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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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
11:30am - 12:30pm
Dining Room A
Integrative Medicine and Wellness: Should it be a Player in Our Healthcare System?
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
Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019
11:00am - 12:00pm
Science and Business
Reading Room
TourTour of the Science and Business Reading Room
The tour will provide an overview of the services and collections of the Science and Business Reading Room. Those attending should obtain a Library of Congress registration card prior to the tour.
To register, please go to Eventbrite.
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019
11:30am - 12:30pm
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 NASAís 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, Sept. 18, 2019
12pm - 1:00pm
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
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019
11:00am - 12:00pm
Science and Business
Reading Room
class Beyond the Basics: Discovering Historical Science Collections at the Library of Congress
Beyond the Basics provides an overview of the unique science collections at the Library of Congress and how you can find these rare and obscure materials. Each session includes suggestions on how to conduct research on science at the Library and an overview of useful electronic resources for this topic. Those attending should obtain a Library of Congress registration card prior to the tour.
To register, please go to Eventbrite.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
11:00am - 12:00pm
Science and Business
Reading Room
Tour Tour of the Science and Business Reading Room
The tour will provide an overview of the services and collections of the Science and Business Reading Room. Those attending should obtain a Library of Congress registration card prior to the tour.
To register, please go to Eventbrite.
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Science and Business
Reading Room
class Science Research Orientation
The Science Research Orientation provides an overview of reading room services and an introduction to navigating the online catalog, as well as guidance in locating print and electronic resources used for science research. Those attending should obtain a Library of Congress registration card prior to the tour.
To register, please go to Eventbrite.
Thursday, October 17, 2019
11:30am - 12:30pm
Mary Pickford Theater
NASA logo Exploring Our Escaping Atmosphere: Going Above the Top of the World to Watch the Sky
Douglas Rowland
Every day the Earth loses tons of its atmosphere to space, boiled by solar radiation and the solar wind. To examine this phenomenon, NASA recently launched a camera-carrying rocket into space high above Ny_Alesund, Norway, the world's northernmost town, and the one inhabited place where the solar wind has direct access to our atmosphere. Dr. Douglas Rowland will discuss the recent NASA suborbital rocket campaign and how these effects can be critical in determining the habitability of other planets.
Wed, October 23, 2019
11:30am - 1:30pm
Mumford Room
Cancer Panel 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
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019
11:00am - 12:00pm
Science and Business
Reading Room
Tour Tour of the Science and Business Reading Room
The tour will provide an overview of the services and collections of the Science and Business Reading Room. Those attending should obtain a Library of Congress registration card prior to the tour.
To register, please go to Eventbrite.
Thursday, November 7, 2019
11:30am - 12:30pm
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.
Tuesday Nov. 19, 2019
11:00am - 12:00pm
Science and Business
Reading Room
class Beyond the Basics: Discovering Historical Science Collections at the Library of Congress
Beyond the Basics provides an overview of the unique science collections at the Library of Congress and how you can find these rare and obscure materials. Each session includes suggestions on how to conduct research on science at the Library and an overview of useful electronic resources for this topic. Those attending should obtain a Library of Congress registration card prior to the tour.
To register, please go to Eventbrite.
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019
11:00am - 12:00pm
Science and Business
Reading Room
Tour Tour of the Science and Business Reading Room
The tour will provide an overview of the services and collections of the Science and Business Reading Room. Those attending should obtain a Library of Congress registration card prior to the tour.
To register, please go to Eventbrite.
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Science and Business
Reading Room
class Science Research Orientation
The Science Research Orientation provides an overview of reading room services and an introduction to navigating the online catalog, as well as guidance in locating print and electronic resources used for science research. Those attending should obtain a Library of Congress registration card prior to the tour.
To register, please go to Eventbrite.
Thursday, December 5, 2019
11:30am - 12:30pm
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.
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019
11:00am - 12:00pm
Science and Business
Reading Room
class Beyond the Basics: Discovering Historical Science Collections at the Library of Congress
Beyond the Basics provides an overview of the unique science collections at the Library of Congress and how you can find these rare and obscure materials. Each session includes suggestions on how to conduct research on science at the Library and an overview of useful electronic resources for this topic. Those attending should obtain a Library of Congress registration card prior to the tour.
To register, please go to Eventbrite.

RECENT EVENTS

Thursday, August 8, 2019
11:30am - 12:30pm
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.
June 13, 2019
11:30am-12:30pm
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.
June 26, 2019
11:30am-12:30pm
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.
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 ó 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 Sunís 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.
April 17, 2019 Stepping Into Good Health One Test at a Time
Joint event with the Office of Health Services.
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.

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