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Social Sauropods?

Smithsonian Magazine

Social Security

National Portrait Gallery

Early Social Conditions

National Museum of American History

Social Workers Help People Just Like You

National Museum of American History

Social Workers Save Lives

National Museum of American History

Walmart Goes Social

Smithsonian Magazine

#FWTrueLove Social Network

National Museum of Natural History
Welcome, Transcription Center Volunpeers and #FWTrueLove fans! Below is where we will record and encourage your #FWTrueDetective discoveries. The list below will be updated daily with new facts uncovered by our community while transcription of the FW True materials is ongoing. Discoveries will follow the format below, which is: Category...

Are Mongooses Social?

Smithsonian Channel
The dwarf mongooses at Smithsonian's National Zoo are very curious and very smart, but do they socialize with one another? One of their caretakers lets us know. #ZooQs From: WILD INSIDE THE NATIONAL ZOO: Baby Boom http://bit.ly/1F3AiB1

Don't Cut Social Security

National Museum of American History

The Church Social

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Arctic Social Sciences

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
Webpage provides information about representative projects in Arctic social sciences that have been funded by the National Science Foundation. Includes current research projects/news and a section on ethics specific to working with Arctic peoples.

Don't Cut Social Security

National Museum of American History

Design for Social Justice

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
Following a reading of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines, students identify social injustice in their own communities through both traditional and hands-on research and design a solution for those problems.

Monumentality in Social Housing

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Image features an aerial perspective of a of the Palace of Versailles and a rectangular housing at the upper left, adjacent to the Palace Grounds. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.Ricardo Bofill’s architectural design, Aerial Perspective of the Lake, the Arcades, the Viaduct, and the Temple Housing Complex for St. Quentin-en-Yvelines (1981) displays the architect’s concept sketch for a monumental housing project to be constructed in the outskirts of Paris.[1] While the idea of constructing mass social housing in suburban Paris dates back to the...

Thanksgiving Video Social Media

National Zoo
November 27, 2014—Today we are thankful for our staff—keepers, curators, veterinarians, researchers, and volunteers—for your dedication to all 1,800 animals at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. The husbandry, training, enrichment and day-to-day care you help us provide are vital to the well-being of our animals. Thanks to your dedication we can continue our work to understand wildlife and help save species and their habitats. We are grateful for you, our supporters and Friends of the National Zoo members. With your help, we build new animal habitats, develop educational programs, conduct and share vital research, and train the next generation of global conservation leaders.Together, #WeSaveSpecies.

Beyond the Social Pale

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Corridos for Social Justice

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access
Lesson plan has students examine the relationship between corridos lyrics and other primary sources. In the process, they will expand their historical thinking by interpreting 'texts' developed from the perspective of those who have struggled for social justice. Examines questions on immigration, human and civil rights, and social justice. Bilingual English/Spanish.

Intelligent Coalitions: Design & Social Impact

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
In February 2012, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, the Lemelson Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts brought together designers, planners, inventors, and funders from Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas working in the public, private, and social sectors for the Social Impact Design Summit—a one-day participatory event to discuss strategies and actions to advance the field of socially responsible design. To coincide with the publication of a white paper outlining the summit's findings, the evening will focus on progress and developments in the field of social impact design over the intervening months. Moderated by Cynthia E. Smith, Cooper-Hewitt's Curator of Socially Responsible Design, panelists will discuss the white paper's recommendations and proposals for how best to move forward and develop this burgeoning field. Join panelists, including Mariana Amatullo (Designmatters--Art Center College of Design), Bryan Bell (Social Economic Environmental Design--SEED Evaluator), Krista Donaldson (D-Rev), and Ezio Manzini (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability--DESIS Network), in a discussion about what is new and what is next for this growing area of design. Download the (free) white paper - http://www.cooperhewitt.org/publications/design-social-impact The Social Impact Design Summit and Design and Social Impact: A cross-sectoral agenda for design education, research, and practice were made possible by the Lemelson Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Surdna Foundation, and The Rockefeller Foundation.

