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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Chariots of Fire
Costas I. Karageorghis, Brunel University London
The Scientific Application of Music in Sport and Exercise. Collaboration with the Music Divison.

Mon., October 22, 2018

Panel Discussion: “Technology and Aging” by OSTP Committee on Technology and Aging Collaboration with the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) White House, and Office of Health Services/LC.

Wed., April 22, 2018

Agroterrorism: A Nation at Risk
Professor Henry Parker, Ph.D., Georgetown Medical School
Presented in partnership with the Library of Congress Office of Health Services

Tues., Nov. 14, 2017 “From Developed to Developing Countries: Addressing the Worldwide Cybersecurity Challenge.”  J.P. Auffret, Ph.D.  Dr. Auffret is the Director, Research Partnerships in the School of Business and Associate Director, Center for Assurance Research and Engineering in the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University. He will discuss the challenges inherent in cybersecurity. Technological advances including mobile, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, and artificial intelligence bring great opportunity, new services, and increased access, but there are often corresponding risks to critical infrastructure. The lecture will review what countries, private sector, and NGOs are doing with policy and practice to address cybersecurity risk. In addition, the talk will investigate the foreign policy and international relations aspects of cybersecurity and consider the gaps in institutional and technical capability. A Q&A will follow the lecture.

Thurs., Oct. 26, 2017 “ICSTI General Assembly and Workshops.”  The International Council for Scientific and Technical Information will host a one-day General Assembly meeting and associated workshops that will focus on a forum for interaction between organizations that create, disseminate and use scientific and technical information.

Mon., Oct. 23, 2017 How to Survive a Plague.”  David France.  David France, author of How to Survive a Plague and creator of the 2012 Academy Award-nominated film of the same title, discusses his telling of the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S. A book-signing will follow. Co-sponsored with Capital Pride and LC-GLOBE.

Thurs., Oct. 19, 2017 “Cancer Genomics Panel Discussion.”  A panel discussion on genome discoveries, with researchers, clinicians and patient representatives, regarding new therapies for different cancers, unlocked by DNA research. This will be an update on how studies have led to new ways to diagnose, treat and prevent cancer. Q&A session will follow. Co-sponsored with the Library of Congress Office of Health Services and Library Wellness Committee.

Tues., Oct. 17, 2017 NASA logo“The Star That Ate Manhattan: Studying Neutron Stars from the International Space Station.”  Zaven Arzoumanian  Dr. Zaven Arzoumanian will describe NASA's NICER (Neutron star Interior Composition Explorer) and the Station Explorer for X-ray Timing and Navigation Technology (SEXTANT) projects that will demonstrate a “Galactic Positioning System.”

Thurs., Apr. 20, 2017 Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean.”  Jonathan White.  Sailor, surfer, and author Jonathan White will discuss his book about the science and lore of ocean tides. A book signing will follow. Cosponsored with the Center for the Book.


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Science, Technology and Business Division Webcasts listed below are also available on The Library of Congress' YouTube Topics in Science.


December 6, 2018
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NASA logoThe Science of Space: Heliophysics and the Parker Solar Probe
Alex Young
NASA's Alex Young discussed how the Sun interacts at the largest and smallest scales, from complicated motions at the particle level to giant eruptions thousands of times bigger than the Earth. NASA studies the Sun and how its constant outflow of magnetic fields and solar material influences the very nature of space, the atmospheres of planets, and human technology. Heliophysics missions explore places never before visited--traveling through pockets of intense radiation, interstellar space, and right into the Sun itself. NASA's Parker Solar Probe will be the first spacecraft in history to fly through the Sun's inner corona.

November 8, 2018
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NASA logoGRACE-FO & ICESat-2: NASA's Leadership in Monitoring the Polar Regions from Space
Tom Neumann
NASA's Tom Neumann explained why the polar regions are so important for the global climate system and what satellites like GRACE-FO and ICESat-2 will contribute to our understanding of them. From 2003 until 2009, NASA's Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) mission measured rapid changes in glaciers, ice sheets and sea ice, and, until late last year the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission maintained a watch on mass distribution around the planet, tracking significant loss in ice covered regions. These rapid ongoing changes in the Earth's ice cover require sustained, high-accuracy, repeat observations in order to continue collecting critical data. In May, NASA launched GRACE-FO, a follow-on mission, and in September, ICESat-2, an improved ICESat.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
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Panel Discussion: Cancer Moonshot III
Elizabeth Platz, D.Phil, Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University Susan Bates, MD, Department of Oncology, Columbia University John Tsang, Ph.D., Department of Immune System Biology, NIAID/NIH Collaboration with the Office of Health Services.

October 11, 2018
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NASA logoTitan: An Exotic Ocean World Waiting to Be Explored
Melissa Trainer
NASA's Melissa Trainer reviewed what we know about prebiotic chemistry on Titan and explore ideal locales and exploration strategies to search for evidence of, or progression towards, life on the moon of Saturn. Following decades observing Titan, NASA scientists have discovered that the moon has all the ingredients needed to produce life as we know it. Advanced chemical synthesis takes place in its atmosphere and a subsurface ocean and icy crust provide opportunities for all of these ingredients to mix.

Wed., September 12, 2018
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NASA logoShadow Science: Using Eclipses to Shed New Light
James Green
James Green, Chief NASA Scientist, discusses shadow techniques used to uncover new science in the study of eclipses, occultations and transits and will provide spectacular examples from recent events.

Thurs., June 7, 2018
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NASA logoThe Upper Atmosphere: Where Space Weather Meets Earth Weather
Sarah Jones
At the boundary between Earth and space, charged particles and fields co-exist with Earth's neutral atmosphere and cause a continual tug of war between the neutral and ionized gases. This region is buffeted by Earth weather from below and the Sun’s radiation from above, making it a complicated place. Events like hurricanes can create waves that travel all the way up to this region, while the Sun frequently releases blasts of solar material that can impact at the same time. This changes the shape of the very boundary between Earth and space and can garble some of the signals being transmitted from our satellites. Dr. Sarah Jones will help us untangle the processes at play in this region and share how two of NASA's newest missions, GOLD and ICON, aim to determine just how weather shapes our interface to space.

Wed., May 16, 2018
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ICT Innovation for Healthcare in Aging Societies
Professor Jean-Pierre Auffret, Ph.D., George Mason University School of Engineering
Auffret is director of the Research Partnership and Grants Initiatives in the School of Business and associate director of the Center for Assurance Research and Engineering in the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University.

Tues., May 15, 2018
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Mapping the Blue Marble: Using Space-Based Observations for Improved Global NASA logoWater Security and Sustainability
John Bolten
The combined stresses of overpopulation, water pollution, and poor water management practices require new approaches to better assess and manage global water security and sustainability. Dr. John Bolten will review the technological advances in satellite-based remote sensing and numerical modeling of reservoir volume, vegetation health, groundwater movement, soil moisture, and other factors that drive these new approaches and discuss how the data are being applied to address these global issues.

