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A Matter of Facts: Gun Control

The story is, by now, familiar to everyone who keeps up with the news. On February 14, 2018 a school shooter armed with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle murdered 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Since then, students who survived the massacre have spoken out in support of gun control. Their actions — and the public support they have gained — have successfully kept the topic of gun control in the news for much longer than is typical after a school shooting occurs. This post is intended to provide links to reliable resources — peer-reviewed articles, government documents, and more — to help you better understand the issue.

From the Archivist Blog

An act to re-organize

The 1868 Act to Re-Organize the University established the University's mission, an academic framework, and the governance and duties of University leadership. In many ways, these events of 150 years ago are the beginnings of the University of Minnesota we know today.

Blue Ox Review

Random Saturday Post: Shoes

Who wouldn't feel like dancing with a pair of shoes like these? Shoes by Birkenstock. Art By Elisha Cooper. Thank you, Elisha!    

Health Sciences Libraries News

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.

Kirschner Cookbook Collection Blog

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. 

Land of 10,000 Workflows Blog

Geoffrey Ghose

How I Work: Geoffrey Ghose

Geoffrey Ghose, Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Radiology, runs a lab studying the physiological basis of cognitive factors such attention and learning at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research. He's an advocate for LyX, which bills itself as a cross-platform, WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) LaTeX frontend, for around 20 years. "For me the biggest appeal was that it wasn’t Word, the program which everyone loves to hate." He also uses Overleaf and Mendely.

Archives and Special Collections News

Rabbi Kassel Abelson in study, year unknown.

Rabbi Kassel Abelson papers available to public

This past fall, the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives received a new donation of the papers of local rabbi Kassel Abelson. The papers are now organized and ready for researchers to peruse, standing as a testament to Abelson’s career as rabbi of Beth El Synagogue for 40 years.