Category Archives: DC

DC Science Café “Saving Science From Itself”

DC Science Café “Saving Science From Itself” – Jan 24, 2017

January 24 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm


Dan Sarewitz

The scientific enterprise is a precious jewel in humanity’s narrative. It’s been the most reliable basis for uncovering provisional truths about how the world works, for technological innovation, and for decision-making on scales ranging from the personal to the global. But as Dan Sarewitz, co-director of the Consortium for

Thomas Will

Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University, sees it, the common and long-held claim that the self-direction of science accounts for its social benefits is a myth and has led to alarming flaws in science’s organization, funding, and reward systems. The most important foundation of the scientific enterprise — trust in its fundamental validity and social value — is now at risk, he says. Join Sarewitz and Will Thomas, an historian of science and a policy analyst at the American Institute of Physics, for an historically-anchored discussion about what ails science and what the remedies might be, the social benefits we should expect from our massive investment in science, and what’s at stake if we ignore inconvenient truths about the present state of scientific inquiry.


Rock Creek Park geology hikes


DC Environmental Film Festival coming up the week after next

March 13-25, 2012

Lots of great films on tap

Solar decathalon

It starts today and goes until October 2.

On the national Mall…

Solar home tours

The 21st annual Metro Washington, D.C. Tour of Solar Homes & Buildings will be held on October 1st and 2nd from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Over fifty energy-efficient homes and buildings will highlight a variety of solar and passive design, technology and sustainable living concepts, including photovoltaic and solar hot water systems, radiant heat, energy-efficient appliances, and energy-saving building construction techniques.

Additional homes can be viewed on our Sister Solar Tour.  The 2nd Annual Western Maryland Tour of Solar & Green Homes features close to thirty green homes and buildings from Frederick and Washington Counties and West Virginia.  The tour includes a variety of renewable energy improved buildings and properties, as well as residential solar homes featuring many energy efficient improvements.  Also, a self-guided bike tour is planned for some homes on the tour.

The Tour Guide is available for $5 at MOM’s Organic Markets, Summer Delights in Takoma Park, and the Bike and Roll Bikestation at Union Station in D.C.  In addition, it can be downloaded for free in September.  Details will be available on the solar tour website ( The Western Maryland Tour Guide can be purchased for a tax-deductible $2 fee from participating outlets in Western Maryland. The Tour Guide is both a map and “passport” for admission to the sites and contains directions to each home.

Which Hazards Are in Your Backyard? briefing

via @volcanojw, from here

Which Hazards Are in Your Backyard?
A Showcase of NSF-Funded Hazards Research

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Hart Senate Office Building 902
Open House Exhibitions: 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Official Welcome: 10:45 AM
Luncheon Presentations: 12:00 PM

Invitation Flyer
List of Participating Researchers and Universities by State

In Cooperation with the Congressional Hazards Caucus – Co-Chairs: Senators Mary Landrieu, Lisa Murkowski, and Ben Nelson and Representative Zoe Lofgren

Each year in the United States, natural and man-made disasters cause hundreds of deaths and cost billions of dollars by destroying homes and critical infrastructure as well as disrupting commerce. This event will showcase NSF-funded basic research in recognition of National Preparedness Month in September and in light of the recent East Coast earthquake and hurricane. Special guests include Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senator Bill Nelson, and Members and staff representing the Congressional Hazards Caucus.

Interactive demonstrations will illustrate the power and potential of new tools that enable policymakers and response teams on the federal, state, and local levels to better predict, prepare for, mitigate and respond to hazards that affect human life and property.

More than 30 exhibits will demonstrate research on tornados, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanos, oil spills and hurricanes as well as the human response to these events.

Lunch will provided courtesy of the American Geophysical Union at noon on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please contact the NSF’s Office of Legislative and Public Affairs at 703-292-8070 for more information regarding the event.

Contributed by Wilson Bonner, AGI Government Affairs Staff.

Posted September 2, 2011

Please send any comments or questions about this web site to Linda Rowan.

The 2010 State of the Future (Millennium Project)

World Future Society-Washington, D.C. Chapter

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Dinner Meeting 6:00-9:00 PM

Embassy Suites Hotel, Friendship Heights, Washington, D.C.

The 2010 State of the Future

A Presentation By Jerry Glenn

Director, The Millennium Project

Our April speaker, Jerry Glenn, directs the worldwide operations of The Millennium Project from his home on Garrison Street in NW D.C.  The Millennium Project publishes an annual State of the Future report.  At the meeting, he will speak on the 14th annual edition.  It comes in two-parts—an 83-page Executive Summary and an attached CD containing 7,000 pages of research supporting the print edition and The Millennium Project’s cumulative research and methods.

Reviewer Michael Marien says, “ The 14th annual edition, continues to provide a context for global thinking and improved understanding of global issues and strategies, assisted by 35 project Nodes in various countries. The mainstay of the report is concise two-page descriptions of 15 Global Challenges: sustainable development/climate change, clean water, population, democracy, long-term perspectives, ICT convergence, ethical market economies, infectious diseases, decision-making capacity, security challenges, status of women, organized crime, energy, accelerating sci/tech, and ethics in global decisions. [It] also includes special studies on the State of the Future Index, building collective intelligence systems, emerging environmental security issues, Latin America 2030, and a survey on futures research and gaps around the world (completed by 32 Nodes).  The SOTF report is the best introduction and overview-by far-to a broad range of major global issues and long-term remedies.”

Other commenters around the world are even more favorable:

Invaluable insights into the future for the United Nations, its Member States, and civil society.

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations

One of the rare examples of integrated thinking on global challenges that needs to be addressed if we are to enhance the quality of life for present and for future generations.

Liz Mohn, Vice-Chair of the Executive Board, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Germany

Dr. Abdullah Al Kara, Chairman, Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Dubai


NOTE: We have raised the cost of attendance for those registering after the deadline or not pre-registering in order to encourage advance registration and minimize disruption to the meeting and to the Embassy staff from large numbers of unexpected attendees.  Because the Embassy must accommodate other groups as well as us, we need to give them as accurate a count as possible by the registration deadline.  Members and friends deciding to attend after the registration deadline are urged to call either Ken Harris at 301-657-3731 or John Honig at 301-469-7783 to be sure seating will be available.

Location: Embassy Suites Hotel, Friendship Heights, 4300 Military Road, Washington D.C.. (Friendship Heights Metro stop on the Red line.  Parking in garage and on street.)  Advance paid registration by COB Monday April 18 is strongly encouraged. Register at or by sending a check payable to the World Future Society to John Honig at 7701 Glenmore Spring Way, Bethesda, MD., 20817. Cost of advance registration is $34 non-chapter-members; $24 chapter members; $15 students under 26.  Cost after COB March 14 is $40 non-chapter-members, $34 chapter members, $17 students under $26.  Reservations may not be cancelled after March 14, and no shows will be charged. Last minute registrants may pay at the door. Please contact John Honig at 301-469-7783 or with any questions.   Note: Due to a requirement from our merchant banker to provide the full billing address for credit card charges, payment at the door will be by cash or personal check only.  Those registering in advance may still pay by VISA, Mastercard or American Express.