Monday, November 19, 2007
Smithsonian Project Loses Oil Sponsor - washingtonpost.com
Smithsonian Project Loses Oil Sponsor - washingtonpost.com: "The American Petroleum Institute yesterday rescinded its offer to give the Smithsonian $5 million for a major exhibit hall and Web site on the world's oceans, ending a controversy destined for the institution's Board of Regents meeting on Monday. The decision is a setback for Cristi¿n Samper, the acting secretary of the Smithsonian, who has said the ocean exhibition is 'very close to my heart.' Samper approved the contribution in his current role and helped develop the Ocean Hall when he was director of the National Museum of Natural History."