Category Archives: Researchers

Arthritis… in children? 5 Resources to Check Out this Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Did you know that over 300,000 children in America have arthritis? Most people mistakenly think that only the elderly suffer from arthritis.

That’s why Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month is so important. Each July, public and pediatric health experts aim to increase awareness about juvenile arthritis – explaining the early signs and symptoms and sharing the important work that researchers and doctors are doing to better understand the joint disease.

If you’d like to learn more about juvenile arthritis, take a look at the five resources below:

A Clinician’s Guide to Rheumatic Diseases in Children

Joint Imaging in Childhood and Adolescence

Pediatric Musculoskeletal Ultrasonography

Pediatric Orthopedics for Primary Healthcare

Juvenile Arthritis: Chronic Pain (in The Anatomy of Pain) [VIDEO]

25 new eBooks to discover this July

The 25 eBooks joining our collection this month have something for everyone. You can learn about herbal medicine, better assess mental health in occupational therapy, discover architecture in Africa, and much more. Topics cover drugs and society, neuroeducation, sports medicine, and LGBTQ history in America, to name a few.

Browse the titles below, or dive into our complete eBook collection here (Gutman/East Falls) and here (Scott/Center City).

2021-2022 Perianesthesia Nursing Standards, Practice Recommendations and Interpretive Statements

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Revised and Updated

Appropriate Paper-Based Technology (APT)

Assessment in Occupational Therapy Mental Health: An Integrative Approach

Basic Radiotherapy Physics and Biology

Breastfeeding and Human Lactation

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Midwifery & Women’s Health

Clinician’s Thesaurus: The Guide to Conducting Interviews and Writing Psychological Reports

Complementary Health Approaches for Occupational Therapists

Drug Use for Grown-Ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear

Drugs & Society

Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine

Ethical Considerations When Preparing a Clinical Research Protocol

For the Love of Occupation: Reflections on a Career in Occupational Therapy

GIS Tutorial for ArcGIS Pro 2.6

Guidelines for Perioperative Practice 2020

Hinojosa and Kramer’s Evaluation in Occupational Therapy: Obtaining and Interpreting Data

Modern Architecture in Africa: Practical Encounters with Intricate African Modernity

My Quest for Health Equity

The Neuroeducation Toolbox: Practical Translations of Neuroscience in Counseling and Psychotherapy

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

Orthotic Design and Fabrication for the Upper Extremity: A Practical Guide

Professional Writing in Kinesiology and Sports Medicine

A Queer History of the United States

Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature: A Manual for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice

Jefferson Digital Commons Quarterly Report (April – June 2021)

Summer is here, and with it is the latest edition of the JDC Quarterly Report. Over the last three months, there were:

  • 430 works posted
  • 5,413 streams
  • 196 countries that visited the site
  • 6,372 institutions that accessed content

This quarterly report includes:

  • Articles
  • CREATE Day Capstone Projects
  • Department of Surgery Resident Research Day
  • Dissertations
  • Grand Rounds and Lectures
  • House Staff Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Conference
  • JCPH Capstone Presentations
  • Journals and Newsletters
  • Know Diabetes by Heart Meetings
  • MPH Course Projects
  • Occupational Therapy Doctorate Capstones
  • Posters and Conference Presentations:
  • Promotional Video
  • Scholarly Inquiry Abstracts
  • What People are Saying About the Jefferson Digital Commons

Added between April and June were a range of capstone projects, with titles including, “Time for a Good Night’s Rest: Occupational Therapy Practice in Sleep after Domestic Violence,” “The Future of Opioid Prescribing,” “Effective Support for the Siblings of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder,” and more.

Also added were poster and conference presentations, including the titles, “Japanese Immigrant Families’ Experiences of Accessing Healthcare in the US” and “CenteringPregnancy Increase the Likelihood of Postpartum Visit and Contraceptive Use.”

