It turns out that not only can research be intellectually demanding, time consuming, and frustrating, it can sometimes be down right dangerous. Take those scholars researching the life of the great French scientist, Marie Curie.
According to this piece on the Open Culture website, her notebooks, a key primary source, will be radioactive for 1500 More Years! In fact, scholars who “want to look at her manuscripts, … have to sign a liability waiver at France’s Bibliotheque Nationale, and then you can access the notes that are sealed in a lead-lined box…”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.