Pandemics, Past and Present

Pandemics, Past and Present

Pale Rider: the Spanish Flu of 1918 and how it changed the world, by Laura Spinney (NY: Public Affairs, 2017)

Reviewed by Jan Hardy, Library Specialist

Laura Spinney posits the Spanish flu as the most dramatic event of the twentieth century, even over the two world wars. The pandemic swept every country, and probably “resculpted human populations more radically than anything since the Black Death.”

Fill Out Those Surveys! How Survey Data Informs and Enhances Green Dot Training at CMU

In this week's installment of Tartan Datascapes, I want to talk about survey data. Have you ever received a follow-up survey after you’ve gone to a workshop or an event? Be honest - do you fill it out? If your answer to the second question is no, I’m not here to shame you (promise!), but I am here to show you how those surveys can be very useful data sources for the people who sent them to you!

University Archives COVID-19 Toolkit

University Archives COVID-19 Toolkit


General Submission Guidelines

The University Archives are working to document the effect of COVID-19 on our community.  To do this, we are asking community members to consider documenting their experiences and submit them to the archives.  We will enact restriction periods as appropriate, but our ultimate goal is to make these documents available for research.

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. Samuel Lemley, Curator of Special Collections, examines the item.

Bagels and Bioinformatics: NCBI Codeathon at CMU Libraries

Happy Friday, Datascapers! Now that we are a couple of weeks into the semester, how is everyone feeling? Are you staying hydrated? If you are like me, it’s a struggle to remember to drink water throughout the busy day, and by the end of the day, you have a significant dehydration headache and feel like a dried-out sponge. Or maybe that’s just me. Regardless, I love to use phone apps to help me remember to drink water.

When They Call You a Terrorist

When They Call You a Terroist

With the killing of unarmed African American men and women in the news so often, it seems the hashtag and movement of Black Lives Matter just evolved. This memoir shows us the events in the life of Patrisse Khan-Cullors that inspired her, along with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, to take action, organize and protest the killings.