Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Rita Colwell -- Global Infectious Diseases, Water, and Health
Infectious disease is a threat that has affected people throughout the world for centuries. People need clean drinking water and a healthy environment. Major scientific advances have been made but there are limitations to current techniques. Meet and learn from Rita Colwell, founder of a company addressing these issues. Dinner meeting at the Kenwood Club in Bethesda. $43 pp members/guests; $49 all others.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
James Warren -- The Materials Genome Initiative and Artificial Intelligence
The US Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) is now in its seventh year. With a goal of accelerating the discovery, design, development, and deployment of new materials into manufactured products, the MGI is focused on the creation of a materials innovation infrastructure.
James Warren is the director of this NIST initiative. NIST has framed its support for the MGI around the need for a data infrastructure that enables the rapid discovery of existing data and models, the tools to assess and improve the quality of those data, and finally the development of new methods and metrologies based on that data. In partnership with agencies across the government, academia, and industry, these approaches are now yielding significant advances. Of particular note is the potential for machine learning and artificial intelligence applications upon these troves of data, which is now being borne out, and the vast consequent opportunities for new discoveries. The presentation will include a focused discussion on the special aspects of applying machine learning to physical phenomena, and the philosophical foundations of knowledge.
Please note that this is not part of the Seminar Series, but is a separately priced event. It will be held at Maggiano's. $46 pp for members and their guests; $53 pp for all others.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Annual Meeting -- Susan Hockfield -- Convergence of Biology and Engineering
With an anticipated world population of over 9.5 billion by 2050, we face an unprecedented challenge to sustainably provide sufficient food, water, energy and healthcare. Convergence, the merging of previously distinct disciplines, has emerged as a powerful model with untold potential to drive a new cycle of innovation-based economic growth. Bringing together insights and discoveries from the life, engineering, computation and physical sciences holds the promise of accelerating discovery and the development of new technologies to meet the 21st century’s needs. MIT has been a world leader in promoting Convergence approaches in education and research, paving the way to the discoveries and technologies that will transform our world. Dinner meeting. Kenwood Club in Bethesda. $43 pp members/guests; $51 pp non-members.
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Tour
Plan to join us for a springtime tour by the Manager of the beautiful and diverse gardens areas at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia. Limited to 25 people. Club members only, each of whom may also register up to 3 guests aged 10 and up. $3 pp ages 10-17 & 55 and up, $6 pp ages 18-54. FULL
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Erik Blaufuss -- Ice Cube: Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment
IceCube is the world’s largest neutrino detector, instrumenting a cubic-kilometer of Antarctic glacial ice at the geographic South Pole. Using signals from the more than 5000 sensors ~2km below the surface, IceCube is able to measure high-energy neutrinos from many sources. These neutrinos are used to study the properties of the neutrino, search for exotic sources such as dark matter, and probe the most energetic objects in the Universe. The detector has observed a signal of astrophysical neutrinos that arrive from the sources outside our galaxy. Yet the identity of the sources that generate these neutrinos remains an open mystery. This talk will highlight the properties of neutrinos, the challenges involved in building a detector like IceCube at the bottom of the Earth, and prospects for for future detections.
Erik Blaufuss is a research scientist at the University of Maryland, College Park. He has been studying neutrinos his entire career, from looking for hints of neutrino oscillations in neutrinos from the Sun at the Super-Kamiokande detector in Japan, to looking to use neutrinos as an astrophysical messenger to study the most extreme objects in the Universe with the IceCube neutrino observatory.
Dinner meeting at the Kenwood Club in Bethesda. $43 pp members/guests; $51 pp all others.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Mina Marefat -- Frank Lloyd Wright's Urbanism from DC to Baghdad
Mina Marefat (MIT Ph.D.) will discuss Frank Lloyd Wright’s profound engagement with urbanism as he envisioned uncommon solutions to modern challenges in the city using his exquisite renderings, sketches and handwritten notes. From his remarkable Crystal Heights, a city-within-the city of Washington DC, an enchanted crystalline landscape he called an “Arabian Nights Entertainment,” to his unbuilt “Isle of Edena” in Baghdad, Iraq encompassing a garden paradise that included an opera house, museums, an amphitheater and university campus, Frank Lloyd Wright’s urbanism uniquely relates East and West in reciprocated influence, shared memory and imagined possibility.
Joint MIT-Harvard Clubs Dinner meeting @ Hogan Lovells, DC. $45 pp members/guests; $65 pp all others.