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Speakers 2005-2006

October 4, 2005, Bldg 227/Rm A202, Prof. Seung-Hun Lee, UVA, Condensed Matter Physics at UVA, (click here to see the speaker info), (click here to see photo flyer).


October 27, 2005, Bldg 101/LR-A, Prof. Jim Langer, Director of the Institute for Theoretical Physics at UCSB, Dynamics of Large Deformations in Glassy Solids: Why Structural Engineers May Need New Ideas in Nonequilibrium Physics, (click here to see the speaker info), (click here to see photo flyer).


November 10, 2005, 10:30 AM, Bldg 101/LR-B, John Elliott, Sigma Xi Award Winner, Quantitative Cell Biology in the Cell and Tissue Measurements Group at NIST (click here to see the speaker info), (click here to see photo flyer).


November 22, 2005, 10:30 AM, Green Auditorium, Dr. James J. Filliben, Statistical Approaches in the NIST World Trade Center Analysis. (click here to see photo flyer).


December 9, 2005, Bldg 101/Gr-A, Prof. Michael Ramsey, UNC, Lab-On-A-Chip Technologies, (Topic TBD), (click here to see the speaker info).


January 13, 2006, Bldg 101/Gr-A, Prof. Robert Ehrlich, GMU, Crazy Ideas in Science, (click here to see the speaker info).


February 10, 2006, 101/Gr-A TBD

March 24, 2006, 101/Gr-A TBD

April 14, 2006, 101/LR-D TBD


Speakers 2004-2005

January 14, 2005, Cold Fusion: Problems, Progress and Prospects, David J. Nagel. (click to see photo flyer)

October 13, 2004, Sience and Technology in Global Foreign Policy, George H. Atkinson. (click to see photo flyer)

September 13, 2004, Rebuilding the Iraqi Fire Service, Monte Fitch, Assistant Fire and Rescue Chief, Montgomery County, MD (retired). (click to see photo flyer)

Speakers 2003-2004

September 5, 2003, Joint with NIST Colloquium Series, Green Auditorium, 10:30 a.m.
Harrison Schmitt, Apollo 17 Astronaut, Department of Engineering Physics, Geology, and Geophysics, University of Wisconsin
A Trip to the Moon and the Legacy of Apollo 17. (click to see photo flyer)

October 24, 2003, Green Auditorium, 10:30 a.m.
K. Kirk Shung, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of  Southern California, Los Angeles
Ultrasound: an unexplored tool for blood flow visualization and hemodynamic measurements (click to see photo flyer)

November 10, 2003, Joint with NIST Colloquium Series, Green Auditorium, 3 p.m.
Dean Kamen, Founder and President of DEKA Research and Development Corporation (click to see photo flyer)

November 17, 2003, Green Auditorium, 3.00 p.m.
Speakers: Newell Washburn, Lori Goldner, Miral Dizdaroglu and Michael Gaitan.
Co-Chairs:  Ira Levin, Deputy Director, NIDDK, and Angela Hight Walker, NIH Liaison, NIST.
Interfacing the physical and biological sciences: NIH/NIST collaborative projects (click to see photo flyer).


December 19, 2003, Joint with NIST Colloquium Series, Green Auditorium, 10:30 a.m.
Tom Crouch, Senior Curator and Chairman, Division of Aeronautics, National Air and Space Museum
Why Wilbur and Orville?
(on the centennial of the first flight, Kitty Hawk, NC, Dec 17, 1903) (click to see photo flyer).

January 13, 2004, Green Auditorium, 10.30 a.m.
John Butler, NIST, Process Measurements Division
CSTL Role of NIST in Forensic DNA Typing (click to see photo flyer).

February 11,2004, Green Auditorium, 10:30 a.m.
David Ross, NIST, Biotechnology  Division, CSTL, Winner NIST Sigma-Xi Outstanding Young Scholar Award
Microfluidic Focusing, a New Paradigm for Biomolecular Separations (click to see photo flyer).

