NAS Announces Events for African American History Month

Amy Shaw, Koshland Science Museum
202-334-1201; e-mail Amy Shaw

Alana Quinn , Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences
202-334-2514; email Alana Quinn

February 7 , 2012—WASHINGTON—This month the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine will celebrate African American History Month with two community programs for students and adults.

Healthy Plate Cook-Off
Thursday, Feb. 16, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Koshland Science Museum, 525 E St., N.W.
Included with museum admission. No reservations required.

Students from D.C. Central Kitchen’s Culinary Job Training program will prepare meals using the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) MyPlate guidance, and Allan Johnson and Avis Graham from Howard University’s department of nutritional science and Robert Post from the USDA will evaluate the nutritional value of the meals. The Institute of Medicine's Food and Nutrition Board are providing tips and tools for healthy meal planning.

Microphones, Mentoring, Minorities, and Missed Opportunities
Friday, Feb. 24, noon – 1 p.m.
Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W.
Free. Reservations and ID required.

Join National Academy of Engineering member James E. West to hear about his invention of the electret microphone — a technology used in nearly 90 percent of telephones today. He will also discuss his involvement in programs designed to improve diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for undergraduate and graduate students.

To learn more about these programs, including directions and registration information, visit

The African American History Program was established in 1985 to heighten awareness of the outstanding contributions of African Americans to science, engineering, medicine, and the nation's welfare. The program is supported by the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine.


The Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences sponsors exhibitions, concerts, and other events that explore relationships among the arts and sciences. For more information, call 202-334-2415 or visit

The Koshland Science Museum invites teens and adults to interact with the issues in a thought-provoking setting. Whether exploring on their own or with friends, visitors have the opportunity to use science to solve problems and to engage in stimulating conversations. For more information, call 202-334-1201.