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Koshland Science Museum Announces Fall Events

Media Contact: Museum Communications Officer, Koshland Science Museum
Phone: 202-334-1201, Email: Museum Communications Officer

Maureen O'Leary, Office of News and Public Information, The National Academies
202-334-2138, Email: Maureen O'Leary

WASHINGTON – Beginning in September, the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences will offer a new season of public programs focused on cognition and communication. From video "brain games" to science trivia, expect to be intellectually challenged this fall at the museum. A schedule of events follows.

Training Your Brain With Video Games
Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Admission: $10/ $ 5 students; RSVP required

Can you train your neural pathways to stay active and strong the way athletes train their muscles? The video game industry markets games that promise to enhance brain function or slow age-related decline. In this hands-on program, visitors will test their memory, attention, and logic skills on several video “brain games.” The program will conclude with a presentation about the science behind maintaining and improving brain function by Art Kramer, psychology professor and faculty member of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology's Human Perception and Performance Group at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Inside the Mind’s Eye: Communicating Science in a New Media Era
Oct. 14, 6:45 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Admission: Free; RSVP required

Blogs, podcasts, and other new media outlets have changed the way people receive the news. What does today's growing competition for our eyes and ears mean for science communication? Join Carl Zimmer, award-winning author and science journalist, for a discussion of how researchers and journalists use new media platforms. During the program, Zimmer will share excerpts from his latest book, "The Mind's Eye Goes Blind." This program is part of the 2010 USA Science and Engineering Festival.

Science Trivia Night at the Museum
Nov. 11, 6:45 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Admission: $10 / $5 students

Take time for a bit of friendly, brainy competition at the Koshland Science Museum. Mingle with friends and compete for prizes at science trivia night where questions will be a mix of historical science facts, current news, policy issues, and groundbreaking discoveries in science.

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Tickets and additional information for all Koshland events are available through the museum at 202-334-1201 or on the events page; advance registration is suggested. Reporters who wish to cover these programs should pre-register.

The Marian Koshland Science Museum engages the general public in an exploration of the current scientific issues that affect their lives. The museum's state-of-the-art exhibits, public events, and educational programs provide information that stimulates discussion and provides insight into how science supports decision making. Located at 6th and E streets, N.W., the museum is within close walking distance of the Gallery Place/Chinatown and Judiciary Square metro stops.