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Wayne Clough Wants Smithsonian Science to Escape Its Shadow

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Science  05 Aug 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6043, pp. 694-695
DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6043.694

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An impressive record as a researcher, university president, and fundraiser made G. Wayne Clough an obvious choice to become the 12th secretary of the venerable Smithsonian Institution in June 2008. His reputation as a consensus builder and a genuinely nice guy was also seen as a plus after his predecessor, banker Lawrence Small, was forced to resign when his management and spending practices created a furor at the quasi-governmental agency and within the halls of Congress. Clough visited Science on 14 July to discuss his plans for the Smithsonian, which marks its 165th anniversary this month. Here are highlights of that conversation. A longer version is available online.