Flu Season Resources

Flu season is coming! Approximately 5-20% of U.S. residents get the flu each year. What are scientists, public health practitioners, and the rest of us doing to limit the flu’s spread? Explore this collection of resources from the National Academies to learn about the science of influenza, its public health challenges, and what you can do to protect yourself and others:

Oct. 9: Is Community Resilience Real or Fiction?

Join leading disaster expert Dr. Gerald Galloway (University of Maryland) for a reception and lively discussion of the key questions about what makes communities resilient on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Koshland Science Museum.
What have we learned from Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy? Why do some communities bounce back and others do not?  Is building community resilience possible, or is it just wishful thinking? Everyone has a story about their experience of a natural or human-made disaster. How do we move from being reactive to proactive in the face of these challenges?
Galloway will share his insights into these questions and challenge you to mix-it-up and come up with some answers of your own. Bring your friends and meet new people in this first Science Social event hosted by the Koshland Science Museum.               
$10/adults, $7/students (includes light refreshments)
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This event is part of the Koshland Science Museum's Science Social program series, which launches with three events in fall 2013 focused on community resilience. Stay tuned for new interactive museum features and more events to come in 2014: Email to sign up for resilience programming updates.
Gerry Galloway is a Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and an Affiliate Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park, where his focus is on disaster resilience, water resources policy and risk management. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a distinguished leader of the management of sustainable water resources and education in environmental engineering.  He is currently serving as a consultant on flood risk management for Army Corps of Engineers, the governor of Louisiana, and the Nature Conservancy’s Yangtze River Program and the WWF’s China Flood Management Program. In April 2010, he was named by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as an Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) Fellow. He served as the co-chair of the experts group on water policy for the UN’s 2009 World Water Development Report Three and is part of the team preparing the 2015 report. As part of US National Academy teams, he has worked with scientists in Finland, Iran and the Ukraine on climate change impacts on water systems and was a member of a National Academy of Public Administration panel examining the creation of a National Climate Service. He has been chair or a member of 12 National Research Council studies.

Sept. 26: At the Crossroads of Science and Foreign Policy: Empowerment

Join members of the scientific and foreign policy communities for an evening of active discussion in this second event of the program series At the Crossroads of Science and Foreign Policy. The event will be held at the Koshland Science Museum, 525 E St., NW, Washington, DC on Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Featured speakers will explore how advances in science & technology (S&T) can empower individuals and communities around the globe to affect change and improve their quality of life. Following the speaker discussion, a structured audience discussion will challenge attendees to draw from their own experiences and knowledge to further explore this theme as it relates to the larger scientific and foreign policy communities.

Free and open to the public. Reserve tickets.
Featured speakers
Judy Payne, e-Business Advisor of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) team, USAID (Biosketch)
Laura Raney, Senior Technical Officer, FHI3600 & Co-founder, mHealth Working Group (Biosketch)
Elizabeth Lyons, Senior Advisor, Office of the Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary, State Department

Global scientific and public health initiatives are increasingly using S&T tools to provide greater access to information among the general public, including previously isolated people, but the scientific community is sometimes ill equipped to understand the policy hurdles that may limit their success. On the flip side, the foreign policy community may be asked to address challenges that can be uniquely solved by developments in S&T, yet may not be aware of how to implement those tools to effectively empower individuals and groups.
The Empowerment event will showcase success stories in which the S&T and foreign policy communities have worked together to increase access to information; speakers and attendees will reflect on lessons learned from these efforts, identify effective strategies and approaches, and consider future opportunities to enhance access to information and empower individuals and communities worldwide.
Additional initiatives to be discussed will include: mobile technologies for agriculture and health, air quality monitoring in Beijing by the US Embassy, Grand Challenges for Development, science and human rights, and the Clean Cookstoves initiative.
At the Crossroads of Science and Foreign Policy is a program series co-sponsored by the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, and the Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences. Monthly events throughout fall 2013 will provide a forum for active discussion of emerging topics at the intersection of science and foreign policy.

Sept. 23-24: Live Webcast on the Science of Science Communication

If you missed the chance to register for “The Science of Science Communication II,” you can still join the conversation via webcast on Monday and Tuesday, September 23-24, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The event, which is the second Sackler Colloquium on the Science of Science Communication, seeks to advance a national dialogue about science communication. Join scientists, communication practitioners, and opinion leaders to discuss how lessons from research can drive effective communication of science topics.

