WDCSA Newsletter – October 2017

Stanford Football Viewing Parties

Fall 2017

Ventnor Sports Cafe
2411 18th St. NW

Washington, DC

Come join WDCSA and fellow alumni to cheer on the Cardinal this season at our official bar, Ventnor Sports Cafe in Adams Morgan. Ventnor is accessible by public transit on the Red Line (DuPont Circle and Woodley Park) or the Green/Yellow Line (Columbia Heights and U Street).

October Schedule:

Sat, October 7 : Vs. Utah- 10:15 PM ET

Sat, October 14 : Vs. Oregon-TBD

Thu, October 26 : Vs Oregon State – 9 PM ET

For more information, contact Patricia Arty ’10 patriciaarty@alumni.stanford.edu

Oval Interviewer Training

Wednesday, October 4                  6-7:30 pm

Stanford in Washington

2661 Connecticut Ave NW

Washington DC

The OVAL leadership is hosting a training session for those interested in conducting interviews with prospective students.

A Stanford admission officer and OVAL team members will help you prepare for November 2017 and January-February 2018 interviews. Interviewers must be OVAL volunteers first; visit this site to sign-up: https://admission.stanford.edu/alumni/oval/interviews.html.

To register for the interviewer training, please email alumniadmission@stanford.edu

Contact Meghvi Maheta Roig at meghvi@stanfordalumni.org with any questions or concerns.

DC Book Club Discussion

Sunday, October 8

Silver Spring, Md

The book group will discuss The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality by Angus Deaton.  All are welcome to join the discussion and participate in the potluck dinner.

Beginning 250 years ago, some parts of the world experienced sustained progress, opening up gaps and setting the stage for today’s disproportionately unequal world. Nobel-prize winning economist Angus Deaton here takes an in-depth look at the historical and ongoing patterns behind the health and wealth of nations, and addresses what needs to be done to help those left behind. The Great Escape tells the two biggest stories in history: how humanity got healthy and wealthy, and why some people got so much healthier and wealthier than others. Deaton describes vast innovations and wrenching setbacks: the successes of antibiotics, pest control, vaccinations, and clean water on the one hand, and disastrous famines and the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the other. He examines the United States, a nation that has prospered but is today experiencing slower growth and increasing inequality. He also considers how economic growth in India and China has improved the lives of more than a billion people.

Reasons why we should read it: This is an important book by one of the foremost development economists in the world. It is highly readable and entertainingly written. This is a worthy effort from a senior scholar whose wide-ranging studies have led him to big-picture conclusions.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Presley, MA ’78, Ph.D. ’81 at Jenniferbpresley@gmail.com.

Cardinal Young Alumni- Welcome to DC Happy Hour

Thursday, October 12        5:45- 8 pm

Duke’s Grocery

1513 17th St NW

Washington, DC  

Join the Stanford Cardinal Young Alumni-Washington, DC for our annual end-of-summer bash, an extended happy hour at Duke’s Grocery! Celebrate the end of summer with fellow Stanford grads and welcome new Stanford grads to the DC area.

We have reserved the second floor at Dukes! Food and drinks will be provided.

Bring fellow young alumni.

For more information or to register: https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=25065.

Artificial Intelligence – Getting Down to the Binary

Wednesday, October 18        5:30- 9 pm

1776 Crystal City

2231 Crystal Dr. #1000, 10th Floor

Arlington, VA

Stanford Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC (SEWDC), in collaboration with The MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore, Arlington Economic Development, Startups Ignite, and IEEE Society Washington Section will present: Artificial Intelligence – Getting Down to the Binary.

It’s nearly impossible to tune into the business news without hearing about Smart Cars, Smart Homes, and Smart Companies that are increasingly reducing costs, reaching more customers, and replacing employees with algorithms and robots.

Businesses are scrambling to take advantage of the opportunities that will come from the increased efficiencies, capabilities, and opportunities occasioned by artificial intelligence (AI). From healthcare to social welfare; from education to advertising; and from manufacturing to financial services, AI is poised to change the world as we stand at the brink of what is being referred to as The Fourth Industrial Revolution.

We’ve assembled a panel of leading AI Practitioners and Investors to better understand how AI will impact our lives;

  • David A. Bray, Ph.D., CIO of the FCC
  • JT Kostman, Ph.D., Former Chief Data Officer of Time, Inc
  • Ash Rofail, Ph.D., Angel Investor
  • Dipto Chakravarty, Ph.D., Angel Investor

Our panel will discuss real-world applications and implications of AI, the current gaps in technology AND where are the likely exploitable opportunities for innovation, investment and business development;

Members and guests will have the opportunity to network with the area’s experts in this emerging market;

Regulators and scientists will discuss the Government’s interest in AI, how it will shape policy, and the impact these world-changing technologies will have on all of us.

As a Stanford alum, use the discount code Stanford50off and the following registration link to get half-priced tickets and to learn more about the event! http://bit.ly/AIsewdc

We look forward to you joining us at the Enterprise Forum! *Photographs or recordings of any kind during the event are prohibited*


Contact Vered Sharon (BA ’91/MA ’91) at Vered.Sharon@gmail.com

Stage Production of Native Gardens and Discussion with Stanford Playwright Karen Zacarias, ’91

Friday, October 20        8-10 pm

Arena Stage

1101 6th Street SW

(located 1 block from the Waterfront Metro Station (Green Line))

Join WDCSA at Arena Stage for a production of the comedy, Native Gardens, by Stanford Playwright Karen Zacarias, ’91. Karen, who was recently hailed by American Theatre magazine as one of the most produced playwrights in the United States, will meet with our group following the show to discuss the play, which has been billed as “the best stage comedy of the summer.”

Good fences make good neighbors … right? From the outrageous mind of playwright Karen Zacarías comes this hot new comedy about the clash of class and culture that pushes well-meaning neighbors over the edge. Tania, a very pregnant Ph.D. candidate, and Pablo, her rising attorney husband, move next door to Virginia and Frank, a deep-rooted D.C. couple with an impeccably trimmed backyard. But when a questionable fence line puts a prize-worthy garden in jeopardy, neighborly rivalry escalates into an all-out border dispute, challenging everyone’s notions of race, privilege and where to draw the line on good taste.

The discounted ticket price is $48 (regular ticket price is $64) for WDCSA members, young alumni (’13 – ’17), and guests; $55 for non-WDCSA members and guests. Reserve your tickets here: https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=24913.   Please contact Kevin Coyne at Kevin.coyne@stanfordalumni.org with any questions.

Stanford at the African American History Museum

Saturday, November 4               7-10 pm                  

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

1400 Constitution Avenue, NW

Washington, DC

The Stanford community will celebrate a special night at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).

The museum will be open exclusively for the Stanford community for an evening of dinner, unlimited bar (beer and wine), faculty talk, and full access to the galleries.

The main event is sold out and no longer accepting registrations; however, please join us for a weekend of companion events including:

  • Thursday November 2nd, 6:30 – 9:30 pm African dance class
  • Friday November 3rd, 11:30 am  – 3 pm  Alumni luncheon at AARP Hatchery
  • Friday November 3rd, 5:30 pm Social/Entertainment options
  • Saturday November 4th,  12:30 pm self-guided DC walking tour
  • Sunday November 5th, Brunch

Register for these events here:  https://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=25027.


Contact Claudia Knight knight50@stanford.edu.

Ivy/ Seven Sisters Chess Social

Wednesday, November 8        6:45-9 pm

Marrakesh Restaurant

2147 P Street, NW

Washington, DC

Join IVY/Seven Sisters alumni for a chess social for players of all levels and ages.

Advance registration for player / observer: $15 per person by check or credit card

Door admission for player and observer: $20 per person by check or cash only.

Cash bar/restaurant menu available.

All payments must be received by November 7th to qualify for the advance registration price. Requests for refunds must be received by 1 pm on November 8th.

There will be chess sets available at the event, but guests are encouraged to bring their own sets; please email the organizers if you plan to do so.  There will also be a learning session from 7-7:30 pm.

