On Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30, 2014, The Washington Academy of Sciences and its Affiliates will hold the sixth in the series of the biennial pan-Affiliate Conferences;
Capital Science 2014
Guest Speakers and Topics
Climatologist Claire Parkinson (NASA) will speak on “Changes in Arctic and Antarctic Sea Ice as a Microcosm of Global Climate Change”.
Oceanographer Captain Philip Renaud’s (Living Oceans Foundation) will speak on “Can coral reefs survive the onslaught of man and climate?”
Paleontologist Ray Stanford will speak on “Tracking Dinosaurs in the Smithsonian’s Backyard”.
Computer Scientist and WAS Awardee Mary Theofanos (NIST) will speak on usability for biometric systems including research on idiot passwords requirements and computer security.
Author and Astronomer Sethanne Howard (retired from USNO) is returning to CapSci and will speak on “Impacting the Earth: asteroid meets Earth”; this following her great talk entitled “Black Holes Can Dance” presented at CapSci 12.
Fulbright Scholar and Professor of Biological Sciences Eugene Williams (Salisbury University) will speak on “The Fish of Iceland and Climate Change”.
Affiliates make up the Washington Academy of Sciences. The Conference will serve as an umbrella for scientific presentations, seminars, tutorials, and talks. These pan-Affiliate Conferences underline the fact that the Washington, DC area is not only the political capital of the country but, in many respects, the nation’s intellectual capital — with several major universities and government laboratories that are the homes of an astonishing number of Nobel laureates.
The Washington Academy of Sciences was incorporated in 1898 as an affiliation of eight Washington D.C. area scientific societies. The formation of the Academy culminated a decade of planning under the leadership of the Philosophical Society of Washington. The founders included Alexander Graham Bell and Samuel Langley, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. The purpose of the new Academy was to encourage the advancement of science and “to conduct, endow, or assist investigation in any department of science.” That purpose guided the Academy throughout its first 100 years and will continue to be our guide through the coming century.
The following photos will give you the flavor of CapSci12.