Museum Announcements

Summary: The Science of Science Communication

A summary of a National Academy of Sciences’ colloquium exploring ways to improve the communication of science to lay audiences is now available. The colloquium, held in the fall of 2013 and titled “The Science of Science Communication II,” convened leading social, behavioral, and decision scientists, other scientists, and communication practitioners to share current research and discuss opportunities to enhance public engagement with science.

New Workshop Summary Explores Microbes and Our Health

A new workshop summary from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) offers perspectives on the scientific and therapeutic implications of the microbial communities that live in and around our bodies and those of other organisms.
Increasingly in recent years, scientific evidence has illuminated complex and dynamic interactions among hosts, microbes, and the environment, leading some scientists to suggest a paradigm shift away from the conventional “one-microbe, one-disease” view to encompass a more nuanced perspective on microbial ecology as it relates to health and disease.

February 12 is Darwin Day

Darwin Day is a global celebration held on the birthday of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin. The National Academies continue to draw inspiration from Darwin’s insights even more than 150 years after the publication of his masterwork On the Origin of Species.
The National Academies’ Evolution Resources website offers educator resources, expert reports, events, and thoughtful, in-depth discussion of evolution and related issues.

Recognizing Low Vision Awareness Month

February is Low Vision Awareness Month, a time to recognize the challenges faced by people living with low vision and take steps to protect your eye health. In the Koshland Science Museum’s interactive immersive gaming screen, visitors can take on the role of “AGNES,” a digital avatar that lets you experience the world through the eyes of someone with age-related vision loss.

New Art Exhibit Offers Window to the ‘Persona of Ice’

Caleb Cain Marcus: A Portrait of Ice, a photography exhibition now on view at the National Academy of Sciences building in Washington, D.C., offers viewers the chance to experience the awe and beauty of the world’s glaciers.
The public is welcome to see the exhibition free of charge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. Photo ID is required. The exhibition will be on display from February 3-July 7, 2014.