Smithsonian Voices

The Smithsonian Institution has hundreds of scholars, researchers and curators, each with an amazing story to tell about their work, their quests and their passions. Here is a sampling of the unique voices that make up the chorus of ideas at the Institution.

The spectacled flowerpecker has been spotted eating mistletoe, a parasitic plant that grows high in Borneo’s forest canopy. The distinctive white markings around the eyes earned these birds their common name. (John Anderton)
On opening day of the new fossil hall, visitors flocked to the windows of the FossiLab to see fossil preparation in action. (Kate D. Sherwood, Smithsonian Institution)
Comic book illustration from La Borinqueña #1,written and created by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez. Illustration by Will Rosado and digital colors by Juan Fernández.© 2016 SomosArte, LLC.

We Are Still Here: The First Taíno Movement Exhibition

October 15th, 2019, 5:42PM
David Levinthal,
Johns Hopkins University observed Indigenous Peoples’ Day for the first time in 2018. “The culture around Columbus and how Natives are viewed is slowly changing,” Indigenous Students at Hopkins (ISH) president Tyra Andrews said that day. “It’s really important, especially for the younger generations.” Organized by ISH and the university's Office of Multicultural Affairs, the commemoration included a campus powwow  and an evening presentation by Victoria O’Keefe (Cherokee and Seminole of Oklahoma), assistant professor in the Center for American Indian Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. (Photo courtesy of Tom Jefferson Jr.)
As far as predators go, coyotes are one of the most resourceful and resilient.
From the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. Funding provided by Joseph H. Hirshhorn Bequest Fund; Gift of Nion T. McEvoy, Chair of SAAM Commission (2016-2018) and McEvoy’s fellow Commissioners in his honor.
It's easy to spot the difference between Karl and Karoline (even without Karl’s beak). Karoline is smaller and has a blue and black throat sack. Like other male Abyssinian ground hornbills, Karl has a red and blue throat sack.

When Karl Met Karoline

September 25th, 2019, 3:51PM
A student learns how to turn spring foliage into botanical watercolors and prints on paper in the Smithsonian Associates studio arts class, Painting and Printing: Leaves Two Ways. (Sue Fierston)