Wed., April 25, 2018
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Swimming in Martian Lakes: Curiosity at Gale CraterNASA logo
Scott Guzewich
As primitive life was becoming established on Earth, Gale Crater on Mars was a shallow lake filled with drinkable water and brimming with all of the chemical ingredients necessary for life to form.  For the past 5 years, we've been exploring the remnants of this lake with the Curiosity rover.  For the first time in the history of space exploration, we are directly studying an environment that was once habitable for life as we know it.  The story of Gale Crater tells us how Mars has changed and whether life may be common in the universe.

Thurs., March 22, 2018
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How did we get here?  Finding Our Origins with the Hubble and James Webb Space TelescopesNASA logo
Jonathan Gardner
Using a flood of data from the Hubble Space Telescope, other missions, telescope observations and super-computer simulations, we are starting to piece together the story of how simple particles, mass and energy that formed in the Big Bang changed over time to become galaxies, stars and planets today.  Dr. Jonathan Gardner will discuss some of the most important astronomical discoveries of the last 20 years, the Hubble Telescope’s greatest accomplishments, and the promise of its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope.
Thurs., Dec. 7, 2017
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NASA logoHoliday Lights Show Culture from Space  
Miguel Roman

Dr. Miguel Roman will discuss the need to better understand the driving forces behind energy use, including how dominant social phenomena, the changing demographics of urban centers, and socio-cultural settings affect energy-use decisions.

Thurs., Nov. 2, 2017
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NASA logoTo explore strange new worlds: NASA’s Small Steps and Giant Leaps in Understanding Worlds Beyond.  Padi Boyd  Dr. Padi Boyd will take a look at humanity's rapidly evolving view of Earth's place in the Universe. The field of “exoplanets,” planets orbiting stars other than our Sun, is currently in a period of explosive growth, and in the last generation we've gone from knowing of only planets in our own solar system, to discovering thousands of distant worlds.

Thurs., Sept. 7, 2017
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NASA logoCassini’s Grand Finale.  Conor Nixon  Dr. Conor Nixon will cover the greatest highlights from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft mission that has been orbiting Saturn since 2004, including the early mission and latest and most exciting results from the “Grand Finale” phase.

Tues., August 15, 2017
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NASA logoVenus: The Forgotten, Mysterious Planet.  Lori Glaze   Dr. Lori Glaze will explore what we know about Venus, what mysteries we need to solve, and what future spacecraft and instrument technologies could help us answer our questions.

Thurs., June 15, 2017
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NASA logoThe 2017 Total Solar Eclipse: Through the Eyes of NASA.  C. Alex Young  Dr. C. Alex Young will outline the science and the wonder of total solar eclipses along with where and when you can experience the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.

Wed., May 10, 2017
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Space Ethics: Ethical Implications of Commercial Space Projects.  Christopher Ketcham   Lecture conveying the need to balance the economic value of commercial ventures with safety and ethical concerns for life on Earth.

Thurs., May 4, 2017
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NASA logoNASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO): Preparing Astronauts for Space Exploration.  Kelsey Young  Dr. Kelsey Young discusses the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations, NEEMO, a NASA mission that sends groups of astronauts, engineers and scientists to live and work in Aquarius, an undersea research station and an analog for space exploration.

Tues., Apr. 18, 2017
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NASA logoThe Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope: Opening a Window on the Extreme Universe.  Julie McEnery  NASA astrophysicist Dr. Julie McEnery provides a tour of the energetic Universe through the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope -- a dramatic new view of the celestial sky.

Wed., Mar. 29, 2017
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Making Faces: The Evolutionary Origins of the Human Face.  Adam Wilkins, Ph.D. Senior Fellow, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin. Editor, Perspectives column, Genetics.  Dr. Adam Wilkins will discuss his book which identifies distinctive features of the human face, explores how and why our unique facial features evolved, and details the critical role facial expression plays in human society.

Thurs., Feb. 23, 2017
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Launching a Data Revolution: a Free Online System for Visual Analysis, Sharing, and Analysis of Sustainable Development Goals Indicators.  Ilya Zaslavsky, Ph.D. Director of Spatial Information Systems Laboratory, San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California San Diego.   EarthCube is a large-scale NSF initiative to develop cyberinfrastructure supporting advanced research and data and knowledge sharing across the geosciences. We will discuss conceptual design of EarthCube as a cross-disciplinary federation of information systems and an environment where geoscience information resources, including big data resources, can be found, integrated and matched with needs of research projects. Several innovative projects that originated in EarthCube will be demonstrated, including CINERGI (Community Inventory of Earthcube Resources for Geoscience Interoperability) and SuAVE (Survey Analysis via Visual Exploration). Cosponsored with the Office of the Chief Information Officer.

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Thurs., Dec. 15, 2016
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Cancer Moonshot Initiative.  A panel discussion with representatives of the White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force and other organizations interested in cancer research. Participants include Ellen V. Sigal, Ph.D, Founder and Chairperson, Friends of Cancer Research; Dinah S. Singer, Ph.D, Director, Division of Cancer Biology, National Cancer Institute and Co-chair Blue Ribbon Panel; Douglas Lowy, M.D., Director, National Cancer Institute; and Louis Weiner, M.D., Director, The Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center. Co-sponsored with the Office of Health Services and the Library of Congress Professional Association, in collaboration with Friends of Cancer Research.
Tues., Dec. 6, 2016
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NASA logoWalking with the Last Men on the Moon: Revisiting the Apollo 17 Landing Site with the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.  Noah Petro. Dr. Petro is deputy project scientist for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, currently orbiting the Moon. According to Petro, remote-sensing observations of the Moon by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter have given scientists the data to develop new interpretations of the complex geology of the Taurus-Littrow Valley, the landing site of the last manned lunar mission.
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016
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Disaster Management & Public Health  Professor Virginia Murray, Public Health England (Agency of the Department of Health, United Kingdom). Co-sponsored with the Office of Health Services.

Tues., Oct. 25, 2016
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Antibiotic Resistant Strains Outbreaks.   Lance B. Price, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Environmental and Occupational Health Program, George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health, discusses the science and politics behind the use of antibiotics in hospitals and in farming. Co-sponsored with the Office of Health Services.
Wed., Oct. 19, 2016
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NASA logoPreparing for the Next Generation of Crewed Planetary Surface Exploration.  Dr. Kelsey Young is a research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. According to Young, one aspect of preparing for a new generation of crewed planetary exploration missions will be designing tools and technologies to rapidly collect and interpret geochemical and geophysical data. These technologies will need to have the flexibility to be used in different capacities during spaceflight and will need to be incorporated into astronaut extravehicular activities.
Thurs., Sept. 29, 2016
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NASA logoA Space Weather Report: Preparing Space Explorers for Bad Weather throughout the Solar System.  Dr. C. Alex Young is the associate director for science in the Heliophysics Science Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The space around our planet may seem empty, but it isn’t, according to Young. The solar wind, magnetic storms and other phenomena emanating from our sun and other stars can threaten space travelers and NASA must keep an eye out for this space weather.

