Sacramento Instruction: Food and Nutrition Resources class

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 1:30-2:30pm
Training Room C, Rm. 72.148
1500 Capitol Ave, Sacramento


RSVP by Tuesday, March 24th to Michael Sholinbeck at or (510) 642-2510.
Please obtain your supervisor’s approval before you RSVP.


Supervisors: Please encourage your staff to attend if appropriate.

* Need to find literature on food and nutrition and their relationship to health?

* Want to know the nutritive value of different kinds of foods, from broccoli to Big Macs?

* Interested in how many fruits and vegetables Californians eat daily and other statistical information?

* Need to keep updated on the latest foodborne outbreaks and recalls?

* Want to know about quality sources of food/nutrition information for consumers?

* Curious about what professional resources (e.g., free training courses) are available to you?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then please come to the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library’s Food and Nutrition Resources class!

Topics covered will include:
1. Using bibliographic databases such as Agricola to find journal articles on food and nutrition topics
2. Resources for finding the nutritive value of foods
3. Finding statistics on food consumption
4. Information for consumers or for developing consumer material
5. Tools for professionals

Class Objective:
An introduction for CDPH staff to quality food and nutrition resources that are freely available online. Use of these resources will help staff locate statistics, policies/best work practices, and evidence-based information in support of their work. Professional tools can assist in staff skill development.

These training sessions are free to CDPH staff. A certificate of completion will be available for those who attend the class.

A schedule of other upcoming training sessions is available online.

Professional Development: Using Images in Social Media Activities to Increase Engagement and Outreach

Have you ever wanted to learn how to Use images in several types of social media to enhance engagement and sharing for your work? Would you like to see how to try to locate free images suitable for non-commercial use? Then this free 1 hour webinar offered by the North Dakota Nutrition Council might be for you!

Attending this webinar will give you the tools you need to create a social media marketing campaign with the nutrition messaging you wish to use to reach your target community.

Webinar: Using Images in Social Media Activities to Increase Engagement and Outreach
Date: Wednesday, March 4
Time: 11am-12pm PST
Speaker: Alice Henneman, MS, RDN, Extension Educator at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Environmental Health Messaging: Series of APHA webinars

Sponsored by the American Public Health Association and funded by the CDC, these three webinars are designed to help educators learn effective strategies for talking with the public about environmental health work and the impacts of our environments on public health. Each webinar will focus on a different set of framing resources and strategies.

March 5, 2015, 10:30?11:45 p.m. PST
Navigating the Swamp of Environmental Health: Using Evidence to Craft More Effective Communications

April 7, 2015, 10:30?11:45 p.m. PDT
Framing with Values: Cuing Up Productive Conversations about Environmental Health Work

May 5, 2015, 10:30?11:45 p.m. PDT
The Power of How: Using Tested Metaphors to Build Public Understanding about Environmental Health

NIH Seeking Your Input on the Future of NLM

NIH Seeking Your Input on the Future of NLM

The National Institutes of Health is seeking your input regarding the strategic vision for the NLM. The NIH wants to know which elements that are of the most, or least, value to health professionals. It is also interested in your thoughts on future capabilities that will be needed to enable health professionals to effectively integrate data and knowledge from biomedical research into your work.

The NIH is also interested in ideas you may have as to how the NLM could be better positioned to address some broader and growing challenges such as biomedical informatics, big data and data science; electronic health records; digital publications; and other emerging challenges.

Submissions must be received by Friday, March 13, 2015.

This call for participation to assist in helping to chart the course for the NLM comes as Dr. Donald Lindberg announces his retirement. Dr. Lindberg has devoted decades of service to NIH as the director of the NLM. He has led the NLM through many successes, such as pioneering free Internet access to PubMed, genetic and genomic data, clinical trial registration and results, and NIH-funded biomedical research as part of the NIH Public Access Policy.

CDPH in the News, March 2015

CDPH in the News

Global Business Leaders Launch
from PR Newswire

Global business leaders have come together to launch – a community promoting and enabling thinkers and practitioners in new ways of working for the 21st Century. Undercurrent, Yammer, Zappos, Khan Academy, California Department of Public Health and Percolate are among the first companies to sign on as part of the movement in creating a fundamental shift in our way of working and organizing. has been created to be the home for leaders and teams who are already experimenting with new, 21st century, ways of working. is an online community and resource, promoting and enabling a fundamental shift in the way businesses work and organize.

from ABC30

The California Department of Public Health announced growing concerns over e-cigarettes or "vaping." The department also made its first public push to discourage people from using the devices. Both opponents and proponents of the devices agree that "vaping" or the use of e-cigarettes is rapidly growing in popularity with more shops opening up here in the Central Valley. Still, state health officials had a stern warning for adults and teens about taking part in the new smoking trend. Satyr Vapor in Northeast Fresno only opened a few months ago but already business is booming.

No proof that Bay Area parents held rumored measles parties
from KTVU

The news about Bay Area parents holding "measles parties" spread like wildfire across the country, but KTVU found out there is no actual proof these parties are actually happening. The parties were reportedly a way for un-vaccinated children to catch measles by hanging out with sick children in an attempt to build their immune system. The story sounds similar to chicken pox parties in the past. So how did the story start making national headlines? It appears it may have stemmed from a statement the California Department of Public Health gave in response to media requests for comment.

Excerpts of Emails Between Disneyland and Health Officials
from Seattle Post-Intelligencer

After the measles outbreak became public, Disneyland officials emailed California public health experts asking them to emphasize that such an outbreak could happen anywhere and it was safe to visit the theme park, according to correspondence obtained through a public records request.
Excerpt from email from Disneyland’s Cathi Killian to California Department of Public Health’s Ron Owens on Jan. 15 titled "Information for the Website": "Per our conversation, below are some thoughts. Basically, our goal is to ensure people know that the exposure period at the Disneyland Resort is now over, that this has nothing to do with Disneyland and this could happen anywhere."

Director of California Department of Public Health: Who Is Karen Smith?
from AllGov California

Napa County is losing its longtime public health officer to the state. Governor Jerry Brown announced the appointment of Dr. Karen Lee Smith, an infectious disease specialist, as director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Dr. Smith, 58, earned a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She worked in communicable disease control in Morocco, Thailand and Nepal before receiving a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1992.

Free condom-by-mail program set for San Bernardino County
from SB Sun

A program designed to reduce sexually transmitted diseases among teenagers ? by providing free condoms via the mail ? has expanded its service into San Bernardino County, which officials say has the state?s fifth highest chlamydia rate. San Bernardino County also ranks 11 among the state’s 58 counties for its gonorrhea rates, according to California Department of Public Health officials. Some 11,688 teenagers receive free condoms by mail through The Condom Access Project, which began in 2012.

New Books!

The Public Health Library has the following new books available in print:

1. Start with why: how great leaders inspire everyone to take action. By Simon Sinek. New York: Portfolio/Penguin, 2011. Call number: HD57.7 .S549 2011.
See a brief summary and table of contents.

2. Health promotion in multicultural populations: a handbook for practitioners and students, 3rd edition. By Robert Huff, Michael Kline, Darleen Peterson, and Lawrence Green. Los Angeles: SAGE, 2015. Call number: RA427.8 .H43 2015.
Read a preview, see the table of contents, and read reviews here.

3. Improving diets and nutrition: food-based approaches By Brian Thompson and Leslie Amoroso. Wallingford, Oxfordshire: CABI; Rome, Italy: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2014. Call number: RA645.N87 I477 2014.
Read a description and preview some chapters at the publisher’s website.

and here are some new titles available online from the National Academies Press which require a free registration to download a pdf of the title:

4. Understanding the U.S. Illicit Tobacco Market: Characteristics, Policy Context, and Lessons from International Experiences. National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2015.

5. Measuring the Risks and Causes of Premature Death: Summary of a Workshop. National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2015.

