Spring 2017 Lecture Series

*Tentative Titles
Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 Sponsor
The Policy Studies Organization with The American Public University
Date Description
January 20, 2017

Eliminating the Third Largest Cause of Death
How Transparency Can Disrupt the Medical Care Industry and Change it for the Better

Martin A. Makary

  • Surgical Director, Multidisciplinary Pancreatitis Ctr.,
    The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Professor of Health Policy and Management, Center for Global Health,
    The Johns Hopkins University
Abstract | Minutes | Video
February 10, 2017

After the James Webb Space Telescope
In-Space Assembly of Very Large Space-Based Observatories

John M. Grunsfeld

  • Astronaut and Former Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Abstract | Minutes | Video
February 24, 2017

The Next Space Race
Opening Space to All

Bretton Alexander

  • Director, Business Development & Strategy
  • Blue Origin
Abstract | Minutes | Video
March 10, 2017

Saving the Past
The Quest to Combat Cultural Racketeering

Deborah Lehr

  • Founder and Chairman of the Antiquities Coalition
Abstract | Minutes | Video
March 24, 2017

Biological Collections
From Dark Data to a Global, Accessible Digital Resource Documenting Life on Earth

Reed Beaman

  • Program Director
  • Division of Biological Infrastructure
  • Directorate for Biological Sciences
  • National Science Foundation
Abstract | Minutes | Video
April 7, 2017

Our Blue Planet from the Vantage Point of Space
The View from Remote Sensing Satellites

Eric J. Lindstrom

  • Program Scientist, Physical Oceanography
  • Earth Science Division
  • NASA Science Mission Directorate
Abstract | Minutes | Video
April 28, 2017

The Mosquito, Synthetic Biology, CRISPR, and Malaria
Using Gene Modification and Gene Drive to Eradicate a Disease

Anthony A. James

  • Distinguished Professor
  • Dept's of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry,
  • University of California - Irvine
Abstract | Minutes | Video
May 12, 2017

The 86th Joseph Henry Lecture

Exoplanets and the Search for Life
An Exploration in Four Lectures


Mark Clampin
Deputy Director, Sciences & Exploration Directorate
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

A Universe of Exoplanets - The Discovery of Habitable Worlds

Debra Fischer
Professor of Astronomy
Yale University

Exploring the TRAPPIST System  with Hubble and the JWST

Hannah Wakeford
NASA postdoctoral Fellow
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

"Are we alone?" - Turning Speculation into Science and Testable Hypotheses

Shawn Domagal Goldman
Research Space Scientist
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Finding Earth 2.0 - Extraordinary Tools to Expanding the Search Space

Aki Roberge
Research Astrophysicist
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Abstract | Minutes | Video

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