Classroom Services in a New Era of Learning

Sextant Tierney Group

Health Sciences Classroom Services ensures that classroom environments support the unique and dynamic nature of health sciences curriculum. They recently moved into the new Health Sciences Education Center (HSEC) and prepared classrooms for when students return to campus. “Last week, I spent four days in HSEC walking all the rooms with the installers and designers to tie down the final tech. details. We pushed every button and flipped every switch. After four years of thinking of these spaces abstractly, getting to play in the rooms and seeing systems respond made everything much more real,” said V. Paul V., services coordinator for Health Sciences Classroom Services.

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HSEC Plays Host in Pandemic Response

The Health Sciences Education Center (HSEC) is playing host to a number of contact tracers from the School of Public Health (SPH) and Medical School for the next several weeks.

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Sneak Peek of some of the interiors of HSEC as of May 2020

HSEC Classroom


HSEC common space


HSEC common space


HSEC common space

A new sculpture by Artist Barbara Grygutis will be a highly visible addition to the University’s new Health Sciences Education Center

Grygutis Night

With its focus on active, team-based learning in small-group environments, the Health Sciences Education Center (HSEC) has been designed to transform health education in Minnesota. The new facility will offer places to connect, collaborate and communicate across disciplines.

In June, the spirit of the new facility will be brought to life through art. Read more

Sneak Peek of some of the interiors of HSEC as of March 2020

couch and chair

Ancillary furniture is delivered and installed throughout the building. 

private office: Workstation, whiteboard and table

Furniture installers continue to work in private offices in PWB & HSEC. 

Simulation equipment is installed throughout Levels 5 and 6.

Simulation equipment is installed throughout Levels 5 and 6.  Remaining equipment is anticipated to arrive later this month. 

Sneak Peek of some of the interiors of HSEC as of end of Feb. 2020

Furniture installation progresses

Furniture installation progresses throughout the building.

AV installation continues in building classrooms.

AV installation continues in building classrooms.

Biomedical Library to get a new home

Along with the Wagenstein Historical Library of Biology and Medicine, the library will attain new amenities and technology to encourage collaboration between medical fields.

The library, to be renamed the Health Sciences Library, as well as the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine, will both occupy the new Health Sciences Education Center. The libraries are meant to encourage learning between medical professions through large group and communal spaces. Both will open on July 1.

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Sneak Peek of some of the interiors of HSEC as of end of January 2020

Privacy curtains arrive in Simulation Inpatient Rooms:

Privacy curtains in HSEC Simulation inpatient rooms

Furniture arrives in the Level 7 inter-professional spaces:

HSEC furniture

Share Your Thoughts!: Health Sciences Time Capsule

Health Sciences Time Capsule Flyer

We invite you to be a part of the future of the Health Sciences Education Center!

We will be putting together a time capsule that captures what health sciences education looks like in 2020 and we would love to hear from you!

Please help us identify what's important to health professional students and help us shape the content of this time capsule by giving your input!

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Sneak Peek of some of the interiors of HSEC as of mid-January 2020

Paint touch-ups and accessory and railing installations wrap up on upper level corridors:

Hallway of Health Sciences Education Center

Appliances are arriving and placed in the completed kitchenettes throughout the building:

Kitchen of the Health Sciences Education Center

Tables and workstations are being installed on levels 3 and 5:

Furniture install at the Health Sciences Education Center

Furniture install at the Health Sciences Education Center

Sensory Friendly Environment Included in New HSEC Health Sciences Library

Dr. Leann Shore (right) with members of the 1Health Team

The new Health Sciences Education Center will house the new Health Sciences Library when it opens in mid-2020. Dr. Leann Shore (pictured right) with members of the 1Health team.

The librarians of the current Bio-Medical Library consulted with the Program in Occupational Therapy's Dr. Leann Shore (pictured, right) to invest in the concept of creating a “sensory friendly” environment at the construction phase of library development. They particularly were interested in creating universal access along with space to accommodate multi-sensory learners and multi-sensory needs.

M Simulation in HSEC

Two floors of the HSEC will be devoted to simulation, giving students the chance to interact in realistic scenarios and to practice responses to critical events until they are second nature. Being immersed in real-life simulations helps our students develop seamless teamwork to prepare for what they will encounter in the future.  Watch Carolyn Porta, RN, PhD, AVP Clinical Affairs, and Anne Woll, MS, Interim Education Director, M Simulation, talk about M Simulation in HSEC.

Helping radiology students see 2D medical images in 3D anatomy

"This project started as a quality improvement project. Early in your training, particularly in medical school and early in residency, it can be difficult to understand spatial relationships of medical imaging when you are viewing three dimensional anatomy on a two dimensional screen," said Mickey Hafertepe.

Virtual reality helps physical therapy students see new answers

Patients experiencing “phantom limb” pain in nerve endings after an amputation can use such technology to virtually view the missing limb and exercise it, measurably easing their pain.

President Gabel tours Health Sciences Education Center building

KSTP - 5 Eyewitness News Midday, Video] President Joan Gabel is interviewed.

‘I now know that I am on the right career path’

Kaylee Morlan was first introduced to the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine while taking a freshman seminar course co-taught by the library's Assistant Curator, Emily Beck. With her sights set on a career in museum studies, Morlan was able to get a job at the library and gain hands on experience in her chosen field.

3D-printed gene segment models aid in active learning 

Co-instructors Michelle Henry-Stanley and Donna Spannaus-Martin wanted to teach about genetic recombination using a tactile, hands-on educational tool. They connected with our Makerspace staff to produce low-cost sets of 3D printed immunoglobulin gene segments to support new ways of teaching and learning and meet their active learning goals.

‘Everyone at the library loves being here’

When she was in middle school, Kaitlyn Minarsich’s older brother took her to an exhibit showcasing items from the Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine where he worked as a UMN undergraduate student. Minarsich is following the family tradition, working at the library to convert a 2013 physical exhibit on Downton Abbey into an updated, online interactive exhibit — just in time for the release of the Downton Abbey movie this fall. Minarsch shared some of her experiences from working at WHL. Here’s what she had to say.

‘Librarians can not only help you find resources but can also help you shape and refine your project’

Louisa Botten, a first year undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, recently completed an internship at the Wangensteen Historical Library. Read how Botten combined this historical text with modern technology to create an award-wining online exhibit.

Using 3D technology to reach individual goals in rehab therapy

You may know Leah Grinvalsky as a Physical Therapy student at the U of MN, but we also know her as a friend to Katrina Simons. This friendship played an important role in Grinvalsky’s first visit to the Bio-Medical Library Makerspace, where she explored solutions to help Simons participate in gaming. Here's what Grinvalsky had to say about her experience creating 3D printed adaptive technology.