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Past and Present Pandemics: 1918 and 2020

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Crisis, Community, and Connections From time to time, events in the present so closely resemble events from the past that the aphorism “history repeats itself” seems feasible. This can be demonstrated by comparing the current crisis of the novel coronavirus with the influenza pandemic of 1918-1919. The similarities are compelling. Like the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, the variety of H1N1 influenza that swept across the world in 1918 and 1919 produced a significant shock. It spread like … Read more

University of California Issues Policy on Open Access for Theses and Dissertations

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On March 25, 2020, the University of California issued a Policy on Open Access for Theses and Dissertations. The systemwide policy, which aligns with those already in place at UCSF and other UC campuses, “requires theses or dissertations prepared at the University to be (1) deposited into an open access repository, and (2) freely and openly available to the public, subject to a requested delay of access (“embargo”) obtained by the student.” This policy does not change … Read more

Publish Open Access with ACM, Microbiology Society, and NAR

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We’re pleased to announce three new publisher agreements that went into effect recently that make publishing open access more affordable for UCSF corresponding authors. Wide dissemination of UC authorship through open access publishing is a core goal for transitioning library-publisher agreements outlined by UC faculty, libraries, and administration. Two of these agreements are with society publishers — the Association for Computing Machinery and the Microbiology Society — and the third is for articles in Nucleic … Read more

Meet the Maker – Valerie Stevens


This week’s maker is Valerie Stevens, a Study Coordinator at the Proctor Foundation. We caught up with Valerie to learn more about the project she has been working on in the Makers Lab. Q: What did you make?  I 3D printed and built CellScopes. They are smartphone attachments that augment the phone’s built-in camera using a macro lens and LEDs. They allow the user to take high-quality images of the cornea in field settings.  Q: … Read more

Bringing Critical Medical Devices Online with 3D Printing

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This is a guest post by Dr. Alexis Dang, Orthopaedic Surgeon at the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Background Protection of healthcare workers is the cornerstone of our community’s battle against COVID-19. The highest level of protection that is available consists of the use of Personal Air Powered Respirators (PAPR). These PAPR systems filter all breathable air for the wearer in a positive pressure environment. For healthcare providers who cannot obtain a N95 mask fit, it … Read more

Florence Nightingale, Nurse and Handwashing Innovator

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Although, in 2020, advice like “wash your hands” and “cover your mouth when you cough” seem fairly obvious and common sense, there was a time when this was not the case. That time was March 1855, when the situation in British hospitals outside of Constantinople (now Istanbul, Turkey) during the Crimean War had become so dire that Florence Nightingale and 40 other women acting as trained volunteer nurses were finally allowed access to patients (they … Read more

COVID-19 Hackathon

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Join the UCSF virtual three-week hackathon aimed at designing new innovative and technical solutions to the health, medical, and scientific challenges we face due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Project ideas are now being accepted — let’s get creative and join together! Timeline Project Ideas Due: May 8 Register for a Project Team: May 11-20 Three Week Hackathon: May 20-June 10 Demo Day: June 10 See the official page for all the details, sponsors, and more.

Teams and Mobile Added to Office 365

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If you’ve been using the Office 365 tools that were recently made available, you should know that the Teams application has been launched. With Teams, you can instant message, launch online meetings, and collaborate in real-time from seamlessly-integrated Office 365 applications. In addition, Office 365 mobile capabilities have also been added. Teams functionality Reduce your email using Teams chat and create dedicated chat channels to resolve questions quickly and keep messaging on topic Use the … Read more

Meet the Maker – Scott Drapeau

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This week’s maker is our own Makers Lab Designer, Scott Drapeau. Let’s take a closer look at what Scott has been working on. Q: What did you make? I made a glenohumeral joint inside of a 1:1 scale shoulder model, covered in skin, with internal bones and flesh. This project is based on a prototype phantom on the website. Q: Why did you want to make it? Doctor Harmon and Doctor Klein of the … Read more