New Books!

The Public Health Library has the following new books available:

1. Environment, health, and sustainable development. By Mostafa Kamal Tolba, et al. Toronto: Hogrefe, 2010. Call number: RA565.E67 2010.

2. Derivation and use of environmental quality and human health standards for chemical substances in water and soil. By Mark Crane, et al. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2010. Call number: TD370.D47 2010.

3. Air pollution: health and environmental impacts. By B.R. Gurjar, et al. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2010. Call number: RA576.A49 2010.

4. Persistent organic pollutants. By Stuart Harrad. Chichester, U.K.: Wiley, 2010. Call number: RA1242.H35 P47 2010.

5. The Praeger handbook of occupational and environmental medicine. By Tee L. Guidotti. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO, 2010. Call number: RC963.32.G85 2010.

Please note that these books are only a small selection of what is newly available. If you are interested in checking out any book(s), submit a request using our online form below and we will mail the book(s) to you.

If you do not currently possess a UC Berkeley library card, you will need to apply for one before we can check out a book to you. The application form is at:

WISER for BlackBerry (NLM)

WISER for BlackBerry is available for downloading from the WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) web site. Please note that WISER for BlackBerry requires an active Internet connection.

Features are:
— Quick online access to WISER’s full database of chemical, biological, and radiological substances
— Easy access to WISER’s help identify capability and full suite of tools

Coming soon to WISER:
— WISER 4.4, with data updates to all platforms and the new chemical reactivity feature to the WISER for Windows platform
— Updates and enhancements to WISER for iPhone/iPod touch

Fall 2010 GIS workshops at UCB’s Geospatial Innovation Facility

UC Berkeley’s Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF) recently announced its Fall 2010 workshop schedule. Classes include:

* Intro to GIS (with either a Social Science or a Natural Resource Science focus)
* Intro to GPS
* Intro to Remote Sensing
* Intro to Open Source GIS
* Creating your own webGIS with Google Maps

and more!

You need not be affiliated with UC Berkeley to enroll. Workshop fees are $224 for all non-UC affiliates. For all UC students (graduate and undergraduate), faculty, and staff the subsidized rate is $84.

The GIF also offers online guides, fee-based consulting, and more. Check it out!

Toxicity Reference Database

The ToxRefDb, by the National Center for Computational Toxicology of the EPA, contains toxicity testing results from over 30 years for hundreds of chemicals. You can find public hazard, exposure, pesticide registration toxicity, and risk-assessment data, as well as previously unpublished studies related to cancer, reproductive, and developmental toxicity. The ToxRefDb currently includes chronic, cancer, sub-chronic, developmental, and reproductive studies on hundreds of chemicals, many of which are pesticide active ingredients. You can access it from our Toxicology/Occupational Health Resources web page at:

Chemical Exposure Health Data

This database goes back to 1984 and is made up of industrial hygiene samples taken during worksite inspections conducted by U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance officers. These results are comprised of personal, area, and bulk samples. You can view the full dataset all in one, or view each year individually. You can access it from our Toxicology/Occupational Health Resources web page at:

New Public Health Library Staff

The Public Health Library is very pleased to announce that Sarah Ngo has been hired as our new temporary Document Delivery Coordinator. She will be managing the flow of document delivery requests in the unit and overseeing the current awareness service for contract clientele. She can be reached at or (510) 642-2510.