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Koshland Science Museum Announces Winter Events

Amy Shaw, Koshland Science Museum
202-334-1201; e-mail Amy Shaw

Maureen O’Leary, Office of News and Public Information, The National Academies
202-334-2138; e-mail Maureen O'Leary

January 6, 2011 - WASHINGTON - The Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences will begin a new season of programs and community events starting on Jan. 13. The winter 2011 calendar of events has something for critical-thinkers of all ages, from hands-on activities examining energy efficiency to a community day exploring climate connections between space and Earth. Admission for all events is free.

After Hours @ the Koshland
Thursday, Jan. 13, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Enjoy an informal evening of mingling after hours at the Koshland Science Museum. Explore the universe, examine climate change trends, and learn how to protect yourself against the flu with the museum’s interactive exhibits. This event takes place at the Koshland Science Museum, 525 E. St., N.W.

NBC 4 Health & Fitness Expo
Saturday, Jan. 15, and Sunday, Jan. 16, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Join the Koshland Science Museum at NBC4's Annual Health & Fitness Expo. The museum's booth offers two unique opportunities to apply science to everyday decision-making. The NBC4 Expo takes place in Halls B & C at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place, N.W.

Hands-On Science: Lighting Up the Future With LEDs
Saturday, Jan. 29, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
At a special weekend event, compare the energy efficiency of various light bulbs and discover how to reduce your contribution to global warming at this hands-on activity that shows how simple lifestyle changes can impact our communities. This event takes place at the Koshland Science Museum, 525 E St., N.W.

Community Day: Learning About Earth From Space
Saturday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Celebrate African American History Month with hands-on activities for the entire family. Throughout the day, play games designed to get you thinking about the role of science in our lives. From 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., Aprille Ericsson from NASA talks about her experience leading missions to collect data from space about Earth’s climate. This event takes place at the Koshland Science Museum, 525 E. St., N.W.

Genomics and Society: Ten Years After Sequencing the Human Genome
Thursday, Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Join the National Human Genome Research Institute and the Koshland Science Museum for an evening with Amy L. McGuire, associate director for the Research Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine, and Amy Harmon, national correspondent for The New York Times and Pulitzer Prize winner for her series The DNA Age. Eric Green, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health, will moderate the discussion. This event takes place at the Koshland Science Museum, 525 E. St., N.W.

AAAS Family Science Days
Saturday, Feb. 19, and Sunday, Feb. 20, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Join the Koshland Science Museum for interactive discussions and hands-on activities during AAAS’ annual “Family Science Days.” This event takes place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Exhibit Hall D, 801 Mount Vernon Place, N.W.

Lunchtime Discussion: Warren Washington, National Medal of Science Recipient
Friday, Feb. 25, noon – 1 p.m.
Listen to a lunchtime lecture by Warren Washington, an internationally recognized expert on atmospheric science and climate research and recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Science. This African American History Month event takes place at the Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W., and is hosted in collaboration with the Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences.

Protecting You and Your Pet Through the Science of Toxicology
Saturday, March 5, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Throughout the day, learn how toxicology impacts you and your pets through hands-on activities and discussions with scientists. From noon – 1 p.m., unravel the poisoned pet food and melamine mystery with Renate Reimschuessel from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This event is held in collaboration with the Society of Toxicology, and takes place at the Koshland Science Museum, 525 E St., N.W.

Additional information about these events is available by contacting the Koshland Science Museum at 202-334-1201 or ksm@nas.edu. Reporters who wish to cover these programs should pre-register with the museum’s media contacts.

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The mission of the Koshland Science Museum is to engage the general public in current issues that impact 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. For more information, visit the Koshland Museum Website. Located at 525 E St., N.W., Washington, D.C., the museum is within walking distance of the Gallery Place/Chinatown and Judiciary Square stops on Metrorail. For more information, visit the Koshland Science Museum Website.