National Academies News: Spring Programs at the Koshland Science MuseumWASHINGTON – Hate spring cleaning? Dust the cobwebs out of your brain instead by visiting the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences. Located within blocks of the National Mall and easily accessible by Metro, the museum offers public programs that are sure to plant seeds of curiosity.
The Koshland Science Museum invites you to enjoy:
THE SCIENCE OF CHOCOLATE
Thursday, April 6, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Learn about the chemistry of cocoa during a discussion and chocolate tasting. Dr. Harold Schmitz of Mars Inc. will address recent scientific discoveries of the possible health advantages of cocoa, and lead a tasting and comparison of some of your favorite chocolate brands. Admission is $10; advance ticket purchase is required.
FAMILY SCIENCE: ORIGAMI AND DNA, UNFOLDING LIFE'S MYSTERIES
Saturday, April 29, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Designed for families with children 7 to 15, this program lets you create folded frogs, flowers and more with world-renowned origami artist John Montroll from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. use cutting-edge technology aboard the Discover Genomics Mobile Laboratory from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and see your DNA with hands-on demonstrations from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 to 18.
ENVISIONING SCIENCE: FELICE FRANKEL, MIT RESEARCH SCIENTIST AND PHOTOGRAPHER
Thursday, May 11, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Join Felice Frankel for a reception and discussion of her installation, Science on the Sidewalk. Learn how Frankel creates striking photographs of scientific phenomena and the vital role that these images play in communicating science to the research community and the public. Admission is $5; reservations are recommended.
PERILS AND PUZZLES AT THE NORTH POLE: ANDY REVKIN, NEW YORK TIMES REPORTER
Saturday, May 13, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Join New York Times science reporter Andy Revkin for a discussion of his new book, THE NORTH POLE WAS HERE: PUZZLES AND PERILS AT THE TOP THE WORLD, in which he recounts his recent trip to the shifting, melting sea ice at the North Pole and explores the evolving relationship between humans and the Arctic. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 to18.
MURDER AT THE MUSEUM: A CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION
Thursday, May 18, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
A murder has taken place at the Koshland Science Museum and you need to solve the crime! Interview suspects and collect evidence with forensics experts, including a medical examiner, a first response officer, and fingerprint and DNA experts. Admission is $20; advance ticket purchase is required.
GREEN DESIGN: ROOFTOP GARDENS FOR A SUSTAINABLE CITY
Wednesday, May 24, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Koshland Science Museum
Thursday, May 25, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Avenue, SW
Explore the heat island phenomenon at a science café Wednesday, May 24, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Koshland with landscape architect Jack Sullivan of the University of Maryland and microclimate scientist Stuart Gaffin of Columbia University. Admission is $15 and includes food and beverage.
The following evening, on Thursday, May 25, discover hands-on techniques and materials for rooftop gardening during a walking tour at the U.S. Botanic Garden. Admission is $15.
Members of the public can purchase tickets or find out more by calling 202-334-1201, e-mailing email@example.com, or visiting www.koshland-science.org/events. Reporters who wish to cover these programs must register in advance by contacting Erin Barlow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Located at 6th & E streets, N.W., in Washington, D.C., the Marian Koshland Science Museum features state-of-the-art exhibits that present the complexities of science in an engaging and accessible way to the general public. The museum explores current scientific issues at the core of many of the nation's public policy debates, as presented in reports by the National Academies. For more information, please visit www.koshland-science-museum.org.
Date: March 17, 2006
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