Himmelfarb Headlines - May / June 2017

Director's Desk

Director's Desk, Anne LintonEach year GW Research Days provide undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students an opportunity to showcase their work. On April 5, 2017, students from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Milken Institute School of Public Health, School of Nursing, and the Biomedical Engineering program presented their research to the GW community. There were 260 abstract submissions. In collaboration with faculty and deans from the three schools, librarians from Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library helped students prepare for presenting by sponsoring a series of workshops on topics ranging from The ABCs of Abstract Writing to Show Off Your Data! How to Create Graphs, Pie Charts and Tables. If you are presenting at an upcoming regional or national conference and would like to review any of these topics, all of the Research Days 2017 workshops were recorded and are available to review by clicking here. Simply sign in with your GW username and password.

Each poster presenter was asked to submit his/her poster to the Health Sciences Research Commons, Himmelfarb's institutional repository. Take a minute to browse our student research and appreciate the depth and breadth of their work. By depositing posters in the Health Sciences Research Commons, students easily share work with colleagues, make it searchable and discoverable via Google Scholar and other search engines, and permanently preserve their scholarship. We have 260 abstracts from Research Day submitters. You can also hear directly from our students about the value of participating in research through interviews conducted on Research Day by going to the Himmelfarb YouTube channel. Congratulations to our students who conduct and present research!

If you are about to embark on a research project and would like a quick review of the research process from a medical education perspective, look at these video tutorials produced by the SMHS Office of Faculty Affairs. The tutorials cover a wide range of topics from conducting literature reviews and framing your research question to working with a statistician and getting results published. The Journal Academic Medicine also recently published a series of one-page guides on conducting education research. They can be viewed here.

Thanks also to everyone who attended our series Updates in Scholarly Communications: Publishing, Impact, and Visibility in person and virtually. The panels were a great success and, if you missed them may be viewed here. It is not too late to hear what the experts have to say about open access, alternative metrics and predatory publishers!

Finally, if you would like to see who among your colleagues is publishing, take time to review the Faculty Bookshelf in the Health Sciences Research Commons. You will find recently published books or book chapters by GW health sciences faculty. Happy reading!

 


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