October 10, 2013
Speaker: Sam Kean
Author, “The Violinist’s Thumb”
With a masterful combination of science, history, and culture, Sam Kean untangles the secrets of our genetic code, explaining how genetics has shaped our past, and how DNA will determine humankind’s future. This is Sam Kean’s second appearance as our guest speaker; in 2011 he gave a fascinating presentation based on his earlier book, “The Disappearing Spoon”.
Washington Academy of Sciences Annual Awards Banquet,
(All photos by Duy Tran Photography.)
Master of ceremonies Terrell Erickson, President-Elect of the Washington Academy of Sciences, and banquet speaker Sam Kean.
Sam Kean intrigues the audience in this video on “The Violinist’s Thumb”.
At the conclusion of Dr. Hunt’s fascinating presentation, Academy President Terrell Erickson and Awards Chair Sethanne Howard introduced awards recipients.
Washington Academy of Sciences President-Elect Terrell Erickson presenting the Environmental Sciences award to recipient Dennis Thompson (not photographed), National Range and Grazing Lands Ecologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Wakefield High School (Arlington, Virginia) Principal Betty Sanders (left), who presented the Lamberton Award; award recipient Verlese Gaither, and Washington Academy of Sciences President Jim Egenrieder.
Mathematics and Computer Sciences award recipient Pete Stewart (left), Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Advanced Computer Studies, University of Maryland; and Stuart Antman.
Martin Apple (far left), Past President of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents; Health Sciences award recipient Douglas Wear, Pathogologist with the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology; and Health Sciences award nominator Mina Izadjoo, Senior Distinguished Scientist and Director of the Diagnostics and Translational Research Center of the Henry Jackson Foundation.
Katharine Gebbie (left) and Mathematics and Computer Sciences award recipient Mary Theofanos, Computer Scientist at the Information Technology Laboratory, National Institute for Standards and Technology.
Congratulations to all for their scientific achievements!