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Shanda Hunt discusses project with Research Sprints team.

Promoting data visualization

The Data + Visualization Lab is one of the new services offered through the new Health Sciences Library. Shanda Hunt, Public Health Liaison and Data Curation Specialist, says it fits well with other libraries activities. To better promote its use, Hunt is offering workshops and an online guide to help users get started.
Face mask

A good fit

When COVID-19 was starting to spread earlier this year, fourth-year medical student Elle Newcome asked herself how she could be helpful outside of the clinical space. Since she had been sewing since she was young and had a personal design business, "I saw my piece fit in the puzzle,” she says, deciding to make cloth face masks. But she also decided to do research on the efficacy of cloth masks worn by healthy individuals in a community setting.
Caitlin Bakker

Teaching as conversation

Research Services Liaison Caitlin Bakker recently won an Affiliated Teaching Award from the University of Minnesota Medical School for her work last year with the Family Medicine Collaborative Scholars Intensive Course.
Health Sciences Library service desk.

Realizing the vision

Health Sciences Library’s move into the state-of-the-art Health Sciences Education Center supports interdisciplinary education across the health sciences. “This is really a new set of services and a new set of expertise we’re getting ready to share with the University,” says the library's Emerging Technology Strategist Jonathan Koffel. He wants to get the word out about how tools like virtual reality can influence physicians’ practice and training, data visualization can help public health practitioners to tell their stories, and how the Makerspace can support innovation among health providers.
Lisa Johnston

Ye olde Wangensteen cook off

The staff of the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine are back in the kitchen to try their hands at making cheesecakes from 1540! This time - taste testing support comes from the Lisa’s of the Libraries - including our new Dean of Libraries, Lisa German.
Kaylee Morlan

Learning on the job

In this student reporter post, history major Kaylee Morlan shares why she loves working at the Wangensteen Historical Library while taking classes that feature the library’s collection, and how she uses her ever-growing knowledge of the collection to help her fellow classmates contextualize course concepts.
Caitlin Bakker, Del Reed, Jenny McBurney, Katherine Chew

Seeking the big picture

The Libraries' Policy and News Media Impact Service helps health faculty measure the impact of their work — from media coverage to changes in health policy.
Nicole Theis-Mahon

‘My passion: how people interact with information’

Nicole Theis-Mahon, Librarian Liaison to the School of Dentistry & Health Science Libraries Collections Coordinator, was recently promoted from Assistant to Associate Librarian with continuous appointment (similar to tenure).
Volvelle (wheel chart)

Designing an escape room while locked out of the library 

Escape rooms have been gaining popularity nationwide, and with the move of the Wangensteen Historical Library to a new location, escape rooms are being used to share the little-known world of the history of biology and medicine!
Screenshot of the Minnesota TotDish podcast on PodBean, featuring the episodes Caitlin Bakker worked on (Episodes 5 and 6)

MN TotDish: ‘We couldn’t have done it without the Libraries’ help!’

UMN Pediatrics residents Kate Policht and Heidi Moline wanted to find a way to provide meaningful, actionable information for busy medical residents at the University of Minnesota and beyond. This resulted in the creation of the MN TotDish podcast, with content developed in collaboration with Medical Librarian Caitlin Bakker and technology support from the Libraries.

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