Thurs., Aug. 25, 2016
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NASA logoListening to the Universe with Gravitational Waves.   Ira Thorpe is an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. According to Thorpe, Albert Einstein’s theory of General Relativity predicted the existence of gravitational waves, distortions of space-time that originate in astrophysical cataclysms and carry energy and momentum across the universe at the speed of light. A century later, scientists around the world have built instruments to detect and observe the waves in an effort to learn more about the cosmological events of our universe.

Thurs., May 26, 2016
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Bird Feeding’s Surprising History.  Co-Authors Paul Baicich and Margaret Barker discussed their book, Feeding Wild Birds in America: Culture, Commerce and Conservation (Texas A&M University Press: 2015), which describes how the simple practice of bird feeding has become, in recent decades, a multi-billion dollar business and helped change Americans’ attitudes toward the natural world. Paul J. Baicich is a writer, Birding Community E-bulletin editor and avitourism specialist, who has led bird tours around the Americas, including Cuba. Margaret A. Barker is a Chesapeake Bay area writer and educator and former coordinator of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Project FeederWatch.
Tues., May 24, 2016
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NASA logoOSIRIS-REx.  Jason P. Dworkin, Chief of the Astrochemistry Laboratory at NASA Goddard discusses “OSIRIS-REx: The First U.S. Mission to Return Samples from an Asteroid to Earth.” The sample will be shared with and studied by scientists all over the world and will help them understand the formation of our solar system.

Wed., May 18, 2016
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One Health.  Dr. Bernadette Dunham, D.V.M., Ph.D., a visiting professor, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, and former Director, Center for Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration, discussed interconnections of human and animal health with environmental health. One Health is a concept of multidisciplinary collaborative approaches to solving current global and environmental health challenges.
Thurs., May 5, 2016
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World Energy Transformation: Asia and Beyond.  Dr. Gong Ping (G. P.) Yeh, a physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy and member of Academia Sinica in Taiwan, discussed his current research in sustainable energy including wind, solar, biofuels, electric vehicles and ocean energy. Co-sponsored with the Library of Congress Asian American Association.
Tues., May 3, 2016
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NASA logoThe Science of Interstellar: Life on Planets Around Black Holes.  NASA astrophysicist Jeremy Schnittman presented “The Science of Interstellar: Life on Planets Around Black Holes.” He discussed the Hollywood movie in light of additional effects that may be important in determining the (in)habitable environment of a planet orbiting close to a giant, accreting black hole and revealed the fascinating physics governing accretion, relativity, and astrobiology.
Tues., Apr. 12, 2016
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Stand Out.  Dorie Clark, adjunct professor at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business and author, discussed her book, Stand Out, which explains how to identify the ideas that set you apart, promote them successfully, and build a community of followers.
Wed., Apr. 6, 2016
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From Slave Ship to Harvard.  James H. Johnston discusses his book about Yarrow Mamout, an educated Muslim from Guinea who was brought to Maryland on a slave ship and gained his freedom 44 years later.
Wed, Mar. 23, 2016
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NASA logoEl Niño - a NASA Perspective.  Dr. Steven Pawson, a meteorologist and atmospheric physicist and Chief of the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office at NASA Goddard, described the broad characteristics of El Niño and the specifics of the 2015-16 event. He showed how NASA uses computer models to build up a complete three-dimensional picture of El Niño in the ocean and atmosphere and uses space-based observations to build a more complete picture of El Niño’s impact on the global earth system.

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Tues., Dec. 8, 2015
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NASA logo New Horizons: Journey to Pluto and Beyond.  Dennis Reuter, an astrophysicist and an instrument scientist for the NASA New Horizons mission, highlighted the first close-up images of Pluto.
Thurs., Nov. 19, 2015
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NASA logo Dawn: A Journey to the Beginning of the Solar System.  Lucy McFadden discussed NASA’s Dawn Mission which seeks to unlock the mysteries of planetary formation. McFadden investigates comets, asteroids and meteorites for the Planetary Systems Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and is a co-investigator on the Dawn mission to the asteroid 4 Vesta and the dwarf planet Ceres.
Thurs., Oct. 29, 2015
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Discovering the North-West Passage.  Author and polar/maritime historian Glenn M. Stein talked about his book Discovering the North-West Passage: The Four-Year Arctic Odyssey of H.M.S. Investigator and the McClure Expedition (McFarland, 2015). A special presentation was also given by Parks Canada’s Senior Underwater Archaeologist Ryan Harris, who dove on the wreck of HMS Investigator.
Tues., Oct. 27, 2015
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China's Role in Global Clean Energy Technology Development.  Presented by Professor Joanna Lewis, Ph.D., School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. Co-Sponsored with the Asian Division, Library of Congress.
Thurs., Oct. 15, 2015
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Breast Cancer: Updates with Professor Robert Clarke, Ph.D., D Sc., Dean for Research, GUMC, Professor of Oncology and co-director of the Breast Cancer program. His website:  Co-sponsored by the Science, Technology and Business Division and the Library of Congress Health Services Office.
Tues., Oct. 8, 2015
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NASA logo The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS).  Stephen Rinehart, an astrophysicist and associate chief of the Laboratory for Observational Cosmology at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, discussed the TESS mission which will launch in 2017 and will search for planets outside our solar system.
Tues., Sept. 29, 2015
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Prostate Cancer: Updates.  Presented by Professor Elizabeth Platz, ScD, MPH, Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health. A presentation for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, co-sponsored with the Health Office at the Library of Congress.
Wed., Sept. 16, 2015
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NASA logoIcy Volcanism in the Outer Solar System.  Lynnae Quick, a postdoctoral fellow in the Planetary Geodynamics Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, discussed using analytical methods to model volcanic and cryovolcanic processes on the terrestrial planets and icy moons of the outer solar system.
Tues., Aug. 11, 2015
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NASA logoFinding the Slippery Slope: Detecting Landslides from Space.  Dalia Kirschbaum, a research physical scientist with Hydrological Science at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, discussed using remote-sensing information to model and forecast landslides.
Thurs., June 11, 2015
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NASA logoFantastic Voyage of the MMS: Understanding Magnetic Storms Throughout the Universe. John Dorelli spoke about NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, which is studying the mystery of how magnetic fields around Earth connect and disconnect, explosively releasing energy in a process known as magnetic reconnection.
Wed., June 10, 2015
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Terrorism in Cyberspace: The Dark Future? with Dr. Gabriel Weimann, professor in the Department of Communication, Haifa University, Israel. He discussed his latest book, Terrorism in Cyberspace. Hosted by the Library’s Science, Technology and Business Division and the Hebrew Language Table at the Library, in cooperation with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Thurs., May 28, 2015
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NASA logoA World Avoided: How Science & Policy Solved the Global Ozone Crisis with Dr. Paul Newman, Chief Scientist for Atmospheric Sciences at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Earth Sciences Division.
Tues., May 19, 2015
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How Community Gardens Can Save America presented by LaManda Joy, the founder of Chicago’s Peterson Garden Project and a board member of the American Community Gardening Association. Ms. Joy spoke about her book, Start a Community Food Garden: The Essential Handbook.
Wed., May 13, 2015
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The Mediterranean Diet: Delicious Food Prescriptions for Curing Illness, presented by Ms. Amy Riolo, Award-winning author, educator, lecturer and culinary consultant. Based on her book, The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook.
Tues., April 7, 2015
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Working in Ebola units in Sierra Leone and Liberia 2014, presented by Daniel Lucey, Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Georgetown University, School of Medicine/Doctors without borders.
Thurs., April 2, 2015
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“Friendly gut microbes help fighting cancer, ” with Dr. Giorgio Trinchieri, M.D., Director, Cancer and Inflammation Program, Chief, Laboratory of Experimental Immunology, Center for Cancer Research, NCI/ NIH; Director, CIP, NIH/NCI.
Thurs., Feb. 19, 2015
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Fukushima: A Story of a Nuclear Disaster, presented by Dr. Edwin Lyman, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Global Security Program, Union of Concerned Scientists. Based on his recently published book.

