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REGISTER NOW: Academic Commons Workshops on Inclusivity in the Classroom, Writing Tips, Educational Technologies, and more

Jump into the fall semester with our Academic Commons workshops. All hybrid, you can attend sessions in-person or on Zoom. Workshops are open to all instructors, scholars, and staff.

Sessions for instructors cover tips to use educational technologies like Canvas, VoiceThread, and even AI tools to engage students.  Writing workshops, hosted by the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication (OPWPC), will teach grammar and editing tips, time management techniques, and more. Librarians from Gutman and Scott libraries will lead sessions on data management and sharing, systematic reviews, and AI-driven tools that help you annotate, read, and cite scholarly literature.

Keep reading for each workshop’s tile and a brief description. Visit our website to read full descriptions and instructor details.

Mini Writing Retreat
Friday, December 2, 8-11am
200A, Scott Memorial Library or Zoom
REGISTER HERE

Join us at our half-day writing retreat, 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.

Designing for Inclusivity: A Hands on Tour of Ally and Resources to Improve Accessibility
Wednesday, December 7, 12-1pm
LIS, Gutman Library or Zoom
REGISTER HERE

Designing your content for inclusivity is critical to meeting the learning needs of 21st-century learners. Traditional learners enter the classroom with higher expectations about customization and access, while the non-traditional student population is ever-expanding and may struggle to fit learning into busy professional and personal lives. Gaining a better understanding of usability, accessibility and Universal Design for Learning encourages faculty to reduce barriers to access while encouraging persistence through the creation of adaptive content. Ally is a tool available within Canvas to assist with these goals. There are also many other resources available that can help to increase the accessibility of documents across various apps. Some minor adjustments in the creation process can have major impacts on increasing accessibility for learners.

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Need Canvas Support? CANVAS CLINICS this August

If you’re an instructor teaching summer or pre-fall courses, let the Academic Commons help you prepare for the term. Join us in August for CANVAS CLINICS.

Our curriculum and instructional designers will offer hands-on support at these drop-in sessions as you build out your courses in Canvas, Jefferson’s learning management system. Learn how to use the Canvas discussion boards, grade book, and more.

Tuesday, August 9
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
200A, Scott Memorial Library, Center City

Wednesday, August 10
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Room 306, Kanbar, East Falls

Faculty are encouraged to come with Canvas questions and course materials as they prepare for the term. We encourage faculty to bring their own devices, but it is not necessary.

Registration is not required. Drop-in at a convenient time during our 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. window.

Need help now? View our Help page on Canvas to use the live chat, download how-to guides, and watch tutorial videos.

Can’t attend a Canvas Clinic? Sign up for a consult on the “Growing with Canvas” calendar or email Julie.Phillips@jefferson.edu to schedule a consultation.

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NEW ON-DEMAND WORKSHOP SERIES: Information Literacy Starter Pack (4 videos)

As Jefferson faculty, researchers, and staff, we know that you are busy. That’s why we recently created four (and more to come!) video recordings so that you can enjoy the Academic Commons and Thomas Jefferson University Libraries workshops at a convenient time.

These four videos make up a workshop series called Information Literacy Starter Pack, which highlights databases and resources to assist in your clinical and teaching practice. Resources discussed in the video series include ClinicalKey, DynaMed, Draw it to Know it, Statista, JoVE, and more.

Click a workshop title below to watch the videos or scroll down to read workshop descriptions and learning objectives.

Information Literacy Starter Pack: Clinical:
Evidence Based Practice (ClinicalKey)


Information Literacy Starter Pack: Clinical:
Evidence Based Practice (DynaMed)


Information Literacy Starter Pack: Sciences:
New Databases to Enhance Your Curriculum (Draw it to Know it, Statista)

Information Literacy Starter Pack
We Have a Video for That



Clinical: Evidence Based Practice (ClinicalKey)
The tools of evidence-based medicine are continually evolving. It is vital for those working with patients and in the healthcare field to keep up to date on how to interact with the current evidence-based tools.  One of the newest resources to Jefferson Health is ClinicalKey, which provides an array of literature, tools, and resources.

