Monday, March 7, 2011;
Special features National Zoo breeder "Nature's Matchmaker," Smithsonian Channel
An hour-long special about the National Zoo's own JoGayle Howard debuts March 13 on the Smithsonian Channel. Howard is the zoo's longtime reproductive scientist; she performed the artificial insemination that created the beloved panda Tai Shan, who was born in 2005 and is now living in China. The special, part of the channel's "Women in Science" month, traces Howard's career breeding giant pandas, black-footed ferrets and clouded leopards. Regarding the latter, Howard has had to work around the male leopard's unfortunate tendency of trying to kill females during mating in captivity. "We like challenges in science," she says. The show will air at 8 and 11 p.m., and again on March 14 at 9 a.m.Science in Art
Washington-based artist Juan Tejedor's solo show has a distinctly scientific tinge. For two pieces, both called "Night Sky - District of Columbia," he plots the stars with little blue blobs of putty. Tejedor drew "Bird Drawing - Pacific Migrations" directly on the back wall of the gallery, penciling in the patterns of transcontinental bird migration. "Pangea As it Exists Today" looks like a topographic map of South America and Africa snuggling up to each other. The title of the exhibition refers to "the view from above that informed the creation of each piece," according to the gallery. The show is on view through March 26 at Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW ( www.flashpointdc.org ).
- Rachel Saslow