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.
The world dumps the equivalent of a garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute of every day, year after year. Secretary Skorton explains how the Smithsonian is trying to slow the deluge—and what you can do to help. Continue reading Plastic or Planet?
July 17, 1838. After winning a lawsuit over the disposition of James Smithson's will, United States Special Agent Richard Rush sails from England with the proceeds from the estate--about $12 million in today's dollars (or about two percent of the Smithsonian's annual operating budget.) Continue reading Today in Smithsonian History: July 17, 1838