3B,1 Later that evening at 6.30pm there is a free ZSL Science and conservation event in the adjacent building on the theme `Invasive species: one of the four horseman of the apocalypse’.

Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics

Lisa K Flint3 April 2013

finger-printsUCL Special Collections is celebrating the launch of Codebreakers: Makers of Modern Genetics, the pilot phase of the Wellcome Digital Library project headed by the Wellcome Trust. This online resource for the history of genetics research includes more than 80,000 digital images from UCL, as well as digitised archives and books from the Wellcome Library and four other partner institutions. Launched on Monday 4th March 2013, it allows free, online access to important material created by the pioneers of modern genetics and includes the papers of twenty scientists and organisations. Additional features include an interactive timeline which uses selected images from the archives to illustrate key events in the history of genetics from Darwin to the present day.
UCL has contributed the digitised papers of J B S Haldane (1892-1964) and Lionel Sharples Penrose (1898-1972) who both spent a large proportion of their careers at UCL. With 38,000 images, the Haldane collection is the second largest of those contributed by external partners to Codebreakers. The next stage of the project at UCL is to digitise the archive of Sir Francis Galton FRS (1822-1911). Galton was a Victorian polymath who devoted his life to the study of diverse fields, including the physical and mental characteristics in man and animals, the influence of heredity, fingerprints, photography and personal identification, and meteorology. He was preoccupied with counting and measuring, and collected a huge amount of statistical data to support his research.

Although never a UCL professor, Galton worked closely with Egyptologist Flinders Petrie, and established the Eugenics Laboratory at UCL in 1907 with his friend Karl Pearson as its first director. On his death in 1911 Galton left UCL £45,000 to found the Galton Chair of Eugenics with Pearson as its first holder. In 1963 the Chair was renamed the Galton Chair of Human Genetics and the laboratory was renamed The Galton Laboratory of the Department of Human Genetics & Biometry thanks to the efforts of Lionel Penrose. Both were subsumed into the Department of Biology in 1996.

The Galton archive has already been catalogued and includes working papers, family history records and correspondence. This diverse range of material is estimated at around 100,000 images in total, which will make UCL the biggest external contributor to the Codebreakers project.

Alphonse Bertillon was a Parisian police clerk who devised a system for recording information that could be used to identify people in police custody. This involved taking standardised photographs of the person’s face in full and in profile as well as recording various measurements and distinguishing features. These were all noted on cards known as the “Bertillon System Cards”. This card was made for Galton during his visit to Bertillon’s laboratory in 1893.

Galton is known for his work to refine the technique of composite photography – where many photographs of individuals were superimposed onto the same photographic plate to produce a composite of several faces blended together. The aim of this was to create an image of a ‘type’ of face; the item above shows criminal types made from individual portraits of inmates at Millbank Prison.

Galton is credited with pioneering the scientific methodology for using fingerprints for forensic purposes, collecting and classifying around 8,000 samples of fingerprints.

Open Day for Masters Courses – Biosciences

Lisa K Flint20 November 2012

When: Tuesday 27th November 2012, 18:00-20:00
Where: Old Refectory, Wilkins Building

Light refreshments will be provided.
Discover the many opportunities for postgraduate and professional development that UCL Biosciences has to offer you.

MSc in Genetics of Human Disease
MSc in Pharmacogenetics and Stratified Medicine
MSc in Neuroscience
MSc in Biomedical Sciences
MRes in Biosciences
MRes Biodiversity, Evolution and Conservation
MRes in Synthetic Biology
MA in History of Medicine

UCL Careers Service will be present
Please register at:

Open Access week – what’s that??

Lisa K Flint19 October 2012

To celebrate Open Access Week, UCL Library Services is hosting a series of Information Sessions across UCL. Library staff will be on hand to discuss Open Access publishing and making your research available on an Open Access basis via UCL Discovery. There is no need to book in advance; just stop by during the times listed below.  So, if you would like to have 1:1 guidance on Open Access publishing or on how to deposit your research into UCL Discovery (via RPS), please come along and see us.

Monday 22nd October 1-2pm North cloisters, Wilkins Building 

Tuesday 23rd October 1-2pm Roberts 103, Roberts Building

Wednesday 24th October 1-2pm Chadwick G01 Meeting Room, Chadwick Building

Thursday 25th October 12-1pm Cruciform Library – Hub Pilot Room, Cruciform Building

Friday 26th October 12-1pm South Wing Council Room, South Wing

Training for PhD students – course next week

Lisa K Flint5 October 2012

PhD Induction Programme for School of Life and Medical Sciences (SLMS)

This course is for research students in the School of Life and Medical Sciences only.

This two and a half day training programme (staring Mon 8 Oct 2012) is intended to introduce the research student to the basic skills and research culture essential for a successful pathway to a PhD. It will also bring together researchers and students from many disciplines in UCL. The programme includes a variety of sessions on the following topics:

1.What a PhD Entails
3.Health and Safety
4.Time Management

5.Log Book and Role of Tutors and Supervisors
6.Library Techniques
7.Research Tools
8.Ethics and Use of Human Tissue and Animal Models

For more details see http://courses.grad.ucl.ac.uk/course-details.pht?course_ID=363

Gamify your PhD!

Lisa K Flint11 July 2012

The Wellcome Trust invites researchers to gamify their PhDs

An innovative new way of communicating science research launches today with Gamify Your PhD, a project from the Wellcome Trust that brings together researchers and games developers to create new games exploring and explaining the latest developments in biomedicine.

The Trust is inviting researchers to share ideas for games based on their PhD work in biomedical science or the medical humanities, and small teams of games developers to turn these ideas into addictive, challenging and educational games. Those selected will partner at a two-day hack in which the games will be created. The best of these will receive funding to develop into a releasable game.

To help inspire ideas and give researchers a flavour of what’s possible, a web app, developed by Mobile Pie, has been commissioned, offering an interactive and fully embeddable guide to the nuts and bolts of mechanics and motivation that lie behind successful game design. The web app also features sample 16-bit mini games to illustrate the different elements of gaming, including a Darwin-inspired ‘survival of the fittest’ pigeon game, a Mendel genetics puzzle game and a game based on Asch’s work on conformity.

Gamify Your PhD is part of a wider commitment by the Wellcome Trust to using games and gaming culture as a means of engaging people with science. A range of awards schemes is open to developers interested in creating innovative, entertaining and accessible games based on biomedicine and medical history.

Daniel Glaser, Head of Special Projects at the Wellcome Trust said: “The engaged researcher has lots to learn from gaming, and game design can benefit hugely from the latest scientific advances. That’s why the Wellcome Trust is throwing its weight behind this innovative interaction.

“Today’s brightest researchers understand that science does not take place in a vacuum and the best research can engage with the most popular culture. I’m very curious to find out what these teams will come up with.” 

Tomas Rawlings, the Wellcome Trust’s gaming consultant, said: “Science and games are a natural fit: both are about the participant seeking to understand the rules that govern the world they find themselves in and achieving this by experiments such as trial and error. Gamify Your PhD is an exciting twist and evolution of these areas.”

The deadline for applications from researchers and developers is 12 August, and the games hack will take place 3-4 September 2012. The resulting games will be made available online. All details about the scheme and the web app guide to gaming can be found at ‘Gamify Your PhD’ on the Wellcome Trust website.

The project’s Twitter hashtag is #gamifyyourphd.

The Wellcome Trust will be present at the Develop games conference in Brighton on 11 July 2012.


Tim Morley
Senior Media Officer
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