WDCSA Newsletter – June 2018

This month’s newsletter is available for download in PDF format.

2018 WDCSA Election Results

Congratulations to the winners of the recent WDCSA elections!  

Ingrid Jernudd (BA ’15, MA ’17) was elected Vice President and Jasmaine McClain (MS ’15, PhD ’15) was elected Treasurer. Each officer will serve a two-year term. Thank you to the WDCSA members who voted in the election.

WDCSA would like to acknowledge the contributions of our outgoing Treasurer, Patricia Marby Harrison (2011-Present) and outgoing co-Vice President, Mike Kass (2016-Present).

WDCSA Faculty Speaker Series 

Stanford Professor Bruce Macintosh: Emerging Pictures of Distant Worlds

Tuesday, June 5, 6:30-8 pm 

St. Albans School
Activities Building, Manger Trophy Room
3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Join WDCSA for an evening with Stanford Astrophysicist Bruce Macintosh.

In less than two decades, more than two thousand planets have been discovered orbiting other stars. Professor Macintosh will discuss these discoveries and the vast diversity of systems they have revealed, with a particular focus on imaging – using advanced telescopes and instruments to see the light from the planet directly, allowing us to measure their composition and nature. He will also look toward the future where space-based telescopes with similar technology or giant light-blocking star shades may someday measure the atmosphere of an Earth twin.

Bruce Macintosh is a professor of physics at Stanford’s Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology.  As principal investigator of the Gemini Planet Imager, he uses an advanced adaptive optics planet-finder for the Gemini South telescope to image extrasolar planets orbiting nearby stars. Professor Macintosh co-led the team that made the first-ever images of an extrasolar planetary system, discovering four giant planets orbiting the young star HR8799.  Additionally, he employs adaptive optics technology to control light and explores other approaches to studying extrasolar planets.

Registration for the event is available at alumni.stanford.edu/goto/event26893. Please contact Kevin Coyne at kevin.coyne@stanfordalumni.orgwith any questions.

Meet Congressman Adam Schiff ’82

Wednesday, June 20, 6:30-8 pm

Stanford in Washington – Distance Learning Center
2661 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC
(Convenient entry is available through the SIW Art Gallery, 2655 Connecticut Avenue until 7 pm)

Join WDCSA for a conversation with Congressman Adam Schiff, who is serving his 9th term in the House of Representatives representing California’s 28th Congressional District. 

Congressman Schiff is the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and a Member of the Benghazi Select Committee.  He co-founded and chairs the Congressional Caucus for Freedom of the Press – a bipartisan, bicameral caucus that aims to advance press freedom around the world. Adam also founded and co-chairs  the International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus and is a strong proponent of science and American leadership in space exploration.  

Prior to serving in the House of Representatives, Congressman Schiff served as the State Senator for California’s 21st State Senate District, and as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.  A member of the Stanford University Class of 1982,  Adam also received a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1985.

The evening’s host and moderator will be Pete Williams ’74, long time reporter for NBC News, who has covered the Justice Department and the U.S. Supreme Court since 1993.  Pete served as a press official on Capitol Hill for many years before joining Congressman Dick Cheney as press secretary and a legislative assistant and, when Cheney was named Secretary of Defense, serving as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. While in that position, Pete was named Government Communicator of the Year in 1991 by the National Association of Government Communicators.

Registration for this evening’s event will be $25 for WDCSA members and guests, $35 for non-members. Light refreshments will be served. Sign up for this special event here:

Questions? Contact Risa Shimoda at risa@theshimodagroup.com or 301-502-6548.

Boomers to Busters Rooftop Soiree

Friday, June 22, 6-8:30 pm

1730 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Enjoy the latest sunset of the year on a private rooftop taking in one of the most exquisite views anywhere in Washington: an unobstructed southern panoramic view encompassing the Jefferson and Washington Memorials, White House and the Capitol.  Relax with people who took test run off of mimeograph machines.

Light dinner buffet of sandwiches and salads,  and soft drinks included with registration fee. Cash bar available (no credit cards) for wine and beer.