After completing the session, participants will be able to:

  • Search and access information in ClinicalKey for Nursing
  • Understand what resources are available
  • Successfully create a personal account in the platform

Watch Workshop Recording

Clinical: Evidence Based Practice (DynaMed)
The tools of evidence-based medicine are continually evolving. It is vital for those working with patients and in the healthcare field to keep up to date on how to interact with the current evidence-based tools.  One of the newest resources to Jefferson Health is DynaMed, a point of care resource. DynaMed is implemented within the EHR system EPIC at Jefferson Health and has a mobile app available. 

After completing the session, participants will be able to:

  • Search and access information in DynaMed
  • Understand what resources are available
  • Successfully create a personal account in the platform

Watch Workshop Recording

Sciences: New Databases to Enhance Your Curriculum (Draw it to Know it, Statista)
Are you frustrated with curriculum planning or looking for new ways to get students engaged in learning? Want to know more about what resources are available to you at Jefferson? This portion of our series will take you on a detailed tour of the Draw It to Know It and Statista resources. Draw it to Know it: Medical & Biological Sciences is a multimodal database for interacting with biological science materials with illustrated and narrated tutorials. Statista is a resource with data on over 80,000 topics from over 18,000 sources onto a single professional platform that you can use for a variety of subjects.

After completing this session, participants will be able to:

  • Access and utilize Draw it to know it and Statista resources
  • Effectively implement these resources into their course instruction
  • Inform others about these resources

Watch Workshop Recording

We Have a Video for That
Did you know that there are a variety of resources that can help enhance your curriculum? Found easily on our library database menu are all the resources needed to help your students learn in a variety of ways. Let’s take a deeper dive into how FA Davis and JoVE can make a difference in your courses.

FA Davis is a comprehensive resource with searchable texts and in-depth multimedia materials that covers a variety of topics from athletic injuries to rehabilitation techniques. JoVE is a scientific and peer-reviewed journal with publications in video format.

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Access and utilize FA Davis and JoVE resources
  • Effectively implement these resources into their course instruction
  • Inform others about these resources

Watch Workshop Recording

Check out our other workshops, including live sessions on professional writing, instructional design and educational technologies, and open educational resources.

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FALL 2021 WORKSHOPS: Faculty Development, Time Management, Professional Writing, Research Impact, & more

As you return to the classroom, lecture hall, or research lab and start setting your goals for the year, let the Academic Commons help! Our fall 2021 workshops cover various topics, including time management, video recording and editing, publishing your scholarly work, and more.

All workshops will be held virtually and are open to all. Browse our workshops below and register online. Check out this digital clickable flyer, and feel free to share it with colleagues and teammates! 

Responding to Reviewers’ Comments
Wednesday, October 13, 1 – 2 p.m.
REGISTER HERE
In this workshop, we’ll look at ways to make the process of responding to reviewers’ comments less painful and more productive. Learn how to interpret and respond to reviewers’ comments using a simple tool.

Leveraging Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Pedagogy to Support Students & Promote Educational Equity
Tuesday, October 26, 12 – 1 p.m.
REGISTER HERE
The use of Open Educational Resources (OER) is growing. At this session learn the reasons behind the increased interest in OER, get tips on how to search for OER resources effectively, and find out how the library can support you in using OER.

Evidence Synthesis for Evidence-Based Teaching
Friday, October 29, 12 – 1 p.m.
REGISTER HERE
This workshop will show you how to find evidence synthesis publications about teaching practices. Learn options for publishing evidence synthesis projects on education topics, such as the Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) Collaboration.

Brain Breaks: Snacks, coffee, and de-stressing activities at Gutman Library (Dec 6 – 16)

Drop by the Brain Break Lounge and take a break from studying for finals to relax, enjoy de-stressing activities, and win prizes! Free coffee, snacks, and other calming goodies will be offered.

When: Tuesday, December 6 – Friday, December 9 and
Monday, December 12 – Friday, December 16

Where: Paul J. Gutman Library, Main Level, Nexus Library Instruction Space 

Register here or just stop by.

Redesigning STEM Curriculum: Conference Recap with Matt Cockerell of the Academic Commons

Matt Cockerell, Curriculum and Instructional Design Specialist, in the Academic Commons, recently attended the AACU Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference. Matt represented Jefferson, presenting a poster on a recent project with the College of Pharmacy to redesign its curriculum. We caught up with Matt to learn about the conference and discuss his poster, which highlights ways to improve STEM education to achieve student outcomes.

