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The Smithsonian Board of Regents on Monday named Cornell University President Dr. David Skorton to lead the world's largest museum and research complex in the nation's capital.
"Becoming a part of the Smithsonian is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lead an institution that is at the heart of the country's cultural, artistic, historical and scientific life," Skorton said in a statement.
Skorton, whose research focus is congenital heart disease, cardiac imaging and image processing, has led Cornell since 2006.
" we follow it, we are interested in the destiny of any athlete who has been through such a situation like me," Lyudmyla Pavlenko, who won gold for Ukraine in cross-country sitting skiing, said Monday through a translator.
Pistorius admits to killing Reeva Steenkamp, but denies the premeditated murder charge, maintaining he thought his girlfriend was a dangerous intruder when he shot her through the door of a toilet cubicle in his home.
"It's interesting the timing of it all," Nichols, who was hospitalized following a crash on Monday, said in an earlier interview.
 unfortunately the crisis in Ukraine and Oscar Pistorius court case are both really negative things that are taking the light from what is really positive about the Paralympic Games and us.
 compatriots Kelly Gallagher and Charlotte Evans hope their gold medal triumph in Monday's Super-G also takes the Paralympic focus off the accused murderer.
 the global interest in Pistorius' sprinting debut at the Olympics in London generated unprecedented coverage of the subsequent Paralympics and encouraged some broadcasters to invest more time and resources on the Sochi Games.