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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.
 

Recognizing Low Vision Awareness Month

February is Low Vision Awareness Month, a time to recognize the challenges faced by people living with low vision and take steps to protect your eye health. In the Koshland Science Museum’s interactive immersive gaming screen, visitors can take on the role of “AGNES,” a digital avatar that lets you experience the world through the eyes of someone with age-related vision loss.
 

New Art Exhibit Offers Window to the ‘Persona of Ice’

Caleb Cain Marcus: A Portrait of Ice, a photography exhibition now on view at the National Academy of Sciences building in Washington, D.C., offers viewers the chance to experience the awe and beauty of the world’s glaciers.
 
The public is welcome to see the exhibition free of charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. Photo ID is required. The exhibition will be on display from February 3-July 7, 2014.
 

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.

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