Category Archives: Faculty

Preprints Perspectives: A Panel Discussion (Oct 23)

Join us for Preprints Perspectives, where you’ll hear from four experienced panelists as they discuss issues related to preprints and open access from various perspectives. Topics will include: how publishing preprints can benefit authors, current best practices for preprint servers, ethical and legal considerations regarding the use of preprints, and the intersection of preprints and Covid-19 scholarship. 

Friday, October 23
12-1 pm EST
Online (Zoom)
Register here

PANELISTS
John Inglis, Ph.D., Co-founder of bioRxiv and medRxiv  
Timothy Mosca, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Thomas Jefferson University 
Iratxe Puebla, Associate Director, ASAPbio (Accelerating Science and Publication in Biology)  
Heather Rose, Ph.D., J.D. Vice President of Technology Licensing & Startups, Thomas Jefferson University 

Download the flyer for more details. This event is open to the public, so feel free to share with colleagues outside of the Jefferson community.

Questions? Email Larissa Gordon, Scholarly Communications Librarian, Scott Memorial Library.

Check out additional events hosted by the Jefferson Libraries to celebrate Open Access Week 2020.

Celebrate Open Access Week 2020: Workshops & Preprints Panel

Celebrate Open Access Week 2020 (October 19 – 25) with the Jefferson Libraries! We’ll host two workshops and one panel discussion (all virtual) to celebrate the annual week-long event focused on open access and related topics. We hope you’ll join us to hear from experts about how to protect your scholarship rights and navigate the world of academic publishing.

Open Access Overview and the Business of Scholarship (workshop)
Tuesday, October 20
12:45 – 2 p.m.
Register for the virtual workshop

Attend our viewing of Paywall: The Business of Scholarship, a documentary that discusses the multi-billion-dollar business of for-profit academic publishers. After viewing the documentary, we’ll discuss ways to protect your scholarship rights.

Preprints: Accelerating Scholarly Communication (workshop)
Wednesday, October 21
12-1 p.m.
Register for the virtual workshop

Preprint servers allow authors to share articles that they have written with the academic community before the journal peer review process has been completed. Preprints developed as a response to the often lengthy journal publication process, which can slow down the dissemination of new information. At the end of the session, you’ll be able to search the preprint literature, discuss considerations for publishing your work as a preprint, and describe the importance of this type of publishing.

Preprint Perspectives: A Panel Discussion 
Friday, October 23
12-1 p.m.
Register for this virtual event

Join our four diverse and experienced panelists to discuss issues such as: how publishing preprints can benefit authors, current best practices for preprint servers, ethical and legal considerations regarding the use of preprints, and the intersection of preprints and Covid-19 scholarship. 

Panelists:  
John Inglis, PhD., Co-founder of bioRxiv and medRxiv  
Timothy Mosca, PhD, Assistant Professor, Thomas Jefferson University 
Iratxe Puebla, Associate Director, ASAPbio (Accelerating Science and Publication in Biology)  
Heather Rose, Ph.D., J.D. Vice President of Technology Licensing & Startups, Thomas Jefferson University 

Read about open access and the benefits of preprints on the Scott Memorial Library’s Open Access LibGuide.

FACULTY LEARNING COMMUNITY: Online Course Design

The classroom as we know it has changed! As faculty adjust to the new environment, we’re providing a space to discuss online course design.

Join our Faculty Learning Community to spend time with like-minded faculty in these virtual weekly sessions every Tuesday at 10 a.m. Sessions start Tuesday, October 6 and run until November 10, 2020.

Explore online course design concepts through reading, discussion, and reflection and put best practices to use in your courses. This community will use the book Minds Online to discuss aspects of online course design. Participants will work to design or revise an online course module.

Visit the registration page to sign up for this community and access Minds Online via the Gutman Library or Scott Memorial Library online catalogs.

Writing & Communications Workshops (Fall & Winter 2020)

If you are writing for publication, giving a presentation or speech at a virtual conference, or interested in getting tips and strategies to write more effetely, let the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication (OPWPC) help.

The OPWPC is comprised of expert writing and communication consultants who can provide feedback and guidance on your work.

Our fall workshops and writing retreats will give you uninterrupted time to focus on your academic and professional writing and communications goals. Read workshop descriptions and sign up or schedule a one-on-one consultation with the OPWPC today.

Research Posters: On and Off the Wall
Monday, November 16
12 – 1 p.m.

This workshop will equip researchers to read posters quickly and craft posters that help the audience get their message. We will examine traditional and new poster designs and develop a toolkit for building strong, memorable, accessible posters.