Earlier this month, you attended the AACU Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference. Tell us a bit about the conference.
The conference was held outside Washington DC (Arlington, VA) from November 3rd – 5th. The title of the AAC&U conference was Transforming STEM Higher Education: Back to Broken? Accelerating Undergraduate Education Reform. I attended the conference, but Dr. Elena Umland [poster co-author and project partner] was unable to attend.

The conference’s goal was to examine the entire range of contemporary challenges to—and opportunities for—STEM higher education reform. Keynote speakers included Gilda Barabino (President of the Olin College of Engineering), Christina Maslach (Professor Emerita of Psychology at UC Berkley), and Todd Zakrajsek (Associate Research Professor & Associate Director of Fellowship Programs, Department of Family Medicine, UNC Chapel Hill).

Why did you wish to attend the conference, and what role did you play there, representing the Academic Commons and Thomas Jefferson University?  
There were several motivating factors for attending the conference. One goal was raising awareness of Thomas Jefferson University, the Academic Commons, and the Jefferson College of Pharmacy. I also wanted to expand my professional network in STEM fields to match Jefferson’s strength in these areas. The primary purpose of attending was to highlight the curriculum redesign process within the Jefferson College of Pharmacy. Our poster presentation was an example of a project-level intervention to improve STEM education through strategies focusing on achieving STEM student outcomes. Conference organizers were seeking proposals offering new and innovative insights into STEM reform strategies, and we felt that our curriculum redesign process was a great example.

In addition to supporting educators with curriculum design, Matt is a great photographer! Here are a few photos he took while in Washington, DC.

Let’s discuss your poster, titled “Making the Rounds: An Iterative Approach to Engaging Faculty and Stakeholders in the Development of an Integrated Curriculum in the Health Professions.” How did you and co-author Dr. Elena Umland work together on this project?
The Jefferson College of Pharmacy began the curriculum revision process in the Fall of 2021, and I joined the effort in the Spring of 2022. The new curriculum will be administered beginning with the class entering in Fall 2024. Revisions focus on creating an integrated curriculum combining pharmacy science and clinical practice. The goal is to provide students with more active learning opportunities and create holistic thinkers equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary for professional readiness.

The poster represents our efforts up to the time of submission. The process began with faculty development focused on the changing learner, followed by virtual presentations by leadership at two peer colleges that administer integrated curricula. The steering committee and college administration identified vital external stakeholders, both locally and nationally, representing alums, practitioners, and professional organizations. These stakeholders included groups not typically represented in revisions, such as pedagogical experts, faculty and administrators from other institutions, and former students. We argue that this additional input aided in fostering a more inclusive process. We used surveys, listening sessions, and faculty retreats to garner feedback which led to the development of a revised philosophy, goal, and curricular outcomes for the program.

At Dr. Elena Umland’s invitation, I joined weekly meetings with the curriculum revision committee, which consists of 3 additional Jefferson College of Pharmacy faculty members. I have also been fortunate enough to attend numerous full-faculty retreats. 

If educators want to learn more about how the Academic Commons can support their curriculum development and program alignment goals, how should they contact you? 
The best way to reach me is via email at matthew.cockerell@jefferson.edu. Beginning in Spring 2023, I will have a presence on the 4th floor of Scott Memorial Library, so look for me there soon!

Clinical Researchers: Attend December conference for foundational knowledge, new tools, and CE credits

Learn clinical research skills at the Clinical Research Fundamentals Conference from Monday. December 12 – Thursday, December 15. Attendance for this remote conference is free for Jefferson employees and CE credits will be awarded.

Topics will include:

Study Start Up, Feasibility Considerations, and Recruitment and Retention
Identify and Locate Your Resources
Good Clinical Documentation
Adverse Events and Safety Reporting
Monitor Visits and Audit Readiness
The Informed Consent Process
Investigational Product Management
Clinical Trial Billing

You must be a member of the myJeffhub “Jefferson Enterprise Clinical Research”
community to RSVP. Request access and then RSVP:

RSVP for Day 1

RSVP for Day 2

RSVP for Day 3

RSVP for Day 4

Learn about BioRender, a tool to create and share science figures & images, at December 7 webinar

Register now for an introductory webinar on BioRender. BioRender Premium is available to all Jefferson students, staff, and faculty. Use it to create professional, beautiful scientific images in minutes.

