One of the reasons I started my old blog was to use it as a front end for managing our department website. Prospective graduate students generally don’t think my friends at MIT haven’t published for the last 5 years based on their website, but people with bicoastal biases might actually believe that about Texas A&M. Manual updates are a pain. Faculty send you information in different formats, when they bother to respond at all.
When I was in charge of graduate recruiting, I also wrote some PHP scripts to automate the management of our departmental website, in an attempt to break the cycle of revision via Dreamweaver. One of the features I was most proud of was automated updates of faculty publication lists from PubMed via NCBI’s EUtils web service. Now that we’ve migrated to WordPress, I wrote a wordpress plugin WP PubMed Reflist to supply that functionality. I’ve now made it available on WordPress.org and I was pleased to see that the updater here pulled the latest update, which adds PMC and Full Text links.
For comparison, Tania Baker’s website at biology.mit.edu as of today: vs what the plugin does:
- Amor, AJ, Schmitz, KR, Baker, TA, Sauer, RT. Roles of the ClpX IGF loops in ClpP association, dissociation, and protein degradation. Protein Sci. 2019;28 (4):756-765. doi: 10.1002/pro.3590. PubMed PMID:30767302 PubMed Central PMC6423715.
- Brown, BL, Vieux, EF, Kalastavadi, T, Kim, S, Chen, JZ, Baker, TA et al.. N domain of the Lon AAA+ protease controls assembly and substrate choice. Protein Sci. 2019;28 (7):1239-1251. doi: 10.1002/pro.3553. PubMed PMID:30461098 .
- Bell, TA, Baker, TA, Sauer, RT. Hinge-Linker Elements in the AAA+ Protein Unfoldase ClpX Mediate Intersubunit Communication, Assembly, and Mechanical Activity. Biochemistry. 2018;57 (49):6787-6796. doi: 10.1021/acs.biochem.8b00907. PubMed PMID:30418765 .
- Brown, BL, Kardon, JR, Sauer, RT, Baker, TA. Structure of the Mitochondrial Aminolevulinic Acid Synthase, a Key Heme Biosynthetic Enzyme. Structure. 2018;26 (4):580-589.e4. doi: 10.1016/j.str.2018.02.012. PubMed PMID:29551290 PubMed Central PMC5894356.
- Olivares, AO, Baker, TA, Sauer, RT. Mechanical Protein Unfolding and Degradation. Annu. Rev. Physiol. 2018;80 :413-429. doi: 10.1146/annurev-physiol-021317-121303. PubMed PMID:29433415 .