DC STEM Event Archive

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

March 2021

Date & Time Event Detail

| 03/04/2021 (Thursday)
1pm - 2pm | STEM in 30 Series — National Air and Space Museum

Audience: Middle school students
Event title: Shh. The Science of Stealth
Additional information: Learn about actual stealth aircraft such as the B-2 and F-177 and the science behind keeping them so sealthy.
Location: Online |

February 2021

Date & Time Event Detail
02/19/2021 (Friday)
8:00 - 9:00pm
PSW Lecture — PSW Science Foundation

Audience: General audience (14+)
Lecture title: Hot! The Parker Solar Probe: Heliophysics Near the Edge of the Sun by Dr. Nicola Fox
Abstract: "...Although it is still early days for the spacecraft, data from the Parker Solar Probe already has revealed previously unobserved processes in the near-solar region. This lecture will discuss the Probe’s design, instrument payload and trajectory, and it will explore highlights of the new scientific findings from the mission..." (full abstract).
Additional detail: Nicola Fox is the Heliophysics Division Director the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC.
Location: Online
02/18/2021 (Thursday)
1:00 - 2:00pm
Mars Rover Perserverence Landing Live Chat — National Air and Space Museum

Audience: General audience (12+)
Additional information: In anticipation of the landing of the NASA Mars Rover Perserverence on Mars (NASA live coverage starts at 2:15pm ET), museum scientists John Grant and Mariah Baker and other educators will be participating in a live chat.
Location: Online
02/13/2021 (Saturday)
7:30 - 9:00pm
Monthly Meeting — National Capital Astronomers

Audience: General audience (14+)
Lecture title: Atmospheres of Extrasolar Super-Earths
Additional information: Lecture is by Dr. Eliza Kempton from the University of Maryland.
Location: Online
02/05/2021 (Friday)
8 - 9pm
Lecture — PSW Science

Audience: General audience (14+)
Lecture title: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life: Are We the Sharpest Cookies in the Jar?
Abstract: "The search for extraterrestrial life is one of the most exciting frontiers in Astronomy. First tentative clues were claimed close to Earth: the weird interstellar object Oumuamua and the cloud deck of Venus. Our civilization will mature once we find out who resides on our cosmic street by searching with our best telescopes for unusual electromagnetic flashes, industrial pollution of planetary atmospheres, artificial light or heat, artificial space debris or something completely unexpected. We might be a form of life as primitive and common in the cosmos as ants are in a kitchen. If so, we can learn a lot from others out there. Detailed information forthcoming."
Additional information: Lecture is by Dr. Abraham 'Avi' Loeb, Harvard University
Location: Online

January 2021

Date & Time Event Detail
01/29/2021 (Friday)
4 - 6pm
WSS Seminar — Washington Statistical Society

Audience: Professionals
Seminar title: Sports Statistics & Analytics Discussion.
Additional information: Seminar by Joe Sill (Monumental Sports, Analytics Consultant for the Washington Wizards) and Corey Krawiec (Baltimore Ravens, Manager, Player Evaluation and Analytics). Seminar details are available as a PDF. Advanced registration is required. Spots may be limited so I'd register now if interested.
Location: Online
01/22/2021 (Friday)
8 - 9pm
Lecture — PSW Science

Audience General audience (14+)
Lecture title: The Mathematics of Epidemics and Pandemics
Abstract: "This lecture will discuss the mathematics of infectious disease spread, its use in modeling the spread of diseases, such as COVID-19, and its application in formulating effective public health policies to curtail epidemics and minimize their effects. Detailed information forthcoming."
Additional information: Lecture is by Dr. Allison Hill, Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University, Institute for Computational Medicine and Infectious Dynamics Group
Location: Online
01/19/2021 (Tuesday)
2 - 3 pm
Discovering Science Collections Virtually at the Library of Congress — Library of Congress

Audience: General audience, 14+
Description: An overview of Library of Congress's science and technology collections by subject specialists. The science specialists will emphasize LOC's online collections.
Location: Online (WebEx)
01/14/2021 (Thursday)
11 - 12:30am
Distinguished Lecture (Dr. James Howison) — National Science Foundation (NSF)

