But today, in a separate first, Chief Justice John Roberts moments ago presided over another swearing-in -- this time, of the 14th Librarian of Congress -- she is a former long-time champion for the Baltimore Public Library system. She also happens to be the first African American to serve -- since its founding in 1800 -- as the Librarian for the largest (paper) library on the planet -- the Library of Congress. Here is a bit, from local news coverage, this afternoon:
. . . .Hayden becomes the first woman and the first African-American to serve as the Librarian of Congress.
"People of my race were once punished with lashes and worse for learning to read. And as a descendant of people who were denied the right to read, to now have the opportunity to serve and lead the institution that is the national symbol of knowledge is a historic moment," Hayden said at the ceremony.
Hayden has been a champion for Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library for 23 years. She has poured her heart and soul into the city's libraries, leaving a lasting legacy. . . .
Now you know. Smiling broadly -- ear to ear, here -- so much going on -- just so very little of it related to the life sciences, directly. But it happens that way, from time to time. . . grin.