Monday, July 20, 2009

STRI to Highlight Panama Land, Culture, History

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) has announced a series of programs and educational endeavors through 2010.  Entitled “Panama at the Smithsonian”, the exhibitions will highlight Panamanian culture and its development and history, including its impact on the U.S.

The new exhibitions began in April with a free concert.  From October 5, 2009 through May 31, 2010, STRI will exhibit “Panamanian Passages”, an interactive display featuring live flora and fauna, a tribute to Panama’s natural history, and educational tours that focus on how modern-day Panama came to be. 

Panama’s biodiversity has attracted scientists since 1910, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute was founded in 1923 as a biological reserve that is devoted to ecological studies.  The STRI has been operated by the American Smithsonian Institution since 1946.  The Institute is famous for the use of two cranes that were erected in 1990 and 1997 for three-dimensional access for studies.  The cranes are located at both ends of the Panama Canal.  The STRI contributes to studies for new drugs, the global climate, species, and ecosystems.

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