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Our list of achievements is 2,200 feet long

The new Wall of Discovery features reproductions of original sketches, lab notes, and other handwritten documents from more than 90 illustrious University of Minnesota faculty and alumni, including several from the Medical School.

The U is celebrating its scholars by putting their accomplishments on display

Dedicated in September, the University’s Scholars Walk prominently and permanently recognizes the intellectual successes of faculty, students, and alumni whose academic and professional endeavors have changed the world.

Scholars Walk is made up of three parts: the walk itself, a 2,200-foot-long pathway on the East Bank campus featuring the names of University community members who have won prestigious awards; the Wall of Discovery, a 253-foot-long artistic tribute to the process that leads to great moments of discovery; and the Regents Plaza, a monument recognizing University Regents and recipients of the Regents Award.

The Wall of Discovery, designed to look like a blackboard, features reproductions of original sketches, drawings, letters, and other handwritten notes from more than 90 illustrious faculty and alumni. Highlights from the Medical School include:

  • An early version of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, codeveloped by former professor of neurology J. Charnley McKinley, M.D. ‘19, Ph.D. ‘21, which has been widely used to test for signs of mental illness
  • A sketch of a stomach pump by Owen H. Wangensteen, M.D. ‘22, Ph.D. ‘25, known as the “Wangensteen tube” and credited with saving many thousands of lives
  • Minute-by-minute operating room notes of heart surgery pioneer F. John Lewis, M.D. ‘42, Ph.D. ‘50, from the world’s first open-heart surgery under direct vision
  • A manuscript by Robert Good, M.D. ‘47, Ph.D. ‘47, on the history of the world’s first and second bone marrow transplants, which were performed at the University by Good and his team in 1968

Monuments along Scholars Walk recognize other intellectual successes of alumni, faculty, and students.

A page from the lab book of neurology and neuroscience professor Karen Hsiao Ashe, M.D., Ph.D., who created a transgenic mouse model used to study Alzheimer’s disease.

Scholars Walk and the nearby Alumni Wall of Honor—which recognizes winners of the Outstanding Achievement Award, the University’s highest honor for alumni—were constructed with private dollars from individual donors and the Gateway Corporation, whose members include the Minnesota Medical Foundation, University of Minnesota Foundation, and University of Minnesota Alumni Association.

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