Social (volume 16, number 9)

Archives of American Art
Magazine : 97 p. : ill. ; 30 x 23 cm. Only cover and page 67 have been scanned.
Page 67 features a photo by Andres Vigneaux of John Vassos posing with his book Contempo, along with a caricature by "Riveron."

The Super Bowl Goes Social

Smithsonian Magazine

The Ceramist as Social Critic

Archives of American Art
Essay : 4 p. : typescript ; 28 x 22 cm.

Social Networking Prairie Dog Style

Smithsonian Magazine

Prairie dogs’ complex social networks seemingly rival those of humans. The rodents live in underground colonies composed of up to thousands of individuals. Each colony can be further broken down into groups usually made up of an adult male, several adult females and their babies. And like humans, conflicts often arise within those larger communities.

“All prairie dogs don't get along,” Jennifer Verdolin, a postdoctoral fellow at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, explained in an email. “They fiercely defend their territories (within a colony) and social groups that live next to each other don't really tolerate other prairie dogs from other social groups coming into their space.”

Prairie dogs have a special system for distinguishing friend from foe. When those rodents meet one another out on the range or at the burrow door, they engage in what animal behavior experts refer to as “greet kissing.” This is less sweet than it sounds: they actually lock teeth with one another. The teeth lock somehow allows the prairie dogs to determine if they are members of the same group. If they are, they part ways and go about their business. But if not, they may engage in an aggressive tussle or a high-speed chase.

Verdolin and researchers from and North Carolina State University wanted to dig even deeper into the complexities of prairie dog relationships. Statistical tools developed to analyze human social networks, they thought, might offer some useful insight in this case, too.

For one year, the researchers observed Gunnison’s prairie dogs from three populations in Arizona composed of two colonies—one of which was split in half by a road that forced individuals to interact with those on the other side only vocally. Individual prairie dogs were marked with microchips and hair dye so the researchers could tell them apart. They collected a wide variety of social data, then specifically focused on greet kissing interactions for their statistical analysis. 

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Most prairie dogs behaved as expected—sticking to their own and avoiding interaction with strangers. They were surprised to find, however, that distinct substructures emerged that transcended family groups. First identified through traditional observations, the researchers found that each substructure tended to concentrate around a “hub” individual. Members of those cliques did not necessarily have to be related.

“One interesting, yet to be answered question is do prairie dogs, like dolphins, have special associations?” Verdolin said. “In other words, do prairie dogs have friends?”   

In addition, some prairie dogs escaped the traditional social constraints preventing intra-colony socializing. Those “bridge” individuals acted as furry ambassadors to foreign groups. The rodent connectors—which were all female—were able to move between groups without being attacked, the researchers report in the journal Ecological Complexity.

What's more, “We found that, using social network analysis techniques, we can identify prairie dog social groups with a small subset of the data currently used to identify these groups, saving hours and hours of researcher time,” Amanda Traud, a doctoral candidate in biomathematics at NC State University and co-author of the paper, said in an email. In other words, figuring out which prairie dogs are ambassadors or heads of cliques can paint an adequate picture of the interconnectedness of and between colonies.

This finding is very important for conservation efforts. For example, sometimes are moved in an attempt to save the colony before workers break ground on new construction, although “In many cases, developers have bulldozed over colonies, burying the prairie dogs alive,” Verdolin said.

But those who do try to save the critters may end up doing harm—a prairie dog that happens to be relocated with the wrong group risks being attacked. As Traud explained, keeping social groups together when moving colonies can further increase their chance of survival. 

The findings could also have some disease management applications. Prairie dogs are notorious carriers of the bubonic plague. They occasionally transfer infected fleas to domestic dogs and cats, and those disease-carrying pests can also transfer to other wildlife, including endangered black-footed ferrets. The plague also decimates the prairie dogs themselves, sometimes leading to mass die-offs.

Just as with humans, close contact with infected individuals spreads the disease—and who better to spread it than those kiss-prone bridge individuals? Quarantining those extra social individuals on a case-by-case basis, the researchers think, could hold promise for curbing the spread of the disease, limiting it to a single group rather than an entire population.

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