Spring 2016 Lecture Series

*Tentative Titles
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016 Sponsor
The Policy Studies Organization with The American Public University
Date Description
January 8, 2016


Presidents Dinner and Address

Einstein, Time, and Light

William D. Phillips

Co-Recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics
Leader, Laser Cooling and Trapping Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Distinguished University Professor, U, Maryland.
Physicist, Joint Quantum Institute of UMd and NIST Abstract | Minutes | Video
February 5, 2016

Improving the Tick-Tock of the Atomic Clock
Telling Time to an Accuracy of One Second in the Lifetime of the Universe

Andrew Ludlow

  • Project Leader, Time and Frequency Division
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology

Abstract | Minutes | Video
February 19, 2016

Chance vs. Necessity in Mineral Evolution
A New Approach to an Ancient Subject

Robert M. Hazen

  • Staff Scientist, Carnegie Institution for Science, and
  • Clarence Robinson Professor of Earth Sciences, George Mason University

Abstract | Minutes | Video
March 4, 2016

From Fragments to Classical Forms
Reconstructing Greek Bronzes and the Greek and Roman Trade in Art

Carol C. Mattusch

  • Mathy Professor of Art History, Emerita
  • Department of History and Art History
  • George Mason University

Abstract | Minutes | Video
March 18, 2016

Genetically Engineered Livestock
Bringing 21st Century Medicines to the Developing World

William H. Velander

  • Distinguished Scholar and Fellow
  • Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • College of Engineering University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Abstract | Minutes | Video
April 1, 2016

Surveying the Universe
The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

Steven M. Kahn

  • Kirk Professor of Physics and
    Director, LSST Project
  • Stanford University

Abstract | Minutes | Video
April 15, 2016

The 85th Joseph Henry Lecture

The Exploration of Pluto

Alan Stern

  • Principal Scientist, New Horizons
  • Vice President for Research, Southwest Research Institute
  • CEO, Uwingu and The Golden Spike Company
Abstract | Minutes | Video
May 6, 2016

Special Event

LIGO, Gravitational Waves, and Colliding Black Holes

LIGO and the LIGO Result

Peter S. Shawhan

  • Associate Professor of Physics 
  • The University of Maryland 

Gravitational Wave Theory and Black Hole Binaries 

John G. Baker

  • Astrophysicist
  • NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center

Gravitational Wave Counterparts, the Fermi Mission and Beyond

Julie McEnery

  • Astrophysicist and Fermi Project Scientist 
  • NASA /Goddard Space Flight Center

Abstract | Video

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