February 19, 2004, Hall of Flags, Admin Building, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
11th Annual Postdoc Poster Presentation

March 10, 2004, Green Auditorium
10:30 a.m. Richard Harris, NIST, Quantum Electrical Metrology Division (Click to see PDF flyer)
Quantum Measurements and Standards Based on Condensed Matter Physics

April 2, 2004, Joint with NIST Colloquium Series, Green Auditorium, 10:30 a.m. Louis Bloomfield, Dept. of Physics, University of Virginia
How Things Work: The Physics of Everyday Life

May 13, 2004, NIST Chapter Sigma Xi Annual Banquet, Willow Tree Inn, 6.30 p.m.
Robert Shepard, Executive Director, Science and Engineering Alliance
(Click here for the complete banquet program in PDF.)    (Acrobat reader downloadpdf logo)
Historically Black Colleges and Universities:  Myths and Misunderstandings." (Click here to see the Flyer of the talk in PDF.)    (Acrobat reader downloadpdf logo)

Speakers 2001-2002

Oct. 25, 2001,  Henry Rodriguez, NIST, Oxidative Stress and Tissue Engineering  (Click to see announcement poster image)
Nov. 9, 2001,  Jack Hoffman, Ted Prince, and Katharine Gebbie, NIST, Langmuir-Blodgett Surface Chemistry: Reflections  (Click to see announcement poster image)
Dec. 4, 2001, Kevin McGrattan, BFRL, NIST, "The Numerical Simulation of Fire (Sigma Xi Young Scientist Award Recipient) (Click to see announcement poster image)
Feb. 7, 2002, Thomas Germer, PL, NIST, Viewing surface with polarized light: Seeing through the haze  (Click to see announcement poster image)
May 9, 2002, William C. Stone, BFRL, NIST, 3D Speleology: New Technologies for Charting the Underworld (Click to see announcement poster image)
May 29, 2002, R. P. Taleyarkhan, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Evidence for Nuclear Emissions During Acoustic Cavitation  (Click to see announcement poster image)
Sept 17, 2002, Stephen Wolfram, Wolfram Research, Inc., "A New Kind of Science" (Click to see announcement poster image)
Oct. 24, 2002, Eric Shirley, NIST, Modeling Macroscopic Optical Properties with Microscopic Calculations (Click to see announcement poster image)
Nov. 18, 2002, Taner Yildirim, NIST, Prediction and characterization of Materials Properties from First Principles  (Click to see announcement poster image)
March 20, 2003, Ian Bartky, True Time Before NBS (Click to see announcement poster image)
April 14, 2003, James S. Albus, Engineering of Mind (Click to see announcement poster image)
May 8, 2003, Francis Slakey, Georgetown University, To The Last Breath: Tales of A Mountain Climber (Click to see announcement poster image)

Speakers 2000 - 2001


Nov. 9, 2000 

Robert Schwartz
Mayo Clinic

A New Model for Coronary Restenosis Following Balloon Angioplasty

Dec. 12, 2000 

Peter Mitchell
National University of Ireland

Plutonium in the Arctic Environment

Jan. 25, 2001

Bill Boettinger

  Modeling of Alloy Solidification Using Coupled Cahn-Hilliard/Cahn-Allen Equations

Feb. 15, 2001

8th Annual Postdoc Poster Presentation

Mar.22, 2001

John Doyle
Harvard University

Trapping of Cold Molecules and Atoms

Apr. 25, 2001 

Mike Tarlov and Richard Cavicchi

A Retrospective of Greg Poirier's Scientific Work at NIST

May 7, 2001

Suzanne Quillen Lomax
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

 Application of Chemistry to Examination of Works of Art 


Henry Rodriguez
NIST (Young Scientist Award winner)

Technologies for Measuring Low-Levels of Ionizing Radiation-Induced DNA Damage and QA/QC Biomarkers for Tissue-Engineered Skin











Past Speakers

April 25, 2000 Cholesterol and Coronary Artery Disease

Howard Kruth, MD, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH


March 2, 2000 Computational chemistry: not theory, not experiment. Is it science?

Karl Irikura, Physical and Chemical Properties Division, NIST


January 27, 2000 The Disputed Discovery of Element 43 (Technetium)

John T.Armstrong, Surface and Microanalysis Division, NIST


December 8, 1999 The National Gem Collection - Science and Lore

Jeffrey E. Post, Curator-in-Charge, Mineral Collection, Smithsonian Institution


November 10, 1999 Sigma Xi Young Scientist Award Winners

Daniel Josell, Metallurgy Division and Kristian Helmerson, AtomicPhysics Division NIST


October 8, 1999 The Art and Science of the Motorcycle

Charles M. Falco, Chair of Condensed Matter Physics, Univ. of Arizona


Sept. 23, 1999 Why Einstein Would Love Spaghetti in Fundamental Physics

Sylvester James Gates, Jr. (John S. Toll Professor of Physics Physics Dept., U. of Maryland)


May 17, 1999 Mathematics in the Music of J.S. Bach

Stephen Ackert ( National Gallery of Art)

April 15, 1999 A HISTORY OF LIGHT
Albert C. Parr (Chief, Optical Technology Division, NIST)

Robert J. Soulen, Jr (Chief, Superconducting Materials Section, Naval Research Laboratory)

