Read more about fascinating trailblazers in science, the best new job in the country and medieval fish in our favorite humanities finds of the week.
George Hanlin, director of grants:
- She provided the on-film singing voice for some of the silver screen’s biggest actresses, earning the moniker “the ghostess with the mostest” from Time magazine. This week Marni Nixon died at age 86, and the New York Times obituary provides a fascinating look at her life and behind-the-scenes stories from mid-century Hollywood.
- My guess is that this is the most-visited page on the Smithsonian Institution’s website in . . . well, maybe ever. It’s a job posting for the role of beer historian/scholar, and Money magazine has the details. Applications are due August 10.
Bronwen Fetters, executive assistant and program associate:
- Do you ever go to the bookstore and wonder if you already have a copy of the book you’re considering? Book-hoarder that I am, I found myself running into this problem more often than not, so I decided to catalog my personal library. Thanks to LibraryThing, all my problems were solved in a snap! You use the free app to scan the barcodes of your books, and it adds them right onto your virtual bookshelf. The online platform also connects you to your friends’ libraries. And better yet, I saved myself $5 at Half Price Books last week when I searched the app and saw that I did, in fact, already own Fahrenheit 451.
Kristen, director of communications and development:
- Want to weave the arts in with your community’s historic site (here’s a list)? Apply to the Indiana Arts Commission for an Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites grant. Application deadlines for organizations and individuals are in September.
- This piece on Beatrix Potter reminds me a bit of Gene Stratton-Porter, whose love of nature has inspired many of our Next Indiana Campfire passages. In addition to being a well-known children’s author, Beatrix was known for collecting and observing fungi, and creating intricate drawings of the various specimen. In fact, she made significant scientific contributions (even though they were dismissed at the time because of her gender).
Jacqueline Cromleigh, communications and community relations manager:
- “I am among those who think that science has great beauty.” I will never forget my third grade report on Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the only woman to win the award in two different science fields. When I stumbled upon “Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World,” I was immediately transported back in time to the optimism I felt while reading about Curie so many years ago. Get inspired by some fantastic female trailblazers (Jane Goodall, Ada Lovelace, Vera Rubin and more) and learn more about the state of STEM in this amazing illustrated book! Grab a copy here.
Leah Nahmias, director of programs and community engagement:
- I geek out over minutia of life in the Middle Ages, so you can imagine how I flipped for this post about the kinds of fish eaten in medieval England. It details fishing practices and includes a recreation of a medieval fishing weir and a period-appropriate recipe for roasted salmon in wine sauce!
- In case you’re caught in a can’t-believe-we’re-talking-about-this-in-2016 debate over whether slaves did indeed build the White House, here are documents from the National Archives listing the names of enslaved people who toiled to construct the President’s home and many other national landmarks.
- IU Bloomington’s Herman B. Wells Library (hello, old friend!) and stellar library science program were featured in The Atlantic’s “Snapshot of a 21st Century Librarian.”
Keira, president and CEO:
- Binge TV watchers = binge readers? Learn more via NPR.
- All eyes have been on the presidential nominees over the past few weeks during the party conventions. We now know much more about their policy positions, but do we know anything about their food habits? NPR Politics published this great short quiz on the history of Presidents and food. I failed miserably. Take the quiz and let us know how you do!
- Muslim teens use slam poetry to educate community about their faith. Read the story.
Do you have any humanities highlights from your week? We would love to hear from you in the comment section below.