6. Developing a Framework for Measuring Community Resilience: Summary of a Workshop. National Research Council. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2015.

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 and we will mail the book(s) to you.

You may also log into your web portal account to request book(s).

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.

Movies @ Moffitt: Melvin & Jean

The March 5th edition of Movies @ Moffitt will feature Melvin & Jean: An American Story. The film documents Melvin and Jean McNair’s lives after hijacking a plane in 1972 to protest racism and the Vietnam War. Forty years after the hijacking, they are model citizens in France, but are still coming to terms with their crime and its lifelong consequences: if they return to the U.S., they could spend the rest of their lives in prison.

  • Free with UCB student ID
  • March 5th at 7pm in the Media Resources Center, Moffitt Library (1st floor)

Lunch Poems with Harmony Holiday

Harmony Holiday will be reading poetry in the Morrison Library on March 5, 2015 from 12:10pm to 12:50pm.

Holiday is a poet, dancer, archivist, and author of Negro League Baseball (Fence, 2011), Go Find Your Father/ A Famous Blues (Ricochet, 2014), and Hollywood Forever, forthcoming from Fence in Spring 2015.

Holiday was the winner of the 2013 Ruth Lily Fellowship and curates the Afrosonics archive, a collection of rare recordings of poetry from the African Diaspora, housed at Columbia University’s music library and available digitally as a Tumblr site.

Tertulia de la Palabra Writers Present at Ethnic Studies Library

The Ethnic Studies Library continues its series of events featuring the work of Chicano and Latino writers, Tertulia de la Palabra, on March 3rd in the Multicultural Community Center. The event will feature authors, Viola Canales and Stephen D. Gutierrez. The tertulia gives writers and community a chance to exchange ideas and viewpoints.

Viola Canales teaches a course, Writing Workshop: Law and Creativity, in the Stanford University Law School. Her work includes a children’s novel in English and Spanish, The Tequila Worm (Random House, 2005) and El Gusano de Tequila (KingCake Press, 2012), as well as a bilingual book of poems, The Little Devil & The Rose / El Diabilito y La Rosa, (Arte Publico 2014) based on the traditional Mexican game, la loteria.

Stephen D. Gutierrez is a professor of English at California State University East Bay. His latest book, The Mexican Man in His Backyard, completes a trilogy composed of autobiographical and varied short stories and personal essays. The previous two books Elements and Live from Fresno y Los won the Nilon Award from Fiction Collective II and an American Book Award, respectively.

Date: March 3, 2015

Time: 6-8pm

Place: Multicultural Community Center on the UC Berkeley Campus

New Databases in Humanities and in International and Area Studies

Photo by Keegan Houser

The Library is happy to announce the addition of a number of major databases to our digital collections. This post is the first in a series highlighting important additions to our online resources. Below we focus on just a few of our newest collections in the humanities and international area studies.

We invite you to peruse a more complete list of our newest databases as well. These purchases were made possible in large part with new library funding that resulted from the Commission on the Future of the UC Berkeley Library charged under EVCP George Breslauer and Chair, Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate, Elizabeth Deakin. For more information, read the Commission Report and Response.

The Loeb Classical Library collects important works of Greek and Latin literature alongside their English translations, and includes epic and lyric poetry, tragedy and comedy, history, travel, philosophy, and much more.

Krokodil (Russian for “Crocodile”) was a satirical magazine published in the Soviet Union. Founded in 1922, it was first published as a supplement for Rabochaia Gazeta. Although political satire was dangerous during much of the Soviet period, Krokodil was given considerable license to lampoon political figures and events

South Asia Archive is a digital platform for culturally and historically significant literary material produced from within – and about – the Indian subcontinent. The archive contains millions of pages of digitized primary and secondary material in a mix of English and vernacular languages dating back to the start of the eighteenth century, up to the mid-twentieth century.

British Periodicals (ProQuest) provides access to the full-text of hundreds of periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth, comprising millions of high-resolution facsimile page images. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the social sciences, music, art, drama, archaeology and architecture.