Meeting Information

Meeting Host:
The District of Columbia Space Grant Consortium - Contact

Meeting Chair:
Dr. Yervant Terzian (NY Space Grant Consortium) - Contact

Where:

The Sheraton Crystal City Hotel
1800 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202

Tel:
(703) 486-1111

Web:
Sheraton Crystal City Hotel Website

Sleeping Rooms:
Reserve your sleeping rooms at the Group Rate of $184.00 per night. Deadline to book sleeping rooms is Thursday, January 30, 2014. Reserve Now!

When:
Thursday, February 27th - Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Agenda
Agenda PDF Draft Version (Rev. E)

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Registration

Payment Types Accepted: Check, Visa, MasterCard, AmEx, and Discover
 
The meeting registration fee is: $460.00
 
Deadline to register is: February 17, 2014
 
Payment is due by no later than February 24, 2014
 
Late registration fee (after February 17, 2014): $560.00
 
NO refunds for cancellations or changes after February 17, 2014
 
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From BWI - Baltimore Washington International Airport
Take I-195 West. At exit 2B, take ramp right for SR-295 South / Baltimore Washington Pkwy South toward Washington. Take ramp right for US-50 West / New York Ave toward Washington. Turn left onto I-395 South. At exit 8C, take ramp left for US-1 South / Jefferson Davis Hwy toward Pentagon City / Alexandria / Crystal City. Arrive at US-1 South / Jefferson Davis Hwy on the right.

From DCA - Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Depart S Smith Blvd. Take ramp right and follow signs for George Washington Memorial Pkwy North / GW Pkwy North. Take ramp right for I-395 South / US-1 South / Henry G Shirley Memorial Hwy toward Richmond. At exit 8C, take ramp left for US-1 South / Jefferson Davis Hwy toward Pentagon City / Alexandria / Crystal City. Arrive at US-1 South / Jefferson Davis Hwy on the right.

From IAD - Dulles Airport
Depart Saarinen Circle toward Copilot Way. Bear right onto Copilot Way.Turn right onto Cargo Dr.Road name changes to Aviation Dr.Take ramp left for Dulles Airport Access Rd toward Washington. Take ramp right for SR-267 East / Dulles Toll Rd toward Richmond / Baltimore / Exit 18-19. At exit 19B, take ramp right for SR-123 North / Dolley Madison Blvd toward McLean.Take ramp right and follow signs for George Washington Memorial Pkwy South / GW Pkwy South. Take ramp right for I-395 South / US-1 South / Henry G Shirley Memorial Hwy toward Richmond. At exit 8C, take ramp left for US-1 South / Jefferson Davis Hwy toward Pentagon City / Alexandria / Crystal City. Arrive at US-1 South / Jefferson Davis Hwy on the right.

Metro Directions from Reagan National Airport

Board:
Take the Yellow Line in the direction of Mount Vernon Square.

Arrive:
Crystal City (first stop). Exit Metro Station, turn left, walk 100 feet, turn right, walk under overpass, hotel is on left.

Nearby Restaurants

Restaurant Website Cuisine Price
Athena Pallas
Visit Greek, European and Mediterranean
$$
Bonsai Grill Visit Japanese $$$
Cafe Italia Visit Italian $$$
Cantina Mexicana Visit Mexican $
Charlie Chiangs Visit Chinese $$
Crystal City Sports Pub Visit Pub food, Steakhouse, Burgers $$
Harar Mesob Visit Ethiopian/Eritrean $$
Jeleo Visit Tapas, Spanish and Wine Bar $$$$
King Street Blues Visit Southern/BBQ $$
Lebanese Taverna Visit Middle Eastern and Mediterranean $$
Legal Sea Foods Visit Seafood, American $$$
Ruth's Chris Visit Steak House $$$$
Top Thai Visit Thai $$


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Friday, February 28th from 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Welcome Networking Reception and Dinner with Keynote Speaker
Dr. John Grant

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The NASA Space Grant community is very pleased to announce that Dr. John Grant will be presenting on both Mars Rover Missions; MER Spirit & Opportunity and Curriosity.

About Dr. John Grant (Credit: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum)
Dr. John A. Grant, III joined the Smithsonian in the fall of 2000 as a Geologist at the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies at the National Air and Space Museum. He has been a member of the Science Team for the Mars Exploration Rovers since 2002 and is one of six Science Operations Working Group Chairs responsible for leading day-to-day science planning of the rovers which have been operating for more than five years on Mars. Dr. Grant also co-chaired the science community process for selecting the landing sites for the Spirit and Opportunity Rovers and is currently co-leading the process for selecting the landing site for the 2011 Mars Science Laboratory rover. He has been interested in Mars ever since reading Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles as a child.

Dr. Grant attended the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh and received his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in geology in 1982 and went on to earn a master’s and doctorate in geology at the University of Rhode Island (1986) and Brown University (1990), respectively. His dissertation focused on the degradation of meteorite impact craters on Earth and Mars and remains interested in understanding processes responsible for shaping planetary landscapes.

After a two-year position at NASA Headquarters, where he served as Program Scientist for the Mars Global Surveyor and now postponed Sample Return missions, Dr. Grant then accepted his current position at the Smithsonian Institution. Since 2001, he has also served as a Co-Investigator on the High Resolution Camera (HiRISE), which was flown on the 2005 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and is currently developing a ground-penetrating radar for possible future deployment on a Mars rover.

Dr. Grant also maintains a strong connection to the classroom and began as a lecturer at Brown University in 1990. Since then he has held several professorial posts at both Rhode Island College and SUNY College at Buffalo (New York), where he has served as Adjunct Associate Professor of Earth Science and Science Education since 2000. He has authored or contributed to numerous articles in many industry publications, including NASA’s Geomorphology and Science magazine.

Dr. John Grant's CV: view