Museum of Science Announces New Season of Adult Offerings

February 8, 2012

BOSTON-- In addition to its exhibits, films, and planetarium presentations, the Museum of Science, Boston hosts a number of exciting offerings for adults. Ranging from evening social events and special programs to live presentations and stimulating forums, these offerings are designed to engage museum visitors and further spark curiosity in science and technology. For more information, visit

This season, explore how we are changing our world and it is changing us. Join us as we explore forces of nature—volcanoes, asteroids, weather—that we cannot control. Think critically about our impact on a food system that profoundly affects us and our planet. Engage in a scientific look at creativity, a critical resource for shaping the future and one that you can harness yourself.



Find out how food system works and how it's changing.


Sponsored by Whole Foods Market. Presented in partnership with Let's Talk About Food. Additional support provided by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Le Cordon Bleu, College of Culinary Arts.

Small Footprint, Big Flavor: A Dinner of Sustainable Grass-Fed Meats | Friday, March 9; 6:30 p.m.

Michael Scelfo, executive chef, Russell House Tavern | Theo Weening, global meat coordinator, Whole Foods Market | Chefs from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Boston

Admission: $70 for 4-course dinner (includes tax and gratuity; beverages not included)

Some people proclaim that free-range, grass-fed animals taste differently from conventionally produced meats and that once you try sustainable meats you won't want to go back.

Join us at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Boston at 215 First Street in Cambridge as special guest chefs showcase their recipes in a four-course dinner featuring organic lamb, beef, pork, and chicken. It's an ideal way to taste the difference for yourself. Also hear from them about raising animals sustainably and how what they eat and where they live affects the flavor of the meat they yield. Menu details and more event information available at

Price also includes a voucher for discounted Exhibit Halls admission, applicable for entry to Meaty Matters. Purchase tickets in advance at

Sponsored by Le Cordon Bleu, College of Culinary Arts. Sustainable meats provided by Whole Foods Market.

Meaty Matters | Saturday, March 10; 11:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Admission: Free with Exhibit Halls entry

Join us in the Gordon Current Science & Technology Center prior to the screening of the new documentary film, American Meat, as each of the individual panelists is interviewed in depth on the subject of sustainable meat agriculture and production. Discover the real difference between organic foods and their traditionally grown counterparts when it comes to nutrition, safety, and price. Talk with the experts during the question and answer sessions after each interview.

Attend our Small Footprint, Big Flavor dinner and receive discounted Exhibit Halls admission for this program.

Food on Film Presents American Meat | Saturday, March 10; 2:30 p.m.

Jonathan D. Kemp, president, FoodEx/Organic Renaissance Food Exchange, New

Bedford, MA | Dan Mandich, owner, Westminster Meats, Westminster Station, VT | Danielle Nierenberg, senior researcher and director, Nourishing the Planet Program, Worldwatch Institute | Theo Weening, global meat coordinator, Whole Foods Market | Nick Zigelbaum, livestock manager, Siena Farms, Sudbury, MA

Admission: Free, register online at

This new documentary chronicles America's grassroots revolution in sustainable meat production. The film, an official selection of Food Day 2011, explains our current industrial meat system and shows the feedlots and confinement operations, not through hidden cameras but through the eyes of the farmers who live and work there. Featuring legendary sustainable farmer Joel Salatin, American Meat frames the debate on whether sustainable meat production could ever meet the needs of the consuming public and showcases the people who could change everything about the way meat reaches the American table.

A discussion follows the screening about the sustainable meat industry and whether it can meet the needs of the world's, and New England's, growing population.

Advance registration begins at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, February 25 (Wednesday, February 22 for Museum members) at

Admission is free thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute. Additional funding provided by the Richard S. Morse Fund.

Let's Talk About Sustainable Seafood |Sunday, April 29; 7:00 p.m.

