DC Science Event Archive

A list of past events in the Greater DC area, archived in reverse chronological order.

March 2020

Date Type Event Description
2020-03-07 (Saturday) Kids Science Event Kids Love STEM — National Society of Black Engineers and others Event Description: Hands on activities that expose kids to STEM careers. Hosted by National Society of Black Engineers DC, Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers DC, Engineers without Borders DC, Eastern Area of the Links, and MITRE. McLean, VA: MITRE 4 building, a short walk form the Silver Line McLean Metro station.
CANCELLED 2020-03-06 (Friday) Science Lecture PSW Lecture — PSW Science Lecture title: "When AI Joins the Human Brain" by Rajesh P. N. Rao. Washington, D.C.: Powell Auditorium, Cosmos Club. Located off Massachusetts Ave., a few blocks NW of Dupont Circle.
2020-03-05 (Thursday) Professional Science Lecture Distinguished Lecture — National Science Foundation Lecture title: "Frontera: Leadership-Class Computing and Cyberinfrastructure for Today and Tomorrow" by Dan Stanzioni. Although the public can attend NSF events, advanced permission is required. See further details under Professional Events. Alexandria, VA: NSF Headquarters, Room E2020
2020-03-03 (Tuesday) Professional Statistics Lecture WSS Seminar — Washington Statistical Society Seminar Title: "Estimating household consumption of natural gas using billing and weather data" (announcement pdf with WebEx link). For a professional audience. Pre-registration at least two-days in advance is required[^wss-registration]. Washington, DC: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Janet Norwood Conference Center, Room 10.

