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thirst. Smithsonian Edition Genome: Unlocking Life's Code

July 18th, 2013 @ U St Music Hall

Carole Baldwin, PhD - Curator of Fishes, Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History

Dr. Carole Baldwin might look familiar to you if you’ve seen the Smithsonian 3-D IMAX film, Galapagos, for which she was a scientific advisor and on-air talent. She has published over 60 scientific articles, and her work includes the discovery of more than three dozen new species of fishes from Belize, Curacao, Tobago, Saba Bank, Australia, Cook Islands, El Salvador and the Galápagos Islands. Her current research is focused on re-analyzing species diversity of Caribbean reef fishes through a combination of genetic and traditional morphological investigation. Her submersible diving has taken her to depths of 1,000 feet, and in 2003 Carole was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame! She has devoted much time to sharing her experiences as a marine biologist with students and the general public and is a positive role model for females considering careers in science. Dr. Baldwin is senior author of One Fish, Two Fish, Crawfish, Bluefish -- The Smithsonian Sustainable Seafood Cookbook (Smithsonian Books, 2003), a marine conservation project featuring educational information and recipes from professional chefs for U.S. seafood species fished or farmed in an environmentally sound manner. More recently, Dr. Baldwin served as a curator of the Smithsonian’s popular Sant Ocean Hall. She is a Curator of Fishes at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, where she has worked since 1992.


William Pavan, PhD - Director, National Human Genome Research Institute Training Office, National Institutes of Health

Bill Pavan weaved his way through jobs in construction, veterinary health and dairy farming before obtaining his PhD in Physiology from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  After a stint at Princeton University he has been directing his own research laboratory at the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health.  His lab identifies genes that control coloration patterns in the animal kingdom (like the black and white patches seen in dairy cows) and investigates how these same genes are involved in human health and disease.


Anna Savage, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics

Anna is an avid field biologist from New Hampshire.  She received her B.A. from Amherst College in 2004 and her PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University in 2012. Currently she’s a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics where she studies frogs, genes and disease. Her research explores the role of the frog genome in determining chytridiomycosis outcomes in declining leopard frogs of the American southwest. Using a combination of field and laboratory approaches, she has found that genetic variation within the immune system is a significant predictor of chytridiomycosis susceptibility. Her ultimate goal is to understand genomic adaptation to disease and identify resistant genes in order to mitigate the impacts of this deadly pandemic.

 

Seán Brady, PhD - Research Entomologist, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History


Keisha Findley, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health

Keisha Findley is a Maryland native and microbiologist. She received her B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2000 and her Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology from Duke University in 2010. Since the fall of 2010, Keisha has been a Health Disparities Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Human Genome Research Institute studying fungi on skin. Specifically, her research project focuses on characterizing the fungal microbiome that is innate to healthy human skin. Her research is trans-disciplinary merging microbiology, genomics, and bioinformatics to uncover not only the fungal diversity on human skin but also bacterial. In addition to her research interests, Keisha also enjoys engaging and educating students at all levels and the public on the human microbiome.


Mallory Warner - Project Assistant, Smithsonian's National Museum of American History

Mallory Warner is a project assistant at the National Museum of American History.  She first fell for museum collections as an undergraduate, while cataloging Galapagos sea lion pathologies and preparing vole skeletons at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Zoological Museum. Since then she’s worked with collections ranging from human skeletal remains to WWII soldiers’ scrap books.  She studied anthropology and zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received her master’s in museum studies from George Washington University. Today, she focuses on collections related to the history of biotechnology and genetics, performing object research for exhibits and for web content as well as cataloging new accessions for NMAH’s Division of Medicine and Science. Her favorite object in the collection is the PCR robot.


Spring has Sprung!

May 16th, 2013 @ Black Whiskey

Jon ArroyoJon Arroyo — Chief Mixologist & Beverage Director, The Farm (@FarmFishBakeDC)

Jon Arroyo (@JonChiefMix) lives and breathes imbibing, from creating a successful bar program and proper mixology service, to training and creating unique bar menus. Starting his career in the acting world Jon, like most actors, spent a lot of time working in restaurants and bars. Ultimately Jon was pulled to his true passion of bartending through a winding road involving pairing a whiskey bar to smokey BBQ in Philadelphia and now at Founding Farmers (@FoundingFarmers) in Washington, DC.

