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From DNA to Beer: NLM Exhibit at Scott Library 1/19 to 2/28

January 13th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine, in cooperation with the National Museum of American History, is pleased to present the traveling exhibition, From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry. On view at Scott Memorial Library from January 19th to February 28th, the exhibition explores some of the processes, problems, and potentials inherent in technologies that use life.

era of antibioticsMicrobes—tiny organisms too small to be seen with the naked eye—have altered human history. Life forms such as bacteria, yeasts, and molds can cause sickness or restore health, and help produce foods and beverages for our consumption. Scientists, in partnership with industry, have developed techniques to harness the powers of these microbes. In recent years, headline-grabbing technologies have used genetically modified bacteria to manufacture new medicines. Drawing from the collections of the National Museum of American History and the National Library of Medicine, From DNA to Beer will help to promote public understanding of the dynamic relationship between microbes, technology, and science and medicine.

The six-banner traveling exhibition presents these case studies of major scientific and medical accomplishments in the fields of biotechnology while showcasing the union with industry in how to best market and produce such discoveries to the public at large.

This exhibition was produced by the National Library of Medicine, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Visit the exhibition website.

Make Time for Writing in the New Year

January 7th, 2015

Is “write more” one of your New Year’s resolutions? Are you paralyzed by the amount of work needed to publish your research? Are half-finished manuscripts gathering dust on your desk? The Writing Café at Scott Memorial Library provides two chances every week to prioritize your writing: Tuesdays from 8:00 am to 10:00 am and Fridays from 7:00 am to 9:00 am (both sessions in Room 200A, Scott Library). Put them on your calendar, start showing up, and watch your writing projects flourish.

The Kickoff Session will be Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 8:00 am in Room 200A, Scott.
Join us for coffee, tea and pastries to learn more about the Writing Café.

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Jefferson Digital Commons Quarterly Report for October- December 2014 Now Available

January 6th, 2015

The Jefferson Digital Commons had another very active quarter to end 2014. The latest JDC quarterly report, covering statistics and highlighting new digital assets, is now available. Read the full report or view a list of the 240 assets added this quarter.

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30 E-Books New to Scott Library in December

January 5th, 2015

book covers

Scott Library added these 30 e-books in December to the growing collection:

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Where’s JEFFLINE? (December 2014 Update)

December 19th, 2014

In July 2014 we retired the JEFFLINE name and adopted a new look that reflects the redesigned Jefferson website. Since then we have been gradually streamlining and updating our content to improve access to the Library’s resources. The latest version includes a revised About the Library page (and button) and a change in a couple of our main headings (Collections is now Find and Services is now Borrow). See this annotated screenshot.

With the launch of the Center for Teaching and Learning (which replaced AISR), JEFFLINE content related to instructional design, educational technologies, and media services was migrated to a new CTL site within the Thomas Jefferson University site:

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VIPs Visit Scott Library

December 19th, 2014

Beemer and Visa, two Very Irresistible Pooches, stopped by on Wednesday, December 17th to offer students (and staff) some respite from studying and stress.

Dogs at Scott

Follett Faculty Discover: Find Resources For Your Course

December 18th, 2014


Dear Jefferson Faculty,

We are excited to share a new resource made available by our new bookstore operator, Follett. Beginning in January 2015, students will be able to order books and related course materials that you have selected for use in your course.  For this semester, Follett will be using the course material requests you’ve already sent to the Bookstore. For the Fall 2015 semester, you will be able to use this convenient tool to select your textbooks and any other related course resources you want to include. In January we will send out additional information on available workshops to learn how to use Follett Faculty Discover.

Follett Faculty Discover is the new research and adoption resource that replaces your former Online Adoption Tool.

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PubMed Central (PMC) Adds Citation Export Feature

December 16th, 2014

NCBI announced that “PubMed Central (PMC) has added a citation exporter feature, which makes it easy to retrieve either styled citations that you can copy/paste into your manuscripts, or to download them into a format compatible with your bibliographic reference manager software.”

The Citation link provides a quick way to export a single citation.

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Jefferson Book Club Author Event for January: The Winter Guest, by Pam Jenoff

December 9th, 2014

Pam Jenoff flyer_505_nowavailableLocal author, Pam Jenoff, is the sister of Jay Jenoff, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Acute Care Surgery, at Jefferson. We are thrilled to have Ms. Jenoff discuss her book, The Winter Guest, at our January book club meeting. Ms. Jenoff is a bestselling author of several historical novels.

The Winter Guest
“Life is a constant struggle for the eighteen-year-old Nowak twins as they raise their three younger siblings in rural Poland under the shadow of the Nazi occupation. The constant threat of arrest has made everyone in their village a spy, and turned neighbor against neighbor. Though rugged, independent Helena and pretty, gentle Ruth couldn’t be more different, they are staunch allies in protecting their family from the threats the war brings closer to their doorstep with each passing day. Then Helena discovers an American paratrooper stranded outside their small mountain village…”

Join your colleagues for the next Jefferson Book Club discussion on Thursday, January 8th from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm in Room 505 Hamilton. Lunch will be provided.

All students, faculty, and staff welcome. Join the book club to receive future announcements and to vote on what we read next. Copies of the book are available for sale at the Jefferson Book Store and for loan at Scott Memorial Library.

Please RSVP to:

Therapy Dogs at Scott Library on 12/17

December 5th, 2014

Visa, a therpy dog

Does studying for exams have you stressed out?

Come and meet a therapy dog at Scott Library on Wednesday, December 17th from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in Room 200A.

Drop in for some canine comfort! You’ll be surprised how much better you feel after a hug or a puppy kiss. Pet therapy lowers blood pressure, releases endorphins that have a calming effect, lifts spirits, and lowers anxiety.

Food Donation Program 12/5 Through 12/17

December 2nd, 2014

Jefferson is teaming up with Philadelphia Self-Help and Resource Exchange (SHARE) to provide healthy meals for city residents who rely on food pantries. Drop off healthy non-perishable foods (see suggestions) from December 5th to December 17th:

Food Donation Program

Drug Browsers: Searching Multiple Terminology Sources

December 1st, 2014

Are you familiar with the these drug browsers developed for clinicians by the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications (LHNCBC) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM)?:

  • RxNav, a semantic navigation tool for clinical drugs, is a powerful desktop application for displaying drug information.
  • RxClass is a new application that allows users to search and browse drug classes and their RxNorm drug members through a simple web interface by searching through five sources of drug-class information.

To learn more, view our new illustrated guide to RxNav and RxClass.

Need help finding drug information? See our Drug Information guide or contact us.

19 E-Books New to Scott Library in November

December 1st, 2014

book covers

Scott Library added these 19 e-books in November to the growing collection:

Hearts and Crafts: Human Heart Model From JAMA

November 25th, 2014

The cover of the November 19, 2014 JAMA theme issue on cardiovascular disease features a paper heart model anyone can put together. Grab a pair of scissors, some tape, and the printout, and follow the directions to create your own anatomical heart model.

Download a copy of the model and instructions.

heart model

2014 JCIPE Conference

November 25th, 2014

The internationally-renowned Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Education (JCIPE) hosted a conference, Interprofessional Care for the 21st Century: Redefining Education and Practice, in Philadelphia on October 10-12, 2014. Conference presentations and posters have been loaded in the Jefferson Digital Commons.

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