Free STEM Lectures in Baltimore and DC – September 2016 Update

September 14th, 2016

Hello All,

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals – Chesapeake Region will endeavor to update you on an ongoing basis with regard to free lectures on STEM topics in the Baltimore-Washington area. NOGLSTP-CR is not organizing a formal event around any of these lectures, but we will try to facilitate communication among any of you who plan to attend the same event.

What: Public STEM Lectures
Where, When, and RSVP: Various, see below

The Carnegie Institution for Science (1530 P Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005) hosts the “Capital Science Evening” lecture series (https://carnegiescience.edu/event-category/1659), with a lecture held roughly every month on a weekday evening at 6:30 pm. Online registration is free but required (see website). The next lecture is “The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Nature Works and Why It Matters,” which will be given by Dr. Sean Carroll on Thursday, September 29. Registration is still available as of this writing. Upcoming lectures are on Thursday, October 13; Wednesday, November 2; and Monday, December 5. If you plan to attend one of these lectures and would like to network with other attendees from this mailing list, email Brian Haugh, NOGLSTP-CR Chair, at cr-chair@noglstp.org.

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI auditorium, Johns Hopkins University, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218) hosts a lecture at 8 pm on the first Tuesday of every month, on a variety of cosmology topics (http://hubblesite.org/about_us/public_talks/). The next lecture is on October 4, when speaker Bill Blair will present “A Multi-wavelength View of Stellar Life and Death in M83.” Upcoming lectures are on November 1 and December 6. If you plan to attend an STScI lecture and would like to network with other attendees from this mailing list, email Greg Sachs, NOGLSTP-CR Treasurer at cr-treasurer@noglstp.org.

The Philosophical Society of Washington (2170 Florida Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008, but see website for detailed location information) hosts lectures every other Friday evening at 8 pm, on a variety of scientific topics (http://www.philsoc.org/2016Fall/index.shtml). The next lecture is on September 23, when speaker Craig Kundrot will present “NASA’s Kelly Twins Study – How Space Affects Human Physiology.” If you plan to attend a PSW lecture and would like to network with other attendees from this mailing list, email NOGLSTP-CR member Bruce Murrie at Bruce_Murrie@hotmail.com.

CCBC Catonsville’s Benjamin Banneker Planetarium (800 S. Rolling Rd., Catonsville, MD 21228) hosts a free planetarium show once a month on a Friday evening at 8 pm, followed by outdoor observations (weather permitting); there is also a children’s program at 10 am the following morning, Saturday. (http://www.ccbcmd.edu/About-CCBC/Newsroom/news-articles/2016/09/06/09/59/Reach-for-the-stars.aspx) The next presentation is on September 23. “Seasonal Equality” examines the previous day’s Autumnal Equinox. Upcoming lectures are on October 28, November 11, and December 9. If you plan to attend a planetarium show and would like to network with other attendees from this mailing list, email NOGLSTP-CR member Morgan Slusher at morgan.slusher@yahoo.com.

We hope you will be interested in availing yourself of these public lectures series, and NOGLSTP-CR will continue to periodically update you on the lecture schedules.

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Secretary, NOGLSTP-CR

Call for Baltimore Pride Festival Volunteers

July 19th, 2016

Hello All,

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals – Chesapeake Region will have a presence at the Baltimore Pride Festival on Sunday, July 24–this Sunday! The Baltimore Pride Festival is held in Druid Hill Park from 10 am to 6 pm (although we may close down our table as early as 5 pm if the crowd thins out).

We’d like to have two people on duty at all times. That means we need to fill up to 16 person-hours at the festival, and we need your help. The Pride festivals comprise our best chance to build our membership each year. We are preparing a range of materials, including membership forms, brochures, and copies of the national newsletter, so you’ll have all of the information about the organization right in front of you. We’ll also brief you on the main talking points. And if you haven’t been able to be as involved with NOGLSTP-CR as you would like to be, we’ll make sure to pair you with someone who has more familiarity with our activities.

I am coordinating our volunteer schedule, so please e-mail me directly with your availability. You can let me know a specific period of time you’d like to sign up for, or a maximum amount of time and a range during which you’re available. We currently have staffing needs throughout the entire festival other than the first and last hour. This is also a great opportunity to get a friend, co-worker, or partner involved in NOGLSTP; if you bring in a second person to work a shift with you, it satisfies twice as much of our needs and gives you reliable companionship during your shift. Please include your full name and the full name of any other person who would be staffing with you, along with a contact phone number at which we can reach you during the day of the festival.

