Museum Announcements

Celebrating Academy History

Fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy spoke movingly about science's importance to society and the Academy's role as adviser to the nation at a convocation celebrating the centennial of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). As the NAS celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, we reflect on the Academy’s history and its continuing role in the American democracy.

Recognizing Infection Prevention Week

About one-quarter of deaths worldwide are caused by infectious organisms. On October 20-26, 2013 the international community recognizes Infection Prevention Week, an opportunity to raise awareness of infectious disease and advance efforts to prevent infection, particularly in health care settings.
Expert reports, booklets, and interactive online tools from the National Academies are available to help health care workers and the public understand and prevent infection:

Life Lab

How can the choices you make every day affect your health? Our interactive Life Lab exhibit challenges you to find out how small changes can make a big difference at every age.  

Hollywood & Science Team Up to Help Girls Find Mentors

In Marvel’s "Thor: The Dark World," Academy Award-winner Natalie Portman portrays astrophysicist Jane Foster, an independent spirit who follows her heart and journeys to a new world. Now through October 20th, girls ages 14 and up in ninth to 12th grade can enter Marvel's THOR: The Dark World - Ultimate Mentor Adventure and find out what it takes to become a successful woman in science.