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Special Collections testing new summer hours

April 23, 2014

From May 1st to August 29th, Special Collections will open at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday instead of our usual 10 a.m. start time. Melissa Pincus has been hired to work our front desk during this test period and see how patrons respond to the earlier start time. Melissa comes to us from the University Archives where she worked on processing the Shockley Papers and she currently works part-time as a reference librarian at Menlo College.

Australian soprano Marjorie Lawrence in an undated publicity photo

A treasure trove of film

April 23, 2014
by Ray Heigemeir

British Pathé just released an astounding 85,000 archival film clips on YouTube. Included are numerous clips of musical interest including great singers, instrumentalists, and conductors; music making in the home and community, musical oddities, and unique performances and venues. One clip that caught my attention today is of Australian soprano Marjorie Lawrence making her first standing appearance after being stricken with polio (she's performing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1947). Her story was memorably told in the Hollywood film based on her memoirs, Interrupted Melody, starring Eleanor Parker as Lawrence.

Journal of Chemical Education - April 2014 issue

Chemists celebrate Earth Day

April 22, 2014
by Grace Baysinger

Chemists Celebrate Earth Day is an ACS annual event that seeks to bring international focus to environmental topics, such as clean air, water, and energy, to illustrate the positive role chemistry plays in preserving Earth. The 2014 theme—The Wonders of Water—features the unique properties of water that are crucial for life and a cleaner environment.

Steve Schneider [photographer unknown].

In Honor of Earth Day

Dr. Steve Schneider was inspired to be involved in climate change and global warming in part because of Earth Day.

Like his eco-ally Carl Sagan, Schneider was a scientist able to Successfully get information to the public. Sagan had his television show Cosmos (recently revitalized by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Sagan’s widow, Ann Druyan—check your local listings).

Schneider wrote popular science books, did radio interviews around the world and appeared in movies and on television.

The moon turns red and orange during a total lunar eclipse.

Total lunar eclipse tonight

April 14, 2014
by Christopher Matson

Tonight -- if you can stay up past your bedtime -- you can view a total lunar eclipse: the Moon will pass completely through the Earth's shadow. The partial eclipse begins at 10:58 pm PDT and ends at 2:33 tomorrow morning; the greatest eclipse takes place at 12:46 am. 

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