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June 28, 2012

Magrath Hallway Closed July 3-5 in Evening, Closed on 4th of July

The hallway between Magrath and Ruttan Hall will be closed starting at 7pm on Tuesday, July 3 and Thursday, July 5 for joist work. Access through the buildings will be open during the daytime on both days.

Also, just a reminder that the St. Paul Libraries will be closed on the national July 4th holiday.

June 6, 2012

Public Elevator Down Until July 5, 2012

The public elevator in Magrath Library will be offline until approximately July 5th. Patrons may request access to the staff elevator at the circulation and reference desk. However, there will be no access via an elevator to the basement level. Patrons should enter the Learning & Environmental Science/VoTech building next door and come up the ramp for access to the ground level.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

June 5, 2012

Saving Wheat: Rusts Never Sleep

A new documentary premiering on Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) highlights the University of Minnesota's leading role in making wheat a major food source for the world and protecting it from disease.

The half-hour documentary tells the story of how a small group of scientists from the U of M have led the way in global efforts to develop disease-resistant, productive wheat crops. That work began as a companion to Minnesota's wheat and flour industries in the 19th century, progressed through the 1960s and '70s Green Revolution and continues today as plant disease scientists at the U of M race against the clock to stop the spread of the deadly Ug99 fungus. The fungus is spreading across Africa and parts of the Middle East; by some estimates, 90 percent of the world's wheat is vulnerable to Ug99 and its variants.

Several copies are available for checkout from the Libraries, along with being available for free on the TPT website. The University Archives also contributed to the film.