I look forward to hearing from you soon, and I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible with a confirmation of when you will be staffing our table.

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR

Pride Barbecue, June 26

June 14th, 2016

Hello All,

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals – Chesapeake Region invites you to join us for a barbecue on Sunday, June 26, at the Washington DC home of NOGLSTP-CR Vice Chair Brian Haugh. This is a family-friendly event, so please bring your partners, children, and other friends and family.

What: Pride Barbecue
Where: Home of Brian Haugh in Washington DC (see text, below, for address and parking information)
When: Sunday, June 26, 2:00 – 6:00 PM (rain or shine)
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com, by Wednesday, June 22

This will be a fun, informal gathering. NOGLSTP-CR will provide some basic grilling items (chicken and vegetables), as well as some soft drinks. We’ll have coolers for any other beverages you wish to bring (including alcohol, but always drink responsibly). We also encourage you to bring anything else you’d like to grill (e.g., hot dogs or burgers, along with buns) and your favorite fixings. Please also bring a side dish or a dessert to share.

Brian lives at 4617 42nd St NW, Washington DC 20016. The house is very Metro-accessible, less than 2 blocks from the Tenleytown/AU red-line Metrorail stop, and one block from Wisconsin Avenue Metro bus lines. If arriving on Metrorail at Tenleytown, just walk one block down River Road from Wisconsin Avenue by the Container Store, cross over Brandywine St., and go right onto 42nd St at the light. The house is the 2nd one on the right on 42nd St. For driving directions, Brian suggests that you use your favorite internet or GPS directions source. Once you’re in range, you will find the house just north of the intersection of River Road and 42nd St NW. The house is uniquely identifiable by its columns on the 1st and 2nd floor verandas in the front. There is usually plenty of street parking available in the area.

Brian’s home features a sizable back yard, deck with outdoor dining set, a patio with additional seating, and a 4-burner serviceable grill. Feel free to bring any activities that can be safely enjoyed in the out-of-doors. This is a rain or shine event, as Brian will make his spacious interior available if necessary. So if the weather looks bad, feel free to bring board games and other indoor activities, instead.

At the barbecue, we’ll also be discussing plans for the upcoming Baltimore Pride Festival on Sunday, July 24. Please be on the lookout for a separate email next month regarding that event. And we are planning to announce other social and technical activities for the late summer and into fall.

Please note, the RSVP deadline is for convenience; following it would serve as a courtesy to us. Certainly, though, we will be happy to see you if you decide to attend on short notice.

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR

Call for Capital Pride Festival Volunteers (Sunday, June 12)

June 6th, 2016

Hello All,

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals – Chesapeake Region will have a presence at the Capital Pride Festival this Sunday, June 12. (Please note, the Baltimore Pride Festival will be held much later this year, on Sunday, July 24, and we will be organizing volunteers via a separate email closer to that date.) The Capital Pride Festival is held on Pennsylvania Avenue, between 3rd and 7th Streets, NW, from noon to 7 pm (although we plan to close down our table by 6 pm).

We’d like to have two people on duty at all times. That means we need to fill up to 12 person-hours at the festival, and we need your help. The Pride festivals comprise our best chance to build our membership each year. We are preparing a range of materials, including membership forms, brochures, and copies of the national newsletter, so you’ll have all of the information about the organization right in front of you. We’ll also brief you on the main talking points. And if you haven’t been able to be as involved with NOGLSTP-CR as you would like to be, we’ll make sure to pair you with someone who has more familiarity with our activities.

I am coordinating our volunteer schedule, so please e-mail me directly with your availability. You can let me know a specific period of time you’d like to sign up for, or a maximum amount of time and a range during which you’re available. We currently have staffing needs throughout most of the afternoon, particularly after 2 pm and for teardown after 5 pm. This is also a great opportunity to get a friend, co-worker, or partner involved in NOGLSTP; if you bring in a second person to work a shift with you, it satisfies twice as much of our needs and gives you reliable companionship during your shift. Please include your full name and the full name of any other person who would be staffing with you, along with a contact phone number at which we can reach you during the day of the festival.

I look forward to hearing from you soon, and I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible with a confirmation of when you will be volunteering.

