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Congratulations to the 2nd Annual Yeo Prize Winners

The 2nd annual Yeo Writing Prize, an award given by the Eakins Writers’ Council, highlights Jeffersonians who wrote impactful, personal, and therapeutic pieces on gun violence.

After careful review of all the entries by the Prize Judging panel, comprised of 11 members across the Jefferson Health Enterprise, the Eakins Writers’ Council announced the following winners:

First place:  “It Was Only One Bullet…” by Mark Chilutti, Asst VP Development

Second place (tie):  “Your Last Shot”  by Keyur Patel, General Surgery Resident

Second place (tie): “One Surgeon’s Story of Gun Violence” by Adam Frank, Surgeon, Dept of Surgery

Third place:  “One Lucky Day” by Margaret Kreher, Palliative Care Physician, Dept of Family and Community Medicine

Honorable mentions:

Abdul Waris Kazi, Internal Medicine Resident 
Christopher Drumm, Family Medicine Physician (Norristown)
Nancy Dinh, Work Study Student
Xiao Chi Zhang, Emergency Medicine Physician
Lyena Birkenstock, MD/MPH student 

There will be a reception featuring the readings from the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners on Thursday, November 17, from 5:30-7pm in the Eakins Lounge at Jefferson Alumni Hall at 10th and Locust on the Center City Campus. The keynote speaker will be Laura Madeline, Executive Director and Curator of Souls Shot Portrait Project.  This project links fine artists with families or friends of victims of gun violence.  Souls Shot’s goal is “to present diverse works that in some way relay graphically, or through narrative, the essence of the person being portrayed.”  Please save the date for this special event. 

The Writers’ Council and Judging Panel were moved by all the entries, many of which were deeply impactful, raw, chilling, and even inspiring. 

Also, it is not too late to submit a piece of writing for consideration for publication in the next issue of Evanescent

Read guidelines and submit at:

Health Humanities Reading Group: Henrietta Lacks & Joshua Under Contract

Join the Humanities Department for their upcoming reading groups in October. Participants are expected to read, and come prepared to discuss, the text selected for each session. Open to all Jefferson students, faculty, and staff.

Health Humanities Reading Group: Henrietta Lacks
Monday, October 3, 12-1 p.m., Scott Memorial Library 200A (register here)


This week, the Health Humanities Reading Group explores the life and legacy of Henrietta Lacks, whose cervical cells, taken and used without her knowledge, have played a role in modernity as we know it: from vaccines to medicine to space travel. Lacks’ story is unique but also representative of the pervasive mistreatment of Black people by institutions of medicine, science, education, and healthcare.

Special guest discussant: Ana Mari­a Lopez, MD, MPH, MACP, Professor and Vice Chair, Medical Oncology, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Chief of Cancer Services, Jefferson Health New Jersey, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

Health Humanities Reading Group: Joshua Under Contract
Tuesday, October 25, 12-1 p.m., Scott Memorial Library 200A (register here)

Reading: “Joshua: Under Contract,” a chapter from The Beauty In Breaking: A Memoir (Penguin, 2020) by Michele Harper. Join a discussion about one night of Harper’s ER work in a Veterans’ hospital and how two very different patients helped her change her thinking about what it means to “cure” someone. She also discusses the difficulties of everyday life outside her work at the hospital and how to find peace in those places.

Facilitator: Katherine Hubbard, MA, Teaching Instructor, JeffMD Humanities Selectives, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Access the Reading:

Participants are expected to read, and come prepared to discuss, the text selected for each session. To access the reading, participants must visit the Health Humanities Reading Group module in the Jefferson Humanities & Health organization on Canvas. Most Asano students are already users in the Humanities & Health Canvas course. If that is not the case, participants may email Kirsten Bowen, Humanities Program Coordinator, at

Jefferson Humanities Forum: Calling In the Calling Out Culture (Monday, Sept 19)

Join the Jefferson Humanities Forum on Monday, September 19, for their latest event with Loretta J. Ross, an award-winning, nationally-recognized expert on racism and racial justice, women’s rights, and human rights.

