Category Archives: Design Center

This Valentine’s Day, We’re Crushing On . . .

Peanut butter and jelly. Wine and cheese. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. Some things just go together. And nothing seems quite as perfect a pair as Jefferson and Canvas!

Canvas, Jefferson’s new learning management system (LMS), is intuitive, learner-centered, and efficient. What else could you look for in an LMS? It’s reliable and plays well with others – like Nearpod, ExamSoft, and AEFIS, just to name a few.

And with a convenient Mobile App, busy students and faculty members can access Canvas on the go.

But don’t just take our word for it! Get to know Canvas by visiting Canvas.Jefferson.Edu. Sign up for a Canvas Consultation or attend a workshop to get started.

Canvas replaces Blackboard at Jefferson on June 30, 2020. If your courses aren’t yet on Canvas, contact the Academic Commons today!

Eakins Writers’ Workshop: A writing workshop dedicated to injury & its victims

Share your stories and personal experiences with injury at the Eakins Writers’ Workshop. Led by the Jefferson Center for Injury Research and Prevention, the hands-on writing workshop sessions are dedicated to stories of injury and all its victims. All are welcome to join. Sign up now.

Session 1: Tuesday, February 18, 6-7:30 p.m., Scott Memorial Library, Room 308

Session 2: Tuesday, March 24, 6-7:30 p.m., Scott Memorial Library, Room 308

The workshops are led by student editors of Evanescent, the literary journal that provides a forum for people to explore and share stories about their personal experiences with injury. Learn more about Eakins Writers’ Workshop.

Join the Jefferson Book Club & Discuss Educated: A Memoir on 2/24

All Jefferson students, faculty, and staff are invited to join the Jefferson Book Club! Our next selection is Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover.

Discuss the book on Monday, February 24, at 12 p.m. in Room 308, Scott Memorial Library, Center City Campus.

For more information about the Jefferson Book Club, contact

STUDENTS: Get free pizza & prizes at “Hanger-Making Hangout” on February 20!

Who doesn’t want free pizza and prizes?! Help out Jefferson’s Design Center & Textile and Costume Collection at our Hanger-Making Hangout!

Who: Jefferson Students
When: Thursday, February 20, 12:30 -2:15 pm
Where: The Design Center (on Henry Avenue, across from the Ram statue)

Help us make padded, archival hangers to better store our historic garments. Enjoy pizza and prizes as you work. No sewing experience required. Check out this flyer to learn more. Sign up by emailing Jade Papa.

RefWorks Down for Maintenance: Starting 10 p.m. Saturday, February 8 until Sunday, February 9

Both legacy Refworks and (new) RefWorks will experience downtime between Saturday, February 8, and Sunday, February 9. Starting at 10 p.m. on Saturday, access to RefWorks and Write-n-Cite will be disabled. RefWorks hopes that maintenance will be completed within 12 hours, and usage will resume on Sunday, February 9.

If you have any questions, please contact RefWorks support team:

Canvas Camp on March 12

Join us for Canvas Camp—a day dedicated to building your first Canvas course. Learn about Canvas, Jefferson’s new learning management system (LMS). Can’t attend Canvas Camp on March 12? Visit our website to view the complete Canvas workshop schedule and register for a session convenient for you!

Register for Canvas Camp
9am – 4pm, Gutman Library

At Canvas Camp, on Thursday, March 12, we’ll guide you through a series of hands-on activities as you build out a course in Canvas, Jefferson’s new learning management system (LMS). Academic Commons team members will be available to provide real-time support.

By focusing on a single course and specific assignments, you’ll learn the following elements of a Canvas course: 

Learning Modules 
Course Navigation 
Key Information Pages, including:
Course Overview 
About Your Instructor and 

Please ensure easy access to digital course files. Canvas Camp will familiarize participants with the process for exporting select content from Blackboard into the Canvas environment.
We strongly recommend that participants complete a Canvas Basics workshop or have explored the platform in “Growing with Canvas” to get the most from this experience. 

Jefferson retires Blackboard on June 30, 2020. Visit the Canvas website to learn about the university’s new LMS. Register for a workshop or Canvas consultation and access helpful how-to guides.

History Made: An interview with Jefferson’s Dr. Greco, a member of the surgical team that performed the first open-heart surgery

Dr. Victor Greco (left) speaks with Ryan Baumuller (right) in the One Button Studio (OBS)

The Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) recently added an interview with alumnus Dr. Victor Greco to its collection. In the recorded interview, Dr. Greco reflected on his notable career and told stories about his historical time at Jefferson and experiences after leaving the university, which included being the personal physician for boxer Muhammad Ali. Watch the interview here.

Dr. Greco was a member of the Jefferson team that performed the first successful open-heart surgery in 1953 using the Heart-Lung Machine developed at Jefferson by John H. Gibbon, Jr., M.D. ‘27.

During his distinguished career as a Thoracic Surgeon, Dr. Greco was the recipient of numerous accolades. He was a member of the advisory council to the director of the National Institutes of Health, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, and a member of the State Board of Medicine appointed by then-Governor Casey. Dr. Greco was also nominated to serve on President Clinton’s National Health Board and received UNICO’s prestigious Marconi Science Award in 2012.

