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Using PRISMA for Systematic Reviews

PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) is a helpful tool for writing a systematic review manuscript. The PRISMA checklist provides a list of 27 items that should be reported to ensure the methods of the systematic review are explained thoroughly and are replicable. Hundreds of journals, like the Lancet and JAMA, have  [Read more]

Archives and Rare Books

Mary Allen Wilkes

In 2015, the Heinz Nixdorf Museum in Paderborn, Germany, opened an exhibition honoring women in computing. In addition to pioneers like Ada Lovelace, the museum recognized the contributions of Mary Allen Wilkes, whose work at MIT and Washington University was essential to the development of the Laboratory Instrument Computer (LINC) then on display at the  [Read more]

Archives and Rare Books

Oppenheimer: Washington University’s connections to an American Prometheus – Part 1

Christopher Nolan’s Academy Award winning 2023 film Oppenheimer is based on Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin’s 2005 biography of theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer. The movie cleverly compresses several decades of Oppenheimer’s life around his leadership in building the first atomic bomb and his subsequent political blacklisting during the McCarthy era. Although none are  [Read more]

Archives and Rare Books

A Goddess for the Renaissance

One of the distinguishing features of early modern Europe is its fascination with and embrace of the Greco-Roman past. While this is perhaps most obvious in the literary and visual arts—think of the many new editions of classical works such as Ovid’s Metamorphoses, or paintings such as Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus—medicine was equally enamored  [Read more]

Announcements, Science and Informatics

Check out our New and Improved WUSTL REDCap Confluence Documentation!

The WUSTL REDCap Confluence Documentation recently received a major upgrade following the migration from version 7 and system update to version 14.  The documentation contains several pages of information, shareable links, and tools to help WUSTL REDCap users work more efficiently in the WUSTL Instance of REDCap.  Some highlights include: 1. A new Frequently Asked  [Read more]

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