El 8 de marzo es el Dia Internacional de la Mujer: Es un honor felicitarlas por sus logros, visión, energía, y amor por la vida y la familia. March 8th is International Women’s Day: The Libraries honors all of you for your accomplishments, stamina, and love of life and family.
To celebrate International Women's Day / Dia Internacional de la Mujer, here are two interesting items selected by Librarian Vielka Chang-Yau, from our Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Library:
The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Library, also known as the Earl Silas Tupper Library in Tropical Biology, is located in Panama City, Republic of Panama. The Branch has sublocations on the Island of Barro Colorado, on the Gatun Lake of the Panama Canal, and on Colón Island, at the research station in the province of Bocas del Toro. The Library supports research, publications, exhibits and public programming of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, as well as those of other museums and bureaus of the Smithsonian Institution.
In 1923, the Institute for Research in Tropical America, a group that included private foundations, universities and the Smithsonian Institution, established a research laboratory on Barro Colorado Island, and became one of the first biological reserves in the New World. It was managed by the National Research Council, and its purpose was to investigate the flora and fauna of tropical America. In 1949, the facility was renamed the Canal Zone Biological Area and, by Act of Congress on July 2 of that year, was placed under the control of a board composed of the heads of several executive departments and prominent scientists. In 1946, the reorganization plan approved by Congress transferred operations to the Smithsonian Institution. The Canal Zone Biological Area was incorporated into the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in 1966 to provide continuity to the research program conducted at Barro Colorado Island and to establish a center where students from all over the world could conduct tropical research under conditions similar to those of an academic institution. —Vielka Chang-Yau