Eugene Garfield (1925-2017). Innovator of citation indices and the Impact Factor

Eugene Garfield, chemist, librarian, and informationist, passed away on February 26th. Garfield invented the Science Citation Index, initially compiled in multiple massive volumes which in the digital world, evolved into the Web of Science.  The sometimes controversial Impact Factor is an innovation of Garfield’s as well, first writing about it in a 1955 Science article .

In the 1940’s, Garfield attended CU Boulder as a chemical engineering student but with the interruption of the war, he finished at Columbia University with a chemistry B.S.  He went on to work at the Welch Medical Library at Johns Hopkins where he contributed to a project that led to the development of MeSH.

For more on Eugene Garfield’s life and career see:

Debate on Amendment 69

Please  join the CU College of Nursing on Friday, October 7th at 1:00pm in Education 2 South Auditorium to discuss Amendment 69 with Senator Jeanne Nicholson (State of Colorado District 16) and Cody Belzley (Research & Policy Director at Coloradans for Coloradans Organization).

Amendment 69 is a constitutional amendment that could assure affordable healthcare for every Coloradan.   Here’s a description from Ballotopedia.

Moderator: Adam Atherly from CU Health Systems Management & Policy 

Speakers: Senator Jeanne Nicholson will be debating in favor of Amendment 69 while Cody Belzley will be opposing. 

For more information, see these websites:  Ballotopedia description ; Colorado Secretary of State Final Text; Pro Amendment 69 ColoradoCare ;  Opposed Coloradans for Coloradans


Celebrate Peer Review Week, September 19th – 25th, an international event bringing attention to the unique way scholars safeguard quality in their research.  Peer review is evolving with a growing number of ideas and models as alternatives to the traditional approaches.  Both commercial enterprises and not-for-profit organizations are participating in this year’s event with the theme, Recognition for Review.   The Peer Review Week 2016 website links to lots of information including articles about recognition and peer review models.

We welcome your comments!

Colorado PROFILES Now Featuring Altmetrics

The Colorado PROFILES database now includes altmetrics data (from with many faculty publications.  Altmetrics complement citation metrics and offer a view of research featured on social media, research collaboration sites, and news outlets, revealing that scholarly work reaches beyond a specialized and localized research community.  If a publication is associated with the colorful altmetric icon AltIconBigRectangle , click it and you can learn about the article’s tweets, mentions, blogging, downloads and more.

L. Hoffecker

Flu Resources


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Seasonal Flu

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Influenza (flu)


Flu Activity Picks Up Nationwide.  CDC recommends vaccination and antiviral treatment against influenza (CDC)

Flu season on brink of epidemic (Denver Post)

Drugmakers report U.S. shortages of flu vaccine, Tamiflu (Reuters)

Flu Widespread, Leading a Range of Winter’s Ills (New York Times)

Colorado Wildfire Resources


  •  How to help those affected by Waldo, Flagstaff, High Park and other wildfires in Colorado.  State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs, Emergency Management.




Other Resources