Awards Banquet 2011

May 17, 2011

The Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet took place in the Conference Center of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). This is the first time we’ve met there and we couldn’t have been more pleased. It’s a beautiful room and convenient to both cars and the Metro. And the caterer, Superb Cuisines, was terrific — despite the fact that a horrendous tie-up on the beltway left them a server short. The missing server called in every 15 minutes to report that he’d moved an inch since the last call.

Former Academy President Al Teich took the wonderful pictures. Al’s day job is Senior Policy Advisor for AAAS. He also does a bit of moonlighting. See his photo website at If you would like hard-copies of the photos, Al has offered to provide prints of these pictures (4×6, 5×7, 8×10) at very modest cost. Contact him at if you are interested.

Our speaker this year was Sam Kean. Sam is a science writer and the author of The Disappearing Spoon, a book about the Periodic Table. The Periodic Table?? As the author discribes it, “The Periodic Table is one of our crowning scientific achievements, but it’s also a treasure trove of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession”. The talk was fascinating as you can see from the Minutes as produced by Ron Hietala.