Biologist who created an enduring urban oasis and helped redefine youth science education

As a part of the its bicentennial (2020), IU produced the Women who built IU series—telling the stories of women who have been groundbreaking researchers, influential administrators, renowned artists, and cornerstones of the campus community.

One of the women celebrated in the series was Barbara Shalucha (1915-1992), who became a member of the botany faculty in 1948. Shalucha was responsible for the creation of the Hilltop Garden and Nature Center and its innovative youth science education program—one of the first of its kind in the country.