Fall Writing Retreat
Friday, November 20
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join us this fall at our monthly half-day writing retreats, devoted solely to your writing projects. Most importantly, you’ll get quiet time to write. We’ll also have a writing consultant and librarian available to answer writing and research questions, help you find materials, talk over your journal choice, edit your work, or just read what you have so far.

How to Write More: Habits of Effective Writers
Monday, December 7
12 – 1 p.m.

Few of us ever learn how to write with consistency and fluency, yet being able to do so can mean the difference between being a highly regarded researcher and one who is overlooked. Studies have shown that successful writers practice specific habits that help them flourish and make the process of writing less mysterious. This workshop will focus on these habits and provide practical advice for fostering them in your own writing.

It’s Cancer Awareness Month: Check out our eBooks & videos on cancer topics

September marks Cancer Awareness Month and to honor that we’re highlighting some of our digital resources focused on cancer treatments, oncology, and how things like social justice, climate change, and artificial intelligence are connected to cancer. Check out the resources below:

Cancer and Society: A Multidisciplinary Assessment and Strategies for Action

Encyclopedia of Cancer

Herbs for Cancer Treatment

Oncology in the Precision Medicine Era: Value-based Medicine

Kennedie and Zebrafish Fight Cancer Together [Video]



REGISTER NOW FOR FALL WORKSHOPS: Teaching Online, Tech Tools, Writing for Publication, and More

Regardless of what your classroom and office look like this fall, the Academic Commons is here to help you (and your students) succeed. Join us for virtual workshops on a range of topics including educational technology tools, writing retreats, faculty book clubs, and more.

Faculty Learning Community: Online Course Design (Book Club)
Starts Monday, October 5
10 – 11 a.m.

Spend time with like-minded faculty in these weekly sessions. Explore concepts deeply through reading, discussion, and reflection and put online best practices into use with your course. This community will use the book Minds Online to discuss aspects of online course design. Participants will work to design or revise an online course module.

Studio & Canvas: Using Studio for Video Content in Your Canvas Course
Tuesday, November 10
12 – 1 p.m.

In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn about Studio, Canvas’ video recording tool. Studio allows easy recording and storage of new and existing video content, from introduction videos to screencasts, and supports useful features such as AI-generated subtitling and video quizzing.

Research Posters: On and Off the Wall
Monday, November 16
12 – 1 p.m.

This workshop will equip researchers to read posters quickly and craft posters that help the audience get their message. We will examine traditional and new poster designs and develop a toolkit for building strong, memorable, accessible posters.

Ally & Canvas: Create Accessible Course Materials with Ally
Wednesday, November 18
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

In this workshop, participants will learn about the core principles of UDL and accessibility in education and will be introduced to Ally, the accessibility checker and remediation tool available in Canvas. The hands-on component of the workshop will involve reviewing the accessibility report for an instructor’s own course in Canvas and using Ally to do preliminary remediation of accessibility issues in Canvas course content.

Fall Writing Retreat
Friday, November 20
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Join us this fall at our monthly half-day writing retreats, devoted solely to your writing projects. Most importantly, you’ll get quiet time to write. We’ll also have a writing consultant and librarian available to answer writing and research questions, help you find materials, talk over your journal choice, edit your work, or just read what you have so far.

How to Write More: Habits of Effective Writers
Monday, December 7
12 – 1 p.m.

Few of us ever learn how to write with consistency and fluency, yet being able to do so can mean the difference between being a highly regarded researcher and one who is overlooked. Studies have shown that successful writers practice specific habits that help them flourish and make the process of writing less mysterious. This workshop will focus on these habits and provide practical advice for fostering them in your own writing.

The Pivot funding database has a new look

Pivot, the funding database, has upgraded its look and feel. Beginning September 9, when you log into Pivot (via Gutman Library or Scott Library), you will see a new “home dashboard” page that looks like the screenshot below. The site is now mobile-friendly. “Papers Invited” was re-named “Conferences.” The “Active” list was retired; any opportunities saved there are now in “Tracked Opps” with a tag to help you identify them.

New user interface benefits:

  • User friendly – more intuitive access to the most important and most used features.
  • More helpful – additional on-screen links to guide users to available help and resources.
  • Responsive – designed to be used and displayed fully across any device, desktop, or mobile.
  • Accessibility – provides a database that is accessible for all users.

For help making the best use of Pivot, please schedule an appointment with a librarian at Gutman or Scott.

It’s National Immunization Awareness Month: Celebrate with our videos and eBooks

Did you know that August is National Immunization Awareness Month? The goal of the month is to highlight the importance of vaccinations for people of all ages. Check out the resources below to learn more about vaccine regulations, the impact of vaccines on culture and knowledge gaps on vaccines, and how to encourage patients to get vaccines.

