WDCSA Newsletter – March 2023

Events Calendar

  • Mar 7 – Virginia at Johns Hopkins Men’s Lacrosse
  • Mar 11 – Men’s Gymnastics vs Navy and Air Force in Annapolis
  • Mar 11-12 – Stanford Sailing at the St. Mary’s College Women’s Team Race
  • Apr 22 – Stanford Alumni in Sustainability Earth Day Hike
  • Apr 27 – “Some Bad News and Some Good News about Climate Change”

Upcoming Events

Virginia at Johns Hopkins Men’s Lacrosse

March 7, 4 – 6 pm
Homewood Field
111 W University Pkwy, Baltimore, MD

Former Stanford inside linebacker Ricky Miezan is now a midfielder for the #1 Virginia Cavaliers (3-0)! Come watch him play against #15 Johns Hopkins (3-2).

Miezan was a team captain this past season for Stanford football. He played in 11 games and tied for 4th on the team in tackles (46). He was 2nd on the team in tackles-for-loss (7) and sacks (4). Before joining the Cardinal football team, Miezan was the #1 lacrosse recruit in the country.

He now plays for a Virginia team that was the preseason favorite for the title. Virginia returns much of the team that advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals last year and picked up the #1 recruiting class. Miezan has appeared in all three games for the Cavaliers this season, tallying 3 goals, 2 ground balls, and 1 caused turnover.

RSVP here: https://groups.stanford.edu/networks/events/39179.

Men’s Gymnastics vs Navy and Air Force in Annapolis

March 11, 12 – 4:30 pm
Halsey Field House
Annapolis, MD

Join WDCSA to support the #2 Men’s Gymnastics team as they compete against #9 Navy and #8 Air Force in Annapolis! The Stanford men are three-time reigning national champions, having won in 2019, 2021, and 2022 (2020 was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic). This is a great opportunity to support Stanford athletics in person and watch one of Stanford’s most successful programs.

The gymnastics meet starts at 2 pm and admittance is free. We are also inviting folks to gather for a pre-match brunch at 12 pm. If you are interested in joining the brunch, please register for a ticket so we can get numbers for a reservation. You will be responsible for the cost of your own meal.

If you are interested in carpooling, either driving or looking for a ride, please fill out this form.

RSVP here: https://groups.stanford.edu/networks/events/37262.

Stanford Sailing at the St. Mary’s College Women’s Team Race

March 11, 10 pm – March 12, 5 pm
The James P. Muldoon River Center
47498 Trinity Church Rd, St Marys City, MD

Come watch #5 Stanford Sailing compete in southern Maryland! Races should commence at 10 am each day. There is no official end time on Saturday, but the no race may commence later than 3 pm on Sunday. Spectating is free to all. Viewing is usually excellent from the surrounding shoreline at the campus waterfront.

Other competitors include Old Dominion, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Cornell, Penn, St. Mary’s College, Yale, Harvard, Brown, South Florida, and Tulane.

RSVP here: https://groups.stanford.edu/networks/events/37576

Stanford Alumni in Sustainability Earth Day Hike

Saturday, April 22, 2 – 4 pm
Teddy Roosevelt Island, Washington, DC

Celebrate Earth Day with a Teddy Roosevelt Island hike in Washington, DC! We’ll meet at the Francis Scott Key Memorial at 2 pm and walk across Key Bridge to get to the island. For those who would rather park at the Theodore Roosevelt Island parking lot, please plan to arrive no later than 2:30 pm. We’ll walk a lap around the island and to the memorial, before returning to Georgetown (~3-3.5 miles roundtrip). Please bring water and wear comfortable shoes!

RSVP here: https://groups.stanford.edu/networks/events/39387

Contact Laura Anderson, lauraand@stanford.edu, for more information.

“Some Bad News and Some Good News about Climate Change”

April 27, 2023, 6:30 – 7:30 pm ET
Zoom – link will be shared prior to the event

Climate change is making extreme temperatures, storms, and wildfires increasingly common around the world, threatening both people and the ecosystems on which they depend. At the same time, emissions are slowing and governments and the private sector are taking unprecedented steps to deal with the climate problem. Join Professor Marshall Burke, ’02, to dissect the latest worries and the new reasons for optimism around climate change.

Marshall Burke, ’02, is an associate professor at the Doerr School of Sustainability in the Department of Earth System Science, deputy director at the Center on Food Security and the Environment, and center fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University. He is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a co-founder of AtlasAI, a remote sensing start-up. His research focuses on social and economic impacts of environmental change and on measuring and understanding economic development in emerging markets. His work has appeared in both economic and scientific journals, including recent publications in Nature, Science, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, and The Lancet. He holds a PhD in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in international relations from Stanford University.

RSVP here: https://groups.stanford.edu/networks/events/39719

Contact kwyuen@alumni.stanford.edu for more information.

WDCSA Book Club Corner

Washington DC Book Club Discussion

Sunday, April 16, 5 – 7:30 pm
Meeting at a private home in Annandale, Virginia

Exact location information will be sent one week prior to the event.

The April book is The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World, by Andrea Wulf; Vintage reprint edition 2016 Penguin Books, 2011, 398 pages. Available as an audiobook or Kindle electronic book, as well as in paper and hardback editions.

Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) was the most famous scientist of his age, a visionary German naturalist and polymath whose discoveries changed the way we understand the natural world and form the foundation of modern environmentalism, and yet the man has been all but forgotten. In this biography, Andrea Wulf brings Humboldt’s life into focus: his prediction of human-induced climate change; his expeditions to the highest peaks of South America and to the anthrax-infected steppes of Siberia; his relationships with iconic figures, including Simón Bolívar and Thomas Jefferson; and the influence of his writings on Darwin, Wordsworth, Goethe, Muir, Thoreau, and many others.

For further information, contact Don Bieniewicz, MS ’75, at donbien@erols.com.

Baltimore Book Club Discussion

Monday, March 20, 7:30pm
Google Meet: Registrants will be emailed a link to join the meeting a few minutes before.

UPDATE: Author Lawrence Jackson will be joining us at the meeting!

We are reading Shelter:A Black Tale of Homeland, Baltimore, by Lawrence Jackson, who earned his Ph.D. in English and American Literature at Stanford. Dr. Jackson is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in the Department of English and the Department of History at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). He is also the Director of the Billie Holiday Center for Liberation Arts at JHU, whose mission “is to document and disseminate the unique history of African American life, letters, and art in Baltimore, Maryland, and to foster intellectual linkages between the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus and the historic ‘inner city’ of Baltimore.” (From website)

Dr. Jackson, who grew up in West Baltimore, is in the unique position to document his experience for the Billie Holiday Center.” Shelter is an extraordinary biography of a city and a celebration of our capacity for domestic thriving. Jackson’s story leans on the essay to contain the raging absurdity of Black American life, establishing him as a maverick, essential writer.” (From Amazon)

Our May 22nd book is Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

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