Koshland Science Museum Announces Spring Programs

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 21, 2008Washington, DC –The Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences has lined up an exciting new slate of events. From science comedian Brian Malow to a free family day about pollinators, there is something for everyone this season at Koshland. Make a quantum leap beyond the usual science museum experience and attend a public program this spring!

The schedule of public programs follows. All events are held at the Koshland Science Museum unless otherwise noted.

Safe Drinking Water in D.C. and Around the World
Thursday, March 27, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Participate in World Water Day with an in-depth look at safe drinking water and why it is essential to health and well-being. Roland Steiner and others will discuss the status of the local water supply, the effects on regional water demand, and implications for global distribution. $8/$5 for students.

Science Comedy: The Final Frontier?
Thursday, April 10, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

What do the frontiers of science hold? Join science comedian Brian Malow to explore the depths of discovery, from space travel, time travel, our oceans, our brains, and the very small, such as microbes and viruses, or even smaller. $8/$5 for students.

Earth Day Educator Forum: Climate Change, Microbes, and Disease
Monday, April 21, 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

In conjunction with Earth Day, the Koshland Science Museum will host an interactive forum for educators. Teachers will meet with researchers to learn about current research on climate change and disease that can be used to support the teaching of biodiversity and ecology. Free for educators.

Radio Lab: An Evening with the Hosts
Thursday, April 24, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Science enthusiasts and radio junkies everywhere have quickly turned NPR’s Radio Lab into a cult phenomenon. Hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, along with producer Ellen Horne, will discuss and demonstrate their approach to melding complex scientific ideas into a show that is high-tech, surreal, and ultimately philosophical. $15 /$7 for students.

Note: This event will be held in the Keck Center of the National Academies at 500 Fifth St. N.W., around the corner from the Koshland Science Museum.

Music and the Brain: Performance and Discussion
Tuesday, April 29, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

How does the brain interpret music, and what is the role of music in cognition? Discover the relationship between music and the brain at a musical dialogue that includes performances by violinist Paul Chou and accompanying discussion with neurologist Mark Tramo of Harvard Medical School. $8/$5 students.

Climate, Water, and Sustainability: A Visual Tour
Thursday, May 1, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Explore connections among climate, water, and sustainability in a visual tour and discussion with Jon Foley from the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. See how researchers use state-of-the-art computer models and satellite measurements to analyze changes in land use, ecosystems, climate and freshwater resources across local, regional, and global scales. $8/$5 for students.

Pollinators: What’s the Buzz?
Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Learn about the effects of the decline of pollinators – insects, birds, bats, and other animals that play an essential role in agriculture and the nation’s food supply – at a free family day featuring a talk from noon to 1:30 p.m. Receive an interactive “Pollinator Garden Wheel” with information on North American pollinators and the plants and ecosystems they impact. Admission is free.

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 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.