Adult Vaccinations: Changing the Immunization Paradigm

Gideon Guide to Vaccines

Let’s Talk Vaccines: A Clinician’s Guide to Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy and Saving Lives

Prelinger Archives: Babies and Breadwinners [VIDEO]

NEW: Quick Canvas Consults for Faculty

Quick Canvas Consults
Beginning Monday, August 17, and ending Friday, September 4, the Academic Commons (AC) will provide virtual support for your Canvas questions.

Think of Quick Canvas Consults as drop-in consultations where AC team members answer your Canvas questions in real-time. Quick Canvas Consults are intended as single question sessions that may be completed in 15-minutes or less. 

Visit the Quick Canvas Consults Collaborate Room at any of the times above to connect with the AC team.

Canvas Consultations 
If you have a more involved Canvas question or want to dive deeply into a specific Canvas function, please schedule a 1:1 consultation with an Academic Commons team member. You may schedule a 1:1 consultation through the Growing with Canvas course calendar appointment feature or email Julie.Phillips@jefferson.edu to arrange for lengthier consultations. 

FALL 2020 BOOK CLUB: Academia Next, The Futures of Higher Education

This semester, we invite you to join a virtual book to explore the many changes at play in higher education. Starting Thursday, August 27, Daniel Verbit of The Academic Commons & Paul J. Gutman Library and Christopher Pastore of The Center for Faculty Development and Nexus Learning will host the virtual book club. The club will meet virtually each Thursday of the Fall Semester from 1:30-2:15 p.m.

Each week, we’ll meet with colleagues and discuss a chapter from “Academia Next, The Futures of Higher Education” by futurist & Georgetown senior scholar, Dr. Bryan Alexander.

From the Publisher: 

The outlook for the future of colleges and universities is uncertain. Financial stresses, changing student populations, and rapidly developing technologies all pose significant challenges to the nation’s colleges and universities. In Academia Next, The Futures of Higher Education,” futurist and higher education expert Bryan Alexander addresses these evolving trends to better understand higher education’s next generation.

Please register online to join us as we discuss key topics with other Jeffersonians. All are welcome to join, but limited slots will be available in order to facilitate small group discussions. After capacity is reached, the sessions will be locked, so please register in advance.

The book is available online or purchase a copy at https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/title/academia-next or the bookseller of your choice. 

Library Resources for Finding Diversity & Inclusion Funding

Dr. Edith Mitchell, director of Jefferson’s  Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities, was recently interviewed in Philadelphia Magazine’s NextHealthPHL series: “Black Scientists Still Face an Uphill Battle in Securing NIH Research Grants.” Asked about racial disparities in research funding, particularly in NIH R01 awards, Dr. Mitchell said: “When you look at the disparities in grant funding, they are like what we see in any other area of medical research practice.” Dr. Mitchell discusses in the interview ways of transforming these disparities, such as diverse recruitment, dedicated resources, and mentoring. 

You can read more about racial disparities in research funding, in the library’s Diversity and Inclusion guide. The guide also features resources for finding diversity-related funding opportunities.

Jefferson faculty, students, employees, residents, postdocs, and fellows of Thomas Jefferson University, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals (TJUH, JHN, and Methodist Division) have access to Pivot, a database of funding opportunities from all types of funders: governments, nonprofits, and foundations. Pivot can be specifically searched for diversity & inclusion funding opportunities.

Librarians can assist faculty, staff, and student researchers identity research funding sources and find appropriate support staff and tools on campus. Request a consultation to meet with a librarian to learn how to use Pivot and other grants information resources.  

FACULTY WORKSHOPS: Preparing for Fall 2020

Are you ready to teach this fall? Regardless of what the classroom will look like for you, the Academic Commons has the tools and support to help you (and your students) succeed. Join us for workshops this August on tools like Canvas and Panopto, which will help you best teach online and in-person.

Download the August 2020 Workshop Flyer for details on each workshop. Read workshop titles and times below. To register, click on a workshop title below or visit this page.

Streaming Media in Canvas- Panopto & Studio
Thursday, August 6 | 9-10 a.m. OR 2-3 p.m.

Canvas Camp (4 sessions)
Tuesday, August 11 | 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

The Course Overview & Syllabus
Managing Content
Using and Organizing Modules
Creating and Grading Assignments

Canvas Basics: Sneak Peek (hosted by Canvas)
Thursday, August 20 | 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Canvas Basics: Why Canvas (hosted by Canvas)
Thursday, August 20 | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Canvas Basics: Student Success & Engagement (hosted by Canvas)
Thursday, August 20 | 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Canvas Basics: Sneak Peek (hosted by Canvas)
Wednesday, August 26 | 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Canvas Basics: Why Canvas (hosted by Canvas)
Wednesday, August 26 | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Canvas Basics: Student Success & Engagement (hosted by Canvas)
Wednesday, August 26 | 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Canvas Basics: Why Canvas (hosted by Canvas)
Monday, August 31 | 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Canvas Basics: Student Success & Engagement (hosted by Canvas)
Monday, August 31 | 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) with our eBooks & Videos

August 1-7 marks World Breastfeeding Week, which is a global campaign to raise awareness and encourage action on themes related to breastfeeding.  