Admission: Free, register online at

Seafood is increasingly important to the human diet, but is the future of this protein source at risk? A crash course in "Seafood 101"shares a number of informed perspectives on threats to fish stocks and to marine ecosystems in the context of the New England economy. Consider the complexities and tradeoffs of potential solutions, the role of technology in the future of seafood, and discuss the role we each play in finding the balance in an uncertain future.

Part of the Cambridge Science Festival. Presented in collaboration with the New England Aquarium's Sustainable Seafood Program.



Hone your skills—creative and otherwise—when you "Do It Yourself."


Hack Your Brain | Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23; 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Drew Van Zandt, hardware design engineer; electronics and robotics craft lead,

Artisan's Asylum | Steve Grandpre, international man of mystery, electrical engineer, and electronics tinkerer

Admission: $180 (includes four classes and materials); Limit 20. Purchase tickets in advance at Attendance at all four classes is required.

Put on headphones and glasses, close your eyes, and flick on the power switch. Enjoy the brainwave entertainment as you drift into deep meditation, ponder your inner world, and then emerge after the 14-minute program feeling invigorated, focused, and stress-free. Sound and Light Machines (SLMs) produce sound and light pulses at brainwave frequencies that help people sleep, wake up, meditate, or experience whatever state of consciousness the machine is programmed for.

If you're inspired by Maker Faire, the DIY culture, or the Quantified Self movement, build your own Brain Machine. Join us at Artisan's Asylum, 10 Tyler Street in Somerville, for a four-session workshop and construct your own machine from a kit, program it, and time permitting, test it out! In the process, you'll learn soldering, simple mechanical assembly, and simple Arduino programming.

Co-presented by Artisan's Asylum, a nonprofit community workshop that makes metalworking, woodworking, welding, bike repair, sewing, and electronics assembly equipment accessible to the public through vocational education classes, memberships for facility usage, and more.


When Science Meets Art

Shattering the boundaries between art, science, and technology.


Artists' Talk: Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio |Thursday, February 9; 7:00 p.m.

Admission: Free, register online at

Photojournalist Peter Menzel is known for his coverage of international feature stories on science and the environment, with award-winning photographs published in Life, National Geographic, Smithsonian, the New York Times Magazine, and Time. Faith D'Aluisio, a former television news producer, is editor and lead writer for the award-winning Material World Books series. The couple, co-authors of seven books, received the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Book: Reference and Writing on Food in 1999 and in 2006. Their most recent work, What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets, was awarded the Jane Grigson Award by the International Association of Culinary Professionals and was the inspiration for the Museum's What I Eat exhibit.

Admission is free thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute. What I Eat: Around the World in 25 Diets is on exhibit through February 26.

How Creativity Works | Wednesday, March 21; 7:00 p.m.

A Reno Family Foundation Symposium

Jonah Lehrer, contributing editor, Wired magazine; author, Imagine: How Creativity Works, How We Decide, and Proust Was a Neuroscientist

Admission: $15, Purchase tickets in advance at

Did you know that the most creative companies have centralized bathrooms? That brainstorming meetings are a terrible idea? That the color blue can help you double your creative output? It may be the most essential question, in both business and the arts: can we learn how to be more creative?

Best-selling author and "popular science prodigy" Jonah Lehrer demonstrates that creativity is not a single "gift"possessed by the lucky few, but a variety of distinct thought processes that we can all learn to use more effectively. In his new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works, Lehrer advocates for integrating science and art in order to understand and advance human culture and reasoning. Have your book signed, and spark your creativity with activities, drinks, and a performance by the Boston Typewriter Orchestra.

Funding provided by the Reno Family Foundation Fund.


Universal Wonders

A revealing look at worlds near and far.


Dangerous Encounters: The Hunt for Asteroids | Wednesday, April 25; 7:00 p.m.

Richard P. Binzel, PhD, professor of planetary sciences, MIT; member of NASA's

Task Force on Planetary Defense | Timothy B. Spahr, PhD, director, Minor Planet Center, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Admission : Free, register online

Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) pose a long-term hazard to our planet. Past scars tell of many devastating impacts, some of which nearly snuffed out life on Earth. Astronomer Timothy Spahr collects and analyzes data from an average of 1,000 new asteroids per day, notifying NASA headquarters when an object's orbit will bring it close to Earth. Professor Richard Binzel is an expert in what these NEOs are composed of, where they come from, and how they may be a factor in future space exploration.

