Koshland Science Museum Announces Fall Programs

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

August 25, 2008WASHINGTON – Beginning this September, the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences is offering an array of public programs designed to engage curious minds of all ages in a variety of activities. A schedule of public events follows.

Arts on Foot with the Koshland
Saturday, September 13, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Continuing an annual tradition, the Koshland Museum will participate in Arts on Foot, a daylong neighborhood festival in the hip Penn Quarter district that incorporates visual art, music, theater, dance, film, and creative cuisine. Stop by our booth and participate in activities exploring DNA and microbes. For more information about Arts on Foot, visit

Antibiotics: Is a strong offense the best defense?
Thursday, September 18, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $8, $5 for students

Public health officials have long sounded the alarm that the overuse of antibiotics could create resistant germs which are almost impossible to treat with existing medications. Now, those concerns are becoming a reality; according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more people in the United States die from the antibiotic-resistant, mostly hospital-acquired staph infection MRSA than from AIDS. Join renowned antibiotics expert Stuart Levy, director of the Center for Adaptation Genetics and Drug Resistance at Tufts University, and Linda Tollefson, assistant commissioner for science at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as they debate the best ways to optimize antibiotic use and minimize the emergence of drug-resistant pathogens.

Free Family Weekend: The Green Hunt and the SSP Middle School Challenge
Saturday, October 18, 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 19, 1 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

Exploration and innovation are on the agenda for this weekend of family-friendly activities. On Saturday, discover science in the city by taking part in the Green Hunt, the Koshland Museum's science-inspired scavenger hunt. Individuals or teams can search for clues in the Penn Quarter neighborhood that focus on ecosystems, climate change, minerals, and more. The Green Hunt is being held in conjunction with the American Geophysical Institute’s international Earth Sciences Week celebration and its No Child Left Indoors campaign. And on Sunday, come back to view the innovative science projects created by 30 middle school students around the country who are finalists in Science for Society & the Public’s Middle School Program 2008. This highly acclaimed program’s past projects have included studies of alternative fuels and stream runoff. Students will be on hand to answer questions about their projects.

Admission for both days is free; please note that the museum will open at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Celebrating Innovation
Wednesday, November 19, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Can you create something of value from ordinary objects such as paper clips or Post-it notes in just 30 minutes? Test your skills for on-the-spot innovation by participating in a mini-challenge modeled after Stanford University’s Global Innovation Challenge, a weeklong competition for teams of students from around the world. In addition, view the entry of the team sponsored by the Koshland Science Museum and the Singapore Science Centre. The activities are part of Global Entrepreneurship Week -- a week of activities planned in 56 countries to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship among young people.

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 easily accessible by metro at the Gallery Place/Chinatown and Judiciary Square stops.

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