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August 2017

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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Do you know Tableau? (Oct. 24)

October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
AAAS headquarters, 1200 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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Or do you just think you know Tableau? Experts and novices alike are invited to learn all about the free data visualization software from Science’s interactive graphics developer, Jia You, at our October HOW. Bring nothing but your laptops and your braintops, and Jia You (proud mother of stunning interactives like eggs and elemental haiku) will walk you through the steps of creating visually superior graphics, from understanding basic design principles, to choosing your dataset, to cleaning your dataset, to processing it with Tableau. All…

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Halloween Happy Hour (Oct. 25)

October 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Local 16, 1602 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009 United States
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Train yourself for Halloween drinking at the DCSWA Halloween Happy Hour! HHH will go down in a dark scary location on U-Street filled with horrendous drink promotions. Science conversations will be strictly policed to ensure they stick to topics like gory biology, archaeological remains, and other suitable topics. Costumes not required but DCSWA president Lauren Lipuma will buy a drink for best dressed. When: Wednesday, Oct 25, 6:15 p.m Where: Local 16, 1602 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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November 2017

Hands-on Workshop: Science Storytelling

November 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
American Geophysical Union (temporary headquarters), 1 Thomas Circle NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States
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$7 - $10

You've probably noticed that storytelling is having a major moment. At this Hands-on Workshop, you'll learn some background on how to tell a good story on stage from Liz Neeley, executive director of The Story Collider, a series that focuses on our personal relationships with science. Neeley will go over some important aspects of the craft, such as having a great first line, setting up stakes, knowing a story but not memorizing it and developing the proper pacing. She will…

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Happy Hour (Nov. 29)

November 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come enjoy a beer and a magical mystery shot with your favorite science writers at Desperados this Wednesday! Burgers are cheap and a beer and a mystery shot will set you back $6. Plus, for those biochemistry experts among us, if you guess the mystery shot's ingredients you win another mystery shot!

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