Two quick cultural items for the weekend. Tomorrow (August 3) the National Academy of Sciences will hold a symposium commemorating its 150th Anniversary. Originally scheduled during the Academy’s annual meeting in April, it was postponed due to the President’s decision to address the Academy. The symposium will be a series of keynote addresses and panel discussions from three historians of science and technology: Daniel Kevles, Peter Westwick and Ruth Schwartz Cowan. It will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern time, and be webcast.
During the recent World Science Festival, the NPR puzzle program Ask Me Another taped an episode. I thought it might air that weekend, but it was held until this weekend. The episode is available online, but it should also be airing on NPR stations that carry it sometime Saturday or Sunday. The special guest is math professor Steven Strogatz, and many of the puzzles from the show will have some connection (if only tenuous) with science, technology or math.
In appointment news….
The apparent rapprochement over Presidential appointments seems to have opened the gates just a bit on pending science and technology appointments. I’ve already noted the nominations for National Science Foundation (NSF) Director and for one of the Associate Director positions at the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Following quickly on those appointments are names for two more important positions.