Apr
03

Is plastic inherently evil?

Is plastic inherently evil?

Odile Madden knows a lot about plastic. A materials scientist with the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute, she has spent the past eight years studying plastics found throughout the Smithsonian’s collections. She talks about her work and her belief that plastic, like all materials created or adapted by humans, will evolve. Continue reading Is plastic inherently evil?

Mar
17

A gift of empathy: Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the American Indian Museum

A gift of empathy: Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the American Indian Museum

The Irish Potato Famine of 1845-1849 caused untold misery when the potato crop in Ireland failed in successive years. The famine, the worst to occur in Europe in the 19th century, compelled hundreds of thousands to emigrate to the United States and forever changed the culture of our country. It also provoked a remarkable act of empathy that shaped the tribal culture of the Choctaw Nation. Continue reading A gift of empathy: Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the American Indian Museum

Feb
27

A few of my favorite things: Carrie Heflin

A few of my favorite things: Carrie Heflin

Smithsonian staff work countless hours in the halls of our museums and research centers, in the field, at the Zoo, in our gardens and facilities. We are privileged to spend time with some of the nation’s most cherished treasures as we go about our duties. Sometimes, these unique experiences find a special place in our own personal stories. Welcome to the first installment of “A few of my favorite things,” by Amy Kehs, a closer look at our colleagues through the artifacts at the center of those special “work moments.” Meet Carrie Heflin and a few of her favorite things. Continue reading A few of my favorite things: Carrie Heflin

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