WDCSA Newsletter – April 2023

Events Calendar

  • Apr 14 – Cal-Stanford Team Trivia Night
  • Apr 22 – Stanford Alumni in Sustainability Earth Day Hike
  • Apr 26 – Tech + Social Impact (& More) Happy Hour
  • Apr 27 – “Some Bad News and Some Good News about Climate Change”

Upcoming Events

Cal-Stanford Team Trivia Night

April 14, 7 – 9 pm
Astro Beer Hall
1306 G St NW, Washington, DC

Meet up with your favorite Golden Bears, Cardinal, and California expats in the DMV to show off your knowledge of general and Golden State-themed trivia. Every team will win a coveted prize, such as See’s lollypops, spicy ramen, or a mystery gag prize!

You must be 21+ to participate.

Form your own team of 6 players OR register as an individual player and be placed on a team.

Space is LIMITED (max. 60 players). Registration closes by April 7, or when capacity is reached.

Register for the event on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/april-14-cal-stanford-team-trivia-night-at-astro-beer-hall-tickets-575572321307

Questions about this event? If you and your five closest friends want to form a team? Email biggametrivia@gmail.com

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.

Tech + Social Impact (& More) Happy Hour

April 26, 7- 9 pm
Dacha Beer Garden Shaw
1600 7th St NW, Washington, DC

Spark new connections! Join fellow alums in tech, science, and social impact for an informal outdoor networking happy hour filled with light bites, drinks, and fun conversation. If you’re not in tech or social impact, you are still more than welcome! You never know who you might meet or what connections you might make, so come and have a good time with your Stanford community.

Tickets are $10 for Alums or $5 for Young Undergrad Alum Ticket (‘13-’22).

Register for the event here: https://groups.stanford.edu/networks/events/40682

Questions about this event? Email astridt@stanford.edu.

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

April 27, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
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, May 14, 5 – 7:30 pm
Meeting at a private home in Bethesda, Maryland

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

The May book is Golden Age: A Novel, by Wang Xiaobo (2007),‎ published by Astra House 2022, translated by Yan Yan, 272 pages. Available as an audiobook or Kindle electronic book, as well as in paper and hardback editions.

This first in a three-novella trilogy is the story of a 21-year old ox herder, Wang Er, and his long affair with Chen Qinyang. Shamed by the local authorities and forced to write a confession for his crimes, he instead takes it upon himself to write a modernist literary tract. Later, as a lecturer at a chaotic, newly built university, Wang Er navigates the bureaucratic maze of 1980s China, boldly writing about the Cultural Revolution’s impact on his life and those around him.

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

Baltimore Book Club Discussion

Monday, May 22, 7:30 pm
Google Meet: Registrants will be emailed a link to join the meeting a few minutes before.

We are reading Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.Praises from Chanel Cleeton: “Tense, atmospheric, and beautifully written …carry readers back in time to 1950s Mexico, where a dark secret looms large, insidiously winding its way through the pages. It’s a spellbinding, suspenseful, immersive read! ”Praises from Alix E. Harrow:“ The subversive, seductive, satisfying haunted house story I didn’t know I needed.”Praises from Vivian Shaw: “So powerful I sometimes had to look away …plays all the classic gothic tropes with deft confidence while weaving in a much more modern and visceral strain of horror.”

Our July 31st book is The Long Haul: Solving the Puzzle of the Pandemic’s Long Haulers and How They are Changing Healthcare Forever by Ryan Prior, who will be at the meeting.

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