In June 2011, a newly discovered asteroid named 2011MD passed within 7,500 miles of Earth—the fifth-closest recorded asteroid encounter. How much of a threat does an asteroid impact pose today?

Join us in the Charles Hayden Planetarium, New England's most technologically advanced digital theater, to journey into the asteroid belt and hear the latest news from two figures at the forefront of planetary defense.

Advance registration begins at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 11 (Sunday, April 8 for Museum members) at

Part of the Cambridge Science Festival. Admission is free thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute.


And More...

With events popping up throughout the season, the Museum has something for everyone.


Into the Silence | Wednesday, February 15; 7:00 p.m.

Wade Davis, PhD, anthropologist, ethnographer, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, and bestselling author

Admission: Free, register onlineat

On June 6, 1924, George Mallory and Sandy Irvine set out from a camp perched at 23,000 feet—just below the lip of Mount Everest's North Col. Neither of them returned. In his bestselling new book, Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest, Wade Davis tells the daring tale tracing their heroic efforts to the horrors of the Western Front during World War I. Hear from Davis about an extraordinary generation of adventurers, soldiers, and mountaineers the likes of which we may never see again. Book signing to follow.

Admission is free thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute.

Inspiring Minds: Meet Women in Science | Thursday, April 26 - Saturday, April 28; Mornings

Admission: Free with Exhibit Halls entry

What are the opportunities and obstacles for women in science? Learn about the contributions of women scientists throughout history. Hear from Angela Belcher, the W.M. Keck Professor of Energy at MIT and other inspiring women who are taking on challenges in science and technology.

Meet these extraordinary scientists and entrepreneurs and learn how you can start your own career in a scientific field.

Robot Block Party | Saturday, April 14; 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Admission: Free with Exhibit Halls entry

Remember R2-D2, Rosie, or Robbie the Robot? These famous Hollywood robots captured our imaginations, but how will real robots affect our lives in the future? Meet present-day robots (and their human handlers) and discover how they are used as surgical assistants, therapeutic companions, and for search-and-rescue operations.

Are You a Sleep Slacker? | Tuesday, May 22; 7:00 p.m.

Admission: Free, register online at

We all know we need more sleep. But why do we need it, and what happens when we don't get it? In this interactive forum, examine our bodies' need for sleep and the mental and physical consequences of getting too little. Consider and discuss the tradeoffs of changing the timing of our daily routines to make things such as driving and decision-making easier and safer.

High Impact Weather | Saturday, June 9 - Sunday, June 10; 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Admission: Free with Exhibit Halls entry

Disastrous weather invokes fear in some and excitement in others. Explore weather phenomena in a safe environment so you can better understand and appreciate the complexities of weather, forecasting, and disaster preparedness.

About the Museum of Science, Boston

One of the world's largest science centers and Boston's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces 1.5 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math via hundreds of interactive exhibits and programs. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Highlights include the Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 3-D Digital Cinema and Butterfly Garden. Reaching 25,000 teens a year worldwide via the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, the Museum also leads a $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network. The Museum's "Science Is an Activity" exhibit plan has been awarded many NSF grants, influencing science centers worldwide. Its National Center for Technological Literacy®'s engineering curricula have reached 30,000 teachers and almost 3 million students nationwide. The Museum has been recognized by Boston and Cambridge for its sustainability efforts; named an Employer of Choice by Work Without Limits, a Massachusetts disability employment initiative; is Yankee Magazine's "Best of New England Readers' Choice" for Cultural Attraction in Science; and El Planeta's Best Tourist Attraction for the Massachusetts Latino population. Visit Follow the Museum on Twitter at @museumofscience and become a Museum Facebook fan at: