Barb Keleher

A Job Out of This World!

I wrote a library blog about NASA on February 12, 2020. It was titled Help Wanted! Obviously the world has changed greatly since that day. For most people, going to the moon and beyond is not of national interest now. Nevertheless, I was curious to see how NASA was handling the applications. The application process opened on March 2, 2020 and closed on March 31, 2020. This undertaking of potential candidates has been more stringent than past employment postings. Education levels were extended and the time frame to apply was shortened. The good news is that over 12,000 candidates applied. NASA is expected to announce the new crop of space explorers in the near future. Here is some advice that current astronauts shared with potential astronauts.

Currently, life on Earth may look bleak, but the technology produced by scientist working on space projects has been impressive. Perhaps some of this future technology could help alleviate the problem of pandemics here on Earth.

Meet Me at The Cluny Museum Tomorrow!

On my magical world tour, all the places I visit are open for business. I am happy to put up with long lines, large crowds that block my view of art objects, and spending more money than I should, because the world has so many natural beauties and works of art to explore and enjoy. So, let’s begin. I am in Paris for another day. Second on my list (Wasn’t the Louvre great?) to visit is the Musee de Cluny, a short walk from the Louvre. It is a museum that highlights the medieval period of France. The most impressive object in the museum’s collection is the Lady and the Unicorna tapestry woven in 1511. There are other works of art that I could view, and this list will be helpful for my tour. The “current” exhibit is centered on “objects that offer glimpses into how people in medieval society spent their hours and days.” This may be an interesting topic to contemplate in Spring 2020. Don’t forget to use our MVCC databases to help you better understand the people and art of the Middle Ages.

After you view the tapestry, you may want to read the novel The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier Unfortunately, it is not available on Hoopla. Here is a review of the novel and links to the availability of the novel.

To be continued…

Meet me at the Louvre tomorrow!

I had to get your attention.

So….we are staying inside for awhile, but we can still use technology to get us “out of the house.” In the next few months, I am planning to visit museums, cultural icons, and geographical wonders. I would like to share my adventures with you. We can “travel” and use the MVCC Library for additional information about the sites that we visit. We can only watch so much Netflix or Amazon Prime! Let’s start with the Louvre, one of the greatest art museums in the world. You can surround yourself with colors, emotions, cultures, histories, and a music video by Jay-Z and Beyoncé.

It may be helpful to look at The Elements of Art before you start your tour. Take your time and explore. Enjoy.

To Be Continued…

“Hair Love”

I met a friend for lunch in early January of this year. Conversation turned to an acquaintance of hers that was involved in an animated film. She told me that the writer/director and the rest of their team were hoping for an Oscar nomination for “Hair Love“. “This is a 6 minute animated short film that centers around the relationship between an African-American father, Stephen, his daughter, Zuri and her hair.”

The film not only got the nomination in January but Matthew Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver received an Oscar for their film. Take 6 minutes out of your day and watch the love between a father and his daughter.

Help Wanted!

Are you looking for an interesting job? NASA announced it will accept applications for the space agency’s astronaut program. The following job description may be the perfect job for you. Or, if you don’t fit the qualifications right now, it may be something you may want to consider when planning your academic career. “The application period for the new cohort opens March 2 and closes March 31. The salary range: $104,898 to $161,141.”

The next American explorers will train for moon landings, work and live on the International Space Station, and hopefully, fly to Mars by the mid-2030s.

Don’t forget to check out our MVCC catalog and databases for additional information on space exploration. You may also want to read The Martian, a novel that describes the harrowing adventure of an American astronaut stranded on Mars.

Coronavirus

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),”Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause respiratory illness such as the common cold.”

Scientists believe that this particular Coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China at the end of 2019. The virus is on the move and The World Health Organization fears the infection will continue to rise as millions of people travel. The outbreak has killed 18 people and infected over 600.

Check out the MVCC databases for more information on this topic. Also, you may want to read or listen to some novels that use an epidemic as an integral part of the plot. The Andromeda Strain, The Stand and Outbreak by Robin Cook are some of my favorites.

The 50th Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Native American occupation of Alcatraz, an abandoned federal prison located in San Francisco Bay. In 1969, Native Americans, including members of the American Indian Movement, took over the island from November 1969 to June 1971. The Native Americans claimed it as “Indian land under the Treaty of Fort Laramie“.

The occupation lasted 19 months and ended with the occupiers forced off the island. The event became a watershed for the Native American civil rights movement. The incident eventually led to the return of millions of acres of ancestral land and numerous proposals supporting tribal self rule.

Ironically, Alcatraz Island is now one of the top tourist attractions in San Francisco.

If you want more information on Native Americans check out the MVCC catalog for books or dvds. The MVCC databases have periodicals and streaming video if you need additional information.

Paradise Lost

Fire in Paradise, a Netflix Documentary, is a “harrowing, real-life apocalyptic story of a fire that took place in California in 2018.” This film has won several awards and there is talk of a possible Oscar nomination. The film reflects on the impact of climate change in California and how it affects forest fires. The film is riveting and informative. I would highly recommend this documentary.

Check out the MVCC catalog or a news database for more information on this subject.

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