Please note that the Second National Summit on Advanced Illness Care will be held at the prestigious National Academy of Sciences and is located at 2101 Constitution Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20418. The Institution established by President Lincoln is located on the far side of the National Mall past the Lincoln memorial and next to the Institute of Peace.
This venue is different than the Marian Koshland Science Musuem of the National Academy of Science located in Chinatown.
The National Academy of Sciences was born in the travail of the Civil War. The Act of Incorporation, signed by President Lincoln on March 3, 1863, established service to the nation as its dominant purpose. The act also named 50 charter members.
Over the years, the National Academy of Sciences has broadened its services to the government. During World War I it became apparent that the limited membership -- then numbering only about 150 -- could not keep up with the volume of requests for advice regarding military preparedness. In 1916 the Academy established the National Research Council at the request of President Wilson to recruit specialists from the larger scientific and technological communities to participate in that work.
Recognizing the value of scientific advice to the nation in times of peace as well as war, Wilson issued an executive order at the close of World War I asking the Academy of perpetuate the National Research Council. Subsequent executive orders, by President Eisenhower in 1956 and President Bush in 1993, have affirmed the importance of the National Research Council and further broadened its charter.
Under the authority of its charter, the National Academy of Sciences established the National Academy of Engineering in 1964 and the Institute of Medicine in 1970. Much like the National Academy of Sciences, each of these organizations consists of members elected by peers in recognition of distinguished achievement in their respective fields. The National Academy of Sciences includes about 1,800 members, the National Academy of Engineering about 1,900, and the Institute of Medicine about 1,200. Together, the three organizations are known as the National Academies.
In 2012, the National Academy of Sciences Building was completely restored. Through sustainable preservation, the comprehensive rehabilitation and expansion project included the preservation and conservation of the building's significant historical features while seamlessly integrating systems and infrastructure and sensitively incorporating sustainable strategies and technologies.
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With land granted by the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of Maryland, the United States Congress established the District of Columbia as the national capital in 1790. Over the past 225 years, Washington, DC has evolved into a major international tourist destination and center of international business.
Arrival to Washington, DC is easiest via air or rail; major highways also connect around the city but parking in downtown areas is limited and expensive.Airports
Washington, DC is served by three major airports:
Washington Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) (insert hyperlink) is the airport located closest to downtown Washington and the Summit and offers nonstop service to 80 destinations. Travel time to downtown Washington is about 15-20 minutes by taxi and about 20-30 minutes by Metro.
Dulles International Airport (IAD) (insert hyperlink) is located in suburban Virginia about 30 miles west of Washington, DC. Serving more than 100 international destinations with non-stop flights daily, this major airport has a travel time to downtown Washington of 30-45 minutes by taxi. It accessible by Metrobus and Metrorail, travel time on public transportation to IAD is over 60 minutes.
Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI) (insert hyperlink) is located in suburban Maryland about 30 miles north of Washington, DC and has more than 200 daily departures with major national carriers. Travel time to downtown Washington is 45-60 minutes by taxi. Rail transfers are also available via Amtrak and MARC trains to Washington's Union Station.Train
Amtrak offers frequent daily service along the Northeast Corridor with stops at Washington's Union Station. This is a popular option for visitors from Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and the surrounding areas. Union Station offers regular taxi service and is also on Washington's Metrorail.
The National Academy of Sciences is on the National Register of Historic Places, its headquarters on Constitution Avenue are centrally located to the National Mall and National Monuments.Driving
Parking is not available at the National Academy of Sciences. Public parking garages are located at 23rd Street and Virginia Avenue as well as 20th and E Streets. Both garages are about a 10-minute walk from the building.
The National Academy of Sciences is about a 10-minute walk from the Foggy Bottom-GWU station on Metro.Walking directions:
Weather permitting, NAS is in walking distance, 20min. from some of the Summit hotels.
|From The Fairmont Washington, DC and Westin Georgetown|
|Head south toward 24th St NW 95 ft|
|Turn right onto 24th St NW 0.5 mi|
|Turn left onto Virginia Ave NW 0.3 mi|
|Turn right onto 21st St NW 0.2 mi|
|Turn right onto Constitution Ave.|
|Enter at Constitution Ave. Entrance|
|From The Melrose Georgetown|
|Head southeast on Pennsylvania Ave NW toward 24th St NW 331 ft|
|Slight right to stay on Pennsylvania Ave NW 256 ft|
|At the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto 23rd St NW 0.4 mi|
|Turn left onto Virginia Ave NW 0.2 mi|
|Turn right onto 21st St NW 0.1 mi|
|Turn right onto Constitution Ave.|
|Enter at Constitution Ave. Entrance|
The weather in Washington, DC in early March can be unpredictable including rain and snow. The Washington Post reports:
"The warmest March D.C. has seen was 56.2 degrees for an average temperature, and it happened in 1945. It's been as cold as 34.5 degrees (colder than our current average for January) way back in 1885, and as low as 35.6 as recently as 1960.
The month starts off with an average high of 51 degrees with a low of 34 degrees, and as it closes the average high has risen to 61 degrees with a low of 42 degrees. While days can be chilly, particularly when clouds and precipitation block out the increasingly strong sun, the chances of getting a freeze in D.C. dwindle quite a bit through the month."
Washington, DC is a hot spot for foodies, with nine James Beard Award nominees in 2014 alone. During your visit, you might want to check out some of Washington's greatest restaurants, located near the Summit. Here are a few local and staff favorites:Blue Duck Tavern $$$
Blue Duck Tavern features creative American cuisine crafted from the region's freshest, seasonal ingredients. Sample exceptional wines from our floor-to-ceiling wine display as you witness the impressive preparation of each plate created in our dramatic open kitchen.Rasika West End $$
James Beard Award Winning Chef Vikram Sunderam's restaurant is consistently rated one of the top in the city for any kind of food. The warm atmosphere and spectacular Indian cuisine are not to be missed.Founding Farmers $$
The rich history of American cooking tradition is celebrated throughout the menu at Founding Farmers. Home to one of Washington's most celebrated mixology programs!Ben's Chili Bowl $
Ben's Chili Bowl is a landmark restaurant on U Street, known for their half smoked sausage and chili cheese fries. Gaze at the pictures that line the wall of past and present celebrities and politicians, as you line-up for a truly historic experience.
In the mood for something more formal, Ben's Next Door, their sister restaurant, recently opened, serves the traditional Ben's Menu and upscale soul food.District Taco $
Washington, DC is famous for its food trucks. In 2009, District Taco was launched as a food truck, serving healthy, delicious, made-to-order Mexican food. Due to great popularity, they have expanded in permanent locations throughout the city.