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Museum of Science, Boston

One of the world's largest science centers, the Museum of Science, Boston attracts 1.6 million visitors a year through vibrant programs and over 550 interactive exhibits. Its mission is to stimulate interest in and further understanding of science and technology and their importance for individuals and society. Other features include the Thomson Theater of Electricity; Current Science & Technology Center; Charles Hayden Planetarium; Gilliland Observatory; and Mugar Omni Theater. The Museum's exhibit plan, Science Is an Activity, has been awarded several National Science Foundation grants and profoundly influenced exhibit development at other major science centers.

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  • For parents, few things are as important as their children’s well-being, physically and mentally. The mental health of children has always been an important topic for scientists and policy makers as well. And over the last several months, the COVID pandemic has magnified issues around mental health, bringing them to the forefront of the public’s thinking. The Museum of Science and GBH have convened a panel of experts to discuss the relationship between scientists, doctors, and policy makers as they work together to help create policy that will improve the mental health of children while also dispelling any stigma associated with these issues. Featuring Marjorie Decker, Massachusetts Representative (D-Cambridge); Mathieu Bermingham, MD, Metro West Center for Well Being, and Medical Director of Children Services of Roxbury; and Dr. Philip Wang, MD, D.Ph., Chief of Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance.
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  • As the United States begins to recover from the disruption created by the COVID-19 pandemic, it's time to focus on the long-term impacts of changing social practices and economic harm. The harsh reality of COVID is that it has disproportionately impacted underserved communities. In Massachusetts, without a concerted effort on the part of policy and healthcare workers, those impacts may continue to grow over the coming months and years. In particular, experts say food insecurity and healthcare access must become focal points of successful, long-term recovery plans. As part of the [**Hunger to Health Collaboratory**](https://www.hungertohealthcollaboratory.org/), the Museum of Science has convened a panel of experts to discuss COVID in our communities. Dr. Kara Miller, host of the radio show [**Innovation Hub**](http://blogs.wgbh.org/innovation-hub/2011/1/1/about-innovation-hub/) from WGBH and PRX, moderates a discussion with Catherine D’Amato, President and CEO of the Greater Boston Food Bank, Dr. Holly Oh, Chief Medical Director at the Dimock Health Center, and Marty Martinez, Chief of the Mayor’s Office of Health and Human Services for the city of Boston. They discuss concerns surrounding food insecurity, healthcare access, and other issues that will arise in our most vulnerable neighborhoods while living in COVID times. Also, the Museum of Science is offering free virtual programming daily from live presentations, virtual exhibits, STEM activities, and more. Please visit https://mos.org/mos-at-home for our virtual offerings.
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  • The Museum of Science, in collaboration with WGBH, hosts a free, community-wide town-hall forum to discuss the latest details around the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This is an opportunity to join a discussion with experts and local leaders and ask questions. Learn more about making informed decisions for you and your family, the science behind this outbreak, local and state resiliency planning, and community support resources and organizing. Moderated by Arun Rath, host of WGBH News' All Things Considered, a team of local experts including Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, Dr. Larwrence Madoff and Dr. Jennifer Lo will answer questions from the public — in person and online — beginning at 3:30 p.m. **Watch the livestream here.** Online viewers can ask questions via Slido.com with the code #moscovid19. Learn more about the Coronavirus and the implications it has on an individual and community level.
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  • "An elevator to space? Robot surgeons? Contact lenses that give X-ray vision? In his new book *Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100*, Michio Kaku shares a stunning vision of the future, based on interviews with more than 300 of the world's top scientists who are discovering new innovations in their labs everyday. Take an exhilarating ride through the next 100 years of scientific revolution. [View this video in HD on the Museum of Science YouTune Channel](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K54LN9q1jSs)
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  • "Acclaimed artist Alexis Rockman and evolutionary biologist James J. McCarthy discuss how contemporary artists and scientists collaborate in order to advance and disseminate scientific discoveries. This program complements Harvard Art Museums' exhibition Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe, which explores the role of celebrated artists in the scientific inquiries of the 16th century. Rockman is renowned for his apocalyptic paintings depicting nature and its intersections with humanity. McCarthy bridges science and policy in his work on global climate change."
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  • Current research rooted in quantum mechanics, cosmology, and string theory concurs that our universe is actually only one of many 'bubbles' in a rapidly growing bath of universes. Interviewed by author Amir Aczel, hear what physicist Brian Greene has to say about the strange worlds of the 'multiverse' in his new book *The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos*. Greene is recognized for groundbreaking discoveries in superstring theory and was called the 'single best explainer of abstruse ideas in the world today' by the Washington Post. Journey to parallel universes, an adventure grounded firmly in science and limited only by our minds.
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  • Can 'diseases of affluence' ' cancer, diabetes, heart attacks, and obesity ' be controlled, or even reversed, by your diet? A panel discussion about the film *Forks Over Knives* explores the power of plants as medicine.
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  • Divya Mathur and Chris Lengner from Rudolf Jaenisch's lab at the Whitehead Institute discuss the basics of stem cell research, as well as their latest findings.
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  • Calvin C. Johnson, Jr. dicsusses wrongful murder conviction and imprisonment, and the events that led to his exoneration. **Calvin C. Johnson, Jr.** stood in a courtroom in 1983, and was sentenced to life in prison for a rape and burglary he said he did not commit. "With God as my witness, I have been falsely accused," Johnson told the judge, "I'm an innocent man." After 16 years in prison, Johnson was exonerated with the help of the Innocence Project and state of the art science. He was the 61st person in the US, and the first in Georgia, to be proved innocent by DNA testing.
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  • Jeffrey Hoffman, a former space shuttle astronaut, discusses personal experiences of space flight and shares his thoughts on the synergy between human and robotic exploration of space. He points out that the vast majority of space exploration is currently performed by machines ranging from telescopes to robots. (Photo: ["STS-135 begins takeoff"](http://www.flickr.com/photos/nasahqphoto/5916678920/in/photostream/. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:STS-135_begins_takeoff.jpg#/media/File:STS-135_begins_takeoff.jpg "") by Bill Ingalls)
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