 

Tim BaileyTim Bailey — CFO, Yuri's Night

Tim Bailey has perfected multi-axis zero gravity flips during 40+ hours spent working weightless across nearly 250 parabolic flights—the same kind used by NASA to train astronauts! Tim is also an occasional writer for the GeekDad blog, helps organize Yuri's Night--the annual World Space Party--and supports his pre-school daughter with her aspirations to be a princess and a paleontologist.

 

SM ShrakeSM Shrake — Founder of Story League

SM Shrake is known as the "hardest-working man in the story business." He is the founder of Story League, D.C.'s only storytelling competition. He has performed at Black Cat, DC Improv, Artisphere, Phillips Collection, Kennedy Center and many other Washington-area venues as well as in New York, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit, and Baltimore. Shrake has also been heard twice on This American Life and is a storyslam winner at The Moth and First Person Arts.

 

Kathryn VeronaKathryn Verona — Nerdette

Kathryn Verona is a nerdette living in Washington DC, currently working a 9-5 job and moonlighting as a card maker for local knitting stores. Her passion is learning new things, exploring the world ... & how to have fun at the same time! Kathryn believes in searching for the magic in every day. "Once you’ve trained your eye, you can’t help but delight in seeing the small & extraordinary things that surround us," she remarks. "Astrologically, I’m a Virgo. I hear that there is so much more to that, but I forget. I am a wood ox." All in all, Kathryn is developing her skills in preparation to be of best use to society for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

 

Darcy GentlemanDarcy Gentlemanthirst. Director of Speaker Preparation

Darcy J. Gentleman, Ph.D. (@drdarsci) is the Director of Speaker Preparation for @thirstdc. Trained as a chemist, he presently devotes many of his electrons to science communication efforts but reserves a few for amateur mixology. When not concocting stories inspired by Shakespeare and Faraday or titrating bitters, Darcy tries to keep himself in shape and cherishes time spent with his beloved human and their doggie.

 


thirst. 2013 Kickoff!

March 20th, 2013 @ U St. Music Hall

Steve DavisSteve Davis, PhD - Thirst for aerospace

have rocket can travel; have rocket factory can explore

Steve makes sure that the rockets travel straight into space, the capsule lands in the right spot in the ocean, and that SpaceX will be ready for a mission to Mars in the next 4 years. Rockets be damned, Steve is the owner of Mr. Yogato, a fun frozen yogurt store in Dupont Circle where customers can earn discounts in goofy ways, such as doing the Thriller dance, getting a stamp on their forehead, or reciting the Braveheart speech.

 

Eric SchulzeEric Schulze, PhD (@SciencEric) - Thirst for creativity

the Science of Creativity: Yep, you read that right.

Eric is a molecular biologist with a penchant for innovative communication, both visual and verbal. He is an expert on scientific communication, embryonic stem cells, and bacon. Mmm...bacon. He develops and teaches how to form creative communities using Science as well as efficient communication strategies for individuals and organizations alike. In DC, Eric quickly realized that people really need to re-learn how to learn. Eric specializes in teaching established scientific professionals how to reach younger, broader audiences with their research and novel messaging techniques. Eric applies his unique nerdery and communication skills to politicos, fashion designers, artists, and scientists every month on stage and off. He is also a freakishly tall Ginger.

 

Tom Di LibertoTom Di Liberto - Thirst for meteorology

respect to tha weatha forecasta! OR Weather underground – opinion. Weather above ground – science. OR 100% chance of utter fascination

So before you ask him, no he does not know what the weather will be like in your hometown in Nebraska, but yes he can tell you all about the current state of livestock conditions across Namibia. Tom was named America's first Science Idol in a competition sponsored by the National Science Foundation and held at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Tom was finally able to put his sarcasm and self-deprecation, developed over many years as the youngest son in a large Italian family, to the good use of educating others about the intricacies of weather. Tom works as a meteorologist with the Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS-NET) at the Climate Prediction Center in NOAA. With FEWS-NET, a joint program with US Agency for International Development (USAID), Tom monitors and forecasts weather and climate that could affect food security across Africa, Central America, Hispaniola, and Central Asia.

 

Joe Nadan[Featured Speaker] Joe Nadan - Thirst for innovation

like successful galactic wanderers, innovative ideas need a guide (and a towel)

Dr. Joseph Nadan, 2002 EMMY-award-winner for the Scientific and Technological Advancement of 16:9 HDTV, is on a quest to lead creative innovators into their own success using scientifically proven innovation processes. A self-styled “Innovation Sherpa”, Dr. Nadan knows of what he speaks, having also invented, innovated and/or worked on products and services including EZ Pass and the CDROM. He's since founded and runs the Executive Coaching and Mentoring Program at New York University Polytechnic Institute. When he's not guiding students and clients up the treacherous Inventors' Mountain, Dr. Nadan is also a Senior Editor of The International Journal of Innovation Science, a Senior Member of the IEEE and a co-founder and Member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Innovation Professionals.

 

The Clown PrinceThe Clown Prince - Thirst for beats

providing aural backdrop like a boss

patient 0801

 


thirst. Smithsonian Spooktacular!

October 25th, 2012 @ 915 f st NW (No Kings Collective)

Margaret WeitekampMargaret Weitekamp — Curator of Popular Culture in the Space History Division, National Air and Space Museum

From Star Wars to Buzz Lightyear, to the Coney Island Astroland star, Weitekamp curates the Museum's social and cultural dimensions of spaceflight collection, more than 4,000 artifacts that include space memorabilia and space science fiction objects. These everyday mementos of the space age – which include toys and games, clothing and stamps, medals and awards, buttons and pins, as well as comics and trading cards – complete the story about spaceflight told by the Museum's collection of space hardware and technologies.

 

Dr. Patrick RussellDr. Patrick RussellNational Air and Space Museum

Patrick works on Mars, kind of. He studies the geology of the red planet using remote sensing data from orbiting spacecraft. Earth is phenomenally awesome and complex - so why Mars? Like a planetary experiment run in the same lab with slightly different conditions and ingredients, Mars exhibits some tantalizingly Earth-like processes, but which have played out a lot differently, yielding a fresh perspective on how aspects of our own planet work. He mainly investigates the north polar water-ice cap and how active the surface of Mars is right now - stuff is falling, growing, shrinking, sliding, breaking, blowing, crashing, creeping, all the time, especially in response to seasonal cycles - even avalanches have been caught in the act. Patrick also drags a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) across terrestrial impact crater ejecta, lava flows, and volcanic cinders, in order to assess GPR's capabilities for geologic interpretation in environments that might one day be encountered with this technique on the Moon. Other than all that, he's a fairly down-to-Earth guy.

 

Dr. Lars KrutakDr. Lars Krutak — Tattoo Anthropologist, National Museum of Natural History

Anthropologist, photographer, and writer known for his research about tattoo and its cultural background. He produced and hosted the 10-part documentary series Tattoo Hunter on the Discovery Channel which traveled the indigenous world to showcase vanishing art forms of body modification. Today, he works in the Repatriation Office of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History as a case officer for Alaska.

 

Dr. Matt CarranoDr. Matt Carrano — Dinosaur Curator, National Museum of Natural History

Matthew Carrano studies dinosaur phylogeny, evolution, ecology, and functional morphology. His fieldwork has taken him to the Western Interior of North America, Chile, and Madagascar in search of new dinosaurs and the Mesozoic ecosystems of which they formed an important part. He is also studying the dinosaur fossil record in order to understand how it is affected by different biases, and is particularly interested in better sampling underrepresented regions and time periods. For phylogenetic and functional studies, he has conducted research in museum collections around the world, including England, France, Germany, Belgium, Argentina, Canada, Australia, and South Africa.

 

Cedric YehCedric Yeh — Deputy Chair, Division of Armed Forces History, National Museum of American History

Cedric Yeh is the Deputy Chair of the Division of Armed Forces History at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and chair of the museum's Asian Pacific American (APA) initiatives committee. His APA-related exhibits include: "Barriers to Bridges; Asian Immigration after the Exclusion," "Creating Hawai'i; Far from Paradise" and "Sweet & Sour; Chinese food and Restaurants in America." As the project head of the Sweet & Sour Initiative, Yeh is currently collecting objects that capture the story of Chinese food and restaurant culture in America. Additionally, in his time at the museum, Yeh has aided in the collection of Julia Child's kitchen, cleaned asbestos, and produced more than 25 public programs.

 

Rajshree SolankiRajshree Solanki — Loan Officer, National Museum of the American Indian

Since 2004, Rajshree Solanki has been the Registration Specialist for Loans at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Smithsonian Institution. Prior to this, she was the Assistant Move Coordinator for Registration for the move of collections at NMAI in Suitland, MD. Often, Rajshree has to explain that she is not a curator. Her experience includes art collection moves, loan and exhibition logistics, art storage, and auto-rickshaw driving. In her spare time, she is a volunteer blogger for the HomeSpun: Smithsonian Indian American Heritage Project.

 


thirst. One Year!

August 30th, 2012 @ U St. Music Hall

Marissa PayneMarissa Payne

Fourscore minus 75 years ago, Marissa Payne came to DC with two missions in mind: 1) to lead as many "USA" chants around the city as possible; and 2) to somehow get paid to write about lolcats. Thanks to her love of pro-wrestling and her full-time job at Scoutmob, she's successfully accomplished both. She deals art in her spare time. Seriously.

 

Victor RortvedtVictor Rortvedt

As a wee lad, Victor Rortvedt used to hum the Ultimate Warrior's entrance music while walking into school. Today, he hums it while walking into a courtroom. In his spare time, he's most likely re-reading Ulysses or re-writing a WWE storyline in his head. His last purchase from Amazon was a chainsaw, and yes, he hummed the Ultimate Warrior's entrance music when the package arrived.

 

Allison SosnaAllison Sosna (@ChefAlliSosna)

Chef Allison Sosna is kind of a badass. Correction: Chef Badass here is making DC and the country better by expanding access to healthy food for every child in the District through her own organization, Pine Benefit Corporation. Learning that feeding people is central to health and happiness began at American University for Chef Sosna, where she began her culinary training under Chef Geoff. Formally trained in the DC metro area, Chef Sosna is as comfortable in front of the camera as she is behind the knife (You can see her mug on the Food Network's Chopped and conversing with First Lady Michelle Obama). Her first social good project, Micro Greens, helps teach children how to cook healthy meals with a government-supplemented food budget, and her online radio show "Cooking with Alli" features Chef Badass teaching you more ways to prepare healthy meals in DC.

 

Jelani YorkerJelani Yorker (@DJYorker)

Jelani Yorker makes asses bounce. Have you ever tried to create a piece of music from scratch? No? Know who has? Mozart, Beethoven, and DJ Yorker. Yep. Spinning on his own since he was fifteen, and one of our current thirst. DJs, Jelani is quickly becoming the champion of dance music. Based in DC, DJ Yorker has apprenticed with world-famous DJ Tittsworth, the LA-based DJ noted for his mastery of moombahton, production skills, label-owner, and owner of the venerated U St Music Hall. A cultural polyglot, DJ Yorker is known for connecting food, ink, and learning in-and-around DC. With nothing but energy behind the wheels, Yorker's style can be described as rhythmically "Red Bull-on-an-eight-ball-bender" in nature, keeping the audience moving to sounds sampled from nature, from everyday life, and from the other artists. Yorker now creates, produces, and spins his own brand of ass-bouncing hotness, that keeps you nerds ready to learn here at thirst. and beyond.

 


thirst. ROMP!

July 28th, 2012 @ VeraCruz Gallery

Lauren WorleyLauren Worley (@spaceLauren)

Lauren Worley - Press Secretary, NASA/Badass Communication Expert - is known as an insightful, fearless communicator and a tireless champion of positive change. She moved to DC in September 2011, transitioning from communicating political messages to communicating the wonders of the universe as the Press Secretary at NASA. Lauren believes in asking why, lots of hard work and the power of a cup of coffee. As Press Secretary at NASA, Lauren collaborates with space advocates, NASA leaders across ten centers, journalists, policy makers and other dreamers to share NASA's vision for improving and benefitting human kind.

 

Karen ReillyKaren Reilly

Karen is an expert on Internet policy, spending her time in DC explaining how the Internet works to people with the power to break it. She works with people who want to stay safe online, whether they are going after criminals on behalf of their governments, going after the criminals who run their governments, or just regular people trying to preserve their privacy.

