Pride Barbecue, June 28

Posted: June 17th, 2015

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 28, 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: Saturday, June 28, 2:00 - 6:00 PM (rain or shine)
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com, by Wednesday, June 24

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 26. Please be on the lookout for a separate email next month regarding that event. Soon, we’ll be announcing another social event for September in the Baltimore area.

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

Posted: June 4th, 2015

Hello All,

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals - Chesapeake Region will have a presence at the Capital Pride Festival on Sunday, June 14. (Please note, the Baltimore Pride Festival will be held much later this year, on Sunday, July 26, 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, . 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

Pride Kickoff Barbeque, June 6

Posted: May 19th, 2015

Hello All,

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals - Chesapeake Region invites you to join us for a barbecue on Saturday, June 6, at the Annapolis home of NOGLSTP-CR member (and former Vice Chair) Lawrie Hollingsworth. This is a family-friendly event, so please bring your partners, children, and other friends and family.

What: Pride Kickoff Barbecue
Where: Home of Lawrie Hollingsworth in Annapolis (see text, below, for address and parking information)
When: Saturday, June 6, 1:30 pm - 6 pm (rain or shine)
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com, by Wednesday, June 3

This will be a fun, informal gathering. NOGLSTP-CR will provide basic grilling items (hot dogs and burgers, along with buns) and ketchup and mustard, 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 and your favorite fixings. Please also bring a side dish or a dessert to share.

Lawrie lives at 1706 Trinity Place, Annapolis, MD 21401. Please do not park in Lawrie’s driveway, because her children use it as a playspace; however, you should find ample parking around the cul de sac where the house is situated. For directions, Lawrie suggests that you use your favorite internet or GPS directions source. Once you’re in range, here is some guidance from her: “We are in a private community on the water called The Downs. When you turn off Route 178 onto Old Generals Highway and go down Sherwood Forest Dr., you’ll turn right through Coachway and see 2 brick markers that say ‘The Downs.’ When you go a few more blocks on Coachway, you’ll come to the main entrance and see bigger brick gates that have ‘The Downs’ written on them. First street on the right after that is Trinity Place.”

Lawrie’s home features a deck, a fire pit, and (she guarantees) “the biggest grill you have ever seen at anyone’s house.” Feel free to bring any activities that can be safely enjoyed in the out-of-doors. This is a rain or shine event, as Lawrie will make her spacious interior available if necessary, and the grill is in a covered area. So if the weather looks bad, feel free to bring board games and other indoor activities, instead.

At the barbecue, we’ll also be finalizing plans for the upcoming Baltimore and Capital Pride Festivals. Please be on the lookout for a separate email soon regarding those events. Soon, we’ll be announcing additional summer social events, including one on June 28 at the DC home of NOGLSTP-CR Vice Chair Brian Haugh (Save the date!), and a September event in the Baltimore area.

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

Judges Needed for Three Local Science Fairs

Posted: February 10th, 2015

Hello All,

Since 2010, when the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals - Chesapeake Region took a cue from our members who were already judging at local science fairs and began presenting a special award at the Anne Arundel County Science and Engineering Fair, NOGLSTP-CR has expanded this program to judge and present awards at three local science fairs! Last year, NOGLSTP-CR gave $1125 in prizes to 21 students who completed 20 projects. We awarded an additional 12 non-monetary honorable mention certificates for 11 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
Who: NOGLSTP members
Where: North County High School (http://www.northcountyhs.org/)
When: Saturday, March 7, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com and http://www.aacps.org/science/judges, by Friday, February 20

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 21, 8:30 am
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com, by Friday, February 20

What: Prince George’s Area Science Fair
Who: NOGLSTP members
Where: Charles Herbert Flowers High School (http://www1.pgcps.org/charleshflowers/)
When: Saturday, March 21, 7:45 am to 12:00 pm
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com, by Friday, February 20

Each science fair generously provides both breakfast and lunch to judges, and start times listed here indicate the earliest time for check-in; slightly later arrival may be possible.

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.) For the Baltimore and Prince George’s events, just RSVP to us, and we’ll register with the fairs. Answer “No” for question 5.

Also note that the Baltimore and Prince George’s events are held simultaneously this year on March 21, 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.

If you are already involved in judging a different , 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

Capital Science Evenings and Upcoming Science Fairs

Posted: January 27th, 2015

Hello All,

The 2014-2015 Capital Science Evening program provides a series of lectures by leading scientists in their fields at the Carnegie Institution for Science at the corner of 16th and P Streets in Northwest Washington, DC. These are recommended as outings for interested NOGLSTP-CR members and associates. We could also do dinner nearby after the lecture for those interested.

Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance via links on the Carnegie Institution website (https://carnegiescience.edu/events/lectures). Most lectures sell out to standing room only, so it is good to arrive early to get a seat; the nominal start time is 6:45 pm, and we recommend arriving no later than 6:15 pm.

