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June 2017

Happy hour at Local 16

June 21 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Local 16, 1602 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009 United States
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Come enjoy summer weather drinks with DCSWA at a rooftop happy hour on U-Street! Members and prospective members can convene at 6:30 at Local 16 to fraternize, discuss science and, mostly, enjoy all the glorious benefits that an extended $5 happy hour until 10 p.m. can bring to writing. Come on down to 1602 U St. NW on June 21.

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July 2017

Happy hour at Saufhaus

July 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saufhaus, 1216 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20036 United States
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Photo courtesy of Saufhaus Julyfest is a real thing, as far as DCSWA is concerned. Come join the D.C. Science Writers for a beer- measure in metric 1 liter or half liter steins for the sake of scientific accuracy - at the rooftop bar Saufhaus in Dupont Circle. Bevies are $2 off until 7 p.m. as well as discounts on giant pretzels (metric weight undisclosed) and platters. Come by at 6:15 on July 19 for a mid-summer DCSWA happy hour and feel free to bring your…

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August 2017

Tour the Nation’s Measurement Labs at NIST

August 9 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
NIST headquarters, 100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20899 United States
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Join DCSWA for a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, MD. We’ll start with a brown bag lunch and networking session from 12 noon – 1 p.m. in the NIST cafeteria where you can mix and mingle with other members of DCSWA and the team of communicators working on the NIST campus. You can either bring your own, or buy a meal from the NIST salad/hot bar and grill. We’ll begin the tour of…

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Happy Hour with AAAS Mass Media Fellows

August 21 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Brixton, 901 U St NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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Save the date for the annual DCSWA mixer with AAAS Mass Media Fellows on Monday, August 21 at the Brixton on U Street. The Mass Media Fellowship, now in its 43rd year, places science graduate students at media sites for a 10-week fellowship during which they get a taste of science news reporting. Many DCSWA members are former fellows. Come by to socialize and discuss science, journalism, beer, or whatever! When: Monday, August 21, 2017, 5 - 7 pm Where:…

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Take it to the Milk Bank: Smithsonian National Zoo Tour

August 30 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Smithsonian National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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  Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, August 30. We'll start with a lecture by Mike Maslanka, who oversees the zoo’s “milk bank,” the biggest frozen repository of exotic milks in the United States. Its 15,000 samples from 185 species (including gorillas, bears, and bats) help scientists study the biochemical signals passed from mothers to their offspring through milk. They also help zookeepers develop better formulas for hand-rearing animals, including a…

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September 2017

Informal, on-the-record talk about thrombosis with Gary Raskob, PhD

September 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Powell Tate building, 733 10th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001 United States
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Did you know that blood clots are responsible for one in four deaths worldwide? Or that they cause more deaths in the United States annually than breast cancer, prostate cancer, AIDS and car crashes combined? Learn more fascinating facts about blood clots - also known as thrombosis - on September 6, when DCSWA members are invited to sit down with Gary Raskob, PhD, dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and one…

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Great Falls geology hike with Callan Bentley (Sept 16)

September 16 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Billy Goat Trail, 11710 MacArthur Blvd
Potomac, MD 20854 United States
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Learn about the unique geology of area surrounding the nation’s capital on a hike of the historic Great Falls area with Callan Bentley, DCSWA’s favorite local geologist.

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Happy hour at Right Proper Brewpub (Sept 25)

September 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Come celebrate Octoberfest in September style with DSCWA at Right Proper brewpub in Shaw! Imbibe the science of microbiology, the research of altered mind states and the economics of cheap, locally brewed beer.

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October 2017

Anacostia Boat Tour (Oct. 4)

October 4 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join DCSWA and the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) on a boat tour of the Anacostia River through the colorful fall foliage! Once an important trading waterway and cultural site, the river has suffered as a dumping ground for pollution and trash through the 20th century. In 1989, a group of concerned citizens formed AWS with a goal to clean up the river and restore its environment and recreational allure. Attendees will learn about the river's history and ecology and the Society's work to make the river swimmable and fishable…

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DC Science Café: Extreme Seeing (Oct 16)

October 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Busboys & Poets — Hyattsville, 5331 Baltimore Avenue
Hyattsville, MD 20781 United States
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Join sensory physiologist Tom Cronin of the University of Maryland Baltimore County for a discussion about some of biology’s most amazing and capable visual systems.

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