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University Archives Documents Unprecedented Times

University Archives Documents Unprecedented Times

Students paint the Fence one last time before Spring 2020 classes moved online due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo courtesy of the University Archives.

Over 100 years after the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 disrupted operations on the Carnegie Mellon University campus, the university found itself once again adjusting to a new normal with the move to online instruction and closure of many campus facilities as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

CMU Special Collections Houses Rare Edition of Vaccine Origins

As we all anxiously await the outcome of ongoing clinical trials seeking a COVID-19 vaccine, Carnegie Mellon University scholars, students, faculty, and staff might be surprised to learn that the Posner Collection holds a first-edition copy of the foundation text of modern immunology and vaccination: Edward Jenner’s "An Inquiry into the Causes and Effects of the Variolae Vaccinae, a Disease Discovered in Some of the Western Counties of England" (London, 1798). In this scholarly blog post, Dr.

Word of Mouth

So Min (Vivian) Noh (BFA '22, Department of Art) chose Hunt Library as the location for her “Word of Mouth” photograph, for Professor John Carson’s class “Intro to Contextual Practice.”

CMU Comment on Draft NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy

Carnegie Mellon University Libraries Comment on NIH’s DRAFT Data Management and Sharing Policy and Supplemental DRAFT Guidance

On behalf of the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) research community, the University Libraries has collated feedback from our research community and institutional leadership that responds to NIH’s Draft Data Management and Sharing Policy and Supplemental Draft Guidance.  This response is based on CMU’s data sharing practices, our experience and institutional support in the data sharing arena, and specific feedback from those in receipt of NIH funding.

IDeATe's 5th Anniversary

IDeATe's 5th Anniversary

IDeATe’s primary role is helping students augment their disciplinary education with an exposure to the skills and techniques of working with other people. We know our graduates will have to work with others when they enter the workforce, and we want them to understand the skills and habits of mind from colleagues in other fields. Many of our courses involve collaboration and making as practical ways of allowing interdisciplinary skills to be developed and practiced. These practical approaches are highly relevant in a time of interest in maker-movements.

Inside the Enigma Machine

Inside the Enigma Machine

Researchers had a rare opportunity to peek “under the hood” of the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries’ two Enigma machines, opening the World War II-era machines to photograph their carefully-crafted interiors and to locate and record the serial numbers printed on their rotors.


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