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NIH Public Bulletin – November 2010

NIH Participates in USA Science and Engineering Festival

When: October 10–24, 2010
Where: Washington, DC
Institute: Office of the Director (OD)

In October, NIH took part in the first annual USA Science and Engineering Festival, aimed at making science fun and accessible to people of all ages. NIH presented an exhibit on the National Mall that allowed visitors to perform ultrasound examinations, battle microbes in 3-D video games, meet scientists, and learn about the latest discoveries in medicine. At Freedom Plaza, NIH institutes and centers hosted several booths, including "Infant Safe Sleep … How and Why," "The NIH Brain Arcade," "DNA Bracelets and the Genetic Challenge," and "Are You Smarter than a Rat?"

NIH also presented stage shows on the National Mall—including a rock performance by NIH Director Francis S. Collins. Dr. Collins played educational parodies on his guitar.

"This festival is exactly what we need to energize the next generation of young scientists in the United States," said Dr. Collins. "Hundreds of NIH scientists and staff have committed so much to provide challenging and interactive exhibits."

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This page last reviewed on October 17, 2012

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