February 2020

Date Type Event Description
2020-02-28 (Friday) Science Event The ETERNAL Experience Opening — LabX and Cultural Programs of the NAS Event Description: Grand unveiling of ETERNAL, a 60-foot-long jellyfish made of plastic grocery bags floating above the NAS West Court. There will be a lot of accompanying activities to teach about the dangers of plastic in the ocean. See the event description for additional detail. Washington, D.C. NAS Building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Room 120
2020-02-27 (Thursday) Professional Statistics Lecture WSS Seminar — Washington Statistical Society Seminar Title: "Data Visualizations of the ACS, Redistricting file, Shapefiles, Bayesian Improved Surname Geocoding (BISG) proxy method and Animated Venn Diagrams using the Census Surname Lists" (announcement pdf with WebEx link). For a professional audience. Pre-registration at least two days in advance is required[^wss-registration]. Washington, DC: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Janet Norwood Conference Center, Room 10.
2020-02-27 (Thursday) Professional Statistics Lecture WSS Seminar — Washington Statistical Society Seminar Title: "Regression analysis of longitudinal data with omitted asynchronous longitudinal covariate" (announcement pdf with WebEx link). For a professional audience. Pre-registration at least two days in advance is required[^wss-registraion]. Washington, DC: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Janet Norwood Conference Center, Room 10.
2020-02-20 (Thursday) Science Workshop MAA Distinguished Lecture Series — Mathematical Association of America Event Description: "In this interactive workshop, participants will reflect on what people think it means to be a mathematician, who is seen or counted as a mathematician, what causes this, and how that affects our communities of learning, teaching and research in mathematics." Link to event registration. Washington, D.C.: MAA Carriage House
2020-02-26 (Wednesday) Science Event Symposium "The Endless Frontier: The Next 75 Years in Science" — National Academies of Science Event Description: Day-long symposium with leaders from science, government, academia, and business for a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Vannevar Bush report. Alan Alda is a guest speaker. This event might not be of interest to young kids. Washington, D.C. NAS Building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Room 120
2020-02-21 (Friday) Science Lecture PSW Lecture — PSW Science Lecture Title: "Single-particle Cryo-Electron Micsoscopy" by Joachim Frank (2017 Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry). Washington, D.C.: Powell Auditorium, Cosmos Club. Located off Massachusetts Ave., a few blocks NW of Dupont Circle.
2020-02-21 (Friday) - 2020-02-22 (Saturday) Citizen Science Climate at the National Academies: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon — National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine & Wikimedia DC Event description: A two-day event (one hour each day, 11am to 12pm) of education about climate change with the goal of giving the participant the tools to make informed edits to Wikipedia articles. Topics will include model projections, carbon sequestation, adaptation and mitigation science, and extreme weather events. Participants will hear from climate scientists. Lunch will be provided both days. A photo ID and laptop are required. If you need to borrow a laptop, contact info@wikimediadc.org. Washington, D.C.: NAS Building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.
2020-02-26 (Wednesday) Science Lecture Capital Science Evening — Carnegie Science Lecture title: "Meltwater On, In, and Under the Greenland Ice Sheet" by Dr. Kristin Poinar. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Science Building, near Dupont Circle.
2020-02-12 (Wednesday) Science Event Story Collider Event — The Story Collider Event Description: The Story Collider is a series of shows across the nation where people tell their true, personal stories about science. The DC show is about power, how the storytellers found their power in science. Washington, D.C.: Bier Baron Tavern and Comedy Loft, NE (down Massachusetts Ave.) of Dupont Circle.
2020-02-11 (Tuesday) Science Lecture Exploring Space Lectures — Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Lecture Title: "The Sun in a New Light" by Mark Cheung. Discover how current science missions are revealing the mysteries of the sun. Washington, D.C.: Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater, National Air and Space Museum (National Mall Location)
2020-02-11 (Tuesday) (Women in) Science Lecture Lecture — Spain Arts and Culture, and the Homeward Bound Program Event Description: Women scientists from the Homeward Bound Program talk about the program and the role of women in science. Washington, D.C.: Event is held at the Former Residence of the Amassadors of Spain, located near the Columbia Heights metro station.
2020-02-11 (Tuesday) Science Forum The State of Space 2020 — Space Foundation Event Description: Forum that brings together senior space community leaders from the public and private sector for a high-level, robust discussion on how today’s space environment is shaping today’s national and economic security environment. Washington, D.C.: National Press Club, two blocks East of the White House.
2020-02-08 (Saturday) Science Event Nerd Nite DC — Nerd Nite Event Description: Science lectures, discussion, and libation at the DC9 nightclub. Lecture titles: "Battle of the sexes: the suprising complicated sex life of animals" by Sara Nemati; "How to lose a girl in two standard deviations: an analysis of women in STEM roles in romantic comedies" by Veronica Carlin; and "Fertile and Flirty: menstrual cycle influences on behavior (or how, if for some reason you're using the rythm method, you're your own worst enemy" by Liz Necka. Washington, D.C.: DC9 Nightclub, U Street.
2020-02-08 (Saturday) Family Event African American Pioneers in Aviation and Space — Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center) Event description: Part of the The National Air and Space Museum's Heritage Family Days. Attend a talk by Tuskegee Airman Col. Charles McGee, view special collections, take a special tour of the museum, etc. Chantilly, VA: National Air and Space Museum (Steven F. Udvar-Hazy site), near Dulles International Airport.
2020-02-08 (Saturday) Science Lecture NCA Monthly Meeting — National Captial Astronomers Event description: National Captial Astronomers monthly meeting with education presentation. Lecture title: "The Depletion of Mars Atmosphere." College Park, MD: UMD Astronomy Observatory
2020-02-06 (Thursday) Science Event Two Scientists Walk Into a Bar — LabX (National Academy of Sciences) Event Description: Meet and talk science with local scientists in relaxed, bar settings. There are nine participating bars and a greater number of scientists. A truncated list of topics: neuroscience, polar oceanography, climatology, genetics, epideomiology, chemistry and public policy, food microbiology, art converstation science, paleontology, geology, marine biology, geology, math, physics, astronomy, and infectious diseases. Various locations throughout DC: See the event description for further information.
2020-02-07 (Friday) Science Lecture PSW Lecture — PSW Science Lecture Title: "The World Microbiome Project and Integrated Microbiomics: Understanding Microbial Populations and How They Shape the World." Washington, D.C.: Powell Auditorium, Cosmos Club. Located off Massachusetts Ave., a few blocks NW of Dupont Circle.