Also included are articles discussing telehealth, the racial disparities found in at-home health care, how to get HPV vaccinations to prison inmates, and more.

Check out the JDC Quarterly Report to learn more and read the work of your Jefferson colleagues.

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Get to Know New Instructional Designer Leah Richards

The Instructional Design team at the Academic Commons is growing! This summer, two new faces will join our team – Elif Gokbel and Leah Richards. Elif and Leah join a group of instructional designers and educational technologies experts who support faculty across Jefferson. Elif and Leah will help faculty learn new technologies to utilize in their courses, implement teaching pedagogies and themes, and develop engaging and accessible learning materials. Contact them today for help with your courses and projects!

Check out the Q&A with Leah below and read our interview with Elif to get to know her better.

What types of projects will you be working on in the Academic Commons?

Currently, I’m learning more about the EdTech tools that the team uses so I can better support faculty, staff, and students, and one of my first projects will be supporting a medical terminology course as it gets put into Canvas.

What interested you in working at Thomas Jefferson University? What are you most excited about in this new position?

When I was searching for jobs, I knew that Jefferson was growing and expanding, and it seemed like a place I would want to be. Once the interviews started, I really liked all the team members I met, and everyone made me feel very comfortable. It felt like a good fit!

I’m most excited to help others with the technology that has become so important over the past year and a half and to make learning new tools as smooth as possible. We have access to some incredible EdTech tools that have a lot to offer, and I’m looking forward to exploring those with the team and instructors.

You have an interesting background in that you previously were an instructor, and now will be supporting the educators with instructional design. Can you tell us a little bit about your experience teaching and why you’re making the shift from teacher to instructional designer?

I started teaching in Fall 2013. I was teaching 10th grade Spanish and K-6 ELL, before moving to high school Spanish exclusively. Over the past 7 years, I taught all the levels from Spanish 1 through AP, but I often felt like something about being in the classroom didn’t feel right. I was always very interested in EdTech and would try to find tools to make the Spanish-speaking world more accessible to my students, so I pursued a master’s in Instructional Design from Penn State, which I finished in May 2020. When we first started quarantine last March, I was excited about creating online lessons for my students and re-thinking my practices and content. I re-discovered an energy and passion for teaching that I hadn’t felt since my first year, and it opened my eyes to a new career path where I could still help people learn and utilize technology.

Do you think that your experience as an instructor will help you in this role? What perspective will you bring to this work?

I do think it will help! I know that secondary and Higher Ed are different, but I understand some of what instructors go through daily, and I have experienced, “the organization is now moving to platform X,” multiple times, so I know how stressful and time-consuming that can be. Over the past year, I have taught in asynchronous, hybrid, and HyFlex environments as guidelines changed, so I understand what works well, what the challenges are, and how instructors might feel.

What are one or two of your favorite educational technology tools and why?

Anything that allows for screen recording became a necessity over the past year, but I also think Nearpod has so much to offer – I especially love their virtual tours of travel destinations. As a teacher, I loved Gimkit for vocabulary practice because the games were super engaging, and students would beg to play.

What can faculty expect when they work with you?

I’m open-minded and will listen to concerns with empathy so that we can work toward solutions collaboratively with all parties feeling heard and valued!

When not helping faculty, how do you like to spend your time? What are some of your hobbies?

I like to be outside as much as possible, doing something active like hiking, fishing, or watching sports. I love cooking and eating – especially trying out Philly restaurants. For indoor activities, I like doing crafty/hands on projects.

How can faculty find you if they’d like assistance?

The best way to contact me is to email me at Once everyone gets back to campus, I’ll be located on the 4th floor of the Scott Memorial Library on the Center City campus.  

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Meet Elif Gokbel, New Instructional Designer

The Instructional Design team at the Academic Commons is growing! This summer, two new faces join our team – Elif Gokbel and Leah Richards. Elif and Leah join a group of instructional designers and educational technologies experts who support faculty across Jefferson. Elif and Leah will help faculty learn new technologies to use in their courses, implement teaching pedagogies and themes, and develop engaging and accessible learning materials. Contact them today for help with your courses and projects!