There are three lectures remaining on the 2014-2015 schedule. Below, please find that schedule, with further information about the next upcoming lecture on Wednesday, February 11, about extremophile organisms. If you wish to attend any of the lectures, you must use the Carnegie Institution website to reserve your own ticket. Then, please e-mail NOGLSTP-CR Vice Chair, Brian Haugh, at cr-vice-chair@noglstp.org, as he has offered to coordinate social plans for NOGLSTP-CR attendees.

We hope to see you at one or more of these fascinating talks!

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In addition, science fair season is fast approaching. Many local school districts hold regional science fairs early in the spring. As of last year, NOGLSTP-CR supports three local science fairs by recruiting volunteer judges and awarding monetary prizes to students whom we hope will be the STEM innovators of tomorrow. Below, please find the dates and locations of those science fairs; save the dates for those in which you would like to participate. While anyone can volunteer to judge at the science fairs, only NOGLSTP-CR members can judge on behalf of the prizes awarded directly by us, because judges will be representing NOGLSTP-CR and will be acting on the organization’s behalf. 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.

Please note that the Prince George’s and Baltimore science fairs occur simultaneously on March 21. As a result, please notify us at NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com if you plan to judge on our behalf at either one; we need that information in order to determine if we are able to support judging at both events this year.

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Finally, judges are also needed for DiscoverE’s Future City National Finals, in which student teams use simulation software and presentation skills to create visions for cities of the future. Judging takes place 7:30 am - 2:30 pm on Monday, February 16, at the Capital Hilton (1001 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036). To participate, visit futurecity.org/register and select “National Competition Judge.” (Future City judges are not acting on behalf of NOGLSTP-CR; feel free to share judging and registration info with any interested parties.)

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR

Next upcoming lecture:

Wednesday, 2/11/15 - 6:45 pm
Biology at the Extremes: How Studies of the Extraordinary Lead to Discoveries About the Ordinary
Dr. Douglas Koshland, University of California Berkeley, Department of Molecular & Cell Biology

Remarkable organisms exemplify extremes in the spectrum of life, like transparent embryos that allow visualization of the first heartbeat, or plants, animals and fungi that can survive for years in the absence of water. How and why have the studies of these extreme “weirdos” been critical to almost every advance in basic biological and biomedical research? Dr. Koshland will discuss these “believe-it -or-not” organisms and their contributions to science – past, present, and future.

Register to attend: https://capitalscience021115.eventbrite.com/

The rest of the 2014-2015 lecture series:

Wednesday, 3/4/15 - 6:45 pm
Mars Up Close
https://capitalscience030415.eventbrite.com/

Thursday, 4/30/15 - 6:45 pm
The Philosophical Baby: What Children’s Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life
https://capitalscience043015.eventbrite.com/

Science Fairs:

Anne Arundel County Regional Science and Engineering Fair
Saturday, March 7, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
North County High School, 10 E. 1st Ave, Glen Burnie, MD 21061

Prince George’s Area Science Fair
Saturday, March 21, 7:45 am - 12:00 pm
Charles Herbert Flowers High School, 10001 Ardwick-Ardmore Road, Springdale, Maryland 20774

Baltimore Science Fair
Saturday, March 21, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Towson University

(Rescheduled!) Dinner Social in Ellicott City

Posted: December 16th, 2014

Hi Everyone,

NOGLSTP-CR heard from a lot of our members and other associates that they were interested in attending our dinner social, but were unable to attend on the originally scheduled date. So, in hopes of enabling more of you to attend, we are rescheduling this event to Thursday, January 8, 2015. The timing and other details are unchanged (see below); only the date is different.

The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals - Chesapeake Region is organizing a dinner for all of our current and prospective members 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 dinner social
Where: Ellicott Mills Brewing Company (8308 Main St., Ellicott City, MD 21043, www.ellicottmillsbrewing.com/)
When: Thursday, January 8, 6 pm
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com, by Monday, January 5

Some of the officers will arrive at the restaurant by 6 pm; we’ll start with cocktails at the bar and we’ll be seated at 6:45 pm. 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. The Ellicott Mills Brewing Company is a casual environment. We hope you’ll be able to join us. We look forward to chatting with you about NOGLSTP-CR, learning more about you and your interests, and hearing your thoughts on possible future activities for the group.

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

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR

Interstellar at Udvar-Hazy Center

Posted: November 5th, 2014

Hello All,

The science-fiction film Interstellar, inspired by the works of of theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, will be presented in regionally exclusive 70 mm IMAX at the National Air and Space Museum and Udvar-Hazy Center theaters, with the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Northern Virginia (nasm.si.edu/udvarhazy) additionally offering exclusive exhibits built around the film’s “Ranger ship” and an Oculus Rift virtual reality experience. So the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals - Chesapeake Region is organizing a return trip to Udvar-Hazy (having previously visited in 2011) to see the film and these exciting exhibits. Please join us on Sunday, November 16, for the 3:05 pm screening of the film.