January 2020

Date Type Event Description
2020-01-28 (Tuesday) Science Lecture Distinguished Lecture — NSF Lecture title: "Towards Usability, Transparency, and Trust for Data-Intensive Computations." Speaker: Juliana Freire. Although the public can attend NSF events, advanced permission is required. See further details under Professional Events. Alexandria, VA: NSF Headquarters, Room E2020
2020-01-24 (Friday) Science Lecture PSW Lecture — Philosophical Society of Washington Lecture Title: "Venus - Our Hothouse Neighbor: Returning to Study Atmospherical Evolution" by Ellen Stofan, John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Washington, D.C.: Cosmos Club, near Dupont Circle.
2020-01-11 (Saturday) Science Event Nerd Nite DC — Nerd Nite Event Description: Science lectures, discussion, and libation. Lecture titles: "All the Reasons Why Country Rankings are Harming International Development: A Ranking" by Tunde Olatunji; "The Real Constitutional Crisis: News Media Vs. Intellectual Property" by Emma Raviv; and "Sexy Creatures with Mythical Features - How Coral Get Their Sex On” by Beth Lenz." Washington, D.C.: DC9 Nightclub, U Street.
2020-01-11 (Saturday) Science Lecture NCA Monthly Meeting — National Capital Astronomers Event Description: National Capital Astonomers monthly meeting with education presentation. Lecture title: "Uranus and Neptune: The Ice Giants". College Park, MD: UMD Astronomy Observatory.

December 2019

Date Type Event Description
2019-12-14 (Saturday) Monthly Meeting & Science Lecture Monthly Meeting with Educational Presentation — National Capital Astronometers Event Description: Educational presentation by Larry Nittler from Carnegie Institute. Talk title: "A Fossil Comet Found Inside a Meteorite". College Park, MD: UMD Observatory, off Metzerott Rd., a short drive from the University of Maryland.
2019-12-13 (Friday) Astronomical Event Peak of Geminids Meteor Shower — Mother Nature Event Description: From novac.com: "The Geminids is the king of the meteor showers. It is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by an asteroid known as 3200 Phaethon, which was discovered in 1982. The shower runs annually from December 7-17. It peaks this year on the night of the 13th and morning of the 14th. Unfortunately the nearly full moon will block out many of the meteors this year, but the Geminids are so bright and numerous that it could still be a good show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini, but can appear anywhere in the sky." Above you: Look up!
2019-12-06 (Friday) Science Lecture PSW Lecture — The Philosophical Society of Washington Lecture title: "The Brain in Super-Resolution 3-D: Large Volume Molecular Mapping of Brain Circuits". Washington, D.C.: Cosmos Club, near Dupont Circle.
2019-12-05 (Thursday) Science Lecture Capital Science Evening — Carnegie Science Lecture title: "The Day We Found the Universe." Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Science Building, near Dupont Circle.
2019-12-05 (Thursday) Science Lecture Lunchtime Lecture — Library of Congress Lecture Title: "Space Lasers and Satellite Measurements: Ushering in a New Era of Spaceborne Laser Altimetry Dependent on Satellite Geodesy." Washington, D.C.: Pickford Theatre, James Madison Memorial Building
2019-12-04 (Wednesday) Professional Math Lecture WSS Seminar — Washington Statistical Society (PDF Link) Seminar Title: "How and Why did Probability and Statistics Come About?". Attendance requires registration. For a professional audience. From the linked PDF: "To be placed on the seminar attendance list at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, you need to e-mail your name, affiliation, and seminar name to wss_seminar@bls.gov (underscore after 'wss') by noon at least two days in advance of the seminar. Please bring a photo ID to the seminar." Washington, D.C.: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Janet Norwood Conference Center, Room 10
2019-12-02 (Monday) Science Event Cultural Programs — Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS) Event Description: Staged Reading of "Defying Gravity" by Jane Anderson, the story of the 1986 Challanger Disaster. Done in collaboration wih the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Washington, D.C.: National Academy of Sciences Building, North of Constitution Ave. and the Vietnam Memorial