Check out the Q&A with Elif below and read our interview with Leah to get to know her better. Welcome to the team, Elif and Leah!

What is your title? What types of projects and work will you be taking on in the Academic Commons?

My title is Instructional Design Specialist. I will collaborate with faculty and other subject matter experts (SME) in designing effective and engaging learning experiences. These experiences can include the design and development of courses, learning modules, activities, materials, and assessments. Also, I will assist faculty in incorporating evidence-based practices and technology into the online, hybrid, and face-to-face classrooms.

What interested you in working at Thomas Jefferson University?

I initially discovered Thomas Jefferson University (TJU) while searching for new challenges and opportunities in my career after obtaining my doctoral degree in Instructional Technology and Leadership. Since my interview process, the team has been so welcoming and supportive. The wide variety of instructional technologies at TJU also attracted my attention. Finally, the location was pretty attractive as we are close to our friends while raising a family here in Greater Philadelphia.

After all, I felt that this would be a great environment to join.

What is one of your favorite educational technology tools and why?  

Edpuzzle has recently been one of my favorite tools to create engaging learning experiences. Edpuzzle is an online formative assessment tool that allows instructors to pull in personal and web-based videos, like YouTube, to be cropped and used with other content. This includes embedding voice-overs, audio commentaries, extra resources, or assessment questions (open-ended, multiple-choice).

When creating a video on Edpuzzle, it is possible to embed links, insert images, create formulas, and add rich text as needed. Then it is possible to embed the finished video using an LMS system. When shared in LMS, instructors can check student progress (how long they stayed on the video, how many times they viewed, etc.) and hold them accountable for their learning.

Edpuzzle is also great for flipped classroom models. It allows instructors to assign video lessons for students to watch at their own pace and use synchronous or in-person class time for more meaningful activities. This gives the instructor more time to work on other activities that will reinforce students’ understanding of a topic.

You have lots of higher education experience – from working at Coastal Carolina University to Duquesne University. Can you tell us a bit about your previous experience working in instructional design? What skills and past lessons learned will you bring to Jefferson?

I come most recently from Coastal Carolina University (2019-2021), where I served as an instructional designer and faculty consultant. At CCU, I worked closely with faculty and graduate teaching assistants across disciplines. I facilitated workshops and consultations about evidence-based practices in teaching and learning in different modalities.

Before CCU, I worked at Duquesne University (2014-2018) in varying roles during my Ed.D. program. While at Duquesne University, I worked as an adjunct instructor in the Mathematics Education program. I also worked with the School of Education faculty as a graduate teaching assistant, co-taught pedagogy courses, and assisted faculty in instructional technology use. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Mathematics in Turkey and my master’s degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Duquesne University.

At both institutions, I had opportunities to collaborate with faculty in classroom research projects to support Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). I am currently serving as 2021-2022 Program Chair for the Annual Conference of the Association Supporting Computer Users in Education (ASCUE). My involvement in ASCUE has been a rewarding experience as it allows me to gain and practice unique skills that could eventually help me grow in the field.

My previous experiences as an instructional designer, instructor, and researcher in higher education will guide my practice at Jefferson to successfully cultivate and deliver training and individual consultations to SMEs.

When not helping faculty, how do you like to spend your time?

Outside of work, I spend most of my time with my family. We enjoy discovering new places in the Greater Philadelphia area, especially trails, attractions, and ethnic food restaurants. I also enjoy going for a walk or a hike. This helps me minimize screen time outside of work and gives my eyes and back the rest they deserve.

Is there anything you want your colleagues and faculty to know about you?

I want faculty to feel comfortable working with instructional designers and know that I can support them in various ways. I always want my work with faculty to be iterative, reflective, and flexible. I very much look forward to exploring innovative design solutions with the teaching community at TJU!