Check out the following e-resources on the topic of breastfeeding. Resources discuss a range of breastfeeding subjects, including a practical guide for medical professionals navigating breastfeeding problems in their practice, donor human milk banks, and public policies and cultural norms related to breastfeeding.

Banking on Milk: An Ethnography of Donor Human Milk Relations

The Bottle, The Breast, and the State: The Politics of Infant Feeding in the United States

Breastfeeding and Culture: Discourses and Representations

A Guide to Supporting Breastfeeding for the Medical Profession

The Milky Way: Every Mother Has a Story

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Razie Joins the Academic Commons

If Razie Amzovski, the new Academic Commons (AC) employee, looks familiar that’s because she isn’t new to Thomas Jefferson University. Amzovski joins our team after working in the Jefferson Recreation and Fitness Center. We sat down with the new Educational Technologies team member to learn a bit about why she wanted to join the AC, what educational technology tools she geeks out over, and her favorite place to be when not at work. HINT: passport required!

What is your title at the Academic Commons?
I am an Instructional Support Specialist.

What does that title mean to you?
The title means that I am here to support faculty, staff, and students with any help that they may need accessing the teaching and learning resources that Jefferson has to offer. 

How long have you been working at Thomas Jefferson University?
I began working for Thomas Jefferson University in December 2019 at the Jefferson Recreation and Fitness Center and transferred over to the Academic Commons team in July 2020.

What made you want to join the Academic Commons team?
Academics, technology, and helping people have always been in my life in some way. The Academic Commons has given me a place where I can have all three of my passions in one career. I am able to use my knowledge as an educator, mix it with technology, and help people navigate the tools and create their best work.

What do you like about working at Thomas Jefferson University?
There are many things I like about working at Thomas Jefferson University, but what is the most intriguing is the room for growth. Jefferson offers many benefits to faculty, students, and staff to grow in their careers, and they have a great support system to help through that journey.  

What is something you want students and faculty to know about the Educational Technologies team at the Academic Commons?
The Educational Technologies team is always available to help with anything that you may need. We have a very diverse staff that can help with virtually anything.

What is your favorite educational technology software or tool that the Academic Commons supports that you would encourage faculty to use?
One of my favorite educational tools that the Academic Commons support is Nearpod. This is a great tool that all faculty can use when creating lessons, assignments, and/or discussions for their courses. It will help faculty create more dynamic lessons by incorporating different content and activities offered by Nearpod into their teaching.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I am a 1st generation Albanian and the first girl in my family to graduate from college. I love to travel and to be outdoors. My most favorite place to go is my second home, Tetovo, Macedonia, where I can see all my family and friends that I do not get to see all year-round. 

Learn more about the Educational Technologies team at the Academic Commons and how they can help you.

LabArchives for Researchers: Virtual Sessions Led by Jefferson’s Dr. Tim Mosca & Christine Fisher

Looking for the best practices to use LabArchives in your research lab? Not quite yet ready to dive into the electronic lab notebook (ELN) and have some questions? Join us on Wednesday, July 29, for two virtual sessions on how you can use LabArchives in your lab.

LabArchives has assembled a group of researchers to share their experiences getting started and adapting the ELN to their workflows. You will be able to ask questions and hear from colleagues around North America.

LabArchives Virtual User Group for Researchers
Wednesday, July 29

Session 1: How We Got Started Using LabArchives
1-2:30pm
This session will give a brief introduction from the LabArchives team, including recent updates followed by presentations from current LabArchives users on how they transitioned from paper to an ELN (electronic lab notebook), organize their notebooks, collaborate and share with other researchers, and other insights.
Register for Session 1

Session 2: Creative Use Cases and Adjusting Research in the Time of COVID (presentation from Jefferson’s Dr. Tim Mosca & Christine Fisher!)
3-4:30pm
Hear how researchers are using LabArchives ELN in various environments, their creative use cases and customizations, its use outside of the traditional wet bench setting, and, in particular, its use during these unusual times. 
Register for Session 2

Can’t make it? Sign up for an introductory LabArchives workshop. The next session will be on Wednesday, August 12:

Wednesday, 8/12, 10:00 am ET
Professional Edition Intro Webinar

Wednesday, 8/12, 11:00 am ET
Classroom Edition Intro Webinar