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All programs take place at the Library of Congress (101 Independence Ave. SE) and last for approximately one hour unless otherwise indicated below. View maps and directions for the Library of Congress.


Thursday, June 13, 2019
Mary Pickford Theater

NASA logoHurricane Hunting NASA Style: Using Space-Based and Airborne Measurements to Better Understand and Predict Hurricanes
Scott A. Braun
Millions of people worldwide are exposed to the potential hazards of hurricanes and similar storms. Advances in observation systems and modeling have led to advances in storm track prediction and storm intensity forecasting. However, underscored by recent storms, major challenges remain, relating to rapid changes in storm intensity, storm structure, precipitation, and storm surge. Dr. Scott Braun will discuss our current understanding and the suite of tools that NASA provides to improve understanding of these impactful storms.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Pickford Theater

Fungi: you can't live with 'em or without 'em!
Richard Calderone
Richard Calderone, PhD, is Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Director of the MS Degree Program in Biomedical Science Policy & Advocacy at the Georgetown University Medical Center. He is an internationally recognized leader in research on the human pathogen Candida albicans, the pathogenesis of invasive candidiasis, and the identification of antifungal drug targets.

Thursday, August 8, 2019
Mary Pickford Theater

NASA logoCosmic Explosions and Cosmic Accelerators: Gamma-rays and Multi-messenger Astronomy
Regina Caputo
Astronomical processes, such as supernovae or gamma ray bursts, give off a variety of messenger signals. Astronomers observing these signals can get different information from different signals, and recently, by coordinating their observations of multiple messengers from the same event, they have begun to revolutionize our understanding of the extreme universe. Dr. Regina Caputo will discuss these jointly observed messengers and the contribution of the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope at the forefront of this new era of astronomy.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Montpelier Room

Family Health & Wellness
Hakima Amri
Dr. Amri is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology and the Division of Integrative Physiology at Georgetown University Medical Center.
Joint Lecture Series: Office of Health Services, Health Awareness Committee, and the Science Technology & Business Division

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Mary Pickford Theater

NASA logoA Mud Matter: The Recent Discovery of Organic Matter Preserved in 3-billion-year-old Mudstones on Mars
Jennifer Eigenbrode
Recently NASA’s Curiosity rover found organic carbon molecules, some of the building blocks of life, in mudstones from a 3-billion-year-old Martian lakebed. Dr. Jennifer Eigenbrode will discuss the discovery, how it might have been preserved, and what the source might be.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Dining Room A

The Circadian Clock, Shift Work and Health
Michael Smolensky
Dr. Smolensky is a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.
Joint Lecture Series: Office of Health Services, Health Awareness Committee, and the Science Technology & Business Division

Thursday, October 17, 2019
Mary Pickford Theater

NASA logo The Ionosphere: Exploring our Electric Atmosphere
Douglas Rowland
Our ionosphere, bombarded by solar UV radiation, is an ever-changing, electrically charged layer of our atmosphere. Recently, scientists have learned that terrestrial weather can affect the ionosphere as well. Dr. Douglas Rowland will talk about this exciting part of our atmosphere, our interface to space, and NASA’s current missions, ICON and GOLD, which are providing a unique view of this fascinating part of our planet.

Wed, October 23, 2019
Mumford Room

Cancer Moonshot V - Treatment Options: Emerging Technologies and Clinical Trials
Joint Lecture Series: Office of Health Services, Health Awareness Committee, and the Science Technology & Business Division

Proton Therapy
Anatoly Dritschilo, MD
Chair, Department of Radiation Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine

Microbiome and Colon Cancer
Cynthia L. Sears, MD
Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Checkpoint Inhibitor Immuno-Therapy
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Patient Advocate

Thursday, November 7, 2019
Mary Pickford Theater

NASA logo From Sun to Solar Wind: The Perplexing Solar Corona and the Space Environment it Creates
Nicholeen Viall
NASA Observatories examining the atmosphere of the Sun are revealing extraordinary detail in the solar corona. Material from this mysteriously super-hot outer layer expands outwards to become the solar wind, accelerating to beyond the speed of sound and bathing the planets in plasma and magnetic fields. Dr. Nicholeen Viall will discuss recent observations from STEREO and the Parker Solar Probe which show the constantly roiling complex dynamic at work, even when the Sun is relatively quiet.

Thursday, December 5, 2019
Mary Pickford Theater

NASA logo Space Lasers and Satellite Measurements:Ushering in a New Era of Spaceborne Laser Altimetry Dependent on Satellite Geodesy
Scott B. Luthcke
Having recently launched two new instruments, a new era of spaceborne laser altimetry will deliver surface elevation and structure observations to advance our knowledge of land and sea ice coverage, surface water hydrology, and more. Scott B. Luthcke will discuss the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter (ATLAS) aboard ICESat-2 and the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) instrument on the International Space Station, their performance thus far, and their dependence on satellite geodesy.


May 14, 2019

Technologies and Aging: Updates
A collaboration between the Library of Congress Office of Health Services and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Michelle J. Grimm
Dr. Grimm is a Professor at the Michigan State University College of Engineering. Before that she served as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation for three years — first for the Engineering of Biomedical Systems and Disability & Rehabilitation Engineering Programs, and then for the Biomechanics and Mechanobiology Program.

Nina Silverberg
Dr. Silverberg is the Director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers (ADRC) Program at the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health.

Vijeth Iyengar
Dr. Vijeth Iyengar serves as the Brain Health Lead and Technical Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aging at the Administration on Aging/Administration for Community Living, an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

May 9, 2019

NASA logoSolving the Puzzles of Planet Formation in the Modern Era of Planet-Hunting
Dr. Elisa Quintana
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is searching around our Sun’s nearest neighbors for Earth-size planets. Dr. Elisa Quintana will discuss the wide array of planetary systems that TESS may find and the follow-up measurements that will reveal clues as to which planets might be rocky and which may have Earth-like atmospheres, ultimately shedding light on how planets form and whether our Solar System is unique.

April 30, 2019

NASA logoApollo at 50: The Lasting Effect of Exploration of the Lunar Surface on Our Current Exploration of the Moon
Noah Petro
The Apollo missions to the Moon provided the first ever samples from a planetary body that were collected in a geologic context. Now with data from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), Dr. Noah Petro will discuss re-evaluating those samples in a local and regional context which provides improved understanding for what those samples represent.

February 14, 2019

Stepping into Health One Heartbeat at a Time: Health Fair on Valentine's Day.
Joint lecture series with the Office of Health Services.

April 17, 2019

Stepping Into Good Health One Test at a Time
Joint event with the Office of Health Services.

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.


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