Koshland Science Museum Announces Spring Events

Media Contact: Museum Communications Officer, Koshland Science Museum
Phone: 202-334-1201, Email: Museum Communications Officer

Maureen O'Leary, Office of News and Public Information, The National Academies
202-334-2138, Email: Maureen O'Leary

May 23, 2007Washington, DC – This summer, the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences will offer a sample of public programs about an essential resource – water. From a global perspective, find out about the power of extreme waves. Bringing the subject closer to home, examine the special issues of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the introduction of non-native oysters.

The Marian Koshland Science Museum engages the general public in an exploration of the current scientific issues that affect their lives. The museum's state-of-the-art exhibits, public events, and educational programs provide information that stimulates discussion and provides insight into how science supports decision-making. Located at 6th and E streets, N.W., the museum is easily accessible by metro at the Gallery Place/Chinatown and Judiciary Square stops.

Tickets and additional information are available through the Koshland Science Museum at 202-334-1201 or online; advance registration is suggested for all events. Reporters who wish to cover these programs should pre-register with the museum.

Extreme Waves
Monday, June 11, noon to 1 p.m.
Experience the thrill and terror of extreme waves in this visual tour of their origins and effects with author and engineer Craig B. Smith, who presents a first-hand look at how these potentially deadly waves form and their impact on shipping and coastal environments around the world. Admission is free.

Non-native Oysters in the Chesapeake Bay (Part I)
Wednesday, July 11, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Chesapeake Bay’s oyster population is declining. Jamie King of NOAA will discuss the potential impacts of introducing non-native oysters on water systems, marine habitat, and the Chesapeake Bay environment. Admission is $5.

Local River Expedition (Part II)
Wednesday, July 18, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Join the Koshland Science Museum for an expedition with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation on the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers. Oyster specialists will show how these rivers have changed over recent years and discuss the effect of current and proposed urban development. The ship will depart from and arrive at the D.C. waterfront. Admission is $10