 

Hosan LeeHosan Lee

In 2011, Hosan Lee came to Washington DC to design and launch a nine week creative social experiment called Number 68 Project, which used the dinner party as a vehicle to bring people together and engage with one another beyond the chit chat. TableTribes was founded out of these results. Under the umbrella of Xuntora Labs, TableTribes is a consumer internet company that scales this aspirational desire to meet like-minded people within the framework of food and drink, and promotes authentic relationship building by empowering people to engage with others around them on a day-to-day basis.

 

Benjamin CoreyBenjamin Corey

Benjamin Corey - The Meeting Illusionist - offers a variety of illusions and entertainment experiences designed to produce the most creative, innovative, and captivating entertainment experience around. His programs are fully customizable for corporations and associations of all sizes, and can incorporate event themes and messaging to meet event objectives, all the while wowing guests with top quality magic and illusions.

 

 


thirst. Main Event

May 31st, 2012 @ The Bier Baron DC

Simon OwensSimon Owens - Why introverts are more extroverted than you think, broken down thirst-style

Simon Owens is an assistant managing editor at U.S. News & World Report. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Harvard University's Nieman Lab, and Forbes. More importantly, he has 4,820 Karma points on Reddit.

 

 

Kate WarrenKate Warren - DC style maven, WW Club co-founder, and photog hotness will toss you around, pull your hair, and use you, in a good way.

Challenging ideas of left and right brain balance, Kate Warren is equal parts entrepreneur, policy wonk, and artist. Kate moved to Washington 11 months ago to work as a strategy consultant for a health policy firm, and developed her style photography business GoKateShoot in response to the popularity of her critically acclaimed style photography blog, GoKateShoot.com. Kate photographs for the Corcoran Gallery + School of Art, Washingtonian Magazine, and DC Modern Luxury. Her work has been featured by the New York Times, Washington Post, and Armani Frames of Your Life campaign. She is also one of the two founders of the WW Club, a pop-up style speakeasy meant to facilitate discussion around fashion in the District.

 

Dr. Matthew FrancisDr. Matthew Francis - Veteran thirst speaker Matthew Francis, will wrap up his mini-series on the universe. The multiverse, need we say more?

Matthew Francis is a physicist, science writer, former college professor, ex-planetarium director, occasional musician, and frequent wearer of jaunty hats. He blogs about science and science communication at Galileo's Pendulum, and regularly for uber tech blog Ars Technica. Matthew's work can be also seen on Wired Science, Scientific American Blogs, Culture of Science, and the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast. You can't get him to shut up when he starts talking about how complex ideas in science can be understood by anyone.  @drMRfrancis

 


thirst. Smithsonian Edition

April 26th, 2012 @ The Bier Baron DC

Dr. Christopher MahDr. Christopher Mah - National Museum of Natural History

Dr. Christopher Mah is a Research Collaborator in the Invertebrate Zoology Department, and an expert on sea stars. He can give the correct name (common and scientific) of a sea star just by looking at a picture from an iPhone. He has studies the family, Asteroidea, in Hawaii, the Bahamas, and the North Pacific. He has even studied sea stars as far south as Antarctica, where he was a NSF Office of Polar Programs appointee for the study of brooding sea stars. He studies the taxonomy, biodiversity, evolution, reproduction, systematics, and almost every other aspect of sea stars. He is also interested in other echinoderms, such as sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and sand dollars. Dr. Mah is responsible for Echinoblog, which gives up to date pictures and descriptions of his research to the public.

 

Dr. Chris MeyerDr. Chris Meyer - National Museum of Natural History

Dr. Chris Meyer's research interests include Marine speciation, diversification, biogeography and phylogeography, as well as the history, assembly and maintenance of tropical reef communities and DNA Barcoding. That’s in addition to Phylogeny and Systematics of Cypraeidae, Conus, and other diverse, reef-associated gastropod groups.

He is currently the director of The Moorea Biocode Project which aims to create the first comprehensive inventory of all non-microbial life in a complex tropical ecosystem. The Moorea Biocode Project is sending researchers climbing up jagged peaks, trekking through lush forests and diving down to coral reefs to sample the French Polynesian island's animal and plant life. A library of genetic markers and physical identifiers for every species of plant, animal and fungi on the island is being constructed. This database will be publicly available as a resource for ecologists and evolutionary biologists around the world.

