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Meet Smithsonian Expert Dr. Stephanie Grocke

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Can scientists predict volcanic eruptions? Not yet, but Stephanie Grocke is working hard toward that goal. The volcanologist just finished her postdoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and will spend the next year researching volcanoes in Iceland. Dr. Grocke’s research will…

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Meet Smithsonian Expert Chris Wilson

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The story of our democracy is written everyday by citizens – and especially by young people –  who help to shape our future with their decisions. This pivotal Inauguration will be one of those seminal moments. Chris Wilson, director of the African American History Program at…

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Space Exploration with WorldStrides

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On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin took man’s first steps on the moon. With more than half a billion people watching on television, Armstrong climbed down a ladder, set foot on the moon, and said those now-famous words: “That’s one small step…

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Meet Smithsonian Expert Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez

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  The art of Peruvian weaving dates back over 2000 years. It is integral to Inca culture, and, too often, it disappears with the elderly artisans who once mastered it. When you travel on our Smithsonian University Travel Program to Peru, you’ll meet Nilda Callañaupa…

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Meet Smithsonian Expert Dr. Shirley Anne Warshaw

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Shirley Anne Warshaw is Professor of Political Science at Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and holds an endowed chair, the Harold G. Evans Chair of Eisenhower Leadership Studies. Her research focuses on the domestic and international policy implications of decision structures in the White House. She…

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Join us for our 2016 Smithsonian University Travel Programs Symposium

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Want to learn more about our Smithsonian University Travel Programs—a collection of travel programs that puts a Smithsonian lens on learning in some of the most iconic destinations on earth, including Panama, Iceland, Russia, Peru, China, and more? Then mark your calendars for our 2016…

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Meet Smithsonian expert Dr. Copper Aitken-Palmer

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Dr. Copper Aitken-Palmer is the chief veterinarian of the Department of Conservation Medicine at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, in Front Royal, Virginia. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and a Master of Science (MS) degree in clinical sciences, both from Kansas State…

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Meet Smithsonian expert Alfredo Villar: Where history meets hip

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Alfredo Villar is a Peruvian writer, art historian, and curator specializing in Amazonic and contemporary urban culture and music. He has published fiction and poetry books and also a graphic novel, “Rupay,” that was possible because of a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. He is…

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Getting familiar: Our educators’ experience with Smithsonian University Travel Programs

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Our Capstone university travel team is just back from a very special tour of the incredible Isthmus of Panama through the eyes of the iconic Smithsonian Institution. It was, in a word, “increíble!” (Be sure to say it in your mind with the appropriate Spanish…

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