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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.

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.

Your Winter Weather Survival Guide

If you have been under the weather this season, we are here to share a few trusted health resources to help you recover and stay healthy, along with options to explore, learn, and have fun at the Libraries.
Stress Busters 2017

Libraries help you #GetThoseGrades with Stress Busters and 24/7 study

Feeling underwater? Decompress with the Stress Busters events at libraries across campus and #GetThoseGrades with extended hours - including 24/7 library access.
Makerspace welcome sign at the Bio-Medical Library.

New Libraries makerspaces bring innovation to the stacks

Learn. Make. Innovate. These are fitting words to accompany the welcome sign for the new Makerspace at the Bio-Medical Library, joining the Breakerspace in Walter Library as the two library makerspace locations on campus. Makerspaces offer tools and community for individuals who what to tinker as they explore solutions to problems - big and small.
Pharmacy boxes from the Wangensteen artifact collection.

A Shakespearean recipe for Witch’s Brew

As Halloween nears, staff at the Wangensteen Historical Library are finding inspiration from a Witch's Brew recipe written in Shakespeare's Macbeth, which included "eye of newt" as an ingredient. While gathering other ingredients to fill our cauldron, we quickly found that the eye of newt was not to be taken literally but in fact a common name for mustard seed. This was true for some of the other ingredients as well.
Final #UnderwaterPumpkin carved by

‘Underwater’ pumpkin carving at the Wangensteen Historical Library

We are welcoming back Emily Beck and her pumpkin carving talents as she brings us underwater adventures in jack o'lantern form, inspired by the Wangensteen Historical Library's current exhibit. Watch a short video of Emily from last year and check out the stencils to create - and share - your own underwater-inspired carving.