November 2019

Date Type Event Description
2019-11-22 (Friday) Science Lecture CISE Distinguished Lecture — NSF Lecture title: "The end of the road for general purpose processors and the future of computing". Lecture is by John Hennessy, the inventor of the RISC architecture. Although the public can attend NSF events, advanced permission is required. See further details under Professional Events. Alexandria, VA: NSF Headquarters, Room E2020
2019-11-16 (Saturday) Comedy Science Lecture CPNAS Event — CPNAS Event title: "Vince Ebert: Sexy Science, Serious Humor". Washington, D.C.: National Academy of Sciences Building, North of Constitution Ave. and the Vietnam Memorial
2019-11-16 (Saturday) Family Event Fossil Fest — National Museum of Natural History Event Description: Learn all about paleontology and fossils: tools, techniques, prehistoric ecosystems, and so forth. Meet scientists and staff. Family event with hands-on activities. Registration is required. Washington, DC: National Museum of Natural History, National Mall
2019-11-15 (Friday) Science Lecture PSW Lecture — The Philosophical Society of Washington Lecture title: "Global Autonomous Ocean Sensor Flotilla: ARGO and the Global Integrated Observation Strategy". Washington, D.C.: Cosmos Club, near Dupont Circle.
2019-11-09 (Saturday) Science Social Event ($) Nerd Nite — Nerd Nite DC (DC9 Nightclub Description: Social gathering with science presentations and drinks. Paid admission ($10; 21+). Lecture titles: "The Rise of Star Wars and the Law", "I Just Took a DNA Test, Turns Out I'm 100% in a Law Enforcement Database", and "Indigenous Autonomy in the Colonial Americas". Washington, D.C.: DC9 Nightclub, U Street.
2020-01-11 (Saturday) Science Event Nerd Nite DC — Nerd Nite Event description: Science lectures, discussion, and libation. Lecture titles: "All the Reasons Why Country Rankings are Harming International Development: A Ranking" by Tunde Olatunji; "The Real Constitutional Crisis: News Media Vs. Intellectual Property" by Emma Raviv; and "Sexy Creatures with Mythical Features - How Coral Get Their Sex On” by Beth Lenz." Washington, D.C.: DC9 Nightclub, U Street.
2020-01-11 (Saturday) Science Lecture NCA Monthly Meeting — National Capital Astronomers Event description: National Capital Astonomers monthly meeting with education presentation. Lecture title: "Uranus and Neptune: The Ice Giants". College Park, MD: UMD Astronomy Observatory.
2019-11-09 (Saturday) Monthly Meeting & Science Lecture Monthly Meeting with Educational Presentation — National Capital Astronometers Description: Educational presentation by Antonio Paris, Center for Planetary Science. Lecture title: "Lava Tubes on Mars: Leveraging Volcanic Features to Reduce Exposure to Radiation". College Park, MD: UMD Observatory, off Metzerott Rd., a short drive from the University of Maryland.
2019-11-07 (Thursday) Science Lecture Broad Branch Road Neighborhood Lecture — Carnegie Science Lecture title: "The Biology of Corals, Basic Research and Environmental Health". Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Science Broad Branch Road Campus, Chevy Chase.
2019-11-06 (Wednesday) Family Event Noche de Ciencias (Night of Science) — US Patent and Tradmark Office Description: Noche de Ciencas is a national program run by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) that was created to introduce Hispanic students (usually high school) and families to careers in science and engineering careers through hands on activities. The USPTO-hosted, yearly event is for all K-12 students. There will lots of hands-on activities. Alexandria, VA: USPTO Office (600 Dulany Street, Barton Auditorium, Alexandria, VA 22314)
2019-11-01 (Friday) Science Lecture PSW Lecture — The Philosophical Society of Washington Lecture title: "TESS’ Exoplanets: Results of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite Mission". Washington, D.C.: Cosmos Club, near Dupont Circle.

