Join members of the scientific and foreign policy communities on Thursday, August 22, 2013, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. for a lively discussion of the practice and impacts of future forecasting at the Koshland Science Museum, 525 E St., NW, Washington, DC. A panel discussion and breakout group conversations moderated by Jonathan Peck, President and Senior Futurist at the Institute for Alternative Futures, will consider how significant new developments are anticipated, understood, and answered by these communities.
Through August 31, senior citizens age 62 and older will receive discounted admission of $4 to the museum. Regular admission is $7. The $4 discounted admission cannot be combined with any other offer. To receive the discount, print this announcement and bring it with you to the museum, display it on your smart phone, or mention it to visitor services staff.
Immunization is one of the top 10 public health accomplishments of the 20th century, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But ‘herd immunity’ only works if most or all of the people in a community are vaccinated. As children head back to school and young adults start college, August is a great time for all of us to make sure our vaccines are up to date.
“The brain is the most complicated structure in the known universe.” That’s how James L. McGaugh, PhD, of the University of California, Irvine began a recent talk entitled Making Lasting Memories in the Brain. The talk, part of the National Academies’ Distinctive Voices lecture series, is just one of many Academies resources exploring the science of memory and learning.
Applications are now being accepted for the January 2014 session of the Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program. The program, now in its 16th year, provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation.
In a study in this week’s issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), scientists found that tropical cyclones can have a long-term effect of pumping heat into the ocean. The finding is based on an analysis of satellite-based data from hurricanes in the Northern Hemisphere from 1993-2009.
Through its EngineerGirl website, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) challenged students in grades three to 12 to submit essays about the contributions of engineering to the treatment of disease. The writers of outstanding essays were awarded prizes in three categories based upon grade level.
Obesity poses one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century, creating serious health, economic, and social consequences. As obesity prevention efforts are deployed across the United States, the country needs to know whether these efforts are having their intended impact.
Disasters and public health emergencies can stress health care systems to the breaking point. During such crises, hospitals and long-term care facilities may be without power; trained staff, ambulances, medical supplies and beds could be in short supply; and alternate care facilities may need to be used.
Historians and scientists will gather on Saturday, August 3, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in a symposium entitled “The NAS at 150: Celebrating Service to the Nation and Excellence in Science.”