January 14, 1999 Fifty Years of Physics Today
Gloria Lubkin (Editorial Director, Physics Today)

December 4, 1998 SAMPLING & CENSUS 2000: THE CONCEPTS
Tommy Wright, (Chief, Statistical Research Division U.S. Bureau of the Census)

November 13, 1998 ENIGMA and PURPLE: How the Allies Broke German and Japanese Codes in WW II David A. Hatch (Director of the NSA Center for Crypotologic History, National Security Agency)

October 16, 1998 HABITATS OF RARE PLANT SPECIES OF THE MID-ATLANTIC REGION Larry E. Morse (Chief Scientist,The Nature Conservancy)

September 18, 1998 The History of the Vacuum Tube
Louis Brown (Carnegie Institute of Washington)




October 16, 1998

Habitat of Rare Plant Species in the Washington, DC Area, Larry Morse, Chief Scientist, The Nature Conservancy


November 13, 1998

Enigma: How America Broke the German and Japanese Code in WWII, Dave Hatch, Director of the NSA Center for Crypotologic History,


December 10, 1998

Sampling and Census 2000: The Concepts, Tommy Wright, Chief, Statistical Research Division, Bureau of Census


January 14, 1999

Years of Physics Today, Gloria Lubkin, Editorial Director, Physics Today, Fifty

September 18, 1998

The History of the Vacuum Tube, Louis Brown, Carnegie Institution of Washington


May 12, 1998

Bones, Blood and Coffee Cups: DNA Identification in Anthropology, Pathology and Criminology Dennis J. Reeder, Ph.D.Leader, DNA Technologies Group Biotechnology Division, CSTL


April 30, 1998

See How It Flies: A New Spin on the Perceptions, Procedures, and Principles of Flight John S. Denker AT&T Laboratories


March 30, 1998

The Electron Beam Ion Trap: Tailoring Atomic Charge for Science and Technology John Gillaspy Atomic Physics Division, NIST


January 26, 1998

Jumpstarting a National Knowledge Infrastructure Douglas B. Lenat

President and CEO of Cycorp (


November 24, 1997

"The Economics of NIST" Gregory C. Tassey Economist Program Office, NIST


November 4, 1997

Biosphere 2 Center -- A Novel Research Laboratory William C. Harris, Biosphere 2, President and Executive Director Joint with CSTL Colloquium Series


October 24, 1997

Fire in Space Gregory T. Linteris, Payload Specialist Astronaut, STS-83, STS-94, Fire Research Science Division, NIST Joint with NIST Staff Colloquium Series


Sept. 8, 1997

The transport of Combustion Products From Fires Howard R. Baum

Building and Fire Research Laboratory

(The NIST Research Advisory Committee, The NIST Colloquium Committee, and The NIST Chapter Sigma Xi)