Audience: Professionals
Lecture title: Challenges and Pathways to sustainability in Scientific software ecosystems
Abstract: "A key challenge of science policy is to achieve sustained benefit from scientific grantmaking. In this presentation, I will provide a framework for thinking about sustainability in scientific software projects, based on empirical studies of development and use of software in science."
Location: Online (Zoom)
01/06/2021 (Wednesday)
9:30 - 11am
WSS Seminar — Washington Statistical Society

Audience: Professionals
Lecture title: Online testing methods for survey development
Abstract: "This seminar will introduce conducting online testing within the federal system. The presenters, researchers from federal agencies including the Bureau of Labor Statistics and National Center for Health Statistics, will provide a foundation for thinking about whether online testing methods are appropriate for your project, guidance on how to use online testing methods to supplement and case studies from our experiences using several platforms. Finally, with traditional in-lab testing methods (e.g., in-person cognitive interviews and focus groups) largely unavailable during the COVID19 pandemic, the panelists will discuss practical considerations for adapting this type of testing to virtual formats."
Additional information: Seminar is by Erica Yu1, Robin Kaplan1, and Paul Scanlon2. Program PDF link (from http://washstat.org).
Location: Online (Zoom)
01/08/2021 (Friday)
8 - 9pm
President's Lecture — PSW Science

Audience: General audience (14+)
Lecture title: Nanoparticles for Vaccines and Medicine: NexGen Materials Discovery and Design
Abstract: "This lecture will present new developments in the discovery and design of advanced and novel materials, particularly nanostructured materials and their novel properties. The lecture will focus on nanoparticles used in vaccines and medicine, particularly the nanostructured particles used in vaccines against Sars CoV-2. Detailed information forthcoming."
Additional information: The speaker is Dr. Michael J. Sailor, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at University of California at San Diego.
Location: Online (Zoom)
01/09/2021 (Saturday)
7:30pm
Monthly Meeting with Educational Presentation — National Capital Astronomers

Audience: General audience, 14+
Lecture title: Spontaneous Outbursts From Comets
Additional Information: National Captial Astronomers (NCA) monthly meeting with lecture. Event will be hosted via Zoom. Registration is required.
Location: Online (Zoom)

December 2020

December events have been broken into two tables. I changed event table formatting midway through the month.

Date & Time Event Detail
12/28/2020 - 12/31/2020 (Mon. - Thurs.)
4 - 5pm
Science in the Summer: Be a Chemist during Winter Break — DC Public Library

Audience: Kids and families
Description: "DC Public Library has partnered with the American Association for the Advancement of Science to bring you a full week of chemistry programs for the Family Learning at DC Public Library Series. What is a chemist? Is there more than one type? And what does a chemist do? Mr. Smith has created four videos to answer these questions and to share some fun activities to try at home." The videos were created by Gerald Smith, former science teacher and now principal at St. Thomas Moore Academy in Washington D.C.
Location: Online (DC Public Library YouTube channel)
12/18/2020 (Friday)
8pm
PSW Lecture (Dr. Kang-Kuen Ni) — PSW Science Foundation

Audience: General Audience, 14+
Lecture title: Visualizing Quantum States: Quantum Chemistry at Ultracold Temperatures
Abstract: "This talk will focus on work developing techniques to build single ultracold molecules in optical tweezers as a versatile platform for quantum simulation and quantum computation" (from event description).
Additional information: The speaker is Dr. Kang-Kuen Ni, Morris Kahn Associate Professor of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, and Physics at Harvard University.
Location: Online
12/17/2020 (Thursday)
11am - 12:30pm
Distinguished Lecture (Dr. Barbara Liskov) — National Science Foundation

