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12:39 pm, December 21, 2014

Smithsonian News

$158.4M facelift gives American History Museum new outlook

At age 50, the National Museum of American History is getting a $158.4 million facelift to its west wing, which will add new exhibit space and more interactive elements.

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 05:05pm EDT

Meghan Ferriter, Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian wants to unlock the detailed stories behind many of its exhibits, and it needs the public to make this feat possible. Smithsonian's Transcription Center website features more than 39,000 digitized documents that it wants to use the power of the crowd to transcribe. Meghan Ferriter, project coordinator for the Smithsonian's Transcription Center, explained her group's crowdsourcing goals when she joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Wednesday - 09/03/2014, 08:52am EDT
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Gunter Waibel and Adam Metallo, Smithsonian Institution

Less than 1 percent of the artifacts at the Smithsonian Institution are on public display. But 3-D printing could help the agency send millions more artifacts to museums and schools around the world. Gunter Waibel is director of the Digitization Program Office, and Adam Metallo is 3-D Program Officer of the Smithsonian Institution. They're both Service to America medal finalists in the Citizen Services category, and explained their pioneering work on In Depth with Francis Rose. View a gallery of all the Sammies finalists.

Wednesday - 07/30/2014, 04:16pm EDT
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Pamela Baker-Masson, Smithsonian National Zoo

In celebration of Earth Day, the Smithsonian National Zoo releases the Endangered Song. Only 400 people get a copy, because there are just 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild. Pamela Baker-Masson, associate director of communications for the zoo, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp why the song is so important to the zoo's mission. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 11:06am EDT
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Agencies celebrate Earth Day with hashtags, 'selfies'

From selfies to hashtags, agencies have asked Americans to actively participate in Earth Day by using social media.

Tuesday - 04/22/2014, 09:56am EDT

Kirk Johnson, Sant Director, National Museum of Natural History

The federal government is the biggest buyer in the world. Some items are harder to come by than others. A T-Rex dinosaur skeleton just arrived at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. The purchase is a case study in government acquisition. It will be a centerpiece of the museum's new dinosaur hall in 2019. Sant Director Kirk Johnson told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp how the museum acquired the skeleton from the Army Corps of Engineers.

Friday - 04/18/2014, 09:46am EDT
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Julia Ziegler, Michael O'Connell, Federal News Radio

The National Museum of American History celebrates a big birthday this year. It's now 50 years old. Federal News Radio takes a look at the museum's past and present. Web Manager Julia Ziegler and Web Editor Michael O'Connell share details with Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Friday - 04/18/2014, 09:33am EDT
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From ruby slippers to first ladies' gowns, American History Museum celebrates major milestone

2014 marks 50 years since the Smithsonian Institution opened the doors on its National Museum of American History. Federal News Radio explores the museum's beginnings through pictures and stories with the people who were there then and now.

Friday - 04/18/2014, 04:00am EDT

Michael O'Connell, Web Editor, Federal News Radio

One Smithsonian museum is celebrating a big milestone this year. The National Museum of American History turns 50-years old. Federal News Radio is taking a look back at the museum's creation with a special Web feature Friday. Web editor Michael O'Connell gives In Depth with Francis Rose a preview.

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 05:42pm EDT
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Smithsonian boosts network, tools to meet increasing digital demands

Deron Burba, the Smithsonian's CIO, said the organization will launch 3-D technology this fall to let researchers and others explore digital images like never before.
November 28, 2013

Thursday - 11/28/2013, 12:17pm EST
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Panel: Digital technologies changing how agencies communicate -- both inside and out

Agencies across government are leveraging digital technologies to both embark on new initiatives and enhance existing ones. The growing adoption of mobile devices, cloud computing technologies and wireless capabilities allows agencies to conduct unique outreach efforts and makes the agencies, themselves, more flexible workplaces. Agency technology officials discussed both issues as part of the Federal News Radio special report, A New Era in Technology.

Thursday - 11/21/2013, 05:08pm EST
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Smithsonian faces $65M cut in Congress' budget

Smithsonian faces $65M cut from Congress, may consider furloughs or museum closings

Monday - 10/21/2013, 06:10pm EDT

Smithsonian boosts network, tools to meet increasing digital demands

Deron Burba, the Smithsonian's CIO, said the organization will launch 3-D technology this fall to let researchers and others explore digital images like never before.
October 10, 2013

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 12:17pm EDT
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Food workers at Smithsonian strike over wages

Organizers say the workers plan to protest Thursday outside the National Air and Space Museum and march to the Smithsonian Castle.

Friday - 07/12/2013, 08:53am EDT

Smithsonian limits gallery closures to 3 museums

Smithsonian to limit closure of galleries to 3 museums due to budget cuts

Tuesday - 04/30/2013, 04:30am EDT

Smithsonian to close galleries due to budget cuts

Smithsonian to close galleries due to budget cuts from Congress; park police face furloughs

Tuesday - 04/16/2013, 04:38pm EDT

Federal Drive Interviews -- Jan. 28, 2013

Eric Green of NIH talks about his agency's search for a top data scientist. Dr. Elizabeth Stanley of Georgetown University discusses a new meditation program she helped develop for the Marine Corps. David Capozzi of the Access Board discusses new access standards for agencies. William Pretzer of the National Museum of African American History and Culture talks about trolling the inauguration for presidential memorabilia.

Monday - 01/28/2013, 11:27am EST

Smithsonian curators scout for Obama artifacts

As crowds descended and the inauguration unfolded, a few museum curators in Washington kept watch for symbols and messages that would make history.

Tuesday - 01/22/2013, 09:31am EST

Smithsonian to reopen 1 of Mall's oldest buildings

The Smithsonian Institution announced plans Wednesday to create an innovation pavilion with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in one of the oldest buildings on the National Mall.

Wednesday - 01/16/2013, 03:11pm EST

Exclusive: Agencies detail buyout, hiring freeze plans

In a governmentwide survey, agencies reported that they were not seeking buyouts through OPM or hiring freezes

Monday - 07/25/2011, 05:18pm EDT
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