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A Silver Anvil, excellent exhibition writing and an Outstanding Alumna–not to mention the cover of Science!

July 3, 2013 Have you reached a milestone, received an award or conquered the world (at least your little corner of it) lately? Let us know at torch@si.edu.  We want to toot your horn for you! Be sure to include your contact information and a picture as an attachment.

National Zoo

Judy Tasse

Judy Tasse

Exhibit Developer Judy Tasse is a 2013 winner of the Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing Competition, sponsored by the Alliance of American Museums.Her submission, an object label for a radiograph image of an eastern mole, is part of The Inside Story, a Small Mammal House exhibit featuring x-rays from the Zoo’s Wildlife Health Sciences collection.

 

Copper Aitken-Palmer, chief veterinarian at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, received the 2013 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award for her notable achievements since graduating from Kansas State University. Dr. Aitken-Palmer earned her DVM and a master’s degree in clinical sciences from Kansas State University in 2003. She also holds a doctorate from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Ralph C. RIchardson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Kansas, presents the 2013 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award to Dr. Copper Aitken-Palmer.

Dr. Ralph C. RIchardson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Kansas, presents the 2013 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award to Dr. Copper Aitken-Palmer.

Natural History

Dr. Elizabeth Cottrell, left, and Katherine Kelley

Dr. Elizabeth Cottrell, left, and Katherine Kelley

The article Redox Heterogeneity in Mid-Ocean Ridge Basalts as a Function of Mantle Source by MNH geologist and director of the Global Volcanism Project Elizabeth Cottrell and Katherine A. Kelley of the University of Rhode Island was featured on the June 14 cover of the prestigious journal Science.

Air and Space

The NASM Communications team, led by Assistant Director for Communications Claire Brown was awarded the Public Relations Society of America’s Silver Anvil Award of Excellence for its plan for the arrival of Discovery and the accompanying public awareness campaign, “Spot the Shuttle.” The Silver Anvil is awarded annually to organizations reaching the very highest levels of professional achievement. Congratulations to Holly Williamson, Frank McNally, Karen DeThomas, Kathy Hanser and former team members Isabel Lara and Brian Mullen.

In addition, the Houston Press awarded #SpottheShuttle its “Best of the Web” award for “Best Hashtag.”

(Photo by Carolyn Russo)

(Photo by Carolyn Russo)


Posted: 3 July 2013
About the Author:

Alex di Giovanni has been editing The Torch since August 2006. Prior to joining the Smithsonian, she worked as a writer and editor for the National Geographic Society, Plexus Scientific, The Nature Conservancy, The National Foreign Language Center and St. Martin’s Press, among others. She has the best job in the world.