Audience: Online lecture (professionals)
Lecture title: Reflections on Programming Methodology
Abstract: "[The] talk will discuss our current understanding of [the programming methodologies of] abstraction and modularity and the research that got us to where we are today."
Additional information: The speaker is Barbara Liskov, MIT professor, one of the first women to be awarded a Doctorate of Computer Science in the United States, and winner of the IEEE Jon von Neumann Medal, A.M. Turing Award, and the Computer Pioneer Award for her contributions to computer science.
Location: Online


Date & Time Type & Audience Event Name & Organization Event Description & Location
2020-12-16 (Wednesday) @ 8pm - 9pm Online Event (General Audience, 18+) Hidden Expert, Ep. 4 — LabX, National Academy of Sciences Event Description: Four storytellers tell a story on around a common theme. One of them is an expert in the area. It's up to the audience to determine who. Program suggested audience is 18+ because of PG13 themes and language. Location: Online
2020-12-16 (Wednesday) @ 1pm - 2:30pm Online Event (Professionals) WSS Seminar — Washington Statistical Society Seminar Title: "Network-based inference to assess the impact of extreme weather and other factors on the international wheat trade". Seminar by Srishti Vishwakarma, Xin Zhang, and Vyacheslav Lyubchich from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Seminar details are available as a PDF. Location: Online (Microsoft Teams)
2020-12-07 (Monday) @ 2:00 - 5:15pm Online Event (General Audience, 14+) Branches from the Same Tree: Weaving Humanities and Arts into the Fabric of Medicine — NASEM Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW) Description: A virtual workshop on the role arts and humanities can play in medicine, medical education, and clinician wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The keynote speaker is David Skorton, MD, President and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Location: Online
2020-12-04 (Friday) @ 8pm Online Lecture (General Audience, 14+) The TRIPLE Project: A System to Explore Europa's Icy Oceans — PSW Science Description: Space probes have found massive bodies of water under the icy surface of moons like Saturn's Enceladus and Jupiter's Europa. Because water is considered essential for life, these moons are leading candidates in the search for extraterrestrial life. This talk will be on the TRIPLE project, a tri-partite deep space probe for exploring Europa’s oceans. The speaker is Christoph Waldmann, the TRIPLE project co-director. Location: Online

November 2020

Date & Time Type & Audience Event Name & Organization Event Description & Location
11/20/2020 (Friday) @ 8pm Online Lecture (Enthusiasts) Golden Rice — PSW Science Event Description: Lecture is by Rob Bertram, Chief Scientist at USAID’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security. Lecture Abstract: "More than two billion people worldwide suffer from micronutrient malnutrition due to deficiencies in minerals and vitamins...This lecture will explore the opportunities for applying genetic engineering to simultaneously improve nutrient content and resilience to environmental stressors, such as heat, drought, and salinity. The pioneering development of Golden Rice will be used to illustrate both the challenges and the potential of biofortification to address vitamin A deficiency, which remains a serious public health concern in high rice consuming countries of South and Southeast Asia." Location: Online
11/16/2020 (Monday) - 11/20/2020 (Friday). Each day @ 1:00pm - 3:30pm Online Webinar (Enthusiasts) Black Innovators and Innovators: New Perspectives — Lemelson Center Description: "Week-long webinar series drawing renewed attention to historic and contemporary inventors of color and Black technology consumers, while discussing strategies for building a more equitable innovation ecosystem". Lectures, by day: (1) Monday, November 16: Underrepresentation & Invisibility; (2) Tuesday, November 17: Pipelines & Pathways: Invention Education, Training, & Mentoring; (3) Wednesday, November 18: Black Inventors and Innovators at Work; (4) Thursday, November 19: Commercialization & Institutions; (5) Friday, November 20: How Have Black Individuals & Communities Experienced Technology? Registration is required. Location: Online
11/14/2020 (Saturday) @ 7:30pm Online Event (Enthusiasts) A Geochemist’s Perspective on Planetary Differentiation — National Capital Astronomers Description: Lecture is part of NCA's monthly meeting. The speaker is Anat Shahar from the Carnegie Geophysical Laboratory. Monthly meetings are currently online only, and attendees must register to get a zoom link.
11/10/2020 (Tuesday) @ 3pm Online Event (Enthusiasts) A Virtual Conversation with Seismologist Lara Wagnar — Carnegie Science Description: Lara Wagner will talk about the use of seismic data to understand the makeup of Earth's interior. She is a staff scientist with Carnegie Science. Location: Online
11/06/2020 (Friday) @ 8pm Online Lecture (Enthusiasts) Is there a Crisis in Cosmology? — PSW Science Event Description: "The Hubble Constant (\(H_0\)) is the current expansion rate of the universe. It sets the size and age scale of the universe. Since Edwin Hubble’s 1929 discovery that the universe is expanding, astronomers have developed increasingly precise techniques for measuring \(H_0\), using telescopes both on Earth and in space...As measurements have improved, however, a tension has arisen between the value inferred from measurement of the cosmic background radiation (assuming the current standard cosmological model), and those measured locally. If the tension is real, it may signal A new physics beyond the standard model. This lecture will describe recent advances in the field, and prospects for settling this new debate over the value of \(H_0\). Location: Online
11/05/2020 (Thursday) @ 11am Online Lecture (Professionals) CISE Distinguished Lecture: Dr. Yejin Choi — National Science Foundation Description: Dr. Yejin Choi will discuss Neural Language models. Abstract: "Neural language models, as they grow in scale, continue to surprise us with utterly nonsensical and counterintuitive errors despite their otherwise remarkable performances on leaderboards. In this talk, I will argue that it is time to break out of the currently dominant paradigm of sequence-to-sequence models with task-specific supervision built on top of large-scale pre-trained neural networks." Registeration must be done in advance. Lecture is for professionals. Location: Online