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Thurs., Dec. 4, 2014
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NASA logoMeasuring Our Underground Water Supplies from Space with Dr. Matthew Rodell. Dr. Rodell’s research focuses on the measurement and modeling of terrestrial water storage derived from ground and space-based observations.  Improved understanding of variability in the stocks and fluxes of terrestrial water has implications for weather and climate prediction, water management, agriculture applications and natural hazards such as floods.
Fri., Nov. 21, 2014
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Big Data and the Linkage of Federal Data Resources for Biodiversity Science with Dr. Gerald "Stinger" Guala, Branch Chief for Eco-Science Synthesis at the USGS and Director of Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation (BISON) and the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS). Dr. Guala discussed examples of big data in Biodiversity Information Serving Our Nation ( He highlighted efforts to link related data across the Federal system led by the Working Group on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Informatics (BioEco.)
Thurs., Oct. 9, 2014
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NASA logoClimate and Wildfires in the 21st Century with Dr. Douglas Morton. Dr. Morton is a forest carbon scientist. He speaks about satellite data and climate models that have projected drier conditions and an increase in of extreme events, likely leading to more fire activity across the United States in coming decades.
Thurs., Sept. 25, 2014
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Worldwide Disease Surveillance & Media with Dr. Lawrence Madoff. Dr. Madoff discussed the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED-mail), an online network for monitoring emerging infectious diseases of humans, animals and plants. Dr. Madoff is a professor of medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School and Director of Epidemiology and Immunization, Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Thurs., Sept. 18, 2014
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NASA logoThe Case of the Missing Martian Atmosphere with Dr. Jared Espley.
This talk highlights the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission. Launched November 2013 and arriving at Mars in September 2014, it is helping us unravel the mystery of Mars’ changing climate.
Tues., Aug. 19, 2014
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NASA logoThe Moody Sun
Dr. Holly Gilbert speaks about solar storms and how these dynamic phenomena interact with the Earth's magnetic field.  Dr. Gilbert describes their journey from the Sun to throughout the Solar System and discuss how the Sun's changing behavior impacts you.
Mon., June 30, 2014
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Pediatric Cancer Treatment in Iran with Dr. Saideh Ghods. Dr. Ghods is the founder of the Mahak Organization, which fights childhood cancer in Iran. Jointly sponsored by the African and Middle Eastern Division, the Science, Technology and Business Division and the University of Maryland Persian Studies Center.
Thurs., June 26, 2014
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NASA logoSaturn’s Moon Titan: A Future Abode for Life?
Dr. Carrie Anderson discusses what we've learned about Titan with NASA’s Flagship Cassini mission and the similarities and differences between Titan’s exotic atmosphere and that of our home planet.
Thurs., June 5, 2014
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In Bed with Wall Street: The Conspiracy Crippling the Global Economy. Author Larry Doyle exposes the shortcomings of an ineffectual financial regulatory system that brought about the Wall Street meltdown in 2008. He writes that the corrupt relationship between Wall Street and Washington serve the interests of the financial industry and failed to protect investors, consumers and the American taxpayer.
Thurs., May 15, 2014
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Biological Consequences of Nuclear Disasters: From Chernobyl to Fukushima. Presented by Professor Timothy Mousseau, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina.
Tues., April 22, 2014
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NASA logoMagnifying the Universe. Dr. Jane Rigby explores how scientists study the distant universe using natural telescopes or “gravitational lenses” coupled with the largest telescopes in existence. Dr. Rigby will show how we learn about the buildup of stars and galaxies in the Universe from the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes, and show some of the recent - and gorgeous - results.
Sat., Apr. 19, 2014
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Multimedia presentation, "Plant Hunters, with Constance Carter," Head of the Science Reference Section at the Library of Congress. Part of the Journeys and Crossings series at the Library of Congress.
Tues., April 1, 2014
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Terrorism in Cyberspace: The Next Generation. Presented by Professor Gabriel Weimann, Full Professor of Communication at the Department of Communication at Haifa University, Israel. A world renowned expert in his field, Dr. Weimann is presently at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC finishing his new book Terrorism in Cyberspace: The Next Generation.

Sponsored by the Science, Technology And Business Division, in association with the Hebrew Language Table, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Rabin Chair Forum of The George Washington University.

Thurs., Mar. 6, 2014
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Cancer, magnets, and heat: Can nanotechnology provide new solutions for old problems? Presented by Dr. Robert Ivkov, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University Medical School.
Wed., Jan. 29, 2014
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"Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way: Developing and Applying a Forward-Focused Mindset." Bruce Rosenstein will speak about applying Peter Drucker’s time-tested leadership principles to today’s challenges, enriching both your professional and private life.