 

Shannon Thomas PerichShannon Thomas Perich - National Museum of American History

Shannon is the Associate Curator of the Photographic History Collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Her research specialties include: the history of photography, vernacular and snapshot photograph, William Henry Fox Talbot, Richard Avedon, and the history of digital photographs. Her current projects include:

  • Exhibition: Honky Tonk photographs by Henry Horenstein, 1972–1982 (opening spring 2005). Photography exhibition featuring the work of Henry Horenstein's look at country music. Photographs include country music icons, but also the relationship between fans and performers and the venues where they meet.
  • Research: The Famous Photographer's School, a international correspondence school from the mid 1960s-the mid 1970s.

 

Dr. William (Larry) Bird, Jr.Dr. William (Larry) Bird, Jr. - National Museum of American History

William Lawrence (Larry) Bird, Jr. is a curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, Division of Politics & Reform.

Since 1984, Bird has been traveling on behalf of the National Museum of American History to political conventions to collect campaign memorabilia—banners, buttons, posters and other unique items, an activity that has expanded the museum's Political History Collection to approximately 90,000 objects. The Political History Collection includes a wealth of material related to presidential history and political campaigning, as well as White House and First Ladies History, civil rights, women's suffrage and reform movements, World War home front, and labor history.

 

Dr. Patrick RussellDr. Patrick Russell - National Air and Space Museum

Dr. Russell has been at the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies since 2009. His current, main research areas include Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) studies of terrestrial lunar analog sites and remote sensing studies of Mars. Work in association with NASA's Lunar Science Institute seeks to assess GPR capabilities and science at terrestrial sites at which geologic processes, settings, and/or materials are similar to those that may be encountered on the moon, e.g., lava flows, impact-crater ejecta, and layered materials with varying properties; results have implications towards framing tractable scientific questions in lunar mission development and aiding in interpretation of future returned data. Mars research focuses on surface and polar geologic processes and the activity and modeling of surface volatiles (H2O and CO2). Patrick has been working with the HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, currently operating in orbit around Mars on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter) team since 2005, involved in data analysis, science planning and targeting operations, and radiometric calibration.

 

Craig Saffoe Craig Saffoe - National Zoo

Smithsonian biologist Craig Saffoe has been a dedicated leader in the conservation and understanding of large cat species for decades. In the wild, cheetahs have low genetic variation and they are notoriously hard to breed in captivity. One of the most exciting results of Saffoe's work occurred in November 2004 when a National Zoo cheetah gave birth to the zoo’s first-ever litter of cheetah cubs. A second litter was born to another Zoo cheetah in April 2005. His successful efforts in breeding these cheetahs also helped scientists further their understanding of cheetah reproduction.

Saffoe now spends much of his time with even bigger cats—Sumatran tigers and African lions. He leads his team in much more than the daily care of these animals. There is still much to learn about these species and Saffoe takes every opportunity to further our understanding of their behavior, reproduction, and nutritional needs. This knowledge will not only benefit large cats in captivity, but the more we understand about each species, the better equipped we are to conserve them in the wild.


thirst. Main Event

February 9th, 2012 @ The Bier Baron DC

Benjamin KeepBenjamin Keep - thirst for knowledge

Ben studies how communities of non-scientists grapple with the findings and controversies of modern science. Using his "forensic attorney tricks," he has negotiated the uncomfortable space between scientific inquiry, legal reasoning, and common sense defending the indigent in D.C. He does not watch CSI. He will talk about what's going to happen tomorrow, when science proves you wrong.

 

Steve DavisSteve Davis, PhD - thirst for the frozen (space or otherwise)

 

Steve makes sure that the rockets travel straight into space, the capsule lands in the right spot in the ocean, and that SpaceX will be ready for a mission to Mars in the next 4 years. Rockets be damned, Steve is the owner of Mr. Yogato, a fun frozen yogurt store in Dupont Circle where customers can earn discounts in goofy ways, such as doing the Thriller dance, getting a stamp on their forehead, or reciting the Braveheart speech.