5/29/97 Wierd Wonders of The Cambrian: Evolution's Big Bang
Dr. Douglas H. Erwin
3/25/97 Supernovas (10th Anniversay of their Discovery): 
Dr. Al Mann (Univ. of Pennsylvania)
1/30/97 Radiocarbon Dating: A Case History in
Metrological Revolution
Dr. Lloyd A. Currie (NIST)
The Structure and Metamorphism of Snow Crystals 
as Revealed by Low Temperature 
Scanning Electron Microscopy
Dr. William Wergin (USDA, Beltsville, Md)
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 1996 10:00 - 12:00
Lecture Room A  
Magnetic Multilayers 
Dr. Richard Watts
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 1996 10:00 - 12:00  
Lecture Room B
Scientific Art Conservation: Analytical Science 
in Aid of Art Conservation 
Dr. Barbara Berrie (National Gallery of Art)
Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1996 2:00 - 4:00
Lecture Room A
Digital Imaging of Rock Art 
Dr. Russell Kirsch (NIST, retired)
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 1996 10:00 - 12:00
Lecture Room A
12/18/96 Viewing Ancient Rock Art with Inexpensive
Computers and Cameras: Dr. Russell A. Kirsch
11/13/96 Scientific Art Conservation
Dr. Barbara Berie (National Gallery of Art)
10/15/96 Growth and Characterization of (Ba,Sr)TiO3 Thin
Films Prepared by MOCVD: Dr. Debra L.
Kaiser (NIST)
Magnetic Multilayers: Dr. Mark Stiles (NIST)
9/17/96 The Structure and Metamorphism of Snow
Crystals as Revealed by Low Temperature
Scanning Electron Microscopy: Dr. William P.
Wergin (USDA, Beltsville, MD)
5/30/96 Do Weak Electromagnetic Fields Cause Bio-
Prof. Theodore A. Litovitz (Catholic University
of America)
4/18/96 Rethinking Science as a Career: Perceptions and
Realities in the Physical Sciences: Sheila Tobias
(Science Education Author)
3/13/96 Molecular Beauty: Professor Roald Hoffmann
(1981 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry: Cornell
1/24/96 Frontiers of X-Ray Research at the Advanced
Photon Source:
Dr. J.L. Dehmer (Argonne National Laboratory)
12/14/95 The Hot Zone - I Was There: Ebola Virus in the
Dr. Mark C. Haines (NIH, Bethesda, MD)
9/11/95 Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb
Richard Rhodes (Pulitzer Prize Winning Author)
5/16/95 The Visibal Human Project: Dr. Michael J.
Ackerman (Asst. Dir. for Health and Biomedical
Programs, National Library of Medicine)
4/4/95 The Chemistry of the Atomic Bomb
Dr. Frank A. Settle, Jr. (Chemist, NSF and VMI)
3/22/95 The Hubble Space Telescope: The Incredible
Time Machine
Dr. Ron J. Allen (Space Telescope Institute,
3/10/95 Early Development of Neutron Diffraction: Dr.
Clifford G. Shull (1994 Nobel Prize Winner in
Physics; MIT)
1/26/95 The 1994 Nobel Prize Ceremony: An Inside View
Dr. Robert D. Shull (NIST)
1/18/95 The Wright Flyer Crankcase: Precipitation
Hardening in the First Aerospace Aluminum
Alloy: Dr. Frank W. Gayle (NIST)
12/9/94 America's First Science Center: Ivor Nožl Hume
[Author, Acheologist; Head Curator (retired) of
the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation]
11/10/94 A Century of X-Rays - Wilhelm Roentgen and the
Early Times
Harold Berger (NIST, retired)
10/31/94 The Search for the Tunguska Meteorite - 1928
Movie on the Tunguska Event: William R. Kelly
9/28/94 The Magnetocaloric Effect in Bulk and
Nanocomposite Materials
Dr. Robert D. McMichael (NIST)
5/27/94 Orbital Perspectives on Earth Sciences: Dr.
Kathryn D. Sullivan (Astronaut and Chief
Scientist, NOAA)
5/26/94 The Role of Mitochondrial DNA in Human
Remains Identification: From the Russian Czar to
the Vietnam War and Beyond: Dr. Mitchell M.
Holland (DNA ID Lab., Armed Forces Institute
of Pathology)
3/24/94 How Long Does the Neutron Live? Why do We
Care? : Dr. Geoffrey L. Greene (NIST)
1/27/94 Five Years in India: Dr. Peter L. M. Heydemann
12/17/93 Telepresence Use in Scientific Research and
Education - Dr. Robert D. Ballard (Dir. of the
Center for Marine Exploration, Woods Hole
Oceanographic Institution)
11/10/93 The Physics of Dance: Prof. Kenneth Laws
(Dickinson College, PA) & ??? (Dancer)
9/23/93 Laser Cooling Basics and Ultracold Collisions: 
Dr. Paul Lett (NIST)
Trapping Atoms with Light and Better Atom
Clocks: Dr. Steve Rolston (NIST)
5/27/93 Military Mapping in the Information Age -
Changes and Challenges
Dr. Kenneth I. Daugherty (Deputy Director,
Defense Mapping Agency)
4/28/93 DNA Typing, A Revolution in Forensic Science: 
Dr. Ronald Fourney (Royal Canad. Mounted
Police, Forensic Lab., Ottawa, Canada)
3/24/93 The V-2, Peenemunde, and Wernher von Braun:
Myths and Realities
Dr. Michael J. Neufield (Nat'l. Air & Space
Mus., Smithsonian Inst.)
2/26/93 The Origins and Early Development of Radar: 
Dr. Louis Brown (Dept. of Terrestrial
Magnetism, Carnegie Inst. of Wash.)
1/28/93 Jubal Early's Raid on Washington 1864: 
Benjamin Franklin Cooling III (Senior Historian,
12/18/92 Lost and Found - The USS Monitor: John D.
Broadwater (Uss Monitor Nat'l. Marine
Sanctuary, NOAA)
11/25/92 Global Temperatures, Fossil Fuel Production, and
Gaia: Dr. Bert W. Rust (NIST)
10/28/92 Fun With Metals: Professor Emeritis Robert
Pond (Johns Hopkins University)
11/23/92 Transient Infrared Spectroscopy of Ultrafast
Molecular Processes: Dr. Edwin J. Heilweil
(NIST) and
Investigation of Alkali Alom Properties on
Surfaces: Dr. Joseph A. Stroscio (NIST)