May 15, 2009 – WASHINGTON – This summer the Marian Koshland Science Museum is offering a slate of public programs on such topics as professional science writing, how bacteria operate, the built environment and human health, and food safety. A schedule of events, which begin in June, follows:
An Evening With Science Writers
Wednesday, June 3, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va., have spent the past year learning the ropes of science reporting from experienced pros. Join Joe Palca, science correspondent for National Public Radio; and Dan Vergano, science reporter for USA Today, as they discuss the realities of science writing and share some of the students’ best work, including pieces on the possibility of life in deep space, how robots are impacting our lives, and the science behind why people fall in love. Advance registration is required.
Tiny Conspiracies: Cell-to-Cell Communication in Bacteria
Thursday, June 18, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Admission: $7; $5 for students
Our bodies coexist peacefully with thousands of bacteria, but some bacteria that can make us ill are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. Princeton geneticist and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator Bonnie Bassler’s revolutionary work on quorum sensing -- how bacteria “talk” with one another and act as groups -- has profoundly changed scientists’ understanding of these tiny organisms. Join Bassler as she discusses her work, the new medical research it has inspired, and the possibilities for developing a whole new class of antibiotics.
Built for Better Health: Improving Man-made Environments
Saturday, June 20, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The built environment -- the homes, neighborhoods, and cities in which we live -- play an important role in our individual health. At this free family day, activities will highlight the potential health effects of man-made environments and strategies for making homes, workplaces, and neighborhoods healthier. At noon, Lynn Goldman, a pediatrician and epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health, will explain the connections between health and the environment.
Beware of Slimy Sandwiches
Saturday, Aug. 1, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The lazy days of summer present the perfect opportunity for picnics. However, knowing what food to pack and how to prepare it is key to an enjoyable outing. At this free family day, participants will learn the basics of food safety and see how bacteria can invade food supplies that aren’t properly stored or handled. At noon, Keith Lampel, director of the microbiology division of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, will discuss the importance of food handling and techniques for staying healthy.
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.