Spring 2020

DUE TO COVID-19, THE SCIENTIFIC COLLOQUIUM IS CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: TALKS IN THE GODDARD SCIENTIFIC COLLOQUIUM SERIES REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF THE SPEAKERS.  THEY ARE NOT OFFICIAL GODDARD OR NASA POLICIES.

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 2019, Spring 2019, 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. 26
Adam McKay
American University and Goddard Space Flight Center
The Composition of Interstellar Comet 2I/Borisov: Insights into Planet Formation in Other Planetary Systems

Mar. 4
David Brain
University of Colorado Boulder
Do Habitable Planets Require Magnetic Fields?

Mar. 11
Chuntao Liu
Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
Count Storms from Space - A Perspective from NASA Precipitation Measurement Mission

Mar. 18
Robert Rogers
NOAA/Hurricane Research Division
NOAA's Intensity Forecasting Experiment: Past, Present, and Future

Mar. 25
Kimberly Griffin
University of Maryland
Understanding and Improving our Developmental Relationships
THIS TALK HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FALL

Apr. 1 Nour Raouafi
Applied Physics Laboratory
Parker Solar Probe: Breaking New Barriers in Space Exploration

Apr. 3
FRIDAY
Ralph Kahn Goddard Space Flight Center
THE WILLIAM NORDBERG MEMORIAL LECTURE
Smoke Gets in Your Optics - The Airborne Particles We See from Space

Apr. 8 Fred Adams
University of Michigan
The Degree of Fine-Tuning in our Universe

Apr. 15
David Leckrone
Goddard Space Flight Center
THE JOHN BAHCALL LECTURE
Hubble Space Telescope: 30 Years of Discovery

Apr. 22
Helen James
Smithsonian Institution
Passenger Pigeon Extinction

Apr. 29
Ashwin Vasavada Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Mars as an Abode for Life: Advances from Seven Years of Exploration by the Curiosity Rover

May 6
Robert DePalma and David Burnham
University of Kansas The Day the Dinosaurs Died

May 13
Linda Spilker Jet Propulsion Laboratory Surprises in the Saturn System: Cassini-Huygens Science Highlights

May 20
John Knox
University of Georgia
The Evolution of Tornado Debris Research

May 27
Jens Redemann University of Oklahoma
The Oracles Project

Jun. 3
Peter Shawhan
University of Maryland
LIGO Results on Gravitational Radiation

Jun. 10
James Burch
Southwest Research Institute
Magnetic Reconnection:  Explosive Energy Conversion in Space Plasmas



Other Information

Other Colloquia at Goddard

Scientific Colloquium Committee

Mehdi Benna
Ruth Lieberman
Floyd Stecker
Some Past Committee Members
Anand Bhatia
Alexander Marshak
Dave Thompson, Chair
Pawan Bhartia
Jim Foster
Robert Michell
Kelsey Young
Peter Colarco
Diego Janches
Alexander Pavlov
Dot Zukor
George Huffman
Demos Kazanas


Ed Sittler

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, Spring 2019, Fall 2019

Listing of Colloquium Speakers 1965-2019 (alphabetic by name)

Listing of Colloquium Speakers 1965-2019 (chronological)

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