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR

Free STEM Lectures in Baltimore and DC – February Update

February 24th, 2016

Hello All,

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals – Chesapeake Region will endeavor to update you on an ongoing basis with regard to free lectures on STEM topics in the Baltimore-Washington area. NOGLSTP-CR is not organizing a formal event around any of these lectures, but we will try to facilitate communication among any of you who plan to attend the same event.

What: Public STEM Lectures
Where, When, and RSVP: Various, see below

The Carnegie Institution for Science (1530 P Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005) hosts the “Capital Science Evening” lecture series (https://carnegiescience.edu/event-category/1659), with a lecture held roughly every six weeks on a weekday evening at 6:45 pm (doors open 6 pm). Online registration is free but required (see website), but waitlist registration is also available after capacity is reached. The next lecture is “Dr. Dominique Bergmann – Making a Difference: How to Create Stem Cells and Have their Products Change the World,” which will be given on Wednesday, March 2 (a week from today). Registration is still available as of this writing. Upcoming lectures are on Wednesday, April 13, and Wednesday, May 25. If you plan to attend one of these lectures and would like to network with other attendees from this mailing list, email Brian Haugh, NOGLSTP-CR Vice Chair, at cr-vice-chair@noglstp.org.

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI auditorium, Johns Hopkins University, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD) hosts a lecture at 8 pm on the first Tuesday of every month, on a variety of cosmology topics (http://hubblesite.org/about_us/public_talks/). The next lecture is on March 1, when speaker John Debes will present “Planetary Tales from the Stellar Crypt: Exoplanets Surviving the Death of their Host Star.” If you plan to attend an STScI lecture and would like to network with other attendees from this mailing list, email Greg Sachs, NOGLSTP-CR Treasurer at cr-treasurer@noglstp.org.

The Philosophical Society of Washington (2170 Florida Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008, but see website for detailed location information) hosts lectures every other Friday evening at 8 pm, on a variety of scientific topics (http://www.philsoc.org/2016Spring/index.shtml). The next lecture is on March 4, when speaker Carol C. Mattusch will present “From Fragments to Classical Forms Reconstructing Greek Bronzes and the Greek and Roman Trade in Art.” If you plan to attend a PSW lecture and would like to network with other attendees from this mailing list, email NOGLSTP-CR National Board Representative Bruce Murrie at Bruce_Murrie@hotmail.com .

We hope you will be interested in availing yourself of these public lectures series, and NOGLSTP-CR will continue to periodically update you on the lecture schedules.

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR

Judges Needed for Four Local Science Fairs

February 11th, 2016

Hello All,

Since 2010, the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals – Chesapeake Region has made judging at local science fairs a flagship annual activity. NOGLSTP-CR has presented special awards at three science and engineering fairs, and is planning to expand to a fourth–in Fairfax County, VA, our first foray outside of Maryland–this year. Last year, NOGLSTP-CR gave $1075 in prizes to 19 students who completed 18 projects. We awarded an additional 11 non-monetary honorable mention certificates for as many projects. This year, we have a grant of $1000 and we expect to honor a comparable number of students.

Each science fair is a large event, so we want to have any many judges as possible. Because judges will be representing NOGLSTP-CR and will be acting on the organization’s behalf, judges for these award must be NOGLSTP members; membership forms are available on the Yahoo! group, and completed forms can be brought with a dues payment on the day of the fair if you are not currently a member. (If you choose not to become a NOGLSTP member at this time, please still consider volunteering as a judge, independent of our involvement.) At each fair, the judges will divide up the exhibits to determine which ones might qualify for the award’s criteria, which involve ethics and responsibility in science, and then we will consider the exhibits together to pick a winner.

What: Anne Arundel County Science and Engineering Fair (http://www.aacps.org/science/scifair.asp)
Who: NOGLSTP members
Where: North County High School (http://www.northcountyhs.org/)
When: Saturday, March 5, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com and http://www.aacps.org/science/judges, by Friday, February 19

What: Fairfax County Regional Science and Engineering Fair (http://www.fcps.edu/is/science/sciencefair/#FFX)
Who: NOGLSTP members
Where: Robinson Secondary School (http://www.fcps.edu/RobinsonSS/)
When: Saturday, March 12, morning
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com, by Friday, February 19

What: Baltimore Science Fair (http://www.baltimoresciencefair.org/)
Who: NOGLSTP members
Where: University Union Building, Towson University (http://www.towson.edu/main/maps/)
When: Saturday, March 19, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm (typically completed much earlier)
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com, by Friday, February 19

What: Prince George’s Area Science Fair (http://ektron.pgcps.org/science/index.aspx?id=220136)
Who: NOGLSTP members
Where: Charles Herbert Flowers High School (http://www1.pgcps.org/charleshflowers/)
When: Saturday, March 19, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com, by Friday, February 19

Each science fair generously provides refreshments to judges. Full schedule details will be sent to members who RSVP for each fair.

