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The origin story and impact of Queeny Tower

Becker Medical Library’s visual collection archivist, Philip Skroska, leads a walking tour through time in this brief history of Queeny Tower, a long-time landmark at the Washington University Medical Center, currently being demolished.

Scholarly Publishing

Scholarly Publishing Round-up June 2021

Learn more about upcoming login changes to eRA Commons accounts, the new Science Advisor for the White House, PMC Labs, and more. As of September 2021, NIH/eRA and its partner agencies will require all external users to only use to access eRA’s external modules including Commons, Commons Mobile, IAR and ASSIST. For more information  [Read more]


Upcoming Login Changes for eRA Commons and NCBI Users

The ways you log in to eRA Commons and NCBI accounts will be changing. eRA Commons NIH announced that two-factor authentication will soon be required for eRA Commons users. is the only two-factor authentication provider currently available for eRA Commons. With one account, users can sign into multiple government agency systems while taking  [Read more]

Scholarly Publishing

25% off Elsevier open access processing charges for WashU authors

As we announced last year, Washington University’s contract with Elsevier extends a 25% discount on article processing charges for open access articles in most Elsevier journals. Please check the Washington University in St. Louis Journal Finder List to confirm eligible titles. The discount applies to corresponding authors from Washington University in St. Louis whose manuscripts were  [Read more]

Mastering Information

How to Use RStudio Projects to Structure R Working Directories

RStudio is a popular integrated development environment (IDE) with several point-and-click features that make using the R programming language and software environment easier. It works on multiple Operating Systems (OS) including Windows, macOS, Linux, and the online RStudio Cloud version. How R interacts with directories and the OS is very important. The current working directory  [Read more]

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