October 2020

Date Type Event Description
2020-10-28 (Wednesday) Online Event The Future of Data Science — NASEM Intelligence Community Studies Board Description: Colloquium to discus the future and evolution of data science. Event is from 11am to 5pm. The speakers will be followed by a panel session to take questions from viewers. Location: Online
2020-10-28 (Wednesday) Online Event Risky Business: The Science of Risk Perception — NAS Science & Entertainment Exchange Description: Bill Hallman, a professor at Rutgers University who studies risk perception, and Ahmed Best (Twitter: @ahmedbest), actor and producer, will discuss risk perception and how humans distinguish between scary and safe. The event is free but there is a $20 fee to join the question and answer period afterwards (why?). Even though this event isn't hosted locally---I usually post online-ony events that are broadcast from the DMV---it's hosted by National Academies of Science and I found their Science and Entertainment Exchange program interesting. The Exchange connects the entertainment industry with top scientists to create a synergy between storytelling and accurate science. Location: Online
2020-10-28 (Wednesday) Online Event Hidden ExpertLabX, National Academy of Sciences Event Description: Four storytellers tell a story on around a common theme. One of them is an expert in the area. It's up to the audience to determine who. The September Edition (YouTube link) was recorded and uploaded. Watch it to get a better idea of what the event is about. Event Location: Online
2020-10-28 (Wednesday) Online Event Our Origins in Space — Carnegie Science Description: The Kalvi Prize laureate lecture with professor Dr. Ewine F. van Dishoeck, Professor of Molecular Astrophysics, Leiden Observatory, Leiden University. She will discuss the dusty clouds between the stars that contain a water and a rich variety of organic materials and if the pre-biotic materials will end up in new planets and form the building blocks of life. Location: Online.
2020-10-22 (Thursday) Online Event DASER Experiments: The Poetics of Mathematics — Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences Description: DASER is a discussion forum providing a snapshot of multidisciplinary projects and fostering networking across disciplines. This event is on the the poetics of mathematics and the process of collabroation. The speakers: Rainbow Fletcher, (Seattle-based dancer, choreographer, and artistic director of a contemporary dance company called Hypernova), Dylan Rieck (Cellist, composer, and music teacher), and Michael Schultheis (mathematician and engineer). Location: Online
2020-10-21 (Wednesday) Online Event Science Speed Dating — National Academies of Sciences Description: This is not an actual speed dating event. Instead, it's a series of short lectures by scientists in popular, politically contentious fields of study like climate change, genetically engineered foods, evolution, and vaccines. The object is to convey the underlying science of the topics and cut through misinformation and political rhetoric. Location: Online
2020-10-23 (Friday) Online Lecture The Mathematics of Voting Systems — PSW Science Description: (Abstract from website) "The mathematical foundations of the theory of social choice, or voting theory, were established in the late eighteenth century. Since then, this problem of aggregating choice has been studied from a wide variety of mathematical perspectives, using ideas from algebra, geometry, topology, and other fields. This lecture will provide a survey of some of these perspectives, beginning with a mathematical analysis of the distribution of power in the electoral college. The analysis provides some counterintuitive results in comparing the power of small and large states in Presidential elections. The lecture will also discuss alternatives to the standard ‘simple majority’ method of determining an election winner, and review some research into these methods with surprising mathematical depth and sophistication. After this foray into some of the deeper theoretical folds of social choice, the lecture will examine proposals for ranked choice voting currently being discussed here in America." The speaker is Dr. Prasad Senesi from The Catholic University of America. Location: Online
2020-10-09 (Friday) Online Lecture Lecture — PSW Sccience Event Title: "Aging: Regulators of the Aging Process" by Professor Eric Verdin of Universary of California at San Franciso. The event page hasn't yet posted the talk abstract. More information will be posted when available. Event Location: Online (Zoom)