Please note that the Anne Arundel event requires you to fill out a registration form at http://www.aacps.org/science/judges; please also RSVP directly to us. When filling out the form, identify yourself as a “Special Award Judge” on question 3 and answer “National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals – Chesapeake Region” on question 4. (You do not need to include the name of the organization in your answer to question 2.) Answer “No” for question 5. For the Baltimore, Prince George’s, and Fairfax events, just RSVP to us, and we’ll register with the fairs.

Also note that the Baltimore and Prince George’s events are held simultaneously this year on March 19, meaning we are seriously in need of judges for both of those events, as our usual complement of judges will be spread thin between the two commitments. In addition, the Anne Arundel fair is being held in the afternoon, a change from previous years.

If you are already involved in judging a different science fair, or are aware of one, please let us know so that we can consider establishing a presence there in a future year. Or if you are unsure of what science fairs take place in your local area but are interested in becoming involved, let us know where you are located and we’ll help you look into it. Additionally, if you wish to make a donation to NOGLSTP-CR, earmarked for science fair prizes, we would gladly accept it; please email NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com for details. Donations to NOGLSTP-CR, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

These fairs are a great opportunity to get involved with the local community, and we hope to see you there!

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR

Free STEM Lectures in Baltimore and DC

January 20th, 2016

Hello All,

Because the Baltimore-Washington area is fortunate enough to possess a multitude of public and private institutions dedicated to STEM research, there are multiple organizations in the area that regularly host lectures to which the public is invited. I’m writing to provide information about some of them. The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals – Chesapeake Region is not organizing a formal event around any of these lectures, but we will try to facilitate communication among any of you who plan to attend the same event.

What: Public STEM Lectures
Where, When, and RSVP: Various, see below

The Carnegie Institution for Science (1530 P Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005) hosts the “Capital Science Evening” lecture series (https://carnegiescience.edu/event-category/1659), with a lecture held roughly every six weeks on a weekday evening at 6:45 pm (doors open 6 pm). Online registration is free but required (see website), but waitlist registration is also available after capacity is reached. The next lecture is “Dr. Pamela Conrad – A Tale of Two (Cities) Planets: What Earth and Mars are teaching us about the evolution of habitable worlds,” which will be given this Thursday, January 21. Only waitlist registration is available at this time. Upcoming lectures are on Wednesday, March 2; Wednesday, April 13; and Wednesday, Mary 25. If you plan to attend one of these lectures and would like to network with other attendees from this mailing list, email Brian Haugh, NOGLSTP-CR Vice Chair, at cr-vice-chair@noglstp.org.

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI auditorium, Johns Hopkins University, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD) hosts a lecture at 8 pm on the first Tuesday of every month, on a variety of cosmology topics (http://hubblesite.org/about_us/public_talks/). The next lecture is on February 2, when speaker Mia Bovill will present “The Southern Skies: Astronomy in Chile.” If you plan to attend an STScI lecture and would like to network with other attendees from this mailing list, email Greg Sachs, NOGLSTP-CR Treasurer at cr-treasurer@noglstp.org.

The Philosophical Society of Washington (2170 Florida Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008, but see website for detailed location information) hosts lectures every other Friday evening at 8 pm, on a variety of scientific topics (http://www.philsoc.org/2016Spring/index.shtml). The next lecture is on January 22, when speaker William H. Velander will present “Genetically Engineered Livestock: Bringing 21st Century Medicines to the Developing World.” If you plan to attend a PSW lecture and would like to network with other attendees from this mailing list, email NOGLSTP-CR National Board Representative Bruce Murrie at Bruce_Murrie@hotmail.com .

We hope you will be interested in availing yourself of these public lectures series, and NOGLSTP-CR will continue to periodically update you on the lecture schedules.

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR

Fall Barbecue

September 21st, 2015

Hello All,

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals – Chesapeake Region invites you to join us for some leisurely fun on Saturday, October 3, at the Baltimore County home of NOGLSTP-CR treasurer Greg Sachs.

