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March 2019

Art on the Brain: Meet Artist and Neuroscientist Greg Dunn for Self Reflected Event

Self Reflected in Violets courtesy of Greg Dunn

On April 3, 2019, we welcome Dr. Greg Dunn of Greg Dunn Design as he visits HSLS to kick off an exhibit of his artwork fusing neuroscience with painting and lithography. Art on the Brain is an exhibit of six prints that beautifully illustrate the inner workings of our mind and senses.

Please join us for these special events on April 3:

2–2:45 p.m. Opening reception at Falk Library Upper Floor exhibit area

3–4 p.m. Lecture in Scaife Hall Lecture Room 1

The opening reception for the exhibit will allow visitors to experience the artwork in this exhibit and interact with Dr. Dunn. Light refreshments will be served.

Following the reception, Dr. Dunn will deliver his lecture titled, “Self Reflected: Deeply Fusing Art and Science to Create the World’s Most Complex Artistic Depiction of the Human Brain.”

Planning Your Systematic Review to Reduce Screening Pain

When planning a systematic review project, are you building in time to pilot your screening forms? Project teams are often eager to begin reviewing citations as soon as possible and may overlook this important step in the process. However, investing time earlier in the project can save you from wasted time and headaches down the road.

Director’s Reflections…Appreciation

Barbara Epstein
HSLS Director

We are particularly grateful to the donors listed below who generously supported HSLS with monetary gifts and in-kind contributions from January-December 2018. Through the support of these thoughtful people, HSLS can continue to provide essential resources to enhance the quality of health care in western Pennsylvania and beyond.

Dr. Thomas Benedek

Patricia Bookamyer

Arnold M. and Barbara A. Epstein

Dr. Kenneth L. Euler

Malgorzata Fort

Dr. Bernard D. Goldstein

Why is Kopernio in EndNote?

EndNoteX9Why is Kopernio advertising in EndNote X9? Is this a new EndNote service? Do I need to respond in some way?

Kopernio is a free browser plugin available on the web that can automatically connect a university community to its journal subscriptions for speedy article downloads. If no subscription is found, Kopernio then seeks an open access version. There are multiple sources for open access content. For example,

Using Partek to Analyze ChIP-Seq Data

The HSLS Molecular Biology Information Service (HSLS-MBIS) provides access to many bioinformatics analysis tools, including Partek Flow. University of Pittsburgh researchers are now able to perform chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing (ChIP-Seq) analysis using Partek software to determine how proteins interact with DNA and regulate gene expression.

ChIP-Seq uses high-throughput DNA sequencing to map protein-DNA interactions across the entire genome. The point-and-click user interface in Partek software helps researchers to quickly build a start-to-finish ChIP-Seq pipeline and:

John Erlen Retired after a Long Career at HSLS

Dr. Jonathon Erlen

History of Medicine Librarian Dr. Jonathon Erlen retired at the end of January after more than 35 years of service. John began his long career at HSLS in the summer of 1983. He worked under three different directors: Laurabelle Eakin, Patricia Mickelson, and Barbara Epstein.

John notes that his career changed drastically over the decades, mostly due to new technology and an ever increasing history of medicine teaching load.

HSLS Staff News

The HSLS Staff News section includes recent HSLS presentations, publications, staff changes, staff promotions, degrees earned, etc.


Author names in bold are HSLS-affiliated

Rebecca A. Abromitis, Research and Instruction Librarian, published “How Does Pretesting for PubMed Knowledge Spark Student Learning?” in Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 37(4), 2019.

E. Anthony, R. Miller, Research and Instruction Librarian, and M. Rapchak, published “Critical Credits: Making the Most of a First-Year Information Literacy Class” in Critical Approaches to Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Courses, edited by A. Pashia and J. Critten, 357-366. Chicago: ACRL Press, 2019.

Ansuman Chattopadhyay, Assistant Director for Molecular Biology Information Service, Carrie L. Iwema, Coordinator of Basic Science Services, Barbara A. Epstein, HSLS Director, Adrian V. Lee, and Arthur S. Levine published “Molecular Biology Information Service: An Innovative Medical Library-Based Bioinformatics Support Service for Biomedical Researchers” in bioRxiv, 530071.

Classes for March 2019

EndNote Drop-In Session, Friday, March 1, 2019, noon-1 p.m.

Painless PubMed, Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 8-9 a.m.

Getting Systematic About Systematic Reviews, Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 4-5 p.m.

Single Cell RNA-Seq Analysis: Partek Flow, Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 1-3 p.m.

Beyond Reference Management, Thursday, March 7, 2019, 10-10:30 a.m.

Advanced PowerPoint for Presentations, Thursday, March 7, 2019, 1-2:30 p.m.

Data Sharing, Friday, March 8, 2019, 11 a.m.- noon

Altmetrics for Grant Applications: Indicators for Public Engagement and Contributions to Science, Monday, March 11, 2019, 4-5 p.m.

Bioinformatics Data Analysis: Options 4 Rigor, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, noon-1 p.m.

RNA-Seq & CLC Genomics, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 1-4 p.m.

Basic EndNote, Thursday, March 14, 2019, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Introduction to the Pitt Data Catalog, Monday, March 18, 2019, 1-2 p.m.

Painless PubMed, Thursday, March 21, 2019, 8-9 a.m.

R for Genomics, Thursday, March 21, 2019, 1-4 p.m.

Trim Down Your Search: Focusing PubMed in on a Topic, Monday, March 25, 2019, 4-5 p.m.

Box for Storing and Sharing Research Data, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 9-10 a.m.

EndNote for Research Teams, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 3-4 p.m.

Gene Expression Visualization, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 1-3 p.m.

Finding Full-Text Post Pitt, Thursday, March 28, 2019, noon-1 p.m.