I want my colleagues to know that I am open to collaboration opportunities in any projects supporting the teaching and research agenda of our faculty and graduate students.

The easiest way to get in contact is via email at We can always connect through Zoom until we are back on campus. Starting in Fall 2021, I will have a presence in both East Falls and Center City.

June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month: 5 Resources You Need to Check Out

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. The goal of this awareness month is to encourage conversation about the brain, Alzheimer’s disease, and other dementias. Worldwide, 50 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and while there is no cure (yet), spreading awareness will help encourage action and progress. The eBooks and videos below share the stories of people with Alzheimer’s and offer practical advice and helpful encouragement for their caregivers.  Learn more about Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

Creating Moments of Joy Along the Alzheimer’s Journey: A Guide for Families and Caregivers

Sharing Sensory Stories and Conversations with People with Dementia: A Practical Guide

Neuroprotection in Autism, Schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Dementia and Alzheimer’s: Solving the Practical and Policy Challenges

Alzheimer’s in Kids?! [VIDEO]

5 Resources to Share with the Men in Your Life This Week

The week of June 14 – 20 is International Men’s Health Week. This week’s goal is to spread awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases among men and boys.

The five eBooks and videos below highlight a range of men’s health topics. We hope you enjoy and share these resources!

Design and Implementation of the Modern Men’s Health Center: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Essentials of Men’s Health

Football, Prince William and Our Mental Health [VIDEO]

The Male Clock: A Futuristic Novel about a Fertility Crisis, Gender Politics, and Identity

Men’s Health Equity

LabArchives Education Bootcamp and Virtual User Group Event: June 22 – June 25

Hear directly from instructors that are using LabArchives in their courses and then join them throughout the week for sessions tailored to help you prepare to use LabArchives in your Fall courses.

LabArchives will host a week of Bootcamp training beginning on Tuesday, June 22 to help faculty get ready for their Fall courses. Join them to learn how the LabArchives Education Edition can help you and your peers to easily manage student lab work and course content – whether your courses are online, in-person, or hybrid.

Part of the series of events will be a Virtual User Group in which you will have a chance to interact with current users of the Education Edition. An international panel of three speakers will share their experience using LabArchives in their courses.


New Statistics Tool: SAS Joins the Jefferson Libraries Collection

Jefferson Libraries added SAS (Statistical Analysis System) to our software collection. SAS, a powerful statistical software, is used for data analysis and visualization. SAS helps with data management, writing reports and graphics, operations research, and project management.

SAS also provides solutions in IT management, human resource management, financial management, business intelligence, and customer relationship management.

SAS is available to all Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health employees, faculty, staff, and students for Jefferson-related projects.

Log in at with your Campus Key for a download link and instructions.

Check out these eBooks to learn more about using SAS:

Gutman SAS Resources
Scott SAS Resources

For installation support, visit our SAS page.

The Division of Biostatistics offers consultation on study design and data analysis. (NOTE: they do not provide technical support for the software.)

Sciwheel is Transitioning from their Word Plugin to a Microsoft Store Add-In

Sciwheel Word 365 Add-In
Sciwheel, the popular reference manager, is discontinuing support for its Word plugin and desktop app on Tuesday, August 31. It’s replaced by their new Microsoft Word 365 add-in. Read more about the changes.

Staff using a Jefferson-provided license for Word will need to request that IS&T provide the Sciwheel Word 365 add-in via the IS&T Service Now portal. (If you’re requesting for a group, please include their names, email addresses, and campus keys.) You’ll then be able to activate it from Office Add-ins > Admin Managed. It will be available from this same screen for students without needing to place a service request.

25 eBooks to Start Your Summer: Learn about coding, grant writing, climate emergencies, and more

This June we added 25 eBooks to our digital shelves, and there’s something for everyone no matter your interest. Topics covered include typography, occupational therapy, architecture, drug policy, digital health literacy, and more. Check out the list below or browse the complete eBook collection here (East Falls/Gutman) and here (Center City/Scott).