 

Matthew FrancisMatthew Francis, PhD - thirst for the universe

 

Matthew Francis is a physicist, science writer, former college professor, ex-planetarium director, occasional musician, and frequent wearer of jaunty hats. He blogs about science and science communication at Galileo's Pendulum, and regularly for uber tech blog Ars Technica. Matthew's work can be also seen on Wired Science, Scientific American Blogs, Culture of Science, and the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast. You can't get him to shut up when he starts talking about how complex ideas in science can be understood by anyone.  @drMRfrancis

 

Chris MooneyChris Mooney - thirst for communication

 

Chris is the one of the world's foremost experts on science communication. Young, brash, and confident, he has
written several best-selling books such as Un-scientific America and The Republican War on Science, and he is a
prolific blogger at Science Progress Action (The Intersection). Chris' ideas are provoking, inciting scientists to improve
how they communicate and the research behind how the public responds to scientific discovery.  @chrismooney_

 


 

thirst. Main Event

Nov. 10th, 2011 @ The Bier Baron DC


Matthew FrancisMatthew Francis, PhD - thirst for the universe

Matthew Francis is a physicist, science writer, former college professor, ex-planetarium director, occasional musician, and frequent wearer of jaunty hats. He blogs about science and science communication at Galileo's Pendulum, and has also written for Scientific American Blogs, Culture of Science, and the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast. You can't get him to shut up when he starts talking about how complex ideas in science can be understood by anyone.

 

Chris MooneyChris Mooney - thirst for communication

Chris is the one of the world's foremost experts on science communication. Young, brash, and confident, he has
written several best-selling books such as Un-scientific America and The Republican War on Science, and he is a
prolific blogger at Science Progress Action (The Intersection). Chris' ideas are provoking, inciting scientists to improve
how they communicate and the research behind how the public responds to scientific discovery.


Marcus DowlingMarcus Dowling - thirst for information

A native Washingtonian with a voracious appetite for music and trending popular culture, Marcus Dowling is one of Washington, DC's rising freelance journalists. Sitting comfortably at the confluence of the underground and mainstream, Marcus uses an evocative writing style to advocate for spotlight worthy ideas and sounds. His present schedule includes writing for the Washington City Paper, DC cultural megablog Brightest Young Things, the Pink Line Project, leading urban alternative site The Couch Sessions and working as editor-in-chief of the official site for US electronic dance music's quickest rising new sound, moombahton.com. A history buff doubling as a perpetual early adopter of cultural progressions, Marcus' viewpoint involves viewing an issue from what is a rare and/or unexplored side of the prism of opinion.


Joseph MeyerowitzJoseph Meyerowitz - thirst for engineering

Joseph T. Meyerowitz has blazed a zigzagging path across academia, industry, and government, touching ground everywhere from NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers to the White House and beyond. Now, as a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow at Caltech in Pasadena, California, he works on synthetic biology, bringing everything from graph theory to evolution to bear on some of the biggest problems facing us today. His urges to communicate science to everyone in sight are often satisfied through the monthly, nerdy destination, Mindshare LA, where he helps cultivate and select speakers for each event, soon to be supplemented by Thirst DC.

 

DJ Dianamatic - thirst for records

Dianamatic masquerades as a software developer by day and has worked on everything from robots to radar to adaptive information retrieval systems. In real life, however, her mission is to logically prove beyond a doubt that the future is already passé, at least when it comes to music. Each set consists of a fresh-to-death mix of girl groups, garage punk, rockabilly, yé-yé and random exotica, all guaranteed to put more static in your attic. Check out her radio show going strong since 2004 on DC's own Radio CPR 97.5FM, or stop by her monthly dj nights: Noisegate (Dodge City 11/13) and Modern World (Black Cat 11/25).

 


thirst. Main Event

Oct. 13th, 2011 @ The Bier Baron DC

Simon OwensFeatured Speaker: Simon Owens - thirst for messages - watch the talk now!

Asked what he does for a living, Simon Owens often responds that he's a journalist who subsidizes his journalism with PR. As Director of PR of JESS3, he has driven millions of pageviews to client projects, securing thousands of media hits from major news outlets. As a journalist, his writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Harvard's Nieman Lab, Forbes, PBS' MediaShift, and The Next Web. He contends that his experience as a reporter constantly being bothered by PR flaks has made him slightly less annoying when he's pitching other journalists.


Karen ReillyKaren Reilly - thirst for information - watch the talk now!

Karen is an expert on Internet policy, spending her time in DC explaining how the Internet works to people with the power to break it. She works with people who want to stay safe online, whether they are going after criminals on behalf of their governments, going after the criminals who run their governments, or just regular people trying to preserve their privacy. She will be talking about the parts of the Internet that are hidden or just harder to reach, and why Orwell was an optimist.

