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Clockwise from top left: Édgar Calel, Pa ru tun che´ (From the Treetop), 2021, courtesy of the artist; Kate Millett, Tower with Guards, 1968, The Kate Millett Trust; Ali Eyal, Where Does A Thought Go When It’s Forgotten? And. Part of Home Works 8, 2019. Platform 39 and Ashkal Alwan, Beirut. Photo: Mohammed Abdallah; Dia al-Azzawi, Ruins of Two Cities: Mosul and Aleppo, 2020. Photo: Mohannad Khamra; Yooyun Yang, See the light, 2019, Seoul National University Museum of Art Collection; Giana De Dier, Untitled (Madagascar), 202. Photo: Giana De Dier

Big Picture

Fall is an exciting and busy time for our avian researchers at Powdermill Nature Reserve, Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s environmental research center in Rector Pennsylvania. As birds migrate south, thousands fly through Powdermill, where they are identified, banded, and studied before they continue their long journey to their winter nesting grounds. In addition to being positioned for Appalachian-specific studies in ornithology, ecology, invertebrate zoology, and botany, Powdermill is a great place to spend a fun-filled day outdoors with the family.

Face Time

Geovette Washington

Geovette Washington

“My dad tried to convince me to be an engineer or a doctor, but I wasn’t having it,” recounts Geovette Washington, senior vice chancellor and chief legal officer at the University of Pittsburgh and chair of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees. In a legal career that spans three decades, Washington has served as general counsel and senior policy adviser in the White House Office of Management and Budget and as the second-highest-ranking official in the Office of General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Commerce. But when people hear her name years from now, it’s not the titles she hopes they’ll remember.

Inside the Museums

Carnegie Museum of Art conservators expose fakes, restore past glory, and play doctor to every art form imaginable. Above, Ellen Baxter works on the portrait of Isabella de Medici.