Early bird registration is $35 until June 11th; then regular registration is $40 until June 18th; after that late registration is $50. To register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-solstice-rooftop-soiree-2018-tickets-45134967904

For more information about BtoB:  https://dc.uchicagoalumni.org/boomerstobusters

If you have questions, contact boomerstobusters@gmail.com

Ivy/ Seven Sisters Chess Social 

Monday, June 25, 6:45-9 pm

James Hoban’s
1 DuPont Cir NW,Washington, DC

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

Advance registration for player / observer: $12 per person by check or credit card 

Door admission for player and observer: $15 per person by check or cash only.

Admission fee includes one drink and light fare. Cash bar/restaurant menu also available.

All payments must be received by June 24th to qualify for the advance registration price. Requests for refunds must be received by 3 pm on June 24th.

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.  

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://hcdc.clubs.harvard.edu/article.html?aid=1596  (please indicate playing level on RSVP fields).

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

Bob Kolodney, BobkoLive@gmail.com

Behind the Scenes Tour of Merriweather Post Pavilion & Dinner 

Tuesday, June 26, 6-9 pm

Merriweather Post Pavilion
10475 Little Patuxent Parkway,Columbia, Md

Pricing varies according to SPIRE membership level

Join Stanford Professionals in Real Estate (SPIRE) for a behind-the-scenes tour of the newly-renovated historic concert venue Merriweather Post Pavilion, led by Mark Thompson (’84), Vice President of Business Development, Howard County Economic Development Authority. You’ll have access to areas normally reserved for performers only. 

Then join us for dinner afterwards at Cured Table & Tap.

Register here: https://www.spirestanford.org/events/event/dc-merriweather-post-pavilion-next-50-years/.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Lambird Youngblood (’91), elizabeth@spirestanford.org.

Citi Open Tennis

Saturday, July 28- Sunday, August 5

16th & Kennedy, NW, Washington, DC

The 2018 Citi Open is an ATP World Tour 500 tournament, making it one of the top 20 men’s tournaments in the world. 

We have the same six platinum box seats to all sessions as in previous years (Aisle 36, Section 3). The seats are at the end of the court and very close to the court and provide access to the air- conditioned Emirates Garden Club restaurant. We also have six upper level seats (Section 6, Row N, Seats 26-31) which are near the top of the stadium in the corner. 

The featured matches are generally held in the main court where seating is reserved with the remainder in the outside courts where seating is open. Tickets also include the women’s WTA International Level Event to be held at the same facility during this week. 

Please email bill@billpegram.com indicating the number and type of tickets desired, the session, and parking passes desired. Bill will process requests in the order they are received and confirm availability by return email and provide instructions for payment.

Sat 7/28(qualifying) 10am $11 box, $6 upper, 
Sun 7/2910am $17 box, $8 upper, 
Mon 7/302pm $38 box, $14 upper
Tue 7/312pm $45 box, $16 upper 
Wed 8/12pm $52 box, $18 upper 
Thurs 8/22pm $60 box, $22 upper 
Fri 8/32pm (quarterfinals) $53 box, $19 upper, 
Fri 8/3 7pm (quarterfinals) $74 box, $23 upper 
Sat 8/4(semifinals) 12:00pm $70 box, $21 upper 
Sat 8/4 (semifinals) 7pm $91 box, $25 upper 
Sun 8/5(finals) 12:30pm $99 box, $25 upper 

We have two parking passes available for each session at $16/pass.

Stanford In the News

  • Professor Kathryn Ann “Kam” Moler, senior associate dean of natural sciences in the School of Humanities and Sciences, has been named vice provost and dean of research at Stanford effective Sept. 1st. 
  • Professor Debra Satz, who has served in numerous administrative roles including as senior associate dean for the humanities and arts from 2010 to 2017, has been named dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences. She too will assume her post on Sept. 1st.
  • The Brown Institute for Media Innovation, a collaboration between Stanford University’s School of Engineering and Columbia Journalism School, is awarding close to $1 million in funding for 12 projects as part of the 2018-19 Magic Grants.