Registration and Payment methods:                                                  

Mail Registration with a Check: Harvard Club of Washington D.C.

3220 N Street, NW #295, Washington DC 20007


Credit Card Registration and Payment:  http://www.harvard-dc.org (please indicate playing level on RSVP fields).

For more information, contact Kuni Matsuda at Stardust@smart.net or 240 294 5736 (w)

Bob Kolodney, BobkoLive@gmail.com.

Parents Connection Autumn Social

Sunday, November 12               2-4 pm                  

Arlington, Va (address provided upon RSVP)

Stanford Parents Connection’s autumn social features a book signing and discussion with Alison Carpenter Davis, author of Letters Home from Stanford:  125 Years of Correspondence from Students of Stanford University.  Tony Award-winning playwright and screenwriter David Henry Hwang ’79 called this book “…essential reading for anyone seeking to anticipate or revisit the joys and challenges of the life passage known as college.”  Read the book ahead of time and then come to reminisce about your college days.  Alison’s personalization will make this book a perfect present!  Please bring a snack to share.

Questions/RSVP: Helene Myers, Ph.D., P’14, at cedarhouse@comcast.net

Baltimore Book Club Discussion

Monday, November 13               7:30 pm                  

Mother’s Federal Hill Grille

1113 S. Charles St.

Baltimore, Md

The November selection is Letters Home from Stanford:  125 Years of Correspondence from Students of Stanford University by Alison Carpenter Davis, and she will be there to sign and discuss the book!  “This fascinating collection looks at the experience of young people undergoing the incredible intellectual and personal growth that occurs in college … from building resilience, to living in an intellectually vibrant community, to learning the challenges and opportunities of being an independent, thoughtful adult.  An exhilarating and insightful read!” (John L. Hennessy, 10th President of Stanford University, 2000-2016.)  Relive your time at Stanford through these pages, then come and reminisce with us.  The January selection is Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman.

Questions/RSVP: Helene Myers, Ph.D., P’14, at cedarhouse@comcast.net

Ivy / Seven Sisters Winter Indoor Mixed Doubles Tennis

Saturday, November 18        6:50-11:50 pm

3400 North 13th Street

Arlington, Va

Admission for players with advance registration is $30 by check or credit card. Door admission for players is $35 and is payable by cash or check, no credit card. Admission is $10 for non-players.

For further information and to register, visit www.yaleclubdc.org.

Contact: Kuni Matsuda (Harvard), 240 294 5736 (w), 703-622-7999 (m), Stardust@smart.net; or

David Federbush (Yale), 301-657-4691 (h), 301-657-4680 (w), federbus@erols.com.  

Stanford In the News

  • Stanford University and UberCloud achieved a breakthrough in living heart simulations. The Stanford team, in conjunction with SIMULIA, has developed a multi-scale 3-dimensional model of the heart that can predict the risk of lethal arrhythmias caused by drugs.

Get Involved

WDCSA Planning Meetings

Monday, October 2            7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 7       7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Monday, December 4        7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Stanford in Washington

2661 Connecticut Avenue NW

Are you interested in organizing alumni events and planning for the future of the Washington D.C. Stanford Association? Get involved by joining us at one of our upcoming planning meetings. Please contact Kevin Coyne at Kevin.coyne@stanfordalumni.org with any questions and to RSVP.

WDCSA Basketball

Are you interested in playing competitive coed basketball with fellow alumni beginning in January?  Games are Monday – Friday evenings with game times starting at 7 pm, 8 pm or 9 pm in Alexandria Virginia.  Contact Greg Billings billings.g@gmail.com or 202-440-7714 for more information.

Calling all Stanford Latino Alumni!

The Stanford Latino Alumni Association (SLAA) is getting organized in DC! We are trying to identify Stanford Latino alumni in the area that are interested in regional activities and events. If you want to learn more and would like to be a part of the DC SLAA, please contact Nina Rodriguez, ’05 at ninamariarodriguez@gmail.com

We also encourage you to join the National SLAA where you can learn more about the group including the National activities and events.

National SLAA http://alu.ms/stanfordlatinoalumni.

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