Media Contact: Museum Communications Officer, Koshland Science Museum
Phone: 202-334-1201, Email: Museum Communications Officer
August 19, 2005 – Washington, DC - The Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences presents highly interactive programs that bring together experts and members of the public in thought-provoking discussions about the science behind today's headlines. The fall season will kick off with the Communicating Science series which explores the challenges and techniques of conveying technical and often controversial scientific issues through film, print, and broadcast journalism. Programs also feature a talk on hurricane prediction and climate forecasting, and a lunchtime discussion series. Events will take place at the museum located at the corner of 6th and E streets, N.W., in Washington, D.C.
A list of public events follows. REPORTERS AND PUBLIC WHO WISH TO ATTEND MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE by contacting Chavon Warren, tel. 202-334-1447 or e-mail.
FALL 2005 PUBLIC PROGRAMS
Sept. 13, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Pizza and Prose
Explore how life began billions of years ago by natural processes completely in accord with the laws of chemistry and physics. Admission is free and pizza is provided. Reservations required.
Speaker: Dr. Robert Hazen, author of Genesis: the Scientific Quest for Life’s Origins
Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
There's a Storm Brewing: Hurricane Forecasting
Learn about hurricane modeling and forecasting, and discuss the relation between hurricane activity and climate change. Admission is $5 and includes subs and soda; beer and wine are additional. Reservations required.
Speaker: Dr. Gerry Bell, meteorologist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center
Sept. 27, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Communicating Science through Film
Discover the techniques and challenges of conveying complex and controversial scientific issues through film. Admission is $10 and includes refreshments. Reservations required.
Speaker: Alex Singer, Emmy award-winning film and television producer. In his 40-year career, Mr. Singer has directed over 280 television shows, including The Fugitive, Cagney and Lacey, Hill Street Blues, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Communicating Science through Print and Radio
Discover the techniques journalists use and challenges they face when conveying complex and controversial scientific issues through print and radio. Admission is $5 and includes refreshments. Reservations required.
Speaker: Joe Palca, science correspondent, National Public Radio
Oct. 27, noon – 1:30 p.m.
Lunchtime Discovery: Impact of the Earth-Sun System
Delve into the secrets of the sun-earth system and explore what we do and don't know about solar variability, and its effects on climate and global change in the upper atmosphere. Free admission include subs. Reservations required.
Speaker: Dr. Judith Lean of the Naval Research Laboratory
Nov. 8, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Pizza and Prose
Come listen to the complete, untold story of Edmond Halley's sea voyages and their part in the history of navigation. Free admission includes subs. Reservations required.
Speaker: Julie Wakefield, author of Halley’s Quest: A Selfless Genius and His Troubled Paramore
Located at the corner of 6th and E streets, N.W., in Washington, D.C., near the Verizon Center, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Tuesdays. Admission rates are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors (65+), active duty military, and students (ages 5-18; and college students with ID). More information about the Marian Koshland Science Museum and its programs is available by calling 800-KOSHLAND.