“Insightful” Google Searches

Do you always accept the top Google results as factual? Are you sure? An old standby in the research world is now ready to give you some help. Encyclopaedia Britannica has a new Chrome extension, “Britannica Insights,” that adds information to the top right of the results page when you search for something. There are limits, of course. Britannica admits it works best for scientific or historical information.

Read more about it: Chicago Tribune, Wired, and The Verge

New E-Resources!

Check out the new electronic database offerings available to Moraine Valley faculty, staff and students!

Science Online (Infobase)

Expansive Reference Coverage of the Full Range of Scientific Disciplines

Today’s Science (Facts on File)

Bridges the gap between the science taught in class and real-world discoveries—giving in-depth explanations of important advances in biology, chemistry, environmental science, space, physics, and technology.

World Religions

Explores religion and spirituality in an objective manner, from the ceremonies of the first practitioners to the rituals of today’s religious practice.

World Geography and Culture Online

Resource for the study of countries, cultures, and geography concepts.

All these new databases can also be found at the library’s database page.

HONORING DR. IRENE BRODIE

This last January, an MVCC former faculty member and dean passed away at age 86. Back on June 17, 1968, according to the Minutes of the Board of Trustees of Moraine, the college hired Irene Hale Brodie as assistant professor. Here she taught and administered for several decades.

Irene Brodie was a gifted individual. She and her husband began as educators; but after his untimely death in 1966, Irene received her Master’s Degree in education from the University of Chicago. Tragedy continued with the death of her daughter in 1976. From 1986-2013 Irene was the mayor of Robbins, Illinois, a village she dearly loved, and in the 1990s she obtained a doctorate in education.

Throughout her life, Irene found her calling and success in public service of one kind or another. Additionally, she did not stint with her resources. Moraine, the Village of Robbins, and her church, Great Hope M. B. Church, have received of her generosity.

Interested in getting more information about this “Nationally-esteemed Educator, Philanthropist and Public Official” (from the book cover)? Check out the book entitled The Inheritance of a Dream: The memoirs of Dr. Irene H. Brodie by Irene H. Brodie, Ed.D, with Vincent Williams. The call number is     F 549.R58 B76 2015

An American Author…Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe, a best selling author and journalist, died today at the age of 88.  Mr. Wolfe authored many famous works.  The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, written in 1968, is a classic read on the 1960s hippie movement. The Right Stuff, a non-fiction book written in 1979, describes the first 15 years of America’s space program.  The Bonfire of the Vanities, a novel written in 1987,  gives a vivid picture of New York City in the 1980s.  Wolfe is credited with numerous colorful phrases that include “The Me Decade” and “Radical Chic”. “His decades of creativity with the written word have undoubtedly left an enduring impact.”

Check out the MVCC catalog or databases for more information on Tom Wolfe.

Help Clean South Suburban Waterways

“Thousands of volunteers throughout the Chicago region will gather from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday, May 12, to help clean up the banks of the Chicago River system. The annual clean-up is sponsored by the Friends of the Chicago River. Volunteers are needed for six south suburban locations, including Palos Park, Palos Heights, Oak Lawn and Blue Island.”

“Registration is closed but you’re still welcome to come out. Here’s a map of locations.”

“The event will be held rain or shine.”

Baroque in the Jungle

The New York Times recently reported on a little known musical tradition  that has been in existence since the early 17th century.  Baroque music, a European creation, has survived in the jungles and small towns of Brazil and parts of Paraguay and Bolivia.  The Spanish Jesuits, a Catholic order of priests, were responsible for bringing this music to areas of South America as part of their attempt to evangelize the indigenous people of this region.  Most of the Jesuits left but the music remained. It is fascinating for modern Baroque musicians and historians to see how the music evolved over the centuries.  Read the various links in this blog and be as amazed as I was.