How can fossils from 55 million years ago help us understand why and how the earth’s climate is warming today? Secretary Clough traveled to Wyoming to find out. Continue reading On the road in Wyoming: The Secretary’s travel journal
The eight annual Smithsonian Staff Picnic on the National Mall took place June 30. Hosted by the Smithsonian Community Committee and held on the grounds of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the picnic featured live music performed by SI staff, as well as a drum circle and volleyball matches organized by the Smithsonian Healthy and Active… Continue reading Photos from the 2009 Smithsonian Staff Picnic
He may not have blown out any candles, but the National Zoo’s famous giant panda, Tai Shan, officially celebrated his fourth birthday this morning— complete with singing, guests and a massive, three-tiered “veggie-sicle” cake. The frozen masterpiece was made over the course of two weeks by Zoo commissary staff by freezing a combination of water,… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Tai Shan!
Gregory Melanson has been named deputy executive director of Friends of the National Zoo. He joins FONZ after 25 years with the Bank of America and predecessor banks, where he served in a variety of managerial positions in divisions focused on tax credits, low-income housing, community-based lending, commercial real estate, grantmaking and other areas. Continue reading Gregory Melanson is new deputy executive director of Friends of the National Zoo
One year ago, I began my tenure as Secretary of the Smithsonian. At the Folklilfe Festival’s Buddhist temple, the Bhutanese monks blessed my wife, Anne, and me during their closing ceremony. The blessing obviously “took,” and we have had a wonderful year. Continue reading From the Secretary: My first year