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Direction and Activities of Smithsonian Institution

The Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific organization, expresses its concern about some recent proposals regarding the directions and activities at the Smithsonian Institution that seem to depart from its traditional commitment to maintain properly its extraordinary scientific and historical collections and the resources and the research associated with them.

We, therefore, urge the Board of Regents to continue the longstanding leadership of the Smithsonian Institution in these areas.

[Adopted by the AAAS Council, 17 February 2002, Boston, Massachusetts.]