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Tues., April 16, 2013
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NASA logo Extraterrestrial Real Estate: Measuring Habitability on Mars with the Curiosity Rover, with NASA Scientist Pamela Conrad. First program for 2013 in the continuing NASA collaboration series, now in its 7th year.
Thurs., Nov 7, 2013
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Translational Medicine - Bench to Bedside. A panel discussion on the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the DNA structure. The panel focused on genetics and translational medicine, which takes discoveries in the laboratories (bench) and uses it in the field (bedside). Participants will include Orla M. Smith, managing editor of Science Translational Medicine, who will chair the panel; Nobel Laureate James Watson of Cold Springs Harbor Laboratories; and others.
Fri., Nov 8, 2013
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Solitude of a Humble Genius – Gregor Johann Mendel Professor: Volume 1 – Formative Years. Author Jan Klein and illustrator Norman Klein discuss their book. Jan Klein is the former director of the Max Planck Institute for Biology at Tübingen, Germany, and currently the Francis R. and Helen M. Pentz Visiting Professor of Science and adjunct professor of biology at Pennsylvania State University.
Wed., Oct. 23, 2013
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NASA logoOur Place in the Universe: Cosmology from the Ancient Greeks to Today with Michelle Thaller, astrobiologist and assistant director for science communication at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. According to Thaller, ancient Greeks had sophisticated, gear-controlled astronomical "computers," which remained unrivaled in accuracy and complexity until the 18th century. With the advent of space-based observatories and supercomputers, the Earth’s position has been mapped relative to millions of other galaxies covering billions of light years of distance.
Tues., Sept. 10, 2013
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NASA logoFinding Hot Towers in Hurricanes with Owen Kelley, research scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. During the past decade, NASA’s Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite has been able to collect definitive statistics on the association of hot towers (towering thunderclouds) and hurricane intensification. Kelley will talk about the science, the technology and the researcher who coined the term "hot tower" 50 years ago.
Wed., May 22, 2013
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NASA logoHow to Manage a Satellite Going 17 Thousand Miles per Hour
NASA Scientist Steven J. Covington tells the story of Landsat 5, which was launched in 1984 for a three-year lifetime and was kept alive for nearly 29 years through ingenuity and luck.
Mon., June 24, 2013
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Science Literacy: Bridging the Chasm Between Science and Public Policy. Presented by Dr. Mark Frankel, Director, Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program, American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Wed., June 19, 2013
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NASA logoExotic Earths: Progress Towards the Discovery of Inhabited Exoplanets, presented by Avi Mandell, research scientist in the Planetary Systems Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Wed., March 20, 2013
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How to Put Your Brain on the Internet: Lessons from a Cyborg. Lecture and book signing by science writer Michael Chorost, author of World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humanity, Machines, and the Internet.
Wed., Feb 20, 2013
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By Endurance We Conquer: Ernest Shackleton and Lessons of Leadership for the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Centenary Expedition 2014 - It's been 100 years since Shackleton's historical expedition to traverse the Antarctic continent. In 2014, a team of six men and women will attempt to follow his planned route from the Weddell Sea to the Ross Sea via the South Pole. Join Joanne Davies, FRGS, expedition leader, and other expedition members as they discuss the history of the 1914 expedition and their planned centenary expedition.
Tues., Jan. 8, 2013
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Lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake and new tactics for the STI ecosystem. Professor Tateo Arimoto, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Japan, and Director General of the Research Institute of Science and Technology for Society (RISTEX), Japan.

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Tues., Oct. 16, 2012
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NASA logo "Looking Homeward Toward Earth: The Power of Perspective," presented by Waleed Abdalati, PhD.
Tues., Oct. 2, 2012
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"Climate Change Policy: Updates" by Dr. Peter C. Frumhoff, Ph.D.,  Union of Concerned Scientists.
Tues., Aug. 28, 2012
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"Human Migration, Malaria, and Modernization in the Pacific" by Professor Koji Lum, SUNY Binghamton. Sponsored by the Science, Technology and Business Division and Library of Congress Asian American Association.
Wed., Sept., 12, 2012
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NASA logoMy Winter in Greenland and Summer in Antarctica. Lora Koenig, PhD. Dr. Lora Koenig is a physical scientist in the Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. She is an expert in remote sensing of ice sheets and snow. She spoke about her experiences spending months at a time on the ice in challenging darkness, frigid temperatures and high winds.
Tues., July 24, 2012
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“Man Food Fire: The Evolution of Barbecue,” presented by Steven Raichlen, who has won several James Beard Awards for his books on barbeque.
Thurs., June 14, 2012
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NASA logo Mapping Water Use from Space, Martha Anderson, PhD., talks about using images from the Landsat satellite program to monitor water use and drought on U.S. farms. It is used to measure evapotranspiration, the total amount of water used in the process of growing crops.
Tues., May 8, 2012
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NASA logo A Rare Astronomical Event: Transit of Venus, Sten Odenwald, PhD, discusses the astronomical phenomenon known as the Transit of Venus, which occurs on June 5, 2012, and not again until the 22nd Century.
Tues., April 3, 2012
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Book Talk: "American Anthrax," presented by Jeanne Guillemin, Senior Advisor, Security Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Wed., March 21, 2012
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NASA logoBeyond Hubble: A New Era of Astronomy with the James Webb Space Telescope, presented by Dr. Amber Straughn.
Tues., Feb.14, 2012
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NASA logoNASA's Desert Rats (Desert Research and Technology Studies.) A presentation by Jacob Bleacher, PhD.
Thurs., Feb. 2, 2012
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"Eleanor Lambert: Still Here." A book talk and signing by author and fashion historian John Tiffany.   Sponsored jointly with Business Reference Services.

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Tues., Oct. 25, 2011
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"Title: Malaria & War:  The US Antimalarial Program in World War II." Presented by Leo B. Slater, Ph.D., Historian, US Naval Research Laboratory.
Wed.,Sept. 14, 2011
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NASA logoMapping the Moon with WALL-E and Children, Marci Delaney, PhD., NASA, shows how NASA and WALL-E partner to help students across the country learn how scientists and engineers work together to accomplish robotic missions.
Wed., Oct. 26, 2011
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When Washington Bailed Out Mom & Pop. Marc Levinson, economic historian, will speak about his new book "The Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in America."
Thurs., Oct. 6, 2011
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“The Fandom of the Opera: How a Four-Century-Old Art Form Helped Create the Modern Media World.” Mark Schubin serves as engineer-in-charge of the Metropolitan Opera’s media department and has also worked on cinema, radio, and television projects as diverse as the Olympic Games, The News Hour, and Sesame Street.
Wed., July 20, 2011
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NASA logo"Big Ice Sheets Doing Big Things: Why it's a Big Deal." Bob Bindschadler, Chief Scientist, Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)

You can view the Webcast of his 2007 presentation at the Library, "Who Left the Freezer Door Open? What the Poles Are Telling Us about Climate Change," at

Tues., June 7, 2011
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Multimedia presentation, "Food Thrift: Scraps from the Past, with Constance Carter," Head of the Science Reference Section at the Library of Congress. Part of the Journeys and Crossings series at the Library of Congress.
Wed., May 18, 2011
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NASA logoPredicting Disease Outbreaks from Space, Assaf Anyamba, PhD., NASA.
Assaf Anyamba is a geographer and remote sensing scientist with the University of Maryland Baltimore County and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
Fri., May 13, 2011
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Chicago Victory Gardens: Yesterday and Tomorrow.   Presented by LaManda Joy, award winning gardener, blogger and founder of The Peterson Garden Project in Chicago. The Peterson Garden is Chicago's largest organic community allotment vegetable garden and was part of an original WWII Victory Garden from 1942-45. The upcoming Victory! The Home-grown Documentary from Cross Town Productions will also portray Chicago's leading role in the WWII Victory Garden movement, The Peterson Garden, and other modern Chicago food education groups. Materials from the Library’s collection on victory gardens, school gardens, and other types of gardening were also on display.
Thurs., March 17, 2011
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NASA logo"The Many Colors of the Sun." W. Dean Pesnell of the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory presented an illustrated lecture on new observations and views of solar phenomena.
Tues., April, 5, 2011
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"The Health Risks of Exposure to Atomic (ionizing) radiation: updates." Professor William (Jack) Schull, president of the Schull Institute and Professor Emeritus of the University of Texas School of Public Health, is a noted experts in genetics and the health effects of radiation. He conducted studies at the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission in 1949, and partnered with Professor James Neel on the most substantial studies on radiation genetics in humans for the National Academy of Science.
Wed., Feb. 16, 2011
Dr. Neil Gehrels

