Promoting Women in Science

The study of science has always developed our understanding of the world around us. From Ada Lovelace (the first computer programmer) to Rosalind Franklin (who discovered the shape of DNA) science is what pushes humanity to grow, change, and innovate. Unfortunately, women have often been underrepresented in the scientific field. Even today, women make up a mere 28% of the workforce in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)*. This gender disparity exists beginning with elementary school children, creating a confidence gap that perpetuates through to higher education.

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Texas Independence Day

Texas, currently known for being the second largest U.S. state has been a region sought out by many different countries throughout its history.  In fact, Texas has been claimed by six nations.  As early as the 16th century, Spanish explorers mapped the coastline of Texas and claimed the land for Spain. In the late 17th century, France claimed the region and established Fort St. Louis in 1685. Then Spain took the area back from France and later in 1821, Mexico gained its independence from Spain and claimed Texas as part of its territory. Due to American colonial Samuel Austin arriving with around 300 families, Texas began to grow rapidly. After some back and forth between Mexico and the colonials, the Texans declared their independence from Mexico on March 2, 1836. However, Texans remained vulnerable to attacks from Mexico. On December 29, 1845, Sam Houston convinced colonial leaders to join the United States and in doing so, Texas was admitted as the 28th state. Continue reading

Staff Recommendation: “The Martian”

What we recommend: The Martian by Andy Weir

What it’s about: Weir’s debut novel is a thrilling science fiction story showcasing humanity’s ability to survive the impossible. The book chronicles Mark Watney’s time on Mars as he struggles to survive alone after being left behind during a terrible storm. Now the sole person on the planet, Mark must not only figure out how to get in touch with Earth, but creating the resources necessary to live long enough to get back home. Continue reading

The Work of Jean Giraud

Have you ever seen the movies Alien, Tron, or The Fifth Element? What about Blade Runner, Hellboy, or any of Studio Ghibli‘s many films? If so, chances are you’ve seen the influence of Jean Giraud, the French sci-fi comic artist also known as Moebius. Lauded as one of the greatest comic artists of all time, his life of art making was prolific and varied, and spanned multiple decades of recent history.

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Sustainability Learning Lab LibGuide

If you have been on campus lately, you will have noticed the greenhouse rising from the ground just outside the R. Joe Dennis Learning Center. It is the most visible evidence of the new Sustainability Learning Lab that is being developed in phases over three years. The Sustainability Learning Lab LibGuide is documenting its progress while also supporting it by gathering together into one place related resources of all kinds.

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More Than Books Ep. 44: Valentine’s Day Special

Welcome to the More Than Books Podcast Episode 44! Named after the official Bellevue University Library newsletter, each episode features library staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more. Now available on iTunes!

Description: In this episode, Sierra and Emily, along with our special guest Haley, will take you through some of our favorite YA Romances! Grab your beau and enjoy a cozy and romantic podcast for two (or three)!

Music Attribution:
Intro – “Can’t Stop Me” from Feeding the Lions EP by ProleteR
Outro – The Last Noel by Quincas Moreira

Books/Manga Discussed (summaries taken From Goodreads):

Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi
One of the most-beloved of all Japanese manga titles, Naoko Takeuchi’s Sailor Moon has enthralled millions of readers worldwide since its debut in book form in early 1992. When Usagi Tsukino adopts a stray cat, she gets more than she bargains for The talking cat, Luna, informs Usagi that she is actually Sailor Moon, a magical princess from the future and protector of the Solar System. With the help of her new friends, the Sailor Scouts, and the mysterious Tuxedo Mask, Sailor Moon embarks on a quest to save us all from the evil powers of the Negaverse.”
The Dark Artifices Series by Cassandra Clare

“The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.”

“Join the adventures of Percy Jackson and his demigod friends as they fight mythological monsters and the forces of the titan lord Kronos.”



The views and opinions discussed within the “More Than Books” Podcast do not necessarily represent those of the Bellevue University Library or Bellevue University as a whole. Discussion of film availability was accurate as of the time this podcast was recorded.

1st Full Apperance: Wolverine


Real Name/Alias: James “Logan” Howlett, Weapon X, Death, Patch
1st Full Appearance: The Incredible Hulk #181, November 1974
Place of Origin: Cold Lake, Alberta Canada
Profession: Superhero, Adventurer
Affiliations: The X-Men, the Avengers, Alpha Flight, X-Force, Team X
Partnerships: Kitty Pryde, Silver Fox, Mariko Yashida, Jubilee, Spider-Man
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Finance at Bellevue University

“New Year, New You!”, so the saying goes.  Many people begin the new year with a sense of renewed determination to try new things, retry old things, and generally get their lives back in order.  Of course, now that we are well into February, many of those resolutions have fallen by the wayside or simply stalled in light of, well…’life’ getting in the way.  While this is certainly not unusual, it is also true that typical resolutions can help ‘life’ feel more manageable. Many people are still facing unprecedented economic uncertainty due to the COVID-19 recession.  Those same people were often living paycheck to paycheck even before the economic downturn.  While safely maintaining a steady income is certainly the first order of business these days, planning for the future and cultivating a working knowledge of finance go a long way toward easing one’s mind about future economic uncertainty.  With a little help from the Bellevue University Library print collection, it is easy to build your financial know-how no matter what your current baseline is.  The print collection about Finance includes the following subsections, which you can browse depending on what you would like to focus on.

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Black History Month

Every February, Black History Month is celebrated in the United States. Also called African American History Month, this annual celebration commemorates and honors African American achievement and sacrifice throughout the history of the country. 

On February 3, 2021, President Joe Biden issued a proclamation to honor the history and achievements of Black Americans and to reflect on the centuries of struggle that have brought us to this time of reckoning, redemption, and hope.”

Black History Month originated from Negro History Week, started in 1925 by historian Carter G. Woodson, who is known by the NAACP as the “Father of Black History”. Following the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, the celebration was expanded to a full month in 1976. 

Tomorrow, February 17, 2021, the Bellevue University Library will be conducting a special presentation on an important moment in Omaha’s African American history. Scott Roth will be speaking about the 1969 riots in Omaha. This presentation will be available online via Zoom. You can register online at

Links to Resources on Black History Month: