Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Alan Guth -- Inflationary Cosmology: Is Our Universe Part of a Multiverse?
Alan Guth '68, will explain how inflation works, emphasizing how it can account for the properties of the cosmic background radiation, the afterglow of the Big Bang. An interesting feature of inflation is that almost all versions of it lead to eternal inflation, producing a "multiverse" of "pocket universes," one of which would be our own. Reception and Talk at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), DC. $39 pp members/guests; $45 pp non-members.
Saturday, November 08, 2014
Briefing on Student Robotics Opportunities
All alums are welcome to attend and bring friends and family who may be interested. Regional Directors of the various FIRST organizations for this area will describe the robotics programs and the opportunities. Come and share the excitement! Free.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Studio Theatre Backstage Tour
David Muse, Artistic Director of the Studio Theatre, will be our host for a one-hour backstage tour followed by a reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine, and soft drinks. $37 pp members/guests; $43 pp non-members.
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Matt Brinckman -- Reviving the American Chestnut Tree
Matt Brinckman is The American Chestnut Foundation's Mid-Atlantic Regional Scientist. His presentation will cover the history, demise, and restoration efforts of the American Chestnut in the United States, including economic, ecological, cultural, and technical aspects of this iconic tree species. (For more information, listen to a 4-minute audio clip from Bonnie Ralston of Allegheny Mountain Radio on reviving the American Chestnut, with Matt Brinckman explaining his project.) Lecture at UDC. $5 pp members/guests; $10 pp non-members. Register by November 25.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
John Glowienka -- Fusion Energy R&D: Starbuilding on Earth
Dr. Glowienka is the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Program Manager, Office of Fusion Energy Sciences, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy. He will discuss the ITER project at a dinner meeting at the Kenwood Club in Bethesda. $43 pp members/guests; $50 pp non-members. Register by December 4.