Monday, September 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m.  
Connelly Auditorium, Dorrance H. Hamilton Building, 1001 Locust Street
Learn more and register here

The work of Loretta Moss emphasizes the intersectionality of social justice issues and how intersectionality can fuel transformation. Ross has co-written three books on reproductive justice: Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice, winner of the Outstanding Book Award by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights; Reproductive Justice: An Introduction, a first-of-its-kind primer that provides a comprehensive yet succinct description of the field and puts the lives and lived experience of women of color at the center of the book; and Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critique. Her latest book, Calling In the Calling Out Culture, is forthcoming in 2022 from publisher Simon & Schuster.

Check out this flyer for more information and register online. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Updates to White House’s Public Access Policy  

On August 25th, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a memorandum updating its public access policy guidance to federal grant-making agencies. The previous guidance, written in 2013, allowed journals to require authors to embargo their articles for 12 months before making the full text freely accessible to the public. With the implementation of this new policy, that embargo period is no longer an option. 

By January 2026, all federal funding agencies are required to have updated their policies to ensure that research that has been publicly funded is openly accessible to the public on the first day it is published. In a press release, the OSTP referenced the Covid-19 pandemic and noted that making research on the virus immediately accessible was a “powerful case study on the benefits of delivering research results and data rapidly to the people.” The office noted that the “insights of new and cutting-edge research stemming from the support of federal agencies should be immediately available—not just in moments of crisis…but to advance all areas of study, including urgent issues such as cancer, clean energy, economic disparities, and climate change.” 

While this policy update is undeniably a win for proponents of open access, an article from noted that some scholars have concerns that researchers working at smaller institutions have had trouble publishing open access due to the often high cost of article processing charges (APCs). The funding to publish open access articles in top-tier journals without embargo will have to come from somewhere. Currently, researchers can ask for this cost to be included as part of their grant budgets, and many colleges and universities, including Jefferson, have programs to help fund open access publishing.

Please visit our guide to help bring publications into compliance with the current NIH public access policy. 

In addition to addressing peer-reviewed publications, the memorandum also addresses research data. But don’t wait till 2026. The NIH has a new data management and sharing policy that will take effect in January 2023. Learn more and register for a training session on creating a data management and sharing plan for your research. 

It’s Library Card Sign-Up Month at the Free Library of Philadelphia

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

If you live, work, pay taxes, or attend school in the city of Philadelphia YOU are eligible for this free service. A Free Library card connects you to thousands of books, DVDs, CDs, and other materials from the Free Library’s catalog, and grants you instant access to its collections of digital media, online databases, and much more. Use the card both in-person and online to access the Free Library’s online resources (via Libby/OverDrive). 

Learn more now at and find your local Free Library of Philadelphia.

WRITE YOUR STORY: New creative writing workshop on personal writing

Do you want to tell your story but feel like you’ve never been a writer? The WRITE YOUR STORY workshop is for you. All are welcome to attend!

Writing is an incredible tool to share stories, but it can feel exclusive or intimidating. In this two-part creative writing workshop, gain tools to write and share a story about your life and experiences in a supportive, inclusive environment. Your writing can be a poem, personal essay, short story, or writing of your choice.  

Learn more about workshop details and register.


1st session: Wednesday, September 21

2nd session: Wednesday, October 26


1st session: Wednesday, September 28

2nd session: Wednesday, October 19

Open to anyone in the Jefferson community, this series is a collaboration between the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication and the Eakins Writing Project, whose mission is to promote inclusion and expression through writing.

NEW INITIATIVE: The Clinical Research Professions Workforce Development Program

In an effort to address the critical need for well-trained, entry level clinical research personnel, The Jefferson Clinical Research Institute (JCRI) created a Workforce Development Program that is now accepting applications. If chosen, candidates will be full-time employees of Thomas Jefferson University; they will be sponsored by a research department, matched with a mentor within the department, and go through a didactic program, with increasing levels of work responsibilities over time. 

As a full-time employee, you will have access to Jefferson’s benefits package including medical, dental, paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and continued access to science, healthcare and technology curriculum. The Workforce Development Program will employ a blended learning approach, including independent study, classroom training, webinars, on-the-job training and shadowing experiences. The goals of the program include reducing barriers to entry, improving retention and creating a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve, while delivering high quality, competent employees. View this flyer for more information and distribution.

For questions, contact

Lunch & Learn: The Fundamentals of Peer Review on Monday, August 29

Join us and the Jefferson Institute of Bioprocessing on Monday, August 29, at noon, for a lunch & learn session: The Fundamentals of Peer Review.

Hear from Dr. Steve Carney, Editor-in-Chief of Drug Discovery Today, as he leads a workshop to answer all your questions about peer review.

Peer-reviewed journals are a critical tool for sharing scientific discoveries. Through the process of peer review, these journals assess manuscripts for quality and scientific rigor, and this process guides whether manuscripts are accepted or rejected for publication. But what really happens during peer review?

The session will cover:
• An overview of peer review: its goals, people, and process
• How to effectively review a manuscript
• Addressing reviewer comments
• Who are peer reviewers?

This will be a hybrid workshop; the in-person experience will be limited only to those at the Jefferson Institute of Bioprocessing campus. The Zoom broadcast is open to everyone in the Jefferson community. REGISTER NOW.

About the presenter:
Steve Carney, Ph.D., is Editor-in-Chief of Drug Discovery Today and an honorary lecturer in Drug Discovery at the University of Surrey, UK. He has authored over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals, written several book chapters, and held several patents.

Sign Up Now: LabArchives Education Boot Camp on August 4

Sign up for LabArchives Education Boot Camp to hear real world advice from educators at Thomas Jefferson University and Columbia University who use LabArchives, the electronic research notebook, for their courses.

Following each presentation, we walk through the basics of setting up a course notebook, grading students’ work and more.

Register: Thursday, August 4, 10am EDT

Regular weekly webinars and recordings are also available.

ACTION FOR PIVOT USERS: Update how to access your account

We recently consolidated East Falls and Center City instances of Pivot, a tool to identify funding opportunities.

For existing Pivot personal account users (one time action)

To retain access to your Pivot personal account, including your saved searches, alerts, and funding opportunities:

  1. Sign into your personal account at If necessary, request a password reset. If you had been using the institutional login with your address, you may not know the underlying Pivot username and password and will need to request a password reset.

    From on campus:

From off campus:

2. Associate your personal account with your Jefferson Campus Key:

a. Username (top right) > Change account info

b. Scroll down to Single Sign-on, choose Thomas Jefferson University and then Associate Account

c. Log in with your Jefferson Campus Key and Password

d. Success. Now you can sign in using your institutional login credentials

e. If you haven’t already, claim your profile to enable recommended opportunities and help others find you as a potential collaborator

For New Pivot Users

On-campus users can continue to access Pivot from the library’s list of databases or directly at Basic features are available. For advanced features, including tracking opportunities and creating alerts, create or sign into your personal account.

First time users choosing to create an account should choose the option to Use Institutional Login Credentials.

Off-campus users will need to either sign into their personal account or choose Use login from my institution.

If it’s your first time using your Jefferson Campus Key with Pivot, it’ll ask you to finish creating your personal account. You can skip this step by clicking “Funding” in the main menu to get started searching without the personalization features.

Claiming Your Profile
Once you’ve created your account, claim your profile to enable recommended opportunities and help others find you as a potential collaborator.

Get Help
Learn more about Pivot and other resources on our grants information library guide. Contact us at Scott Library/Center City ( or Gutman Library/East Falls ( for help.

REGISTER NOW: The Qualitative Institute (Aug 3-6)

What is the Qualitative Institute?
This four-day session, led by a collaborative team at Thomas Jefferson University and the University of Pennsylvania, will offer an opportunity to explore a broad array of qualitative and mixed methods research skills.  Register and learn more here.

At the sessions, held at Penn and Jefferson on August 3 – 6, you’ll gain skills useful in qualitative research, including:

  • Philosophical Foundations of Qualitative Research
  • Conventional and Alternative Data Collection
  • Ethnography and Observation
  • Concept Mapping
  • Focus Groups and Interviews
  • Publishing
  • And much more

Who should attend?

  • Researchers
  • Students and trainees
  • Members of community, nonprofit, and government organizations

Register here and check out this flyer to learn more.  