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NASA logo"Gamma Ray Bursts and the Birth of Black Holes," presented by Neil Gehrels, an experimental physicist working in gamma-ray astronomy at NASA.
Wed., Jan. 19, 2011
Nutrition, Obesity and Weight-Loss Panel

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"Weight Loss Through the Ages: Where We’ve Been, What We’ve Learned and Where We’re Going." A panel discussion featuring nutrition, obesity and weight-loss experts.
See also Health Effects of Obesity - Science Reference Guide

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Mon., Dec. 13, 2010
Joan Nathan

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"Quiches, Kugels and Couscous: My Search for Jewish Cooking in France." Author and TV personality Joan Nathan discussed her latest book. Co-sponsored by the African and Middle Eastern, the European, and the Science, Technology and Business Divisions.
Wed., Oct. 27, 2010
Dr. Ashley Davies

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NASA logoVolcanoes –Near, Far and Really Far Away. Ashley Davies, Asteroids, Comets and Satellites Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Wed., Sept. 29, 2010
Dr. Laurie Marker

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The Cheetah: A Race for Survival. Dr. Laurie Marker is the Founder and Executive Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, headquartered in the Republic of Namibia.
See also Cheetah - Science Reference Guide
Wed., Sept. 22, 2010
Dr. Gene Feldman

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NASA logoObserving the Living Oceans from Space. Gene Feldman, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Tues., June 22, 2010
Dr. Eric Brown de Colstoun

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NASA logoThe Chesapeake Bay from Space: New Views of a National Treasure. A presentation by Eric Brown de Colstoun, the Coordinator of Earth Science Education and Public Outreach in the Earth Sciences Division of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Wed., April 21, 2010
Dr. Richard Mushotzky

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Shedding Light on Dark Matter. Richard Mushotzky, award winning astronomy professor at the University of Maryland.
Wed., Mar. 17, 2010
Dr. James Garvin
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NASA logoMars Update. James Garvin, NASA, spoke about recent research and plans for Mars exploration.
Wed., Feb. 17, 2010
Dr. Michelle Thaller
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NASA logoDr. Michelle Thaller, NASA astrophysicist, spoke on Galileo: 400 Years of the Telescope. Her presentation is a look at the real Galileo, his intriguing daughter Virginia, and the personalities and politics that led to his imprisonment.

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Thurs., Nov. 19, 2009
Dr. Dennis McCullough
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Dr. Dennis McCullough (MD), has been a family physician and geriatrician for 30 years. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. He will speak about his book, "My Mother, Your Mother: Embracing Slow Medicine, the Compassionate Approach to Caring for Your Aging Loved Ones."
Tues., Nov 17, 2009
Dr. Thorsten Markus

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NASA logoThorsten Markus, Head of the Cryospheric Sciences Branch at NASA Goddard, presented On Thin Ice: The Changing Ice Cover on Polar Oceans.
Tues., Oct., 13, 2009
Dr. Dave Leckrone

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NASA logoDave Leckrone, astrophysicist with the NASA Hubble Space Program spoke on Hubble: A New Beginning .
Wed., Sept. 16, 2009
Dr. Scott A. Braun

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NASA logoDr. Scott A. Braun, research meteorologist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., presented Peering Into the Storm: NASA's Exploration of Hurricanes.
Thurs., Sept. 10, 2009
Jane Goodall

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Jane Goodall will speak about her latest book, "Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Animals are Being Rescued from the Brink." Co-sponsored with the Center for the Book.
Wed., June 24, 2009
Dr. James Clark
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James Clark, Ph.D., the Ronald Weintraub Professor of Biology at George Washington University, presented “Dinosaurs Along the Silk Road.” Dr. Clark was a co-leader of expeditions that discovered the bones of small dinosaurs mired in mud, stacked one on top of another, in the northern part of Xinjiang, China, near the ancient Silk Road.
Tues., June 2, 2009
Dr. Daniel Glavin

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NASA logoDr. Daniel (Danny) Glavin, Astrobiologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, spoke on Astrobiology: Life in Space.
Wed., April 22, 2009
Dr. Edward F. Guinan
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Edward F. Guinan, Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Villanova University, presented Our Sun: Its Influence on Life and Climate.
Tues., March 3, 2009
Dr. Molly Brown

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NASA logoMolly Brown, Senior Research Scientist, Science Systems and Applications, Inc. at NASA, spoke on Farming, Food Security, and Climate Change.
Thurs., March 12, 2009
Panel on Women in Science and Engineering
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Women in Science and Engineering - National Women's History Project chose "Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet" as the 2009 theme for National Women's History Month. A panel discussion on "Women in Science and Engineering" was held at the Library. The moderator and featured panelist was Carol Burger, associate professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Virginia Tech and coordinator of the university's Science and Gender Equity Program.
Wed., March 11, 2009
Sally Squires

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Sally Squires, award-winning journalist and former syndicated nutrition columnist of the Lean Plate Club in the Washington Post, spoke on "Healthy Bites: Great-Tasting, Healthy Food on a Budget."
Wed., Feb. 18, 2009
Sandra Herbert
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For the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth, Sandra Herbert, one of the world's leading authorities on Darwin, discussed her book "Charles Darwin, Geologist." In it, she explores how geology changed Darwin and how Darwin changed science.

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Wed., June 4, 2008
Dr. Peter Hildebrand
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NASA logoEarth’s Water Cycle in a Changing Climate. A presentation by Peter Hildebrand, chief of the Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Tues., May 6, 2008
Dr. Tom Sever
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NASA logoAvoiding the Fate of the Mayans. The Maya civilization, at its peak, was one of the most densely populated and culturally dynamic societies in the world. But after flourishing for a thousand years, it abruptly disappeared. Thanks to Landsat satellite data and climate models, NASA archaeologist Tom Sever has gained insights into the event known as the Maya Collapse. His findings can inform our lives today.
Tues., March 4, 2008
Dr. Alan I. Leshner

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"The New Science of Addiction and What It Means for Society," presented by Alan I. Leshner, PhD. Dr. Leshner is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an Executive Publisher of the journal Science.
Cosponsored by the Science, Technology and Business Division and the Library of Congress Employee Assistance Program.
Tues., Jan. 15, 2008
Shannon McDonald

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Shannon McDonald, A.I.A., is a Senior Architect at the architectural firm of Shannon Sanders McDonald. She spoke about movement issues as related to parking, transportation, environment, architecture, and urban planning.

