Museum Announcements

Engineer Girl Essay Contest Open through March 1

March 1 is the deadline for girls and boys aged 8-18 to enter the 2014 Engineer Girl Essay Contest, which challenges students to imagine how engineering might change our lives over the next 50 years.
The year 2014 marks 50 years since the creation of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). In honor of the NAE’s 50th anniversary, this year’s essay contest encourages students to think back on the incredible engineering achievements made during the past 50 years and consider the advances that we might celebrate 50 years from now.

IOM Workshop Examines Safety of Caffeine in Food and Dietary Supplements

Caffeine, a central nervous stimulant, has been part of many cultures for centuries. But the array of caffeine-containing products has expanded in recent years to include food products, energy drinks, and supplements, raising concerns about their safety and about whether new products target populations not normally associated with high caffeine consumption – like children and adolescents – and whether caffeine poses a greater health risk to those populations.

Seeking Nominations for 2014 Communication Awards

February 7 is the last day to nominate an individual or team for the 2014 National Academies Communication Awards. The contest is open to individuals or teams who have developed creative, original works that address issues and advances in science, engineering and/or medicine for the general public. Four winners will be honored with $20,000 prizes from the Keck Futures Initiative – a program of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine, with the support of the W.M. Keck Foundation.

Apply for NRC Research Associateship Programs by February 1

The National Research Council (NRC) is accepting applications through February 1, 2014 for its Research Associateship Programs, which offer graduate, postdoctoral, and senior-level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.
Prospective applicants can apply to participate in a variety of research projects organized by 25 programs from across the United States.
Learn more about current opportunities and apply here.

‘Evolution Canyon’ Yields Surprising Findings about How New Species Form

Generally, it is thought that new species are formed when two populations become physically isolated from each other and, over time, become so different that they can no longer interbreed. New research published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, however, suggests species can also form within populations that are not geographically separated—a phenomenon called “sympatric” speciation.

Last Chance! See ‘Crossing the Line: Paintings by Steve Miller,’ Closing Jan. 23

Exhibition of Steve Miller’s provocative artworks blending science and creative expression will end on Thursday, January 23. The works can be seen 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at the National Academy of Sciences building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W. The exhibition, titled Crossing the Line: Paintings by Steve Miller, is free and open to the public.

NAE Presents Year’s Top Engineering Prizes

This year's highest honors in the engineering profession recognize the groundbreaking creation of the lithium-ion battery and the development of an innovative engineering curriculum that encourages entrepreneurship and leadership.
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) annually presents two major prizes for engineering excellence. Winners are recognized in separate award ceremonies and receive $500,000.

January 10: Workshop on Communicating about the Life Sciences – Webcast/Videos Available!

What institutional barriers keep life scientists from communicating to the public about their work? How can scientists effectively engage in public dialogue about societal issues such as environmental change, health and medicine, and food security? A public workshop, “Sustainable Infrastructures for Life Science Communication” addresses these and related questions on Friday, January 10 in Washington, D.C.