Summer 2022 Research Support Newsletter: Find out about new tools like ChemDraw and BioRender to assist in your research and publishing goals

The Summer 2022 edition of the Research Support Newsletter is here! In the report, you’ll find details on tools to assist with research and support available at every stage of the research and publication process. These resources are available to faculty, clinicians, students, and staff through a site-wide license paid for by the Thomas Jefferson University Libraries. 

Check out the newsletter to learn more about:

  • BioRender
  • ChemDraw
  • Statista
  • NEJM Evidence

and much more!

Read and share the 2022 Research Support Newsletter now. Happy researching!

SPOTLIGHT ON THE CENTER CITY ARCHIVES: A 112-year-old photo album gets some TLC

Every year, one lucky worn-out item from the Center City Archives & Special Collections gets taken off the shelves for some TLC.

The Shepartz Conservation Fund offers funding every year to preserve one item from the collection. In 2021, that one lucky item was a 1906 photo album.

The man behind the lens, Dr. John Arthur Murray, was a Jefferson Medical College graduate in 1893. His album captures photos of daily life inside and outside of Philadelphia General Hospital (PGH), also known as Blockley.

The album of rare photos also includes several images which show intern Ross V. Patterson (Jefferson MD 1904). In 1906, Dr. Patterson became Assistant Physician to the Department of the Insane at PGH. Later that year, he was appointed Sub-Dean, and eventually Dean of JMC/SKMC.

The 116-year-old album needed some TLC. It had been dis-bounded, and the card on which the 127 photos were mounted became buckled to a degree where the prints were in danger of losing their emulsion.

Shepartz Conservation Fund came just in time! The conservators cleaned, flattened, and stabilized the album so it can be digitized without damage. Once the album has been digitized, it will be added to our website so others can enjoy it.

In the meantime, check out more from the Center City Archives and Special Collections, including artifacts, oral histories of notable alums, and much more.

It’s American Stroke Awareness Month: 5 resources to read

May is American Stroke Awareness Month. According to the American Heart Association, stroke is the fifth most common killer and a leading cause of disability in America.

The five resources below highlight risk reduction, stroke management strategies, the relationship between diabetes and stroke, stroke recovery, and more.

Stroke: Financial Concerns [VIDEO]

Stroke Nursing

Stroke Revisited: Diabetes in Stroke

Stroke Revisited: Vascular Cognitive Impairment

Stronger After Stroke: Your Roadmap to Recovery

May eBook Additions: 25 titles covering architecture, design research, Transition Theory in counseling, disasters and public health, and more

This collection covers comics and the role that immigrants and gender play in comic storytelling, a costume designer’s guide to color, a handbook for coaching psychology, and more. Check out the list of 25 new eBooks below or browse the complete eBook collection.

AACN Core Curriculum for Pediatric High Acuity, Progressive, and Critical Care Nursing

Adult-gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Q & A Review

Adult-gerontology Acute Care Practice Guidelines

Advanced Practice Nursing Roles: Core Concepts for Professional Development

Architecture and Collective Life

Architecture is a Verb

Architecture of Threshold Spaces: A Critique of the Ideologies of Hyperconnectivity and Segregation in the Socio-political Context

Coaching Psychology for Mental Health: Borderline Personality Disorder and Personal Psychological Recovery

Counseling Adults in Transition: Linking Schlossberg’s Theory with Practice in a Diverse World

Costume Design: The Basics

Costume in Motion: A Guide to Collaboration for Costume Design and Choreography

Disasters and Public Health: Planning and Response

Graphic Design in Museum Exhibitions: Display, Identity and Narrative

Handbook of Coaching Psychology: A Guide for Practitioners

Immigrants and Comics: Graphic Spaces of Remembrance, Transaction, and Mimesis

Intersectional Feminist Readings of Comics: Interpreting Gender in Graphic Narratives

Middle Range Theory for Nursing

Nursing Care of Children and Young People with Long Term Conditions

The Ontology of Design Research

A Pocket Style Manual

Principal Emergency Response and Preparedness: Requirements and Guidance

Programming for Health and Wellbeing in Architecture

 Storytelling in Luxury Fashion: Brands, Visual Cultures, and Technologies

Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom

A Working Costume Designer’s Guide to Color