Koshland Science Museum Announces Spring Program Lineup

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

March 19, 2009WASHINGTON – Beginning in April, a series of events at the Marian Koshland Science Museum will explore climate change and possible solutions from many different angles. In addition, the museum will host a free family day that focuses on keeping pets and their people healthy. The schedule of events follows:

Picturing the Impact of Climate Change
Tuesday, April 7, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Admission: FREE!

Join NASA scientist Gavin Schmidt and accomplished photographer Joshua Wolfe as they demonstrate how photographs can illustrate the effects of global warming more poignantly than any temperature graph or chart. The two will show photos and satellite images of retreating glaciers, sinking villages in Alaska's tundra, and drying lakes from their new book, Climate Change: Picturing the Science. They will also discuss how scientists gather climate data and come up with cutting-edge research findings. A book signing will follow the event.

Earth Day Poetry Slam
Wednesday, April 22, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Admission: $7; $5 for students

Climate change is a global problem, but the impacts and potential solutions will affect us locally. Join poets from DC Slam as they express their take on climate change solutions in competitive performance poetry. Expect to be inspired, challenged, and amused! Audience members can also participate and will help judge the competition.

Global Climate Change Science Café: Problems and Solutions
Thursday, April 23, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Admission: $7; $5 for students

Climate change research has been making headlines for years, but deciphering the data and choosing how to respond on an individual level can be overwhelming. Join Andy Jorgensen, a chemist and educator who is developing curricular materials on climate change, for an interactive, informal discussion. Participants are encouraged to present their suggestions. The event is being hosted by the American Chemical Society.

Healthy Pet, Healthy You
Saturday, May 9, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission: FREE!

Why do pets need to be vaccinated? What do those heartworm pills actually do? Find out how to keep pets and their owners healthy at this free family day featuring Heather Bair-Brake, veterinarian and health education coordinator at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, the DC Humane Society will be on hand from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with some furry friends who are looking for a home.

Climate Change: Birds, Bees, Flowers, and Trees
Thursday, May 14; 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Admission: $7; $5 for students

Learn how rising temperatures are affecting North American songbirds, flowering plants, and other species from Gregory S. Butcher, director of bird conservation at the National Audubon Society; and David Inouye, director of the sustainable development and conservation biology graduate program at the University of Maryland. Participants will learn how the impacts of climate change are studied in plants and animals as well as how to observe and collect data as "citizen scientists." The event is being sponsored by the National Environmental Education Foundation.

Tickets and additional information are available through the museum at 202-334-1201 or the events page; advance ticket purchase is recommended for all events. Reporters who wish to cover these programs should pre-register.

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.