BioRender Introduction Webinar
Wednesday, December 7, 12pm
REGISTER HERE

Sydney Burniston, BioRender’s Scientific Communications & Customer Success Manager, will lead the webinar. Download BioRender and read more about its features and tools. BioRender is a website application used by researchers to create and share professional science figures. It includes over 40,000 icons you can use to create scientific posters, presentations, and publications.

Register for the BioRender webinar on December 7: https://biorender.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IMDzDWJsRIit94ubPoFsjw

Check out this flyer for more information.


Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month: 7 videos, eBooks, & graphic novels

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, and to honor that, we picked out seven resources from our library collection to highlight. Dive into the resources listed below to learn about the connection between air pollution and Alzheimer’s, sex and gender differences in the disease, a personal journey living with Alzheimer’s, and more.

eBooks
Alzheimer’s Disease and Air Pollution: The Development and Progression of a Fatal Disease from Childhood and the Opportunities for Early Prevention

The Dynamics of Dementia Communication

The Neurobiology of Aging and Alzheimer Disease in Down Syndrome

Sex and Gender Differences in Alzheimer’s Disease

Graphic Medicine
Aliceheimer’s: Alzheimer’s through the looking glass

Stacks (Scott Library)
Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Adults with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Major Neurocognitive Disorders

Video
You’re Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don’t

eLife to eliminate accept/reject decisions on the articles it publishes

In December 2020, the journal eLife announced that it would become the first journal to only publish articles that had been posted as preprints and peer-review comments would become part of the public record. You can read more about this in a previous post

This move aligned with eLife’s stated commitment to replacing what they consider the outdated traditional print-based model of publication and peer review with one that makes more sense given the various online tools available in our digital age.

On October 20th, they announced they are taking another step in their quest to improve scholarly publishing. Now, there will be no accept/reject decision made by the journal based on peer review results. The publicly available peer review commentary will stand on its own as a testament to the article’s worthiness. eLife will still make editorial decisions about which articles to send out for peer review, but now every article that is reviewed by eLife will officially be considered to have been published by the journal.

In a statement made on eLife’s website, they note that they “have found that these public preprint reviews and assessments are far more effective than binary accept or reject decisions … at capturing the nuanced, multidimensional, and often ambiguous nature of peer review.” Richard Seever, co-founder of the preprint platforms bioRxiv & medRxiv, noted on Twitter that this change means that “publication as [a] proxy for [the] veracity/quality” of an article will be a thing of the past, at least for this journal.

Authors can change their article based on peer review comments (which can remain anonymous or not as the reviewer requests) or let their version stand while also including a published response to peer review comments. eLife also stated that they will reduce the Article Publishing Cost (APC) to $2,000 per article, down from $3,000.

Furthermore, while authors can choose to assign a copy of their articles as the “version of record,” this step is now optional, meaning that some works might become “living papers,” able to be changed at any time. According to Richard Seever, this might make the work of databases, which index articles to make them findable on their platforms, more challenging and confusing. For example, authors funded by the NIH will need to designate a version of record for eLife to post to PMC.

With any new publishing model, there are bound to be uncertainties, and the scholarly publishing community will have its eyes on eLife in the coming months to see how this new change works in practice. eLife’s editors hope that the journal will become respected for the quality of its peer review and not just its selectiveness.

However, not everyone is excited about these new changes. Some researchers believe that academics will simply switch to criteria other than the reputation of a journal as a proxy to evaluate the quality of an article, such as an institution’s reputation. This could put early career scientists and those at smaller institutions at a disadvantage. Other authors who have published with eLife in the past are concerned that the journal will lose its reputation for publishing high-quality work. They view this change as the journal’s attempt to “destroy the traditional” model of publication rather than simply helping to improve the system or create a new publishing model. 

Based on eLife’s own statements, it seems that this is exactly what they are attempting to do. Members of its editorial board note that there is an “urgent need to fix scientific publishing,” and that “the power to fix it resides uniquely with scientists” who should “not let [a] fear of change limit” the actions that are needed to create a system that will better support the work that scientists do in the future.

Do you publish in eLife, or would you consider it under their forthcoming model? Let us know.

Join our new Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) Community

If you are interested in learning more about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), join the Academic Commons’ new SoTL Learning Community. This community is open to anyone interested in teaching and learning – including faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students. Complete the interest form to get started. Please complete the form by January 23, 2023.

