The National Institutes of Health said Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with Lacks' family that requires scientists to get permission from the government agency to use her genome, or genetic blueprint. It was derived from cells taken from the 31-year-old from Turners Station after she died from an aggressive form of cervical cancer in 1951."
"The month of May is designated as a time to recognize, appreciate, and celebrate all the contributions of our Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. Please take the opportunity this month to celebrate and learn more about the culture and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have helped fulfill the promise of the American dream."
The University Libraries work to support Asian American Studies throughout each year. Some of our recently acquired books on AAS are available in a special bookshelf near the exhibit. This list includes just a sampling of some of the DVDs in our collections available in the SMART Learning Commons.
The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a collection of books, films, and other resources chosen to familiarize the American public about Islam and the cultural heritage of Islamic civilizations around the world. It is intended to address both the need and the desire of the American public for trustworthy and accessible resources about Muslim beliefs and practices and the cultural heritage associated with Islamic civilizations.
The Libraries will sponsor three events in 2013. The first event (a screening and discussion of "Prince Among Slaves") was April 8. There will be two more events during the Fall 2013 semester. Watch the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf and the Diversity Outreach Calender website for updates on upcoming events.
Transforming Our Institutions: Advancing Inclusive Excellence Among Faculty in Higher Education
April 14-16, 2013
The University of Minnesota is pleased to announce the sixth biennial Keeping Our Faculty of Color Symposium. We invite you to join us as we gather to engage cross-disciplinary theories, rigorous scholarship, and innovative practices to advance conceptual, empirical, and practical work to develop, recruit, and retain faculty of color.
Friday April 26, 2013
8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Diversity through the Disciplines is a annual symposium showcasing the research of faculty who have received an Multicultural Research Award (formally President's Faculty Multicultural Research Award) from the Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA).IDEA annually invites proposals for research that addresses issues related to its mission "to transform the University by enhancing the visibility and advancing the productivity of an interdisciplinary group of faculty and community scholars whose expertise in equity, diversity, and underrepresented populations will lead to innovative scholarship that addresses urgent social issues." This initiative is one of several within IDEA that seeks to strengthen community and networking among scholars and researchers on campus. Since 1996 more than 1.5 million dollars have been awarded to140 recipients through the Multicultural Research Award. Diversity through the Disciplines is one way in which IDEA and faculty recipients share their research findings.
The Trans* Awareness Project is a poster and digital media campaign that attempts to challenge stereotypes and cultivate an environment which celebrates and respects people of all genders. This campaign aims to break down barriers between communities and establish positive social change by showcasing empowering snapshots of local trans* communities and bringing attention to the challenges that many trans* people face in daily life.