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UPCOMING EVENTS - 2014

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

Mon., June 30, 2014
12:00 Noon
Pediatric Cancer Treatment in Iran
Dr. Saideh Ghods is the pioneering 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.

African & Middle Eastern Division, LJ220, Thomas Jefferson Building <view map>

Fri., Aug. 8, 2014
1:30 - 3:00 pm
Pedaling Through History: A Look at Cycling from across Library of Congress Collections. A display of historical cycling materials from various collections including books, prints, photographs, maps, recorded sound, motion pictures and more.

The Mumford Room, 6th floor, James Madison Building. <view map>

Tues., Aug. 19, 2014
11:30 am
NASA logoThe Moody Sun
Dr. Holly Gilbert will speak about solar storms and how these dynamic phenomena interact with the Earth's magnetic field.  Dr. Gilbert will describe their journey from the Sun to throughout the Solar System and discuss how the Sun's changing behavior impacts you.

Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, James Madison Building <view map>

Thurs., Sept. 18, 2014
11:30 am
NASA logoClimate Change on Mars: The Case of the Missing Martian Atmosphere with Dr. Jared Espley
This talk will highlight the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission, launched November 2013 and arriving at Mars in September 2014,  that will help us unravel the mystery of Mars’ changing climate.

Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, James Madison Building <view map>

RECENT EVENTS

Thurs., June 26, 2014
NASA logoSaturn’s Moon Titan: A Future Abode for Life?
Dr. Carrie Anderson will discuss 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., May 15th, 2014
Genetic and Ecological Studies of Animals in Chernobyl and Fukushima. Presented by Professor Timothy Mousseau, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina.
Mumford Room, James Madison Building, Library of Congress
Webinar
April 29, 2014

Finding Our Place in the Cosmos: From Galileo to Sagan and Beyond. Digital curator Trevor Owens and science reference specialist Margaret Clifton offer a guided exploration through one of the Library's newest digital collections: Finding Our Place in the Cosmos: From Galileo to Sagan and Beyond.

Tues., April 22, 2014 NASA logoMagnifying the Universe. Dr. Jane Rigby will explore 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.

Tues., April 1, 2014

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. For information contact Gail Shirazi 202-707-9897, gshi@loc.gov or Galina gtev@loc.gov 202-707-8814

Thurs., Mar. 13, 2014
"The Snail Darter and the Dam: How Pork-Barrel Politics Endangered a Little Fish and Killed a River." A talk and Book Signing by Zygmunt J. B. Plater, professor of law and director of the Land & Environmental Law Program at Boston College Law School. He chaired the State of Alaska Oil Spill Commission’s Legal Research Task Force, is lead author of an environmental law casebook, and has participated in numerous citizen environmental initiatives.
Wed., Oct. 23, 2013
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.

WEBCASTS OF PAST EVENTS

2013  |  2012  |  2011  |  2010  |  2009  |  2008  |  2007  |  2006  |  2005  |  2004 & earlier

Please be aware that many of the
Science, Technology and Business Division Webcasts listed below are also available on The Library of Congress' YouTube Topics in Science.

 

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.
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 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.
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, 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.
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. Call 707 202-7450 for more information.

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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 http://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=4072.

Wed., May 18, 2011
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NASA logoPredicting Disease Outbreaks from Space, Assaf Anyamba, PhD., NASA.
Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Library of Congress
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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NASA logoObserving the Living Oceans from Space. Gene Feldman, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
June 22, 2010
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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
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Shedding Light on Dark Matter. Richard Mushotzky, award winning astronomy professor at the University of Maryland.
Wed., Mar. 17, 2010
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NASA logoMars Update. James Garvin, NASA, spoke about recent research and plans for Mars exploration.
Wed., Feb. 17, 2010
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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
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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
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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.
Oct., 13, 2009
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NASA logoDave Leckrone, astrophysicist with the NASA Hubble Space Program spoke on Hubble: A New Beginning .
Wed., Sept. 16, 2009
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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
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Jane Goodall will speak about her latest book, "Hope for Animals and Their Worlds: How Endangered Animals are Being Rescued from the Brink." Co-sponsored with the Center for the Book.
June 24, 2009
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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. More information: http://www.gwu.edu/~newsctr/newscenter/research/dinosaur/
June 2, 2009
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NASA logoDr. Daniel (Danny) Glavin, Astrobiologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, will speak on Astrobiology: Life in Space. More information about Dr. Glavin can be found at http://ael.gsfc.nasa.gov/ael_bio_glavin.html.
April 22, 2009
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Edward F. Guinan, Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Villanova University, presented Our Sun: Its Influence on Life and Climate.
http://www.astronomy.villanova.edu/faculty/guinan/guinan.htm
Tues., March 3, 2009
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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
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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
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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
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
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., Mar 4th, 2008
Alan I. Leshner, PhD

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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's Assistant Program. Contact: Tomoko Y. Steen tste@loc.gov or Susan Diamond sdia@loc.gov

Related Guide: The Science of Addiction: A Guide to Selected Resources

An article on Dr. Leshner's work posted on the Dana Foundation Web site:
http://dana.org/news/features/detail.aspx?id=11688

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
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.”
October, 2007
Constance Carter

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Multimedia presentation, "School Gardens with Constance Carter," Head of the Science Research 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."
Craig Mello & John Mather
Thurs, July 26, 2007
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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.
Dining Room A, James Madison Building, Library of Congress
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
Wayne Esaias

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NASA logoWayne Esaias, Ocean Sciences Branch, NASA GSFC, presented on “Honey Bees, Satellites, and Climate Change.”
Wed, Mar. 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
Bob Bindschadler
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NASA logoBob Bindschadler, Chief Scientist, Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), presented on "Who Left the Freezer Door Open? What the Poles Are Telling Us about Climate Change."

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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."
Booklists from the display: Women's History and Food History: New Ways of Seeing American Life, and Gastronomy: Rare Books
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
M. Evans & H. 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.
Friday, 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
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, Mar. 8, 2006
Jonathan Tucker
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Jonathan Tucker spoke on his new book, War of Nerves: Chemical Warfare from
World War I to Al-Qaeda.
See also:

Chemical and Biological Warfare (CBW) Tracer Bullet

Chemical and Biological Warfare - Selected Internet Resources

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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.
Tues, Sep. 13, 2005
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
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
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. See Ms. Schenone's Web site for more information at http://www.lauraschenone.com/index.html.
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
Paul Krugman

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 5, 2001
Dr. Sylvester James Gates, Jr.
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"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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