Graphic from Champlain College

What is SoTL? SoTL is a valuable exercise to reflect on your teaching practices, with the overall goal of improving student learning. As an educator, you systematically examine the effectiveness of your teaching and share your findings, often by publishing and presenting your research. Visit our brand-new asynchronous course, Getting Started with the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, to learn more about SoTL at your own pace.

As a member of the SoTL Learning Community, you will learn the steps involved in SoTL research, develop your own SoTL plan, share progress on your project, and offer feedback to colleagues.

Our community will meet three times during the spring 2023 semester (February, March, and April) for one-hour sessions. Below is a brief outline of what the community’s program will cover:

February: Getting Started with SoTL
March: Planning Projects for SoTL
April: Presenting and Publishing Your SoTL Research (co-presented with the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication) 

You will receive a copy of Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: A Guide to the Process and How to Develop a Project from Start to Finish, written by Cathy Bishop-Clark and Beth Dietz-Uhler. We’ll use this book as a guide throughout our meetings and work. We have limited copies; please complete the interest form today to secure your spot in our SoTL Learning Community.

You are best prepared to join this community if:

  • You are interested in concrete evidence of the effectiveness of your teaching strategies
  • You are planning to implement a new activity or teaching strategy and related assessment 
  • You are willing to provide and receive feedback on SoTL research
  • You are ready to explore pedagogical literature to guide your project development and research

If you are interested in joining this community, complete this interest form. Please complete the form by Friday, January 20, 2023.

The Future of #AcademicTwitter under Elon Musk

Twitter has become a space that many academics have increasingly come to use in promoting their work. The communities on the platform allow new ideas to be shared more quickly and valuable research collaborations to be formed. Many academics have found jobs through postings on Twitter or used engagement metrics to show the impact of their work. Unlike academic journals, Twitter is also a space where researchers can engage directly with journalists, policymakers, industry leaders, and members of the public. These engagements can help educate the public about new research findings, and it can also work to combat the spread of misinformation (Stecula, 2022).

However, with Elon Musk’s acquisition of the social media platform on October 27th, many members of #academictwitter are expressing concern about Twitter’s future. Musk’s plan to reduce content moderation on the platform in the name of “free speech” has many worried that Twitter will become a space that is more hostile and less safe, especially for women and minorities. A rise in posting racial slurs on the platform in the days after Musk took charge of Twitter is beginning to confirm some of the worries academics have (Kupferschmidt, 2022). Is Twitter set to become an unredeemable toxic space, one that researchers in good conscience cannot support?

While these fears are understandable, it is too soon to tell. The fate of Twitter will likely be decided more gradually, as policy changes are enacted, and as people make individual decisions to keep engaging with the platform or to find something new. And for researchers, the choice to disengage from the platform is not an easy one.  Many have spent time and energy cultivating a following and making connections. Losing all of that effort at once would be hard (D’Agostino, 2022). Thoughts expressed by Jefferson researcher Dr. Tim Mosca on his Twitter account likely mirror those of many other users of #academictwitter, ” [I]’ve been here a while and seen a lot….this place has grown, the community has grown, and it’s done a lot of good. [I]’m not ready to give it up yet.”

However, he is exploring Mastodon with an account on drosophila.social, a server for the Drosophila research community. Dr. Rebecca Jaffe is trying it out via the med-mastodon server. (Some Mastodon servers are not currently accessible if you are using Jefferson’s campus network.)

Ultimately, what this unrest might do, states Dr. Mark Carrigan, author of Social Media for Academicsis reinforce the importance of “digital public engagement” to the academic community, and invite researchers to “think much more seriously about the infrastructure [they] rely on for digital scholarship” (Carrigan, 2022).

Are you re-considering Twitter for professional use? Let us know. Visit our guide on social media and the academic professional.

References:

Stecu?a, D. (2022, Nov. 4). Academic Twitter is worth fighting for. Inside Higher Ed.https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2022/11/04/academic-twitter-worth-fighting-opinion

Kupferschmidt, K. (2022, Nov. 4). As Musk reshapes Twitter, academics ponder taking flight.Sciencehttps://www.science.org/content/article/musk-reshapes-twitter-academics-ponder-taking-flight 

Carrigan, M. (2022, May 3). Leave, adapt, resist- Time to rethink academic Twitter. LSE Impact Blog. https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2022/05/03/leave-adapt-resist-time-to-rethink-academic-twitter/

D’Agostino, S. (2022, Nov. 4). #AcademicTwitter will endure- for now. Inside Higher Ed.  https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2022/11/04/professors-and-academics-will-stay-twitter%E2%80%94-now

Six videos, graphic novels, and eBooks to read this Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and serves as a time to share resources and education on the epidemic. Over 37 million Americans have diabetes, and 96 million are pre diabetic, making the disease one of the most prevalent in the country.