What: Interstellar and exclusive museum exhibits
Where: Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, 14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway, Chantilly, VA (see website, above, for directions)
When: Sunday, November 16, 3:05 pm (and before and after; see below)
Cost: $15 + parking*
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com, by Friday, November 14

*$15 is the ticket price for the film. Museum admission is free. However, there is a $15 parking fee. (The Center is also served by the Fairfax Connector No. 983 bus.)

You must purchase your own movie ticket. If you intend to join us, visit http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=21156&venue_val=202324&event_val=H2IS at your earliest convenience to purchase a ticket for the 3:05 pm showing on Sunday, November 16.

Because the museum is open daily until 5:30 pm, there will not be an opportunity to enjoy the rest of the museum after the film; feel free to arrive as early as the museum’s opening time of 10:00 am to enjoy everything the Udvar-Hazy Center has to offer. We will meet in the lobby of the IMAX theater at 2:30 pm before entering the screening. The special exhibits are located in a tent in the parking lot, and we invite you to join us there after seeing the movie. After the film and exhibits, we’ll go out for dinner together in the area, to relax and discuss the day’s unique experiences; the venue for that will be determined later and communicated to everyone who RSVPs.

Due to the parking fee, we recommend carpooling. If you would be interested in carpooling, please include your location and transportation situation with your RSVP, and we will try to help you find one or more people with whom to carpool. We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chairman, NOGLSTP-CR

Capital Science Evenings

Posted: November 3rd, 2014

Hello All,

The 2014-2015 Capital Science Evening program provides a series of lectures by leading scientists in their fields at the Carnegie Institution for Science at the corner of 16th and P Streets in Northwest Washington, DC. These are recommended as outings for interested NOGLSTP-CR members and associates. We could also do dinner nearby after the lecture for those interested.

Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance via links on the Carnegie Institution website (https://carnegiescience.edu/events/lectures). Most lectures sell out to standing room only, so it is good to arrive early to get a seat.

The 2014-2015 Capital Science Evening program is being finalized. Below, please find the current schedule, with further information about the next upcoming lecture this Thursday, November 6. If you wish to attend any of the lectures, you must use the Carnegie Institution website to reserve your own ticket. Then, please e-mail NOGLSTP-CR Vice Chair, Brian Haugh, at cr-vice-chair@noglstp.org, as he has offered to coordinate social plans for NOGLSTP-CR attendees.

We hope to see you at one or more of these fascinating talks!

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR

This week’s lecture:

Thursday, 11/06/2014 - 6:45pm
Kavli Laureate Lecture - Inflationary Cosmology: Is Our Universe Part of a Multiverse?
Dr. Alan H Guth, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept of Physics

Inflationary cosmology gives a very plausible explanation for many features of our universe, including its uniformity, its mass density, and the patterns of the ripples that are observed in the cosmic microwave background. Most versions of inflation, however, imply that our universe is not unique, but is part of a possibly infinite multiverse. Winner of the 2014 Kavli Prize in astrophysics, Dr. Guth was honored for pioneering the theory of cosmic inflation.

Register to attend: https://capitalscience110614.eventbrite.com

The rest of the 2014-2015 lecture series:

Wednesday, 2/11/15 - 6:45 pm
Biology at the Extremes: How Studies of the Extraordinary Lead to Discoveries About the Ordinary
https://capitalscience021115.eventbrite.com/

Wednesday, 3/4/15 - 6:45 pm
Mars Up Close
https://capitalscience030415.eventbrite.com/

Thursday, 4/30/15 - 6:45 pm
The Philosophical Baby: What Children’s Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life
https://capitalscience043015.eventbrite.com/

One Volunteer Needed for American University Event

Posted: August 22nd, 2014

Hello All,

NOGLSTP-CR will be participating in American University’s LGBTQ Fall Mixer & Information Fair on Thursday, August 28, from 7 to 9 pm. The organization can be represented by up to two people, and I’ll be one of them. It would be great to have a staffing partner, so please let me know if you’re available that evening. It would be ideal if you were able to pick me up at the Tenleytown Metro station and drop me off there (or elsewhere on the Metro system), as I’ll be transporting the organization’s materials. The Fall Mixer is a great annual event, and pizza and snacks are provided!

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR

Upcoming Social Events

Posted: July 22nd, 2014

Hello All,

Each summer, the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals - Chesapeake Region organizes social dinners 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 Baltimore social dinner
Where: Marie Louise Bistro (904 North Charles St., Baltimore, http://www.marielouisebistrocatering.com/)
When: Tuesday, August 5, 6 pm
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com, by Friday, August 1

What: NOGLSTP-CR DC social dinner
Where: Meze (2437 18th Street, NW Washington, DC, http://mezedc.com/)
When: Wednesday, August 13, 6 pm
RSVP: NOGLSTP-CR-owner@yahoogroups.com, by Friday, August 8

The officers will arrive at each restaurant by 6 pm; we’ll start with cocktails at the bar and we’ll be seated at 6:30 pm. 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. 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.

Sincerely,
David Kaplan
Chair, NOGLSTP-CR