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Wed., Nov. 28, 2007
Timothy J. Barger & Thomas W. Lippman
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Timothy J. Barger, who established the first Saudi video and cable TV operations company in Jeddah, and Thomas W. Lippman, Adjunct Scholar at the Public Policy Center at The Middle East Institute, discussed Wallace Stegner’s lost classic, Discovery! The Search for Arabian Oil.
Mon., Nov. 5, 2007
Judith Jones
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Judith Jones is a Senior Editor and Vice President of Alfred A. Knopf and the 2006 recipient of the James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. In her nearly 50-year career as a cookbook editor, Jones has worked with a long list of esteemed food writers, including Julia Child and James Beard. She spoke on her upcoming book, The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food.
Wed., Oct. 24, 2007
Tom Crouch

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Tom D. Crouch is the senior curator of the Division of Aeronautics at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. His topic was Aeronautics at the Library of Congress: Forty Years of One User's Experience.
Wed., Oct. 17, 2007
Dr. Compton Tucker
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NASA logoCompton Tucker, Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory, NASA GSFC spoke on “Observing, Fighting, and Mitigating Damage from Fires.”
Mon., Oct. 1, 2007
Constance Carter

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Multimedia presentation, "School Gardens with Constance Carter," Head of the Science Reference Section at the Library of Congress. Part of the Journeys and Crossings series at the Library of Congress.
Thurs., Aug. 2, 2007
Dr. Pamela Peeke

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Dr. Pamela Peeke, physician, scientist and expert in the fields of nutrition, metabolism, stress, and fitness, spoke on her newest book, Fit to Live.
Thurs., July 26, 2007
Craig Mello & John Mather
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Craig Mello and John Mather, 2006 Nobel Prize winners, spoke on "The Origins of Life and the Universe" in a program co-sponsored by the Science, Technology and Business Division and the John W. Kluge Center.
Thurs., May 24, 2007
Tim Cook & Michael Hockaday

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Lecture and panel discussion, “Commercializing university research - Threats and opportunities - The Oxford University model." Experts comment on remarks given by Tim Cook and Michael Hockaday of Oxford University.

Participants included David Billington, Professor, civil and environmental engineering, Princeton University; Baruch S. Blumberg, President, American Philosophical Society and Member of the Kluge Center Advisory Council; Michael Cleare, Executive Director, Columbia Innovation Enterprise, Columbia University’s technology transfer organization; and Raymond Dwek, Head of the Glycobiology Department at Oxford University and holder of the Chair of Technology and Society.

Sponsored by the Library’s John W. Kluge Center and Science, Technology & Business Division, together with the American Philosophical Society with support from the University of Oxford (UK).

Wed., May 23, 2007
Jim Crawford & Sam Fromartz

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Jim Crawford, of New Morning Farm, and Sam Fromartz, author of Organic Inc.: Natural Foods and How They Grew, spoke on sustainable organic agriculture, family farming, direct marketing of foods.
Wed., Apr. 18, 2007
Dr. Marion Nestle
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Dr. Marion Nestle, NYU professor, author and food industry critic, spoke on her books Food Politics, Safe Food, and What to Eat.
Tues., April 3, 2007
Dr. Wayne Esaias

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NASA logoWayne Esaias, Ocean Sciences Branch, NASA GSFC, presented on “Honey Bees, Satellites, and Climate Change.”
Wed., March 21, 2007
Mark Nash

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Mark Nash, realtor and author, will speak on his book, 1001 Tips for Buying & Selling a Home.
Mon., Feb. 26, 2007
Paul Orfalea

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Paul Orfalea, founder of Kinko's, spoke on the book he co-authored with Ann Marsh, Copy This: Lessons from a Hyperactive Dyslexic Who Turned a Bright Idea into One of America's Best Companies.
Mon., Feb. 5, 2007
Tim Harford

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Tim Harford, columnist, of Financial Times and Slate, spoke about his book, The Undercover Economist: Exposing Why the Rich are Rich, the Poor are Poor -- and Why You Can Never Buy a Decent Used Car. The book is part field guide to economics and part expose of how economic forces shape our lives, often without our knowing it.
Wed., Jan. 24, 2007
Dr. Bob Bindschadler
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Wed., Dec. 6, 2006
Dr. Robert Shiller

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Dr. Shiller is the Stanley B. Resor Professor of Economics at Yale University. He is the author of several books, including The New Financial Order: Risk in the 21st Century and Irrational Exuberance. He spoke on "What to Do about Worsening Economic Inequality? The Rising Tide Tax System and Other Proposals"
Wed., Nov. 15, 2006
Bob Ryan
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Bob Ryan, the Chief Meteorologist at NBC4 since 1980, spoke about weather forecasting.
Mon., Nov. 6, 2006
Joan Nathan
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Award-winning author of numerous cookery books spoke on her latest book, The New American Cooking. To complement her lecture, three area chefs provided dishes for the audience to sample. They were chef Cliff Wharton of TenPenh Restaurant, pastry chef Ann Amernick of Palena Restaurant and baker Mark Furstenberg of Bread Line.
Fri., Aug. 11, 2006
Barbara Haber
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Barbara Haber, distinguished women's history librarian and culinary historian, spoke on "Women's History and Food History: New Ways of Seeing American Life."
Thurs., July 20, 2006
Peter Morville

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Peter Morville spoke about his book, Ambient Findability, a history of how people search for information, and how they now find their way through a world of information overload.
Thurs., July 13, 2006
Dr. Yukio Sato

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Dr. Yukio Sato, Advisor and former Executive Director of the Japan Science and Technology Agency, spoke on "Science and Technology Policy in Japan and JST Activities." Co-sponsored with the Asian Division and the Kluge Center.
Tues., May 23, 2006
Matthew Evans & Holly Shimizu

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Matthew Evans, Senior Landscape Architect of the United States Capitol, Holly H. Shimizu, Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden, and Carl Morgan, Gardener Supervisor at the Library of Congress speaking about the new plantings in front of the James Madison Building at the Library of Congress.
Fri., May 19, 2006
Dr. Albert Greco

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Dr. Albert Greco spoke on recent and predicted book industry trends. Dr. Greco is a Professor of Marketing, and of Communications and Media Management at the Fordham University Graduate School of Business. He is the author of The Book Industry, (2d ed., 2005), and coordinator of the annual statistics gathering for the Book Industry Study Group. This event is cosponsored with the Office of Technical Policy of Library Services.
Fri., May 12, 2006
Dr. Peter Orszag

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"401(k) and IRA Retirement Plans." Peter R. Orszag is the Joseph A. Pechman Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. He is also a research professor at Georgetown University and a co director of the Tax Policy Center. He served as special assistant to the president for economic policy during the Clinton administration.
Fri., April 21, 2006
Kathleen Ameche
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Kathleen Ameche, author of The Woman Road Warrior, will speak on tips for women business travelers.
Wed., March 8, 2006
Jonathan Tucker
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Jonathan Tucker spoke on his new book, War of Nerves: Chemical Warfare from
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Wed., Dec 7, 2005
Barbara Ehrenreich

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Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, discussed her latest book, Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream.
Tues., Oct. 25, 2005
Robert Slater

