CPNAS Participates in Environmental Film Festival with Screenings March 14 & 15

Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS) offers film screenings Thursday, March 14 and Friday, March 15, as part of the Nation's Capitol Enviornmental Film Festival. Screenings will begin at 6:30 p.m. both days and take place at the NAS Building, 2101 Constituion Avenue, N.W., Auditorium. Photo ID and registration are required. There is no charge for admission.
Every March, the Environmental Film Festival presents a diverse selection of quality environmental films, including documentaries, features, animations and shorts as well as archival, experimental, and children's films at a wide variety of venues throughout the region. CPNAS participates in the Festival for the third time this year. Films will be screened in the newly refurbished National Academy of Sciences Auditorium. Please visit for details.

CPNAS Presents a Concert with Imani Winds, February 10

Join the Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS) for a concert by Imani Winds, North America's premier wind quintet:
Sunday, February 10, 3 p.m.
NAS Auditorium, 2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.
No charge for admission; reservations are required.
This Grammy nominated group brings dynamic playing and culturally poignant programming to the stage. The group is enriching the traditional wind quintet repertoire while meaningfully bridging European, American, African and Latin American traditions, and hailed for performances that are "stunningly beautiful and technically amazing." (Cleveland Classical)
A reception in honor of African American History Month follows the concert.



National Academy of Engineering: Global Grand Challenges Short Video Competition

Make a viral video that matters. The National Academy of Engineering has launched a video contest for U.S. residents age 18-27. The contest is looking for game-changing ideas, presented in creative and compelling ways. Deadline for submissions is midnight February 3, 2013, EST.
The Global Grand Challenges Summit is a major new initiative by the national academies of engineering in the UK, the US, and China. The summit will bring together leading international thinkers and innovators to explore new approaches to solving some of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century, on themes ranging from sustainability to health care, from driving growth and employment to protecting our planet.
In conjunction with the Global Grand Challenges Summit, each of the academies is running a short video competition for entrants 18-27 years old in the US, the UK, and China. Each competition will have its own judging process and prizes. Each academy will select its own competition winner to be screened at the Global Grand Challenges Summit in London, UK on March 12-13 2013. The winning contestants (maximum of two representatives per video) will be invited as guests to the Summit.
This short video competition is calling for creative entrants to produce a video highlighting the importance of engineering and how engineers can collaborate with other professions to solve (a) one of the challenges articulated by the National Academy of Engineering in its NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering program or (b) a challenge within one of the related Summit themes: Sustainability, Education, Enriching Life, Technology and Growth, Resilience.
The competition is open to short videos (no longer than two minutes) of all production techniques and genres, such as drama, animation, documentary, experimental or artist video, and hybrid work. The video may be shot with a full crew or with a mobile phone, it may be serious or amusing. However you choose to produce your video, it should be thought provoking.
Deadline for submissions is midnight February 3, 2013, EST.
Rules and entry procedure and the video submission form are available through the NAE Grand Challenges website.

Communication Awards: Call for Nominations

Keck Futures Initiative is taking nominations until Feb. 8 for four $20,000 prizes for excellence in reporting and communicating science, engineering, or medicine to the general public in 2012. A prize will be awarded in each of the following categories: book; film, radio, or TV; magazine or newspaper; and online. The winners will be announced in Fall 2013 in Washington, D.C.
To be considered for a 2013 Communication Award, the work should:
-be accessible and appeal to a broad, public audience;
-demonstrate clarity, creativity, originality, and accuracy;
-address issues and/or advances in science, engineering, and/or medicine;
-cover topics that have an impact on society; and
-have been published, broadcast, or released in 2012, in the United States and in English.
For more information and to nominate someone, visit the Keck Futures Initiative website.

Go Viral to Improve Health: The 2013 IOM-NAE Health Data Collegiate Challenge

Go Viral to Improve Health challenges undergraduate and graduate students to create innovative health-related apps and offers $18,000 in prizes. This is the third annual collegiate challenge sponsored by the Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Engineering to inspire students to work in interdisciplinary teams and transform health data into mobile apps, online tools or games, or other innovative products that solve vexing health problems.

Inauguration Day: Open House

Join the Koshland Science Museum for a festive community day on January 21 during the Presidential Inauguration. Warm up with complimentary admission, extended hours, and free hot chocolate.
Explore the science behind timely issues. Investigate the impacts of climate change in the Earth Lab gallery. See how the brain works and learn about the science of healthy living in the Life Lab gallery.



Did you know that 1 out of 4 bites of food we eat is created by bees' pollination? Learn about the important role that bees play in our environment, how to identify the diversity of bees, and how to better track bee populations and trends.

Join entomologist May Berenbaum for a fascinating investigation of bee ecology. What does the bee population tell us about possible ecological shifts due to climate change, human land use changes, and other impacts? The Beespotter program gets you involved with tracking bees in your community, from snapping photos to sharing data.

Science Quiz Night--SOLD OUT

Science Quiz Night is sold out! Participate in a science quiz night that will test your knowledge about a range of current scientific issues, from genomics to climate change. Put together a team of friends or come on your own to make new friends. This program is sponsored by the Koshland Science Museum and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.



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