Watch the interview to learn more about Dr. Greco’s story and browse other oral histories.

Clinical Researchers: Attend “A Roadmap to Clinical Research” on February 25

Register here!

If you conduct clinical research at Jefferson, attend this half-day course, organized by the Jefferson Clinical Research Institute (JCRI).

Tuesday, February 25, 8 am – 12:30 pm, JAH Eakins Lounge

At “A Roadmap to Clinical Research,” you’ll learn:

– the responsibilities of the research team
– how to navigate the university’s systems
– the necessary approvals and requirements for study implementation

Learn more & register here.

Ever thought of running for office? Attend Ready to Run (2/8) for FREE!

Interested in working on a political campaign? Ever thought of running for office? Attend Ready to Run Philadelphia for FREE on Saturday, February 8, 2020.

Ready to Run
Saturday, February 8, 2020
8am – 5pm
Thomas Jefferson University, East Falls Campus

The event costs $75, but all Jefferson students, staff, and faculty can register for FREE by using code R2RC20 at registration. Learn more about the event here. Sign up here.

This event is sponsored by Jefferson’s Arlen Specter Center.

New Plagiarism Tool: iThenticate Joins Jefferson

iThenticate is now available to all Jefferson researchers, faculty, and students. The tool is the leading provider of professional plagiarism detection and prevention technology and is used worldwide by scholarly publishers and research institutions to ensure the originality of written work before publication. With an easy to use submission process that checks for similarity against the world’s top published works, you can feel confident that your academic reputation will be protected!

Register for an account. For help with iThenticate, check out their QuickStart guide.

ORCID iD numbers are *Now* Required for Some NIH Grant Applications

Starting January 25th, an ORCID iD number will be required for both individual fellowship and career development grant applications. If an ORCID iD is not linked to an application submitted after this date, an error will be generated and the application will not be sent to the NIH for consideration.

An ORCID iD is a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher. Creating an ORCID iD is easy, and it will only take a few minutes for you to fill out the form

Once your iD is created, you can link it to your eRA Commons account, and rest securely in the knowledge that your grant application will go through. ORCID iDs can also be used when submitting manuscripts to journals, creating data sets, and more, to make sure that you receive full credit for your contributions. As your ORCID iD links with other systems and databases, it improves the discoverability of your work and reduces repetitive entries and incorrect attribution of work.

Also, consider linking your Scopus author identifier to ORCID and populating it with your publications. Visit our guide on securing your scholarly identity for more information.

Learn more about this new requirement from the NIH Extramural Nexus blog.

Prism 8 is here: New software helps with statistical comparisons, simulations, & more

Calling all Jefferson researchers! Prism, the analysis and graphing tool, is now available for use. With Prism, you can elegantly graph and present your scientific research, make more appropriate analysis choices, and even integrate your work with LabArchives. Learn more about the features of Prism here.

Request a Prism 8 account at

Integration with LabArchives
Prism integrates with LabArchives, so you can directly export projects from Prism into the LabArchives Notebook. Additionally, when a Prism project is open from within LabArchives Notebook, it may be re-saved into the same Page from which it resides, preserving both versions of the file. Learn more here.

Get Help with Prism 8
Prism Tutorials:

Prism Guides:

Prism Support:

JDC Quarterly Report (October – December 2019)

The Jefferson Digital Commons (JDC) quarterly report for October – December 2019 is now available. Check out the full report to see a list of what was added and what people are saying about the JDC.

Inside this report, you’ll find:

  • Articles
  • Dean’s Research Development Lunch Conference
  • Dissertations
  • Educational Materials
  • From the Archives
  • Grand Rounds and Lectures
  • Journals and Newsletters
  • Population Health Presentation Materials
  • Posters
  • Reports
  • Symposiums
  • What People Are Saying About the Jefferson Digital Commons

New Year’s Day? This January 1st Celebrate Public Domain Day!

January 1st may be the start of a new calendar year, but fans of Open Access also celebrate it as “Public Domain Day,” the day when copyright expires on creative works published 95 years ago. This January 1st works created in 1924 (including select titles by Mark Twain, WEB DuBois, Pablo Neruda, and Agatha Christie, to name a few), will enter into the public domain, meaning that they can be used and repurposed by anyone without the need to obtain permission from the rights holders. This January 1st will be only the second “Public Domain Day” since 1998 when the passage of the Copyright Extension Act added 20 years onto the already existing period of copyright protection for creative works published before 1978.

Image from the 1923 movie Safty Last!, now in the public domain.

It is important for every author or creator to know that copyright law automatically applies to an original creative work, as soon as it is published in a fixed medium. Creators do not have to do anything special for copyright protections to apply to their work. However, authors who want to make their material available to others to use and repurpose can choose to assign their work a Creative Commons License. These licenses exist on top of existing U.S. copyright law and allow creators to give more rights than the law typically allows the public to make use of their work. For example, a Creative Commons License would allow an instructor to more easily copy, distribute, and assign an article or book chapter to their students for a course reading, since repeated use of a work (not purchased by the student or owned by the university) can violate the fair use clause of U.S. copyright law.

Learn more about copyright, the ideas of public domain, fair use, and how you can decide what rights as an author or creator are important for you to protect, by going to the Scott Memorial Library’s Copyright Guide.