Report Offers Research Directions for Understanding the Sociology of Aging

The aging of the population of the United States is occurring at a time of major economic and social changes. The science of sociology offers an important knowledge base and analytical approach that can help us understand and plan for our changing demographics.
In a new report, The Future of the Sociology of Aging: An Agenda for Action, a panel assembled by the National Research Council evaluates contributions of social demography, social epidemiology and sociology to the study of aging and identifies promising new research directions in these fields.
The report is one of several recent publications from the National Academies dealing with the implications of the aging U.S. population, including:

Join the Koshland Science Museum for a weekend of special activities celebrating opportunities for healthy aging September 21-22, 2013. See “The Science of Healthy Aging” for more information.


New Report: Rebuilding Depleted Fish Stocks

Overfishing can cause significant economic losses, disrupt the food supply chain, and damage ecosystem health. It is possible, however, to rebuild depleted fish stocks, and a new report from the National Research Council (NRC) says many fish stocks have indeed increased as a result of federal efforts to reduce pressure on overfished stocks.
According to a 2012 report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), about 20 percent of the U.S. fisheries that have been assessed are overfished. The NRC report, which assessed the health of 55 fisheries, found that many depleted fish populations are showing signs of recovery, although fishing pressure is still too high for some fish stocks and others have not rebounded as quickly as plans projected.
View an Interactive Information Graphic to explore the health of fish populations over time.
View the report, Evaluating the Effectiveness of Fish Stock Rebuilding Plans in the United States

Sept. 19: DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous Explores Disasters

D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER), a monthly discussion forum on art and science projects in the national capital region and beyond, explores the theme of disasters on Thursday, September 19 at 6:00-9:00 p.m. Featured speakers include James Brey of the American Meteorological Society, James Giordano of Georgetown University, David Hughes of Pennsylvania State University, and Judith Waller of the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, Menasha.
The event is free and open to the public. Registration and photo ID required. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and a reception follows the event from 8:00-9:00 p.m.
Read more and register.
Access the live webcast (begins streaming at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time).
DASER is co-sponsored by Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS) and Leonardo, the International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology. DASER fosters community and discussion around the intersection of art and science.

Sept. 21-22: The Science of Healthy Aging

Why do we age? How is the brain of an 18-year-old different from the brain of an 81-year-old? What can you do to stay fit and mentally sharp as you grow older?

In recognition of Healthy Aging month, join us for a weekend of special activities September 21-22, 2013 celebrating opportunities for staying healthy at any age. Aging isn’t just for the old—people of all ages will learn something new with our interactive exhibits and hands-on activities!

  • Learn why we age and see how our bodies and brains change throughout life.
  • Take our digital avatar AGNES for a spin to experience for yourself the physical and sensory changes that occur during aging.
  • Put your memory to the test and learn fun techniques to sharpen your short-term memory.
  • Consider how the demographics of an aging population affect society.  
  • Get in the driver’s seat of our driving simulator and see how aging affects attention and responsiveness.
  • Learn healthy eating tips & tricks to keep your body and mind fit throughout life.
  • Share your views on wisdom, memory, and the future.

Special Healthy Aging activities will be held from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22 and are included with regular museum admission ($7 adults, $4 students and active military). No advance ticket purchase required.

Promoting Health during Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

About 36 percent of U.S. adults aged 20 years or older and nearly 17 percent of children and adolescents are obese. During September 2013, the nation is drawing attention to the effects of childhood obesity on physical and emotional health, health care costs, and national productivity.
In its special collection, “Obesity Prevention at the IOM,” the Institute of Medicine (IOM) highlights key scientific findings and policy recommendations to address this important issue. These resources include a video based on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School, an interactive infographic titled “Obesity: Complex But Conquerable,” and many other resources.
The Koshland Science Museum’s online exhibit “Food for Thought” explores healthy eating, supplements, and more.  In our School Lunches game, try your hand at applying USDA dietary guidelines by planning a nutritious lunch for a high school cafeteria—and make sure your “students” eat it!


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