Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Christopher Monore '87 -- Quantum Technology: Putting Weirdness to Use
Christopher Monroe '87 of the Joint Quantum Institute and the University of Maryland, is an experimental atomic physicist who specializes in the isolation of individual atoms for studies in quantum physics and applications in quantum information science. His talk on the new field of quantum information science links information theory with quantum mechanics to exploit the bizarre features of the latter--uncertainty, entanglement, and measurement--to perform tasks that are impossible using conventional means. Lecture at UDC. $5 pp members/guests; $10 pp non-members.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Christopher Codella -- IBM Watson
Quantum information science in the 21st century links two pillars of 20th century thought: information theory and quantum mechanics. This new field exploits the bizarre features of quantum mechanics--uncertainty, entanglement, and measurement--to perform tasks that are impossible using conventional means. Dinner meeting at Maggiano's DC. $46 pp members/guests; $53 pp non-members.
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Nergis Mavalvala '97 -- The Warped Side of the Universe
Some of the most violent events in the universe are accompanied by spectacular warpages of space-time that travel to us in the form of gravitational waves. Dr. Nergis Mavalvala, Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics at MIT, will describe how we search for these space-time ripples with the goal of observing the Universe with a new sense entirely. Then, surprisingly, she will link our quest to detect gravitational radiation to the bizarre world of quantum mechanics, thus connecting some of the largest scales of exploration to the some of the smallest. Join us on a journey from the far reaches of the Universe to the subatomic world. Dinner meeting at the Kenwood Club in Bethesda. $43 pp members/guests; $50 pp non-members.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Ken Shapiro -- I Am a Vegetarian: Reflections on a Way of Being
A life-long animal protectionist and vegetarian, Ken Shapiro describes vegetarianism as more than a restrictive diet, a way of living that radically addresses and redresses these relationships. Joint with the Harvard Club. Dinner meeting at Hogan Lovells in DC. $35 pp members/guests; $65 pp non-members.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Seminar Series — The Human Brain
Six Monthly Dinner Seminars: The Human Brain: Research, Progress, and Policy
The MIT Club of Washington is pleased to present its 33rd annual Seminar Series on an important national topic related to science, technology, and public policy.
DATE: October, 2014 through March, 2015
TIME: 6:15 p.m.—9:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant
ADDRESS: 5333 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
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. Lecture at UDC. $5 pp members/guests; $10 pp non-members.