Take a look at the following eBooks, books, videos, and graphic medicine novels to learn about gestational diabetes, the role that stress and trauma play in the disease, and how years of policy and science mistakes have impacted the prevalence of diabetes in America and the world.

To learn more about ways to get involved in Diabetes Awareness Month, visit the American Diabetes Association website.

eBooks
The Discovery of Insulin: Special Centenary Edition
Traveling with Sugar: Chronicles of a Global Epidemic
Rethinking Diabetes: Entanglements with Trauma, Poverty, and HIV

Video
Understanding Gestational Diabetes

Stacks
Controversies in Treating Diabetes: Clinical and Research Aspects

Graphic Medicine
Diabetes and Me: An Essential Guide for Kids and Parents

Register Now: The Hidden History of Women at Jefferson (Nov 14)

Join us on Monday, November 14, at 12pm for a discussion about how women have historically impacted Jefferson.

Using Scott Memorial Library’s Archives as a guide, we’ll explore how throughout Jefferson’s history, women have shaped the university and hospital into the institutions they are today.

The Hidden History of Women at Jefferson
Monday, November 14, 12-1pm
Hamilton, Room 224

University archivist F. Michael Angelo will give a quick introduction to second-year medical student Anna Lauriello, who has been researching the university’s Archives, focusing her study on the history of women at Jefferson. Check out the Archives Collection here.

Lunch will provided. Register at https://jeffersonwomen.eventbrite.com.

This event is co-hosted by Jefferson’s chapter of the American Medical Women’s Association and Jefferson Humanities and Health.

RSVP: 2nd annual Drs. Theresa & Charles Yeo Writing Prize Reception on Nov 17

Witness the power of writing at the reading and reception for the Drs. Theresa & Charles Yeo Writing Prize. Join us in person in Eakins Lounge (Jefferson Alumni Hall) or remotely on Zoom from 5:30 – 7 p.m. on November 17 to hear from and celebrate the Writing Prize winners and contributors.

Registration is not required. To attend via Zoom, visit this link:
https://Jefferson.zoom.us/j/93594195856?from=addon . Zoom meeting id: 935 9419 5856

Laura Madeline, Executive Director and Curator of Souls Shot Portrait Project, will make opening remarks. Winning essayists will read their work, and light refreshments will be provided to those attending in person.

Check out this flyer for more information.

November eBooks: Topics include vitamins and nutrition, epidemiology, and hair diseases

Look at the 22 new eBooks we’re adding to our shelves this month! Topics covered include vascular neurology, the handbook of deaf studies, addiction medicine, the racial origins of fatphobia, and more. Check out the list of new books below or browse our complete collection at Gutman Library (East Falls) and Scott Library (Center City).

Basic Statistics and Epidemiology: A Practical Guide 

Clinical Pharmacology During Pregnancy 

A Concise Guide to Continuity of Care in Midwifery 

Doing Meta-Analysis with R: A Hands-On Guide 

Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia 

Foundations of Perinatal Genetic Counseling: A Guide for Counselors 

Fortune-Telling Book of Colors 

Fundamentals of Wastewater-based Epidemiology: Biomonitoring of Bacteria, Protozoa, COVID-19, and Other Viruses 

The Modern Natural Dyer: A Comprehensive Guide to Dyeing Silk, Wool, Linen, and Cotton at Home 

Molecular Determinants of Head and Neck Cancer 

NCLEX-RN for Dummies with Online Practice Tests 

Online Learning Analytics 

The Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies in Learning and Cognition 

The Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies in Literacy 

Pocket Addiction Medicine 

Practical Neuroangiography 

Stiehm’s Immune Deficiencies: Inborn Errors of Immunity 

Techniques in the Evaluation and Management of Hair Diseases 

Vascular Neurology Board Review: An Essential Study Guide 

Visualizing Taste: How Business Changed the Look of What You Eat 

The Vitamins: Fundamental Aspects in Nutrition and Health 

WHO Classification of Tumors of Soft Tissue and Bone 

Coffee with a Librarian: Thursdays this Fall at Gutman Library (win prizes!) 

