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"Henrietta Lacks had no control when doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital used her cells 62 years ago in research that led to groundbreaking medical advances. But now her descendants will.


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."


Read more:
 http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/maryland-health/bs-hs-henrietta-lacks-20130807,0,1326934.story#ixzz2c336dcRO

To learn more about Henrietta Lacks and the controversy surrounding HeLa cells, check out The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
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Muslim Journeys

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.

Keeping Our Faculty of Color Symposium

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.


Diversity Through The Disciplines

Friday April 26, 2013        

8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

101 Walter Library


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.




Native American Heritage Month 2012

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This November, the American Indian Collections Blog will be showcasing selections from University Library collections detailing the history of Indigenous Peoples of North America.
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2011 Stonewall Book Award Winners Announced

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The following  2011 Stonewall Book Award winning novels are available at the University of Minnesota Libraries:

 
Winners were announced at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Conference in San Diego, CA.  Awards are presented by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Round Table (GLBTRT).

The Stonewall Book Awards are given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.
 
For more information about the Stonewall Book Awards, please visit http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/rts/glbtrt/stonewall/index.cfm.

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A press release about Stonewall Book Awards can be found here.