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Open Rivers, Issue 10, is now online

We'd like to introduce our readers to Open Rivers: Rethinking Water, Place & Community, an interdisciplinary online journal published by the University Libraries. Issue 10 of Open Rivers focuses on the great variety of water-related work being conducted at the University of Minnesota. 
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Joseph Haj: A Conversation

Joseph Haj, the Guthrie's eighth artistic director and his Associate Artistic Director, Jeffrey Meanza, discussed the value of the western canon, its continuing relevance, and its agency for social change May 2 at the University of Minnesota Friends of the Libraries' annual celebration. Haj also talked about the history of the Guthrie and its longstanding importance to Minnesotans.
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A Matter of Facts: Who owns your media?

In the months leading up to the United States presidential election in 2016, false stories circulated widely on social media. Media scholars and journalists cautioned Americans to get their news from trusted media networks and newspapers rather than from unvetted online publishers. It’s also important to learn how markets and regulations shape our traditional media landscape. We’ve compiled some articles, databases, and government resources below to help our readers understand the behind-the-scenes forces that help shape the news.
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.
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Undergraduate research featured at Northrop

The Undergraduate Research Symposium — an annual research fair at the University of Minnesota — was held April 20 in the Northrop Atrium. Watch and listen as six students provide overviews of their projects and discuss the importance of library resources.
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Meeting Professor Cohen

While working with the University Archives collections to research a recent exhibit, I learned about Professor Lillian Cohen, the University of Minnesota's first female faculty member in the Department of Chemistry.
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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.
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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. 
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Launching the Data Curation Network

The University of Minnesota Libraries will lead a three-year, multi-institutional effort to launch the Data Curation Network. The implementation — backed by a $526,438 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation — builds on research to better support researchers faced with a growing number of requirements to openly and ethically share their research data.

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.
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Research Sprints: Fueling Grand Challenges research

Hear about the experiences of two University of Minnesota Grand Challenges Research teams as they spent four days conducting research with a team of University of Minnesota librarians. It's all part of the U of M Libraries' Research Sprints program.
Quiz Bowl 2018 Champs!

Alpha Chi Sigma wins 2018 Science Quiz Bowl!

Alpha Chi Sigma is your 2018 Science Quiz Bowl champion! The team of juniors and seniors were champions in a long and competitive tournament and came back from an early loss to win it all. Twenty-nine teams participated in the 15th annual event on April 9, kicking off College of Science & Engineering (CSE) Week at the University of Minnesota. 
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A conversation with Lisa Vecoli

Lisa Vecoli is retiring as curator of the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies. She talks with Kris Kiesling, director of Archives and Special Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries, about her tenure at Tretter, which included winning two national awards, adding, the Michael McConnell Papers, and developing and managing the Tretter Transgender Oral History Project.
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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.
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At the Zoo

On this episode of U of M Radio on your Historic Dial take a field trip in sound to the Como Zoo in 1978 and hear a surprising story of an animal theft and why lions do not make good pets.