Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Christopher Monroe '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. Registration ended September 11. *** NOTE: There are no seats left for either the lecture or the optional, self-pay, pre-lecture dinner. ***
Monday, September 29, 2014
Christopher Codella -- IBM Watson
Computer systems that can directly and accurately answer peoples’ questions over a broad domain of human knowledge have been envisioned by scientists and writers since the advent of computers themselves. Open domain question answering holds tremendous promise for facilitating informed decision making over vast volumes of natural language content. The Watson project is aimed at exploring how advancing and integrating Natural Language Processing (NLP), Information Retrieval (IR), Machine Learning (ML), massively parallel computation, and Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (KR&R) can greatly advance open-domain automatic question answering. An exciting proof-point in this challenge was to develop a computer system that could successfully compete against top human players at the Jeopardy! quiz show. Dr. Codella will introduce the audience to the Watson, the Jeopardy! challenge, how the his team tackled it using Watson, and where Watson is headed next. Dinner meeting at Maggiano's DC. $46 pp members/guests; $53 pp non-members. Register by September 23.
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. Register by September 25.
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. Register by October 9.
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
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. At this time, registration is open only to current Partners and Patrons, each of whom may also register one guest. No charge for Partners. $37 per person for Patrons and guests.
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.