 

Danielle RicksDanielle Ricks - thirst for technology - watch the talk now!

Danielle Ricks is a longtime story-teller and mass communicator. Working as Social Media Specialist for social change, Danielle likes to connect the dots and connect people. She’s enjoyed a long career in broadcast television producing for BET, ABC, CBS and the Gayle King Show... you know... Oprah’s best friend. She spent several years working at the happiest place on earth as an Entertainment Producer and she left the working for the Mouse at Walt Disney World, she returned to DC, the town that she loves. And all this experience has taught her a thing or two about how the virtual world has changed how we feel attraction to people. When’s she’s not tweeting, blogging, or posting in one of her 65 sites, she can be found biking all over DC taking in the sites and observing human behavior... her favorite past-time.

 

Amos SneadAmos Snead - thirst for communication - watch the talk now!

Amos Snead is a nerdy jack-of-all trades, with a serious love for DC and its multi-faceted culture. From politics to blogging to college football, Amos crafts messages that capture the oft-hilarious side of DC. Via his must-read blog, FamousDC, Amos informs the Beltway denizens about the daily tomfoolery that comprises the nation's capital.

 


thirst. Inagural Event

August 25th, 2011 @ The Bier Baron DC

Chris Mooney

Featured Speaker: Chris Mooneythirst for communication - watch the talk now!

Chris is the one of the world's foremost experts on science communication. Young, brash, and confident, he has
written several best-selling books such as Un-scientific America and The Republican War on Science, and he is a
prolific blogger at Discover magazine (The Intersection). Chris' ideas are provoking, inciting scientists to improve
how they communicate and the research behind how the public responds to scientific discovery.

 

Melissa Pierce
Melissa Pierce - thirst for technology - watch the talk now!

Star and creator of the award-winning series Life in Perpetual Beta Project, Melissa goes around the world interviewing people about how technology has drastically changed our world. She will be discussing the top 5 counter-intuitive aspects of technological advance that have shaped our modern world. Her insights will challenge how you view the technology you use everyday and how that technology impacts society as a whole.

 

Briana Pobiner

Briana Pobiner - thirst for biology - watch the talk now!

Briana is a rockstar paleoanthropologist at the Smithsonian Institution's Human Origins Program. She's an
excellent science communicator dedicated to understanding how we humans came to eat meat. Fresh off her
research trip to Africa, Briana expertise is in primitive human diet, specifically the shift from veggies to meat.
Mmmm..meat. She will be talking about what one significant technological shift hundreds of thousands of years
ago changed the way we eat, and how humans may be shifting their diets again in ways our ancestors could have
only imagined.

 

Daniel Alexander

Daniel Alexander - thirst for weather - watch the talk now!

Co-founder of WeatherAlpha and meteorological marketing expert, Daniel and his partners have developed software that uses real-time weather information to streamline digital advertising. A man obsessed with weather, Daniel applies his training in probabilistic modeling and quantitative analysis to the impact of weather on psychology and consumer behavior. Daniel will be speaking about how the many moods of the atmosphere subtly influence your decisions in ways you may not have considered.

 

Shauna Dillavou

Shauna Dillavou - thirst for film - watch the talk now!

Globetrotter, idea-machine, and plan-hatcher, Shauna is always off to the next adventure, whether studying
political tolerance among art colonies in Beijing, China, volunteering at micro-finance organizations in Oaxaca,
Mexico, or driving cross-country to film a documentary on finding her namesake. When not on the road, she does
research on foreign affairs issues, teaches yoga, and works in classes of many stripes, such as knitting, Chinese,
or floral arrangement. Shauna stars in the documentary detailing her trek around the world to track down her
namesake (The woman who won Wheel of Fortune the week of her birth). She is going to be speaking about social
media as a reluctant tool in the global search for her namesake.

 

DJ Neekola

DJ Neekola - thirst for music - watch the talk now!

DJ Neekola, our-internationally known electronic dance music DJ, is speaking very briefly about her nerd-ness
and her love of music. You can listen to her amazing set all night while you chat up the hottie standing next to you.
Check out her new record label, Nom Nom Records, to hear other awesome electronic dance music artists.