September 2020

Date Type Event Description
2020-09-30 Online Event Hidden ExpertLabX, National Academy of Sciences Event Description: Four storytellers tell a story on around a common theme. One of them is an expert in the area. It's up to the audience to determine who. Event Location: Online
2020-09-25 (Friday) Online Lecture Lecture — PSW Science Event Title: "COVID-19 Treatments and Trials: Treatments to End a Pandemic" by Professor David Smith of University of California at San Diego. Event Location: Online (Zoom)
2020-09-16 - 2020-09-23 Online Event SciFest — USA Science and Engineering Festival Event Description: Virtual USA Science and Engineering festival. Over 100 virtual STEM activities. Typically, this is a big event that's held every other year at the Washington D.C. Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Because they're moving the event online, some information is not yet available. Event Location: Online

August 2020

Resumption of event tracking

Date Type Event Description
2020-08-28 (Friday) Virtual webcast for high-school and middle-school students. National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) — Narratives of African American STEM Professionals Event title: The series is called "Through The Window And Into The Mirror: Narratives Of African American STEM Professionals, A Career Conversation Series". Students can participate in a video series with current African American STEM professionals and learn about their lives. The host for this week is Dr. Kizzmekia S. Corbett, a research fellow and the scientific lead for the Coronavirus Vaccines & Immunopathogenesis Team at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Vaccine Research Center. This is the last event in the series. Location: Online. Register on the event page.
2020-08-20 Online Lecture DASER Experiment — Cultural Programs of the National Academies of Sciences Event title: "ArtSciConverge Artist Residency Program at Sagehen Creek Field Station." Zoom event.
2020-08-19 Online Lecture National Museum of Natural History — Smithsonian Institution Lecture title: "From Foraging to Farming: How Our Skeletons Changed"

April 2020

Most of these events were cancelled or moved online.