Stop by the Gutman Library on Thursdays to get research help and chat with librarians. You can win prizes like gift cards, and we’ll provide free coffee and snacks. Bring your laptop for help with your work. 

Coffee with a Librarian
12-2pm, Thursdays*
Nexus Library Instruction Space, Main Floor, Gutman Library 

*Thursday, November 3 
Thursday, November 10 
Thursday, November 17 
Thursday, December 1* 

Register at Jefferson.libcal.com/calendar/AcademicCommons/coffee, or just drop by! We can’t wait to see you for coffee with a librarian!  

Data Sharing, Open Access, and Climate Justice (POST 5)

Beginning in January 2023, data sharing will become a requirement for all NIH grant-funded research. This is just one example of a broader push towards the open sharing of data among scientists and researchers. This movement was motivated by the reproducibility crisis and research waste in academic publishing. Sharing data openly allows scientists to check the work of others, attempt to replicate studies, avoid duplication by learning from negative results, and inspire future research through data reuse.

When it comes to climate change and climate justice, data sharing is also important. In the article Information as Power: Democratizing Environmental Data, Annie Brett (2022) provides a historical overview of environmental data systems, noting that much environmental data of the past has been hard to access, even for the very people supplying the data, who are often the ones directly affected by climate change.  These data systems have historically “concentrate[d] power” in the hands of the government or private corporations, and “new calls to open environmental data have the potential to shift these norms,” especially if infrastructure is improved to make data more accessible.

One example of newly developed and publicly available infrastructure that the federal government designed to address climate justice directly is the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool. It brings together publicly available datasets to map disadvantaged communities. While it was developed for federal programs to ensure their efforts benefit environmentally disadvantaged communities, anyone designing research or programs can use it. Read the White House press release. The tool is still in its beta version, and feedback is actively solicited.

For more information, tips, and resources on sharing your scientific data, please visit the library’s guide on data management.

Reference:

Brett, A. (2022). Information as Power: Democratizing Environmental Data. Utah Law Review, 127. https://doi.org/10.26054/0d-1n1y-s8a0

Open Educational Resources (OER) for Climate Justice (POST 4)

The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encourages governments and communities to take urgent action regarding climate change so that the planet can continue to support future generations. However, one of the “greatest impediments” to this agenda is a lack of education among those in leadership positions in governments and societies worldwide. 

One solution to this problem is the development of Open Educational Resources (OER). OER, according to the UN, are “teaching, learning and research materials…that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.” Educating the public is critical if the UN’s agenda is to be met, and as a recognition of that fact, the SDG Academy was developed. This non-profit organization is responsible for curating and making accessible educational content created by experts around the world related to the UN’s sustainable development goals. 

OER allow “citizens to educate themselves on issues of climate change,” but, going further, they also allow the knowledge that is created to “reflect the diversity and context of people from different parts of the world,” something that is very important in the fight not only against climate change, but for climate justice (Bahadur & Green, 2022).

So far, the SDG Academy has developed 39 massive open online courses and reached over 600,000 people in 193 countries worldwide. These courses have been made available using Creative Commons licenses that allows the courses to be openly shared and modified, as long as the use is noncommercial in nature. Over 1700 videos are available in the SDG Academy Library for use outside the courses. Faculty interested in incorporating materials into their courses will find ideas in their webinar, Engaging Online: Teaching and Learning with the SDG Academy

“Education is a necessity and a human right, not just a commodity to be bought and sold by those who can afford to do so. We must all go back to school,” says Patrick Walsh, the Vice President of Education at the SDG Academy, to learn how to “coexist in harmony with people and the planet” (2022). Creating and implementing open educational resources is one thing our society can do to make this happen.

References:

Bahadur, C. & Green, C. (2022).  The SDG Academy and Creative Commons. SDG Academy  https://sdgacademy.org/sdg-academy-and-creative-commons/

Walsh, P. (2022). Advancing the UNESCO OER recommendation to enable education for sustainable development. SDG Academy. https://sdgacademy.org/advancing-the-unesco-oer-recommendation/

https://sdgacademy.org/courses/