Fall - Winter 2011-2012

The Fall-Winter series has ended.  Visit the current schedule HERE

All Colloquia will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Fridays 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) 286-0660 or by e-mail (click here), more than 48 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 most of our recent colloquia -- click on the V in the column to the right of the topic.  Due to speakers' authorizations, some videos are not playable outside Goddard.  Please note: connection speeds lower than 56 K may be able to handle only the audio portion of the transmission. Some videos are also available for 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
Sept. 30
Michael Flasar
Goddard Space Flight Center
Titan's Dynamic Atmosphere
Oct. 7
Erin McKean
Wordnik How to Make a Massively Multiplayer Dictionary
Co-sponsored by the IS&T Colloquium series
Oct. 14
J. Michael Duncan NASA Headquarters
The Chilean Miner Rescue: NASA's Experience
Oct. 21
Jon Miller University of Michigan
Galactic Black Holes V
Oct. 27
10:00 a.m.
Alden Myer Union of Concerned Scientists
Policy Responses to the Threat of Global Climate Change
Co-sponsored by the Exploring Leadership Colloquium series
Oct. 27
3:30 p.m.
Rashid Sunyaev Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics THE JOHN BAHCALL LECTURE
Hot Gas in Galaxy Clusters, the Cosmic Microwave Background, and Cosmology
Oct. 28
Building 8
Steven Chu
Secretary of Energy
How Innovation has Changed the World and Can Help Change it Again
Nov. 4
Richard Lenski Michigan State University
Evolutionary Dynamics in a 50,000 Generations Experiment with Bacteria V
Nov. 11
No Colloquium

Nov. 18
Sarah Horst
University of Colorado
Do the Building Blocks of Life Exist in Titan's Atmosphere: Lessons from the Lab
Nov. 25
No Colloquium

Dec. 2
Thomas Seeley Cornell University
Swarm Intelligence in Honey Bees
Co-Sponsored by the Engineering Colloquium series
Dec. 9
Vernon Ehlers U.S. House of Representatives (retired) Science in Congress
Dec. 16
Krishan Khurana
University of California, Los Angeles
Moon Magnetic Fields and Oceans V
Dec. 23, 30
Jan. 6, 2012
No Colloquia

Jan. 13
Harold Brooks NOAA/National Severe Storms Laboratory The Record Breaking 2011 Spring Tornado Season: Historic Perspectives and Challenges for the Future V
Jan. 20
Paul Hseih U.S. Geological Survey The Science Behind the Taming of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Jan. 27
No Colloquium

Feb. 3
David Smith Duke University Progress in Electromagnetic Metamaterials V
Feb. 10
Meg Urry Yale University The Interplay of Supermassive Black Hole Growth and Galaxy Evolution V
Feb. 17
Frank Hill
National Solar Observatory
Global Flows in the Sun and their Relationship to the
Activity Cycle


Other Information

Other Colloquia at Goddard

Scientific Colloquium Committee

Padi Boyd
Demos Kazanas
Ann Parsons
Dave Thompson, Chair
Scott Braun
Larry Kepko
Richard Ray
Randy Kimble, emeritus
Molly Brown
Hans Krimm
Ed Sittler
Michael Smith, emeritus
Jim Foster
Conor Nixon
Michelle Thaller George Sonneborn, emeritus

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

Listing of Colloquium Speakers 1965-2009 (alphabetic by name)

Listing of Colloquium Speakers 1965-2009 (chronological)

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