The Beautiful Cure: The Revolution in Immunology and What It Means for your Health

The Architecture of Ruins: Designs on the Past, Present and Future

The Art of Coding: The Language of Drawing, Graphics, and Animation

The Art of Type and Typography: Explorations in Use and Practice

The Dangers of Fashion: Towards Ethical and Sustainable Solutions

Drug Policy and the Public Good

The Feelings Artbook: Promoting Emotional Literacy Through Drawing

The Great Fashion Designers: From Chanel to McQueen, the Names that Made Fashion History

The Hidden Power of Systems Thinking: Governance in a Climate Emergency

The Legend of Veronica in Early Modern Art

Occupational Therapy in Mental Health: A Vision for Participation

The Precarious Generation: A Political Economy of Young People

Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Your Questions Answered

Smith, Currie & Hancock’s Common Sense Construction Law: A Practical Guide for the Construction Professional

Social Support and Health in the Digital Age

Start-Ups, Pivots and Pop-Ups: How to Succeed by Creating Your Own Business

Successful Grant Writing: Strategies for Health and Human Service Professionals

Switch & Knit Stitch Dictionary

Systems Thinking for a Turbulent World: A Search for New Perspectives

Thinking the Sculpture Garden: Art, Plant, Landscape

Typographies of Performance in Early Modern England

Typography and Modern Graphics: The ‘Reading-Image’

Underexplored Medicinal Plants from Sub-Saharan Africa: Plants with Therapeutic Potential Harm for Human Health  

We Are Not Users: Dialogues, Diversity, and Design

Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science

Need time to focus on YOU? Join our summer writing retreats for devoted writing time

Join experts in the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication at our monthly half-day writing retreats this summer. Get quiet time to write and meet individually with a writing consultant and librarian. Whether you need the motivation to get started on a manuscript, guidance on structure and flow, or feedback on a finished draft, our writing and publishing experts are happy to offer advice on your work.

Friday, August 20
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

If you can’t join us for a writing retreat, sign up for a one-on-one consultation with our writing and publishing experts. Email Jennifer Wilson to schedule a consultation.

It’s American Stroke Awareness Month: Check out these 5 resources

As we close out the month of May, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate American Stroke Awareness Month. You can learn more about genetic risk scores, stroke recovery and therapy, and more by checking out these five resources:

Handbook of Stroke

Stroke Biomarkers

Stroke Rehabilitation

Video Game for Stroke Therapy [VIDEO]

Yoga Therapy for Stroke: A Handbook for Yoga Therapists and Healthcare Professionals

Learn more about stroke awareness on the CDC’s website.

Learn more about skin cancer detection & prevention with these 5 resources

May is Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. The goal of the month is to bring awareness to skin cancer and promote skin checks.  To learn more, check out these five resources.

Atlas of Diagnostically Challenging Melanocytic Neoplasms

Dermatoscopy and Skin Cancer: A Handbook for Hunters of Skin Cancer and Melanoma

Melanoma and Pregnancy: A Deadly Combo [VIDEO]

Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer and Cutaneous Melanoma: Surgical Treatment and Reconstruction

Sunlight, Vitamin D and Skin Cancer

LabArchives New Rich Text Editor: Coming Week of May 24

LabArchives will roll out a new Rich Text Editor the week of May 24. This is part of an ongoing project to make all aspects of the app responsive across all devices.

Some important points regarding the new Rich Text Editor:

  • It will not change the formatting of existing Rich Text entries.
  • Existing Rich Text entries can be edited using the old editor or the new editor, but once users switch to the new editor, they cannot switch back to using the old editor.
  • New entries will use the new editor only.
  • Notebook owners can use the Notebook Settings page to set the default font family, font size and line spacing for the new Rich Text editor.

For more information on the new editor, see the Knowledgebase article detailing its features.

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