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Smithsonian and George Mason Break Ground on New Academic Center

National Zoo
Scientists and educators from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and George Mason University are donning their hard hats and dusting off their shovels to break ground June 29 on a green-design conservation complex that embodies the concept of the living classroom. Since October 2008, the Smithsonian--Mason Global Conservation Studies Program has trained future conservationists with an interdisciplinary and interactive program at SCBI headquarters, the Smithsonian National Zoological Park's 3,200-acre facility in Front Royal, Va. There, undergraduate, graduate and professional students from the U.S. and abroad participate in courses taught by prominent scientists and educators from the Zoo, Mason, and other institutions. The Smithsonian--Mason Program began with 15 undergraduate students in the fall of 2008. When the expansion is complete in fall 2012, SCBI Front Royal will be able to accept 60 undergraduate students and 60 graduate students and professionals.

Mukard Vengalattore

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Mukard Vengalattore, during the workshop "Optomechanics and Macroscopic Cooling", held in Feb. 7-9, 201, at the Institute for Theoretical, Atomic and Molecular and Optical Physics, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Organized by Pierre Meystre, Arizona, Nergis Mavalvala, MIT, Dan Stamper-Kurn- UC-Berkeley. © Harvard University and Mukard Vengalattore. The text and images on ITAMP's YouTube channel are intended for public access and educational use. This material is owned or held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. It is being provided solely for the purpose of teaching or individual research or enrichment. Any other use, including commercial reuse, mounting on other systems, or other forms of redistribution requires permission. ITAMP is supported through grants by the National Science Foundation Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s).

Saffman (1), Coherent excitation of Rydberg atoms (including 1 and N atom cases)

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Lecture 1 pt 2 Mark Saffman, University of Wisconsin, lecturing during ITAMP/B2 Institute Winter Graduate School on AMO Physics held at the B2 campus in Arizona January 4-12,2014

Ask an Astronaut with Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei - What's New in Aerospace

National Air and Space Museum
NASA astronauts Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei joined us in the Moving Beyond Earth gallery to talk about their recent six-month stay on the International Space Station (ISS).

A Strange 9/11 Coincidence United These Two Strangers

Smithsonian Channel
Lisa Lefler evacuated her office on the 103rd floor of the south tower when the first plane struck. Her briefcase was recovered in the debris days later. From: 9/11: STORIES IN FRAGMENTS

Surprise: Gladiators Were Vegetarians

Smithsonian Channel
A huge factor in a gladiator's physical fitness was a meatless diet. During training, he primarily ate beans for protein and barley for carbohydrates. From: LOST CITY OF GLADIATORS

Wild Inside the National Zoo: Salamander Sleuthing

Smithsonian Channel
​​The caretakers at Smithsonian's National Zoo are going out into the Appalachian wilderness to survey the more than 50 vibrant species of salamander living there. Learn what makes these amphibians so special and why they hold the key to understanding the environment around them. From: WILD INSIDE THE NATIONAL ZOO: Salamander Sleuthing

America by Air Webisode 3 - Transportation

National Air and Space Museum
This series of educational webisodes focuses on subjects covered in the "America by Air" exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

The Intersection of Research Library Aspirations ad Copyright Challenges (2008) - James Neal

Smithsonian Libraries
James Neal is currently the Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, and is a consultant and published author, with a focus in the areas of scholarly communication, intellectual property, digital library programs, organizational change and human resource development.

Choctaw Festival Day 1 - Prayer, Welcome, and Introduction

National Museum of the American Indian
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma celebrates its tribal history and heritage with two days of dance, song, storytelling, and artist demonstrations. In this segment, the first day of the festival begins with a welcome from Assistant Chief Jack Austin, Jr., followed by a prayer given by Waddell Hearn. Brad Joe then sings The Lord's Prayer in Choctaw as the Choctaw royalty interpret in American Indian sign language. The Choctaw royalty include Miss Choctaw Nation Neiatha Hardy, Little Miss Ariana Byington, and Junior Miss Loren Crosby. National Museum of the American Indian Kevin Gover welcomes the Choctaw Nation to the museum and has an exchange of gifts with Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton. Chief Batton then gives an introduction to the history and culture of the Choctaw Nation and the day's proceedings. This program was webcast and recorded in the Potomac Atrium of the National Museum of the American Indian on June 24, 2014.

Native Peoples and Genetic Research 20: Panel 4 Q and A

National Museum of the American Indian
Dr. Nanibaa' Garrison (Navajo Nation), Vanderbilt University Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, and Judge Ron J. Whitener (Squaxin Island Tribe), University of Washington School of Law, return to the stage to engage the audience in a question and answer session on the fourth panel topic, "The Ethics of Blood." Dr. Mark Trahant (Shoshone-Bannock Tribe), University of Alaska-Anchorage moderates.

Hawaii (ca. 1975)

Human Studies Film Archives
This SILENT video clip (2 minutes 53 seconds) is from the Linker family's travelogue series, "Three Passports to Adventure," documenting their travels to Hawaii. This video (HSFA1991.20.17-2a) is archived in the Human Studies Film Archives in the National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution. For more information, search this title in or contact

Giving Voice: The Power of Words in African American Culture

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
In the Summer of 2009, the Smithsonian hosted the 43rd annual Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington DC. One of the programs was Giving Voice: The Power of Words in African American Culture, which included a selection of performances by Black poets, storytellers, actors, comedians, and radio personalities that presented the traditions of contemporary African American Culture that have been spread throughout the community through oral traditions and verbal arts. Participants included childrens singer/songwriter Ella Jenkins, veteran actress Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, and poet Thomas Sayers Ellis. This video goes behind the scenes with program curator James A. Robinson as he reflects on the Festivals program. The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (/ Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.

Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
See the Grand Canyon from the perspectives of those who know it best. This exhibition begins its national tour in Arizona in January 2009.

Multiwavelength Crab Nebula in 60 Seconds (High Definition)

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
The Crab Nebula is one of the most studied objects in the night sky. This version of the Crab Nebula combines data from three different telescopes.

Assessment and reassembly of a painting damaged in the Haitian earthquake of January 12, 2010

Smithsonian Institution Archives
The painting by Stivenson Magloire (1963-1994) was brought to the Centre de Sauvetage des Biens Culturels/Cultural Recovery Center (a project organized by the Smithsonian Institution in cooperation with many international agencies and private funders—see after its retrieval from a collapsed hotel and gallery. This video is part of the visual documentation process used in conservation, created as both a record and analytical tool to describe condition damage that will be addressed in a future treatment. Video footage courtesy of: Cindy Lee Scott, UCLA/Getty Read more about this story at:

Inauguration music, dancing and fun at the National Museum of African Art

National Museum of African Art
In celebration of the 2009 Presidential Inauguration and Dr. Martin Luther Kings Jr. Birthday The National Museum of African Art presented: Kenyan spoken word and hip hop artist Anna Mwalahgo and her band Afro-Floetry, Monday Jan 19th 2009 @ 2:00 pm. The day was filled with so many people from around the country who came to commemorate both of these historical events . The Museum is pleased to have captured this special moment in time. Please enjoy!

Power of Giving 2016 | Sustainability & the Environment: Smithsonian Welcome

National Museum of American History
On November 29, 2016, the National Museum of American History hosted its second Philanthropy Initiative symposium, The Power of Giving: Philanthropy’s Impact on American Life. Programming focused on the annual theme—philanthropy’s historic and contemporary role in addressing issues of sustainability and the environment. Featured speakers included Erin Barnes, Austin Blackmon, Jean Case, Brian Clark Howard, Katherine Lorenz, Gifford Pinchot III, Nancy Pinchot, Philip Rigdon, David M. Rubenstein, Michael Scott, Sonal Shah, Lisa Pike Sheehy, Ted Steinberg, Mark Tercek, and Darryl Young.

The Dancer Within

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
Photographs by artist Rose Eichenbaum of some of the most celebrated dancers of our time. Eichenbaum explores what's at the heart of our desire to move.

Middle School Minute: Teacher Edition with NASA Astronaut Ricky Arnold

National Air and Space Museum
Before becoming an astronaut, Ricky Arnold had an even scarier job. He was a teacher. Learn all about his teaching career in this Middle School Minute: Teachers Edition. For more FREE educational resources be sure to check out STEM in 30:

SAAM Fellowships: Celebrating Fifty Years Trailer

Smithsonian American Art Museum
For fifty years, the Smithsonian American Art Museum has fostered new scholarship through its preeminent fellowship program, the oldest and largest in the world for the study of American art.

Richard Wiener "Research Funding Opportunities

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Richard Wiener "Research Funding Opportunities and Effective Grant Writing for Early-Career Science Faculty", during the ITAMP/B2 Institute Winter Graduate School on AMO Physics held at the B2 Campus in Arizona, Jan16, 2012

E. P. Richardson Symposium: New Perspectives on Portraiture: Cloud of Witnesses

National Portrait Gallery
New Perspectives on Portraiture: “Cloud of Witnesses: Painting History through Combinative Portraiture” by Christopher Allison From the Edgar P. Richardson Symposium: New Perspectives on Portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery, Sept. 20, and Sept. 21, 2018 Day 1, Session 2: Dissemination: Furthering Social, Political, Economic, and Religious Agendas Christopher Allison Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Humanities, Affiliate Faculty Member in the Departments of History and Art History, University of Chicago “Cloud of Witnesses: Painting History through Combinative Portraiture” In “Cloud of Witnesses: Painting History through Combinative Portraiture”, Dr. Allison explores our country’s love affair with combinative portraits: the style’s roots in religious motifs, the power of past witnesses to influence the ongoing present, and the application of those witnesses as an almost spiritual reminder. Dr. Allison goes on to consider how this concept, if not the style, has continued into our present day and, particularly in the context of the National Portrait Gallery, how portraiture figures into our understanding of history.

"Hide/Seek" 2012 Scholarly Symposium: Diana Linden - National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
Diana Linden, presenting her paper " 'I Am a Man!': Race and Gender in William Christopher's Paintings in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." on January 29, 2011 at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. Her presentation was part of the scholarly symposium "Addressing (and Redressing) the Silence: New Scholarship in Sexuality and American Art" which presented papers from 11 scholars in the fields of art, art history, performance art, and social history. This symposium was presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture." Diana Linden is a social historian of American art with expertise in art and politics, public murals, African American art, and Jewish visual culture. Currently, she is at work on two books:The City of Promises: The History of Jews in New York City, 1654 to the Present and Ben Shahn's New Deal Murals.
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