Museum Announcements

Celebrate National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month, a time to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Does your dinner plate reflect the latest science-based nutrition guidelines? Do you know what’s in your supplements? How can we help schools give students the foundation they need to develop a healthy lifestyle?

Summary: The Science of Science Communication

A summary of a National Academy of Sciences’ colloquium exploring ways to improve the communication of science to lay audiences is now available. The colloquium, held in the fall of 2013 and titled “The Science of Science Communication II,” convened leading social, behavioral, and decision scientists, other scientists, and communication practitioners to share current research and discuss opportunities to enhance public engagement with science.

New Workshop Summary Explores Microbes and Our Health

A new workshop summary from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) offers perspectives on the scientific and therapeutic implications of the microbial communities that live in and around our bodies and those of other organisms.
Increasingly in recent years, scientific evidence has illuminated complex and dynamic interactions among hosts, microbes, and the environment, leading some scientists to suggest a paradigm shift away from the conventional “one-microbe, one-disease” view to encompass a more nuanced perspective on microbial ecology as it relates to health and disease.

February 12 is Darwin Day

Darwin Day is a global celebration held on the birthday of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin. The National Academies continue to draw inspiration from Darwin’s insights even more than 150 years after the publication of his masterwork On the Origin of Species.
The National Academies’ Evolution Resources website offers educator resources, expert reports, events, and thoughtful, in-depth discussion of evolution and related issues.