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Final Stethoscope. Photo credit Allison Thompson.

Testing a low-cost 3D printed stethoscope

PLOS One recently published an article about an effective, low cost, 3D printed stethoscope. The researchers found that the 3D-printed stethoscope was comparable to the Littmann Cardiology III — and that it could be made at a $5 price point. We recently used the open access designs to print a stethoscope in our Makerspace. Here’s what the process looked like and what we learned.
Positive Post-its

Stress Busters and Study 24/7 begin April 27

We offer "distraction-free" studying for finals - including extended hours and study activities. Use our spaces, our computers, our coffee shops, Chat 24/7 with a librarian and take a break with our awesome activities.
Nancy Langston

Toxic inequities: risk, regulation, and environmental justice in the Great Lakes

Join us as we welcome Nancy Langston, environmental historian at Michigan Technological University, as she gives a lecture in the Program in the History of Medicine’s lunchtime lecture series on her current research on environmental health and environmental policy in the Great Lakes region. 

Springtime safety guide

Before you venture outdoors this spring, take a look at our handy guide with trusted health information resources to help you stay safe and healthy while you hike, bike, and swim.
Data Management

Research Byte: Data management

Data management is a set of practices that ensure the integrity of files and data, facilitate replication, protect the security of data, and enhance the efficiency and reliability of research. In this Research Byte, Data Curation Specialist Shanda Hunt shares tools and resources that you can apply to support your own data management work.
Turtle tattoo.

About a turtle tattoo

I’ve been meaning to write an article about tattoos inspired by our University Libraries collections for some time now. My intention was to tell a fun and light-hearted story, but along the way I met Jason Herbert and it all got a lot more interesting. Read how Jason's divorce began a reevaluation of his life and now his tattoos have grounded him in his personal history.

#ColorOurCollections goes Underwater

We’re exploring humans, health, science in watery spaces for this year’s #ColorOurCollections event. We’ll unveil one coloring page each day with from the depths of the ocean and will showcased completed artwork throughout the week. Keep watching to catch some great art.
Love is in the Air At the Libraries

Love is in the air at the Libraries

Join the Libraries as we celebrate our love of a good book, swoon over our new makerspaces, and pledge our love with heart tattoos inspired by our archives. Activities are planned from February 5 - 16.
Reproducibility

Research Byte: research reproducibility

Evidence has emerged from disciplines ranging from biology to economics that many scientific studies are not reproducible, leading to declarations in both the scientific and lay press that science is experiencing a “reproducibility crisis”. In this Research Byte, we share landmark articles on reproducibility and tools to support reproducibility in your own work.
Cheesy Pretzels

Our historical take on football snacks

As the Twin Cities prepares for the 2018 NFL championship game many locals are busily planning their party menus. We’re taking an old approach to current favorites with some historical recipes that are ready for a comeback: chicken wings, cheese straws, pretzels, and bacon-wrapped shrimp. 
Underwater Online Exhibit

Go online to take a dive Underwater

We are happy to announce that the Underwater exhibit from the Wangensteen Historical Library - which explores humans, health, and science in watery spaces - is now available online. The exhibit is filled with eye-catching images and text that illustrate the history of navigators, oceanic research, and water in cities and on shores. So grab your coffee and a beach towel, and join us Underwater from the comfort of your home.
The pill balances on the tip of the tongue but does not enter, illustrating that while the physical act of taking medication is easy, it is often psychologically challenging.” - Sam Larom, Pill, Oil on Canvas

To really see: Exploring the medication taking experience through art

"To really see: Exploring the medication taking experience through art," presented by Avivo ArtWorks, is the latest installment of the Bio-Medical Library's rotating Art@Bio-Med exhibit series. "To Really See" uses art to help individuals tell their stories about taking medication and how medications have impacted their lives. The exhibit works to raise awareness and challenge stigma related to the medication-taking experience.
Premodern Food Potluck

Potluck explores the history of premodern food

It turns out that a potluck is a perfect way for ending a semester of discussion on the history of premodern food. The Premodern Food Laboratory - a part of the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World - visited the Wangensteen Historical Library to examine handwritten recipe books and share homemade historical recipes.

Weathering winter throughout history

As Minnesotans, we are experts at weathering winter weather, though we are not the first to marvel about the cold and ice. Here are some excerpts from the Wangensteen Historical Library’s collection that illustrate early thoughts about thermometers, the polar bear plunge, and frozen fish.
Health Sciences Libraries 2017

Health Sciences Libraries 2017

The Health Sciences Libraries are celebrating 2017 with a look back at the year’s most-read news stories. It has been a memorable year, highlighted by underwater exhibits, research sprints, blind dates with books, and new talent! Thank you for a great 2017 – filled with customized information solutions from the Health Sciences Libraries.