Earthquake damage

Museum specialist Charley Potter sorting fluid-preserved specimens of bats from research collections at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History from shattered glass jars toppled during the Aug. 23, 2011 Virginia earthquake. (Photo by James DiLoreto)

Posted: 26 August 2011
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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.