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Robert Slater, author of No Such Thing as Overexposure: Inside the Life and Celebrity of Donald Trump and Jack Welch and the GE Way, spoke on writing about business CEO's. He described what it was like to work with Donald Trump during the writing of his most recent book.
Thurs., Oct. 13, 2005
John Beck

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John Beck spoke on his book, Got Game: How the Gamer Generation Is Reshaping Business Forever. It offers groundbreaking insights into how the skills and abilities of the under-34 gamer generation can help enterprises across all disciplines adapt and enable best performance.
Wed., Sept. 28, 2005
Holly Shimizu
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"Herbs in the Garden." Holly H. Shimizu, the Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden, spoke about the most ornamental herbs to grow in this area, ways to grow them, and a bit about how to use them.
Tues., Sept. 13, 2005
Dr. Jonathan McDowell
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Dr. Jonathan McDowell is an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics at Harvard University. He spoke on "The Dawn of the Space Age."
Wed., July 13, 2005
Marie Savard
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The author of Apples & Pears: the Body Shape Solution for Weight Loss and Wellness spoke about her book. Co-sponsored with Health Services.
Wed., July 27, 2005
Dr. Eric Grissell
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Insects and Gardens: In Pursuit of a Garden Ecology. Dr. Grissell is a Research Entomologist for the USDA at the US National Museum of Natural History, a Research Associate of the Smithsonian, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Maryland. He has gardened since he was eight years old, and his field work has taken him throughout most of the world. He has published two popular works on gardening and many scientific papers. His work, Insects and Gardens: In Pursuit of a Garden Ecology, combines his lifelong interests of gardening and entomology.
Mon., July 18, 2005
Robert O'Harrow

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Robert O'Harrow, reporter for the Washington Post, will speak about his recent book No Place to Hide: Behind the Scenes of Our Emerging Surveillance Society.
Fri., June 24, 2005
Steven Raichlen

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Mr. Raichlen, author of the best-selling Barbecue! Bible gave a lecture on "Barbecue: A History of the World's Oldest Culinary Art."
Tues., June 7, 2005
Dr. Lillian Beard

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Dr. Lillian Beard, child physician, spoke on "Home Remedies from a Physician's Perspective." She then signed copies of Salt in Your Sock and Other Tried-And-True Home Remedies. Co-sponsored with the Health Services Office and the Library of Congress Childcare Association.
Tues., May 17, 2005
Dr. Alan Cutler
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The Seashell on the Mountaintop. Dr. Cutler is a geologist and writer affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution. He spoke about his recent book, which tells the story of Nicholaus Steno, a 17th century priest and scientist who is considered to be the founder of geology.
Wed., May 11, 2005
Holly Shimizu
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"Herbs in the Garden." Holly H. Shimizu, the Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden, spoke about the most ornamental herbs to grow in this area, ways to grow them, and a bit about how to use them. NOTE: This presentation was interrupted by an evacuation of the Capitol Hill area. It is rescheduled -- see Wed., Sept. 28, 2005, above.
Wed., April 20, 2005
Laura Schenone
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A Thousand Years over a Hot Stove. Lecture on the history of women and cooking and book signing by Laura Schenone, food writer.
Fri., June 18, 2005
Constance Carter

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Multimedia presentation, "The History of Household Technology with Constance Carter," Head of the Science Reference Section at the Library of Congress. Part of the Journeys and Crossings series at the Library of Congress.
Mon., Feb. 7, 2005
Dr. Marc Lipsitch

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"The Transmission of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.) and Influenza: Lessons from the Past and How We Should be Preparing for the Future." Dr. Marc Lipsitch, Ph.D, is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard School of Public Health. His talk is partially based on his most recent publication in Nature, Vol. 432, 16 December, 2004, p. 904-906.

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Wed., July 21, 2004
Dr. Paul Krugman

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"The Great Unraveling." A presentation by Paul Krugman, economist and professor at Princeton University, and regular economics columnist for The New York Times.
Tues., May 25, 2004
Dr. Marilyn Kern-Foxworth
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Dr. Foxworth, author and professor, speaking on "Blacks in Advertising Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow."
Fri., March 19, 2004
Science Safari
Einstein Fellows
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Science and math teachers from across the country will guide participants through hands-on experiments and activities in celebration of ESTME Week (Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics Education). This event is designed to excite students about math and science and to highlight the importance of science education. The "Science Safari" is jointly sponsored by the Science, Technology & Business Division and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. ESTME Week is sponsored by the Department of Education along with the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies and scientific societies.
Mon., Dec. 13, 2004
Alden Almquist
Albert Lokasola
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"Preserving Africa's Threatened Wildlife: Forest Peoples and Indigenous Knowledge." Alden Almquist, anthropologist, 2003-2004 Kluge Staff Fellow, and Albert Lokasola, President, Vie Sauvage, Democratic Republic of the Congo discuss the wildlife conservation programs in Congo's Lac Tumba and Maringa-Wamba-Lopori landscapes.
Co-sponsored by the African and Middle Eastern Division and the Science, Technology and Business Division.
Mon., Nov. 3, 2003
Dr. Michael Fox
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"Animal Emotions." Dr. Michael Fox writes the Animal Doctor column for the Washington Post. He is a veterinarian and author of many books on animal care, welfare and rights
Mon., Oct. 20, 2003
Kenneth Wright
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"Mesa Verde Prehistoric Public Works." A lecture and slide show by Kenneth Wright, President of Wright Water Engineers, Inc., Denver, CO. Cosponsored with the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress.
Tues., May 27, 2003
Dr. Eve Higginbotham
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"Clinical Trials in Glaucoma: What Have We Learned." Presented by Dr. Higginbotham, Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Maryland.
Thurs., April 3, 2003
Dr. Lucy H. Spelman
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"Renewing the National Zoo." Dr. Spelman is the Director of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park.
Tues., March 18, 2003
Science Safari

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Top science teachers from across the country will perform science experiments and demonstrations as part of ESTME Week (Excellence in Science, Technology, and Math Education). ESTME Week's purpose is to help parents and teachers foster student interest in science, mathematics, and technology. The "Science Safari" is jointly sponsored by the Science, Technology & Business Division, the Department of Energy's Office of Science, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy of the Executive Office of the President.
Wed., Jan. 29, 2003
Jim Adams

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"The Herb Garden at the National Arboretum." Presented by Jim Adams, curator of the National Herb Garden at the National Arboretum. Cosponsored with the Gardening Information Forum of the Library of Congress Professional Association.
Tues., Jan. 14, 2003
Dr. Stephen Straus

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"Complementary and Alternative Medicine." A lecture by Dr. Stephen Straus, Director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Health.
Mon., June 11, 2001
Dr. James A. Duke
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"A Tale of Two Gardens." A slide show and lecture by Dr. Duke, noted ethnobotanist, expert on medicinal plants, and author.
Tues., June 5, 2001
Dr. Sylvester James Gates, Jr.
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"Superstrings: Einstein's Dream at the New Millennium." Dr. Gates, John S. Toll Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland, presenting a lecture on Superstring Theory.

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