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Wangensteen Exhibit wins 2019 Best Map Prize from U-Spatial


An online exhibit through the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine won a 2019 Best Map Prize from U-Spatial, the GIS and spatial research here at the University of Minnesota. The exhibit was developed by an undergraduate intern, Louisa Botten, who worked with Wangensteen staff, Lois Hendrickson and Emily Beck, a project on an 17th-century French apothecary.

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Amit Hagar, "How to Train a Mouse: Methodological Challenges to Pre-Clinical Exercise Ontology"


"How to Train a Mouse: Methodological Challenges to Pre-Clinical Exercise Ontology"

Abstract: I point at several challenges that current exercise oncology rodent models face, which call their human relevance into question. We propose an alternative exercise rodent model that has better chances of meeting these challenges, and draw some general lessons on the limit of pre-clinical studies in biomedical research.

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Mary Terrall, "Indigo Trials and Tribulations: Michel Adanson's African Laboratory"


Michel Adanson was a precocious young botanist when he traveled to Senegal aboard a French Indies Company ship in 1749. He spent more than four years in Africa amassing thousands of specimens and reams of notes and maps, while struggling to get the necessary resources for his work from local Company officials. As evidence of the commercial utility of his natural history, he embarked on an experimental program to test and compare locally grown species of indigo, producing samples of pigment and dyed cloth in his rudimentary African “laboratory”.

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UMN historians of technology debut documentary "Solid State: Minnesota's High-Tech History"


Twin Cities Public Television debuted a new documentary entitled, "Solid State: Minnesota's High-Tech History," on October 8th. The documentary was produced in conjunction with the Charles Babbage Institute and University Libraries, the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA-an industry association with 300 member companies), Twin Cities Public Television (TPT), the Minnesota Historical Society, the Dakota Country Historical Society, and The VIP Club (ERA/Univac retirees group). 
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Da Vinci 500 Lecture Series


INAUGURAL LECTURE
“Leonardo da Vinci and his Unfinished Work”,
Carmen C. Bambach

Thursday, September 5, 2019

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MOMS History of Medicine Meeting, Minneapolis, September 27-29


The Program in History of Medicine will host the annual MOMS conference here at the University of Minnesota from September 27-29. Find the Program and how to register below!

Find the Program for MOMS here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YvYDKghTU3Yiuxv2iWHKlz-Q00hHrwXpo-f8fKxX26A/edit?usp=sharing

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Susan D. Jones named one of 2019's Distinguished McKnight University Professors


Susan D. Jones was named one of the University's Distinguished McKnight University Professors for 2019. See more at the link: http://www.scholarswalk.umn.edu/awards/mcknight/mcknight_distinguished.html

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The Charles Babbage Institute receives interdisciplinary doctoral fellow


The Charles Babbage Institute, a research center at the University of Minnesota affiliated with the Program in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, received an interdisciplinary doctoral fellow for the next academic year. Sociology Department PhD candidate, Devika Narayan, received an IDF for her project on artificial intelligence and the changing Indian IT labor force. See her project title and abstract below. Devika Narayan is working with CBI Director and HSTM research faculty, Jeff Yost, on her dissertation project.
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Introducing the HSTM Pro-Seminar


Please join us for the HSTM Pro-Seminar, a twice monthly works-in-progress workshop focused on scholarship in the history of science, technology and/or medicine. Meetings are held in Shepherd Laboratories 592 from 12:45-2:00pm the first and third Tuesday of the month. If you're interested in submitting a piece for workshopping, contact Jennifer Alexander (

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