What: NOGSTP-CR Fall Barbecue
Where: Home of Greg Sachs in the Pikesville/Greenspring area of Baltimore County (see text, below, for address and parking information)
When: Saturday Oct 3 , 1pm – 4pm (rain or shine)
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com, by Monday, September 28

This will be a fun, informal gathering. NOGLSTP-CR will provide basic grilling items (hot dogs, burgers, and veggie burgers–along with buns) and condiments (ketchup, mustard, and relish). BYOB (including alcoholic beverages if desired, but always drink responsibly), along with anything else you’d like to grill and your favorite fixings. Please also bring a side dish or a dessert to share.

Greg lives at 21 Huntchase Ct, Baltimore, MD 21209. The house is a townhouse with plenty of parking spots, an outdoor deck with grill, and a big living room. It is located 1 mile south of the 695 Beltway, Exit 22 Greenspring Ave. You may use Mapquest or Google Maps to find it.

Feel free to bring any activities that can be safely enjoyed in the out-of-doors. This is a rain or shine event, as Greg will make his spacious interior available if necessary. So if the weather looks bad, feel free to bring board games and other indoor activities, instead. We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR

Upcoming Social Events

August 24th, 2015

Hello All,

Each year after Pride season, the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals – Chesapeake Region organizes dinner socials in Baltimore and DC as an opportunity for all of our current and prospective members, especially the most recent additions to our mailing list, to network in a relaxing environment. It’s a great opportunity for you to meet us and each other, and we hope to see you there. See below for specific details.

What: NOGLSTP-CR DC dinner social
Where: Meze (2437 18th Street, NW Washington, DC, http://mezedc.com/)
When: Thursday, September 10, 7 pm
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com, by Friday, September 4

What: NOGLSTP-CR Baltimore dinner social
Where: Marie Louise Bistro (904 North Charles St., Baltimore, http://www.marielouisebistrocatering.com/)
When: Thursday, September 24, 6 pm
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com, by Friday, September 18

The officers will arrive at each restaurant by the listed time, 6 or 7 pm; we’ll start with cocktails at the bar and we’ll be seated half an hour later at both events; so it’s fine if you arrive for dinner at 6:30 (Baltimore) or 7:30 pm (DC). The officers will be wearing name tags for those who haven’t met us yet, and we’ll also make sure the host or hostess knows where to find us. Attire for Meze is business casual, while Marie Louise is casual. The bar at Marie Louise is upstairs. We hope you’ll be able to join us. We look forward to answering your questions about NOGLSTP-CR, learning more about you and your interests, and hearing your thoughts on possible future activities for the group.

Please note, RSVP deadlines are for convenience; following them would serve as a courtesy to us. Certainly, though, we (and the restaurants) will make every effort to accommodate you if you decide to attend on short notice.

And please save the date of Saturday, October 3. On that day, our treasurer, Greg Sachs, will be hosting a BBQ from 3 to 6 pm at his Baltimore County home; watch for details next month!

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR

Call for Baltimore Pride Festival Volunteers

July 20th, 2015

Hello All,

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals – Chesapeake Region will have a presence at the Baltimore Pride Festival on Sunday, July 26–this Sunday! The Baltimore Pride Festival is held in Druid Hill Park from 11 am to 6 pm (although we may close down our table as early as 5 pm if the crowd thins out). Note that the festival has moved back to its traditional location, after being held downtown last year.

We’d like to have two people on duty at all times. That means we need to fill up to 14 person-hours at the festival, and we need your help. The Pride festivals comprise our best chance to build our membership each year. We are preparing a range of materials, including membership forms, brochures, and copies of the national newsletter, so you’ll have all of the information about the organization right in front of you. We’ll also brief you on the main talking points. And if you haven’t been able to be as involved with NOGLSTP-CR as you would like to be, we’ll make sure to pair you with someone who has more familiarity with our activities.

I am coordinating our volunteer schedule, so please e-mail me directly with your availability. You can let me know a specific period of time you’d like to sign up for, or a maximum amount of time and a range during which you’re available. We currently have staffing needs throughout the entire afternoon, and we are in particular need a volunteer to assist in teardown during the 5 to 6 pm shift. This is also a great opportunity to get a friend, co-worker, or partner involved in NOGLSTP; if you bring in a second person to work a shift with you, it satisfies twice as much of our needs and gives you reliable companionship during your shift. Please include your full name and the full name of any other person who would be staffing with you, along with a contact phone number at which we can reach you during the day of the festival.

I look forward to hearing from you soon, and I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible with a confirmation of when you will be volunteering.

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR