Spring  2018

NEXT TALK:  April 18, Arthur Shapairo, Why Are We Surprised by Only Some of the Things We See? Optical Illusions, Contrast, and Harmonic Systems

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 2017Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2010Spring 2010Fall 2009, Spring 2009, 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. 28
Robin Canup
Southwest Research Institute
Origin of the Moon

Mar. 7
Rolando Garcia
National Center for Atmospheric Research
The Chicxulub Asteroid Impact and the K-Pg Extinction  V
Mar. 13  3:45
Garth Illingworth University of California, Santa Cruz THE JOHN BAHCALL LECTURE
Galaxies at Cosmic Dawn: Exploring the First Billion Years with Hubble and Spitzer - Implications for JWST
Co-sponsored by the Hubble Project and the Astrophysics Science Colloquium

Mar. 14
James Beasley
Savannah River Ecology Laboratory
Radioactive Wildlife:  The Secret Life of Animals in Chernobyl and Fukushima

Mar. 21

The talk by Jens Redemann will be re-scheduled.

Mar. 28 Sharon Hill
Lithospherica, LLC
Earthquake Lights: Are They Real?

Apr. 4
Tane Casserley
Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Heavy Metal on the High Seas: USS Monitor and the Wartime Shipwrecks off the Coast of North Carolina

Apr. 11
No Colloquium

The previously scheduled talk will be given in the fall series.

Apr. 18
Arthur Shapiro
American University
Why Are We Surprised by Only Some of the Things We See? Optical Illusions, Contrast, and Harmonic Systems

Apr. 25
Mark Perry Applied Physics Laboratory
Ring Rain and Tar Polluting Saturn: A New Understanding of the Interactions Between Saturn and Its Rings

May 1 3:45
Katherine Freese
University of Michigan
The Dark Matter in the Universe
Co-sponsored by the Astrophysics Science Colloquium

May 2
Scott Guzewich
Goddard Space Flight Center Swimming in Martian Lakes

May 9
Kirstin Petersen Cornell University
Designing Robot Collectives
Co-sponsored by the Engineering Colloquium

May 16
Kate Marvel
Columbia University
What Does Recent History Teach Us About Equilibrium Climate Sensitivity?

May 23

Alfred McEwen
University of Arizona
Are Martian Recurring Slope Lineae (RSL) Habitable?

May 30
Daniel Kadouri
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
Predatory Bacteria as Living Antibiotics

Jun. 6
Patrick McGovern
University of Pennsylvania
Ancient Brews Rediscovered and Re-created

Jun. 13
David Helfand
Columbia University
Surviving the Misinformation Age

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 Conor Nixon
Peter Colarco Demos Kazanas Dave Thompson, Chair Richard Ray

Alexander Marshak Melissa Trainer 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,  Fall 2014Spring 2015,  Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017

Listing of Colloquium Speakers 1965-2014 (alphabetic by name)

Listing of Colloquium Speakers 1965-2014 (chronological)

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