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Sensory Friendly Environment Included in New HSEC Health Sciences Library

library sensory teamThe new Health Sciences Education Center will house the new Health Sciences Library when it opens in mid-2020. Dr. Leann Shore (pictured right) with members of the 1Health team.

The librarians of the current Bio-Medical Library consulted with the Program in Occupational Therapy's Dr. Leann Shore (pictured, right) to invest in the concept of creating a “sensory friendly” environment at the construction phase of library development. They particularly were interested in creating universal access along with space to accommodate multi-sensory learners and multi-sensory needs.


M Simulation in HSEC

Two floors of the HSEC will be devoted to simulation, giving students the chance to interact in realistic scenarios and to practice responses to critical events until they are second nature. Being immersed in real-life simulations helps our students develop seamless teamwork to prepare for what they will encounter in the future.  Watch Carolyn Porta, RN, PhD, AVP Clinical Affairs, and Anne Woll, MS, Interim Education Director, M Simulation, talk about M Simulation in HSEC.


Helping radiology students see 2D medical images in 3D anatomy

"This project started as a quality improvement project. Early in your training, particularly in medical school and early in residency, it can be difficult to understand spatial relationships of medical imaging when you are viewing three dimensional anatomy on a two dimensional screen," said Mickey Hafertepe.


Virtual reality helps physical therapy students see new answers

Patients experiencing “phantom limb” pain in nerve endings after an amputation can use such technology to virtually view the missing limb and exercise it, measurably easing their pain.


President Gabel tours Health Sciences Education Center building

KSTP - 5 Eyewitness News Midday, Video] President Joan Gabel is interviewed.


‘I now know that I am on the right career path’

Kaylee Morlan was first introduced to the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine while taking a freshman seminar course co-taught by the library's Assistant Curator, Emily Beck. With her sights set on a career in museum studies, Morlan was able to get a job at the library and gain hands on experience in her chosen field.


3D-printed gene segment models aid in active learning 

Co-instructors Michelle Henry-Stanley and Donna Spannaus-Martin wanted to teach about genetic recombination using a tactile, hands-on educational tool. They connected with our Makerspace staff to produce low-cost sets of 3D printed immunoglobulin gene segments to support new ways of teaching and learning and meet their active learning goals.


‘Everyone at the library loves being here’

When she was in middle school, Kaitlyn Minarsich’s older brother took her to an exhibit showcasing items from the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine where he worked as a UMN undergraduate student. Minarsich is following the family tradition, working at the library to convert a 2013 physical exhibit on Downton Abbey into an updated, online interactive exhibit — just in time for the release of the Downton Abbey movie this fall. Minarsch shared some of her experiences from working at WHL. Here’s what she had to say.


‘Librarians can not only help you find resources but can also help you shape and refine your project’

Louisa Botten, a first year undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, recently completed an internship at the Wangensteen Historical Library. Read how Botten combined this historical text with modern technology to create an award-wining online exhibit.


Using 3D technology to reach individual goals in rehab therapy

You may know Leah Grinvalsky as a Physical Therapy student at the U of MN, but we also know her as a friend to Katrina Simons. This friendship played an important role in Grinvalsky’s first visit to the Bio-Medical Library Makerspace, where she explored solutions to help Simons participate in gaming. Here's what Grinvalsky had to say about her experience creating 3D printed adaptive technology.