Date Type Event Description
2020-04-29 - 2020-05-01 Science Event Nobel Prize Summit — National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Event Description: Our Planet, Our Future. First ever Nobel Prize summit!. Even will bring together 20 Nobel Laureates and scientists, policy makers, business leaders, and youth to answer questions about what can be done to make our existence more sustainable for the future of humanity. Registration for the event will open mid-March. I will provide the link when available. Washington, D.C.: NAS Building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.
2020-04-23 (Thursday) Science Lecture Capital Science Evening — Carnegie Science Lecture Title: "Exoplanets and the search for habital worlds" by Dr. Sara Seager. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Science Building, P Street, a few blocks West of Dupont Circle.
2020-04-17 (Friday) Science Lecture PSW Lecture — PSW Science Lecture title: "Measuring \(H_0\) and the Fate of the Universe" by Wendy Freedman. Washington, D.C.: Powell Auditorium, Cosmos Club. Located off Massachusetts Ave., a few blocks NW of Dupont Circle.
2020-04-15 (Tuesday) Science Lecture for Professionals Distinguished Lecture — National Science Foundation Lecture Title: "Quantum Impacts Today and Tomorrow" by Krysta Svore. Although the public can attend NSF events, advanced permission is required. See further details under Professional Events. Alexandria, VA: NSF Headquarters, Room E2020
2020-04-01 (Wednesday) 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. Registration at least two days in advance is required3. Washington, DC: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Janet Norwood Conference Center, Room 10.

March 2020

Most of these events were cancelled or moved online.

Date Type Event Description
2020-03-31 (Tuesday) Science Lecture Capital Science Evening — Carnegie Science Lecture title: "Climate Change: A Threat Multiplier" by Dr. Katherine Hayhoe. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Science Building, near Dupont Circle.
2020-03-22 (Sunday) Science Event PBS NewsHour — The Plastics Problem Event Description: Presentation of a one-hour PBS NewsHour documentary on ocean plastics with a discussion to follow. Part of the 2020 Environmental Film Festival. Panelists: Amna Nawaz, Lorna Baldwin, Lillian Power (from the Department of Energy & Environment). Moderator: Taylor Maddalene. Washington, D.C.: NAS Building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Fred Kalvi Auditorium
2020-03-20 (Friday) Science Lecture PSW Lecture — PSW Science Lecture title: "Robotics" by Henrik I. Christensen. Washington, D.C.: Powell Auditorium, Cosmos Club. Located off Massachusetts Ave., a few blocks NW of Dupont Circle.
2020-03-20 (Friday) Science Lecture PSW Lecture — PSW Science Lecture title: "Robotics" by Henrik I. Christensen. Washington, D.C.: Powell Auditorium, Cosmos Club. Located off Massachusetts Ave., a few blocks NW of Dupont Circle.
2020-03-18 (Thursday) Science Lecture Exploring Space Lectures — Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Lecture Title: "More Things in the Heavens: Infrared Exploration with the Spitzer Space Telescope" by Michael Werner. Washington, D.C.: Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater, National Air and Space Museum (National Mall Location)
2020-03-18 (Thursday) Science & Art Event DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER) — Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS) Event Description: "The Elements: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water". The event will be livestreamed. Washington, D.C.: NAS Building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Room 120
2020-03-17 (Wednesday), 2020-03-18 (Thursday) Data science lecture Lecture — The Mathematical Association of America and the Washington Statistical Society (pdf link) Lecture title: "Data Science: The Discipline, Methods, and Preparation". Although the linked PDF says the event is (only) on the 18th, the distributed MAA email says the event is offered on two days, both the 17th and the 18th (links point to Eventbrite registrations). The number of spots available are limited. Washington, D.C.: MAA Carriage House, Northeast of Dupont circle.
2020-03-12 (Thursday) - 2020-03-24 (Tuesday) Environmental Film Festival 2020 Environmental Film Festival — DCEFF (with multiple sponsors). Event Description: The largest green film festival in the world!. Over 100+ films. Film maker and topic discussion. The festival announcement with the list of films and locations is coming soon (early February) and I'll update this listing when it occurs. Multiple locations through DC: Additional information will be provided after the full Environmental Film Festival announcment.
2020-03-10 (Tuesday) Science Lecture Annual Roger Revelle Commemorative Lecture Lecture Title: "Ocean Plastic: A Scientist’s Tale" by Dr. Chelsea Rochman. Washington, D.C.: NAS Building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W., Room 120
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 required3. 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 required3. 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).

  1. Office of Survey Methods Research, Bureau of Labor Statistics 

  2. National Center for Health Statistics 

  3. From the WSS announcements: "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."