Apron Strings and Kitchen Sinks: The USDA Bureau of Home Economics: This digital exhibit from the National Agricultural Library highlights the work of the USDA Bureau of Home Economics, which was in existence from 1923 to 1962. The Bureau of Home Economics was the first major unit of the federal government to be headed by a woman: Louise Stanley. Stanley was bureau chief from 1923 to 1943, succeeded in 1943 by nutrition researcher Henry Clapp Sherman as the Bureau’s name was changed to the Bureau of Human Nutrition and Home Economics. This change reflected a more intense focus on nutrition as part of the war effort. In 1944, Hazel Katherine Stiebeling, a home economist and nutrition researcher, became chief. This exhibition is comprised of five exhibits that reflect the work of the Bureau and highlight its publications. For example, see Sewing and Pattern Design for an assortment of women’s work clothes patterns, including many aprons designs. There is also an accompanying timeline.
Colorado Agriculture and Rural Life: The Colorado Agricultural College (now known as Colorado State University) was founded in 1870 in what was then the Colorado Territory of the United States. Offering academic programs in farming, ranching, and home economics, the college played a key role in the economic, political, and cultural development of Colorado. This trove of primary documents published between 1820 and 1945 was made possible by funding from the United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the National Agricultural Library (NAL) and commemorates the history of agriculture and agricultural education in the Centennial State. There are more than 1,200 items represented here, organized across nine thematic collections. The most substantial collection is Bulletins – Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station, featuring advice on everything from “Cattle Feeding in Colorado” (May, 1896) to “Irrigation waters and their effects” (October, 1903).
Entomology Today: Insects make up the most numerous and diverse forms of life on Earth. While not the most cuddly of creatures, they are essential to nearly every terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem. For more than 125 years, the Entomological Society of America (ESA) has served the professional and scientific needs of those interested in insects and their impact on the world’s populations. Here readers will find the official blog of the ESA, Entomology Today. Insect-related discoveries, news, and events are shared across three sections: Featured Articles, Insects in the News, and Entomology News. Readers will also find a link to the official website of the ESA as well as a listing of Entomology Job Opportunities. The material here will be of interest to anyone, from students to researchers to hobbyists.
PLOS Collections: Meta-Research: From the Public Library of Science (PLOS) comes this extensive collection of articles and papers related to meta-research in the field of biology. To put it simply, meta-research is research about research. More specifically, meta-research investigates ways to improve research practices in order to “improve the quality and reliability of scientific research.” In this collection, biological meta-research is sorted into seven categories, including Methods, Reporting, Sources of Bias, and Reproducibility. Within these collections, visitors will find a number of papers relating a variety of topics, including the importance of blind data (July 2015), gender representation on the boards of mathematical journals (August 2016), and a study candidly titled “How Many Scientists Fabricate and Falsify Research? A Systematic Review and Meta-data of Survey Data.”