October 2019

Date Type Event Description
2019-10-30 (Wednesday) Statistics Lecture USDA — 28th Annual Morris Hansen Lecture (link points to PDF document) Lecture title: "Small Area Estimation: Its Evolution in Five Decades". Lecture is not intended for a general audience. Washington, D.C.: USDA Building, South of Smithsonian Metro.
2019-10-26 (Saturday) Family Event Air and Scare — National Air and Space Museum (Udvar-Hazy location) Description: Annual Halloween celebration at the Udvar-Hazy National Air and Space Museum with science experience, crafts, and costumes. Chantilly, VA: National Air and Space Museum (Udvar-Hazy site), near Dulles International Airport.
2019-10-24 (Thursday) Social Event Two Scientists Walk into a Bar — National Academy of the Sciences Meet a local scientist at a bar. Ask them anything. There are many scientists, many topics, and many bars. See: event page. Seems like a unique opportunity.
2019-10-23 (Wednesday) Science Lecture Capital Science Evening — Carnegie Science Lecture title: "Slow, Energy-efficient, and Mysterious Life Deep Within Earth’s Crust"
2019-10-18 (Friday) and 2019-10-19 (Saturday) Family Event Mars on the National Mall - American Geophysical Union & Arizona State Unviersity Explore a giant, projected map of Mars geography. ASU and AGU staff will be onsite to answer questions and talk about Martian geography and exploration. See also: DCSWA Link.
2019-10-18 (Friday) Science Lecture PSW Lecture — Philosophical Society of Washington Lecture title: "Lake Life — Bottom-up Synthetic Biology"
2019-10-18 (Friday) Astronomical Viewing Star Party — National Air and Space Museum (Dulles Udvar-Hazy location) Stargazing event in coordination with the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club (NVAC). NVAC will provide telescopes for the public to use.
2019-10-17 (Thursday) Multi-discipline Lecture and Mixer DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER) — CPNAS Event theme: Informal Education.
2019-10-17 (Thursday) Science Lecture Lunchtime Lecture — Library of Congress Lecture title: "Exploring Our Escaping Atmosphere: Going above the Top of the World to Watch the Sky"
2018-10-17 (Thursday) Statistics Lecture & Reception Lecture & Reception — Washington Statistical Society (link points to PDF document) Lecture title: "How Public Opinion Research Organizations Work: The Case of Pew Research Center". Lecture is not intended for a general audience.
2019-10-12 (Saturday) Science Event ($) Nerd Night DC — DC9 Nightclub Nerd Nite is a science, nerd, drinking event. Paid, $10 tickets are required. See also: Nerd Nite DC Homepage.
2019-10-10 (Thursday) Science Lecture Capital Science Evening Lecture — Carnegie Science Lecture title: "The Transformative Power of CRISPR-Cas9"
2019-10-05 (Saturday) Astronomical Viewing Moongaze on International 'Observe the Moon' Night — National Air and Space Museum, Pheobe Waterman Haas Public Observatory (National Mall) View the moon through the Smithsonian's telescopes on International Observe the Moon Night
2019-10-04 (Friday) Science Lecture Lecture — Philosophical Society of Washington Lecture title: Immortal Spacecraft - The Rise of In-Space Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing
2019-10-03 (Thursday) Science Lecture Neighborhood Lecture Series — Carnegie Science Lecture title: The Magic and Mystery of Magnetic Resonance

September 2019

Date Type Event Description
2019-09-24 (Tuesday) Math Lecture Math and Statistics Symposium and Webcast — NASEM Event title: Reproducibility and Replicability in Science: Next Steps Symposium. Eventbrite Registration.
2019-09-21 (Saturday) Family Event Hispanic Innovators in Air and Space Family Day — National Air and Space Museum (National Mall) Celebration of Hispanic innovators. Meet engineers, take a tour of the museum (in Spanish), watch a bilingual planetarium show, and more.
2019-09-20 (Friday) Science Lecture Lecture — Philosphical Society of Washington Lecture title: Space Architecture for a Moon Village: Designing for Space Habitation.
2019-09-19 (Thursday) Multi-discipline Lecture and Mixer DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER) — CPNAS Event theme: Thinking Outside the Box (Keck Center)
2019-09-17 (Tuesday) Science Lecture Captial Science Evening — Carnegie Science Talk title: Serendipities of Acquired Immunity. Note: This talk is in a special location, the National Academy of Sciences Fred Kavli Auditorium (National Academy of Sciences Building).