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Scholarly Publishing Round-up February 2022

Learn more about toolkits from the Translational Science Benefits Model (TSBM) project, new guidance from NIH for the Positions, Scientific Appointments and Honors section on the NIH Biosketch, and more. Interested in tracking and reporting on the outcomes of your research project? There are nine tools available from the Translating for Impact Toolkit on the  [Read more]

Archives and Rare Books

Joseph Nash McDowell, the St. Louis legend

Dr. Joseph Nash McDowell, featured in the portrait below, was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1805 and he received a medical degree from Transylvania University in 1825. Prior to moving to St. Louis in 1839 with the intention of founding his own medical school, McDowell served as an anatomy professor at the Jefferson Medical College in  [Read more]

Mastering Information

Commit to using plain language in the new year

Have you wondered how to improve the documents and forms your department shares with research participants and patients? Plain language is one of the best tools to ensure your writing is clear and accessible to all. Research shows it can increase research participation, improve adherence, and overall, lead to better health outcomes.  A few of  [Read more]

Archives and Rare Books

Thomsonian Medicine: Herbalism, Home Remedies, and Popular Distrust of Professional Medical Training in 19th-Century America

Be sure to bundle up well this winter to avoid getting sick and catching a cold! While this common ailment has no cure, that hasn’t stopped people throughout history from coming up with ways to alleviate their sniffles, coughs and all other cold-related discomforts. In his work The book of health, Dr. Silas Wilcox described  [Read more]

Science and Informatics

Free SAS, SPSS and MATLAB Software for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

The Research Pod at Becker Library offers several software titles available for students and the Washington University School of Medicine for free. In addition, WashU’s Information Technology Software Licensing team manages site licenses for a variety of software for campus-wide access, free of charge or at a discounted cost. Undergraduate and graduate students can access  [Read more]

Archives and Rare Books

Desegregating the Washington University Medical Center, in their own words

While an administrative error led administrators to quietly declare Washington University School of Medicine desegregated in 1947, efforts for truly active integration across the school and its associate hospitals came only after decades of intentional action and advocacy from many dedicated individuals and groups. The Washington University Medical Center Desegregation History Project highlights the stories  [Read more]

Mastering Information

Introducing retraction alerts in EndNote 20

EndNote has teamed up with Retraction Watch to receive regular feeds from their database. With EndNote 20.2, retracted articles will be flagged in the EndNote library. Retraction Watch’s database includes nearly 30,000 retracted papers and conference abstracts dating back to the 1970s. You will see the following when a retraction is found: You will need  [Read more]


Using live captioning for an inclusive Zoom experience

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, most of us have experienced a sharp increase in the number of events and interactions through video conferencing and collaboration platforms. In many ways, this has yielded several benefits; fewer logistical concerns and the ability to record an event for later viewing means that information can reach more  [Read more]

Scholarly Publishing

New mentor search features added to Research Profiles

New mentorship search filters have been added to Research Profiles, making it easier for students and trainees to find faculty willing to mentor at the School of Medicine. To find mentors at the School of Medicine, select Profiles from the Research Profiles homepage. Use the Mentorship for filter on the left-hand side to refine the  [Read more]

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