Falk Library Renovations Unveiling on May 1

Our newly renovated West Wing library space is slated to open on May 1! Here are the highlights of what you can look forward to: 

A new entrance on Lothrop Street. We are more conveniently accessible to the health sciences community because the library’s new main entrance is located right inside the West Wing’s entrance on Lothrop Street.

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Finals Week in Falk Library

While you’re hitting the books in our new study areas you can also enjoy some grab-and-go snacks to help fuel your long hours of studying. The light refreshments will be available in the afternoons during finals week, April 24-28.

Tips and Updates for the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy

The end of April will mark four months—and ten application due dates—since the NIH’s Data Management and Sharing Policy (2023) went into effect. Judging by the application drafts that HSLS librarians have read, Pitt health sciences researchers are rising to the challenge and writing data management and sharing plans that demonstrate careful thought about how their research data will be organized, shared, and preserved.
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LibKey Nomad for Easy Access to HSLS Resources

LibKey Nomad is a browser extension that enables easy, one-click access to HSLS electronic resources. This is beneficial for Pitt users who prefer to conduct searches on the web, rather than at the HSLS webpage. With LibKey Nomad, you are able to quickly download PDFs from many publisher websites, PubMed, Web of Science, and more. Those familiar with the Reload via HSLS bookmarklet will be pleased by LibKey Nomad’s success at finding articles.
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Featured Workshop: Command Line for Biologists

Join us on Wednesday, April 19, from 1 to 3 p.m., for an online workshop, Command Line for Biologists*.

This workshop is based on the Software Carpentry Lesson on the Unix Shell. The Unix shell is a powerful tool that allows users to perform simple tasks, including managing data. In recent years, basic programming skills such as Unix shell have become vital for biomedical research. Learning how to use the shell is still relevant, as the instructor notes explain:

  • Because so much else depends on it. Installing software, configuring your default editor, and controlling remote machines frequently assume a basic familiarity with the shell, and with related ideas like standard input and output.
  • Because it’s an easy way to introduce some fundamental ideas about how to use computers.
  • Because it enables use of many domain-specific tools and compute resources researchers cannot access otherwise.

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HSLS Staff News

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


Farewell to Arlie Chipps, Library Specialist, who is leaving the HSLS Technology Help Desk team to become the CAUSE Program Coordinator at Carnegie Mellon University.


Ansuman Chattopadhyay, Program Director for Molecular Biology Information Services, coauthored the article:

Kharel P, Singhal NK, Mahendran T, West N, Croos B, Rana J, Smith L, Freeman E, Chattopadhyay A, McDonough J, Basu S. NAT8L mRNA oxidation is linked to neurodegeneration in multiple sclerosis. Cell Chem Biol. 2023 Feb 24:S2451-9456(23)00056-9. doi: 10.1016/j.chembiol.2023.02.007. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36882060.

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