Spring  2019

The current series has ended.  The Scientific Colloquium will resume in the fall.  Watch https://scicolloq.gsfc.nasa.gov for current information.

IMPORTANT:  All Colloquia will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Building 3 Goett auditorium, except as noted.

If you would like to attend and do not have a NASA badge, please contact the Scientific Colloquium at (301) 286-8168, more than 72 hours beforehand. Use the same contact information to be added to our mailing list.  Access to Goddard Space Flight Center is limited to those holding Goddard badges or official visitors.  You can become an official visitor by finding a badged Goddard employee to escort you.  The Scientific Colloquium Committee cannot promise to provide escorts.


The Goddard Library has made streaming video available for many of our colloquia -- click on the V in the column to the right of the topic.  NOT ALL BROWSERS WORK FOR ALL VIDEOS.  IF YOUR FAVORITE DOES NOT WORK, TRY A DIFFERENT ONE.  Some videos are also available for Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2010Spring 2010Fall 2009, Spring2009, Fall 2008, Spring 2008,  Fall 2007Spring 2007Fall 2006Spring 2006,  Fall 2005, Spring 2005, Fall 2004, Spring 2004Fall 2003,  Spring 2003, Fall 2002, Spring 2002, Fall 2001, Spring 2001, and Fall 2000.

Current Schedule

Date Speaker Affiliation Title Video
Feb. 19
Tues.   3:45
Natalie Batalha
University of California, Santa Cruz
Lava Worlds to Living Worlds: A Retrospective of NASA's Kepler Mission
Co-sponsored by the Hubble Space Telescope Project and the Astrophysics Science Colloquium

Feb. 20
Compton Tucker
Goddard Space Flight Center Dinosaurs, Milankovitch Cycles & Back to a Cretaceous Earth
Feb. 27
Compton Tucker re-scheduled Goddard Space Flight Center Dinosaurs, Milankovitch Cycles & Back to a Cretaceous Earth

Mar. 6
Dagomar Degroot
Georgetown University
Civilization and the Solar System: Cosmic Upheavals and Human History
Mar. 13
Tyler Faith
University of Utah
What Drove Africa's Megaherbivores to Extinction?

Mar. 20 Eric Christian
Goddard Space Flight Center
The Edge of the Solar System and Beyond

Mar. 27
John D. Richardson Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Voyager Observations of the Outer Heliosphere and Interstellar Medium

Mar. 29
Fri.   3:00 p.m.

Our Years with Piers: A Tribute to Piers Sellers
Including: I saw how fragile and infinitely precious the world is
by Bruce Adolphe

composed in memory of Piers Sellers
for mezzo-soprano, cello, and recorded sounds
East Coast Premiere

Apr. 3
Joan Edwards
Williams College
Botanical Explosions: The Evolutionary Impact of Ultra-Fast Plants

Apr. 10
Nancy Connell
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
Global Catastrophic Biological Risk (GCBR)

Apr. 17
Steve Schwartz Brookhaven National Laboratory
How Long Does Anthropogenic CO2 Stay in the Atmosphere?
Apr. 24
Marco Ajello
Clemson University The Star-Formation History of the Universe

Apr. 26

Peter Brown University of Western Ontario
The Impact Hazard from Small Near-Earth Objects: Lessons from Chelyabinsk
May 1
Kathleen Bragdon
College of William and Mary
Native Americans and Anthropologists: A New Relationship

May 8
Michael Behrenfeld Oregon State University
The Wonderful World of the Plankton - A Tour from Biochemistry to Space

May 15

Gillen D'Arcy Wood
Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment
Tambora and the Year Without a Summer, 1816

May 22
Fred H. Smith Illinois State University Neandertals in Evolutionary Perspective
May 29
Scott Bolton
Southwest Research Institute
The New Jupiter Revealed by Juno

June 3
Mon.   Noon
B34 W150
David Brin

Opportunities, Danger, and Destiny in the Solar System ... and Beyond

June 5
Thomas Ackermann
University of Washington
Is There a Path Forward for Solar Climate Engineering?
June 12
No colloquium

The talk previously scheduled will be moved to the fall.

Other Information

Other Colloquia at Goddard

Scientific Colloquium Committee

Richard Barry
Jim Foster Robert Michell Some Past Committee Members
Mehdi Benna
George Huffman Alexander Pavlov
Pawan Bhartia
Anand Bhatia Diego Janches
Floyd Stecker Richard Ray
Peter Colarco Demos Kazanas Dave Thompson, Chair Ed Sittler

Alexander Marshak Kelsey Young
Melissa Trainer

Previous Schedules: Fall 1998, Spring 1999,Fall 1999, Spring 2000, Fall 2000, Spring 2001, Fall 2001, Spring 2002, Fall 2002, Spring 2003, Fall 2003,
Spring 2004, Fall 2004,  Spring 2005, Fall 2005, Spring 2006,  Fall 2006Spring 2007,  Fall 2007,  Spring 2008,  Fall 2008 Spring 2009 Fall 2009 Spring 2010 Fall 2010 Spring 2011 Fall 2011  Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013Fall 2013, Spring2014,  Fall2014Spring 2015,  Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017 Spring 2018, Fall 2018

Listing of Colloquium Speakers 1965-2018 (alphabetic by name)

Listing of Colloquium Speakers 1965-2018 (chronological)

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