Staying Sharp: New Partnership Between The Koshland Science Museum and NRTA AARP's Educator Community

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

September 12, 2006Washington, DC – The Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences and NRTA: AARP’s Educator Community announced today a collaborative public program series, Staying Sharp. The series will engage adults in discussion with experts on health and active lifestyles.

The first program, scheduled for Sept. 19, explores brain health and potential ways to decrease the risk of disease and degeneration. Future programs will look at how food affects your health and the benefits of walking. Programs for next year will be announced this fall.

The series is open to the public and free of charge. Programs will take place at the Koshland Science Museum, located at 6th and E streets, N.W. in downtown Washington, D.C. For free program tickets, call 202-334-1201 or e-mail

Staying Sharp: Brain Health
Tuesday, Sept. 19, noon to 1 p.m.

What happens to the brain as it ages? How can we stay sharp? Find out about recent scientific discoveries and implications for learning, creativity, and growth across the lifespan from Dr. Gene Cohen, director of the Center on Aging, Health, and Humanities at the George Washington University Medical Center. Participants will receive free Staying Sharp resources.

Staying Sharp: Food for Thought
Wednesday, Oct. 18, noon to 1 p.m.

Trans fat, saturated fat, cholesterol…what does all this mean? Are food facts making your brain spin? Learn how food choices you make now can affect your health throughout life. Get the facts on how nutrition can impact brain health from Camille Brewer, associate director of the office of products, nutritional labeling, and dietary supplements at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Participants will receive free nutrition materials.

Staying Sharp: Walking Adventure
Tuesday, Nov. 7, noon to 1 p.m.

Walking tours and hiking vacations are fun, but are they also good for your brain? Get the latest facts on the benefits of walking and learn powerful steps that you can take to engage your mind and have fun while you walk. Participants will receive a free AARP step counter.

About the Marian Koshland Science Museum
The Marian Koshland Science Museum presents the complexities of current science in an engaging and accessible way to the general public through interactive, state-of-the-art exhibits. The museum explores current scientific issues at the core of many of the nation's public policy decisions, as presented in reports by the National Academies. For more information, please visit the website.

About NRTA
Founded in 1947 by retired educator Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, NRTA: AARP’s Educator Community is a division of AARP. NRTA members share a commitment to learning, voluntary service, and civic participation. NRTA is the largest national organization that represents the interests of 50+ educators, with a membership of more than one million active and retired higher-ed and K-12 educators and school personnel at the local, state and national level. The NRTA network includes a national office in Washington, D.C., 52 state and city associations, and more than 2,700 local associations. NRTA members are dedicated to continuous educational opportunity, advocacy, and service as a means of safeguarding the economic security, work opportunities, and future well-being of all generations. Visit NRTA’s Web site at for more information.