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YES! Graduation 2014

National Museum of Natural History
The Youth Engagement through Science program aims to form a bridge between the Smithsonian Institution and students interested in STEM careers by providing new avenues for them to understand and participate in scientific pursuits at the next level. Find out more at:

YSD Here to Career

Smithsonian Institution
The Yale Science Diplomats visited the Smithsonian on 16 March 2017 for some career advice from our esteemed colleagues in the sciences.

Yaa Asantewaa

National Museum of African Art
Yaa Asantewaa 1840–1921, b. Besease, Ashanti Region, Ghana Ruled within the Asante Empire from Ejisu

Yak Herding

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Catalog No. - CFV10147; Copyright - 2008 Smithsonian Institution

Yan Zhou, "Rydberg states via CPmmW Spectroscopy"

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Yan Zhou, MIT, during the workshop of "Heavy Rydberg Physics", lecture titled "Rydberg states via CPmmW Spectroscopy", dissociative recombination, and mutual neutralization: a doorway to heavy Rydberg states?", at the Institute for Theoretical, Atomic and Molecular and Optical Physics, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Massachusetts on May 11-12, 2012. © Harvard University and Yan Zhou. 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).

Yanomamo: a Multidisciplinary Study c. 1968

Human Studies Film Archives
Supplementary materials: 1,5,6

Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee

Edited film documenting an American expedition into the Amazon Basin of Venezuela to perform various medical studies on the Yanomamo. Geneticists are seen taking height and weight measurements, various samples, and administering vaccinations in order to stop a measles epidemic. Project from which the film was made was funded by U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Division of Biology and Medicine; National Institutes of Health; and National Science Foundation.

Yayoi Kusama's Obliteration Room - Hirshhorn Museum

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Students from Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center visited the "Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors" exhibition. In Yayoi Kusama’s “The Obliteration Room,” visitors add colorful dot stickers to eliminate the traces of the original white room through the act of communal “obliteration.” Recalling Kusama’s earlier polka-dotted environments and her performances that activated bodies through participation, this installation demonstrates her utopian desire for radical connectivity. The polka dot acts as a universal equalizer, a connector between all of us as we collectively participate in obliterating the environment by placing dots in the installation.

Ye Old Time Coon Hunt 1917

Human Studies Film Archives
Cataloging supported by Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee

Edited film produced by "Field and Stream" Magazine for Bray Studios, Paramount. Film depicts a "coon" hunt showing men and dogs leaving a plantation house to tree a racoon. Also depicted is the role of Blacks in a coon hunt followed by communal dancing and celebration by Black men. This documents a dance style known as "shaking the dogs" accompanied by a percussion technique using wooden stakes.

Yellow Warbler

Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
George Jameson sent us this yellow warbler video.

Yellow stingray (Urobatis jamaicensis)

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Hidden in the middle of a seagrass bed at Bocas del Toro we found this small yellow stingray (Urobatis jamaicensis)

Yellow-Crowned Amazon Parrot

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Two Yellow-Crowned Amazon Parrots, Amazona ochrocephala, feeding in the Panama Canal Zone. Video by: Rachel Collin

Yellow-breasted Chat

Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
George Jameson sent us this video of a yellow-breasted chat.

Yellowhead Jawfish Digging Its Burrow

Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce
The yellowhead jawfish in our Atlantic coral reef tank rebuilds its burrow after the previous burrow collapsed. Jawfish dig through sand and rubble using their large mouths.!/SmithsonianSMS

Yellowstone Is Overdue for a Major Eruption?

Smithsonian Channel
Tall tales take on a life of their own when witnesses past and present begin to describe the grandeur of Yellowstone. But her imminent eruption is no stretch of the truth. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Wyoming

Yellowstone by Air

Smithsonian Channel
Yellowstone National Park is home to the largest concentration of geysers in the world. Get a bird's-eye view of these prehistoric geysers. From: AMERICA'S YELLOWSTONE

Yeongkyu Yoo, Cloudandco - PLAY Interactive Light Demo

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
#emergent, #3D-printing, #glass, #vessel This video is featured in the exhibition Beauty—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, on view at the museum February - August 2016. Explore the Beauty exhibition online at About: Yeongkyu Yoo established cloudandco in 2010 to deliver his pared-down aesthetic to a commercial market. PLAY1 (2015) is a light controlled by a small cube: shaking or turning the cube changes the light’s color and brightness; placing the cube on the base recharges it. PLAY2 (2015), controlled by a cylinder, connects with a smartphone to serve as a projector, light, clock, and more. Video courtesy of cloudandco / Yeongkyu Yoo. Watch hundreds of videos on design and process on the Cooper Hewitt website:

Yes, Butterflies Zigzag Wildly for a Reason

Smithsonian Channel
A butterfly's slow wing beat enables it to make rapid and unpredictable changes of direction. Here's why that's such a useful trait. From: DAVID ATTENBOROUGH'S CONQUEST OF THE SKIES: First to Fly

Yes, Putting an Emergency Oxygen Mask on First Is Vital

Smithsonian Channel
Investigators looking into the October 25, 1999 crash of Learjet 35 were faced with a puzzling question: If the supplemental oxygen was working, why didn't the crew use their masks as soon as they ran into trouble? From the Series: Air Disasters: Deadly Silence

Yes, Spiders Eat Spiders

Smithsonian Channel
Portia spiders, known for their remarkable intelligence, have some of the most astonishing hunting skills in the arthropod community. That community also happens to be their prey. From: MICRO MONSTERS WITH DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: Conflict

Yes, The U.S. Gov't Poisoned Alcohol in the 1920s

Smithsonian Channel
One of the darkest chapters of Prohibition was the government's use of toxic additives in industrial alcohol to deter drinkers. On Christmas Day 1926, 66 people died as a result. From the Series: Drinks, Crime, and Prohibition: Flappers and Bootleggers

Yes, You Can Go Sandboarding in the Namib Desert

Smithsonian Channel
The Namibian town of Swakopmund is a top tourist draw for desert lovers. Popular activities include quad-biking and sandboarding down its massive, steep dunes. From the Series: Aerial Africa: Namibia

Yeshi Wangchuk, Spiritual Singer

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Catalog No. - CFV10144; Copyright - 2008 Smithsonian Institution

Yinka Shonibare MBE

National Museum of African Art
An introduction to the artist for the National Museum of African Art's Annual Awards Dinner held October 28, 2016 in Washington, DC

Yinka Shonibare MBE’s Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball) (excerpt)

National Museum of African Art
In Un Ballo in Maschera, Yinka Shonibare MBE interweaves and subverts the geographies and temporal assumptions that shape narratives of tradition and modernity. The artist draws on Giuseppe Verdi’s 1859 opera of the same name about the 18th-century Swedish king Gustav III, who was assassinated at a masked ball while his countrymen fought a war far from home. In Shonibare’s rendition, the event is an allegory for political hubris—with the artist specifically thinking of the Iraq war—and a playful attempt to reveal that the Western world has its traditions, too. Dramatized by masked characters in gowns and frock coats made from the colorfully patterned wax-print fabric produced in the Netherlands and England but typically considered to be “African,” the scenes move from the rhythm of a beating heart to a sumptuous ball. There, the king, portrayed by a woman, is shot dead, only to stand again and repeat the performance in a play on the circling of history and the looping of time-based media.
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