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Koshland Leads a Reflection of the History and Future of Museums

The Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences continued its tradition of bringing innovative and timely programming to the community with Museum Musings: Rethinking the Museum the evening of Thursday, June 15, presented in collaboration with the Office of Exhibitions and Cultural Programs of the National Academies. An overflow crowd filled the museum and engaged in a lively conversation about the future of museums and the role of technology, programming, and interdisciplinary study as tools for engaging the community.

Addicted to Energy? Find Out with Lights At Night Interactive Exhibit

February 24, 2006Washington, D.C. — Lights at Night, an engaging interactive display developed by the Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences, is now available for museums, libraries, schools and other venues. Since the museum opened in April 2004, Lights at Night has intrigued over 50,000 visitors with its hands-on comparison of energy use through the exploration of real satellite imagery.

Marian Koshland Science Museum Receives NIH Funding For Infectious Diseases Exhibit

December 27 , 2005Washington, DC - The Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences has received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Science Education Partnership Awards. The museum will use the $1.3 million award to fund a new interactive exhibit based on 50 National Academies studies related to infectious diseases. The new exhibit will engage visitors through interactive displays that explore the impact of personal and national decisions that could affect their health.

Koshland Science Museum Public Programs for Fall 2005 Feature Hurricane Forecasting, Communicating Science, Lunchtime Discovery

August 19, 2005Washington, DC - The Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences presents highly interactive programs that bring together experts and members of the public in thought-provoking discussions about the science behind today's headlines. The fall season will kick off with the Communicating Science series which explores the challenges and techniques of conveying technical and often controversial scientific issues through film, print, and broadcast journalism.

Savoring the Taste and the Science of Wine

March 8 , 2005 - Washington, DC - Learning to taste wine properly is a lot like mastering a golf swing, according to wine importer Gray Mosby: For the best results, the taster must master a repeatable stroke, and take the same swing every time. But mastering the growth and production of wine in the face of a warming climate is itself an art, says Gregory Jones, a research climatologist at Southern Oregon University.

Science Writers Take on the Challenge of Exhibit Design

March 3 , 2005 - Washington, DC - As part of the annual National Association of Science Writers two-day workshop, a contingent of NASW members visited the museum to find out more about exhibit design and development. In a flurry of brainstorming, five groups of eight writers laid out their grand plans. The event was one of several seminars the museum has hosted for several groups. The goal: to educate journalists, policymakers, and laypersons about the science that informs the science policy analysis and recommendations generated by the Academy.

Marian Koshland Science Museum Welcomes 20,000th Visitor and Prepares for One Year Anniversary Celebration

February 17, 2005 - Washington, DC - The Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences welcomed its 20,000th visitor, just 9 months after opening. J.R. Holloway, a shy but ambitious 4th grader and aspiring scientist, was surprised to learn that he was the museum’s 20,000th visitor Monday morning. He and his mother Linda Holloway were visiting DC from Grapevine, Texas. “He loves science” said Linda Holloway.

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