Meeting Information

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

Meeting Chair:
Stephen Ruffin (GA Space Grant Consortium) - Contact


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

(703) 486-1111

Westin Crystal City Hotel Website

Sleeping Rooms:
Reserve your sleeping rooms at the Group Rate of $194.00 per night. Deadline to book sleeping rooms is Thursday, February 4, 2016. Reserve Now!

Thursday, March 3 - Saturday, March 5, 2016

Agenda PDF Draft Version (Rev. C)



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The meeting registration fee is: $470.00
Deadline to register is: February 22, 2016
Payment is due by no later than February 25, 2016
Late registration fee (after February 22, 2016): $570.00
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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

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

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

Nearby Restaurants
For a complete listing of all 83 nearby restaurants, click here

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

Current Weather Conditions

Washington, D.C., weather forecast



The NASA Space Grant community is very pleased to announce that Dr. Bill Nye has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 National Space Grant Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Nye will be accepting the Award in person. To purchase individual tickets, or to sponsor a table of 8, please contact Eric Day.

About Bill Nye "The Science Guy"
American science educator William Sanford Nye, better known as Bill Nye "The Science Guy," was born in Washington, D.C., on November 27, 1955, to Jacqueline and Edwin Darby Nye. Brilliant in math and science, Nye's mother was recruited to become a codebreaker during World War II. His father was held in a Japanese prisoner of war camp, where he had no electricity, for four years: The experience made Edwin Nye a sundial enthusiast, and later, his son would become one himself.

After attending the private Sidwell Friends School, Nye enrolled at Cornell University, where he studied mechanical engineering. Upon earning his Bachelor of Science degree, Nye went on to begin his career at The Boeing Company in Seattle, where he would live for many years. Nye developed a hydraulic pressure resonance suppressor that is still used in the Boeing 747.

Entertainment Career
Nye got his start in comedy after winning a Steve Martin look-alike contest, and went on to work as an engineer by day and a stand-up comic by night. He eventually quit his day job and became a comedy writer and performer on the show Almost Live. It was there that he earned the nickname "The Science Guy."

Soon after, Seattle's PBS KCTS-TV produced the show Bill Nye the Science Guy, an educational television program that aired from September 10, 1993, to June 20, 1998. Nye hosted the show, which aimed to teach science to a preteen audience: Each of the show's 100 episodes focused on a specific topic. The show is often used in schools as an educational tool. Over its five-year run, the show won 19 Emmy Awards; Nye personally received seven Emmys, for writing, performing, and producing.

After the show ended, Nye went on to work on other television shows, including The Eyes of Nye, a science show aimed at an older audience, and the Planet Green Network's Stuff Happens program. He also hosted the 100 Greatest Discoveries show, and appears in videos for several attractions at Walt Disney World and Epcot, including one with Ellen DeGeneres.

Additionally, Nye has played a science teacher in a Disney movie and on the television crime drama Numb3rs. He has been a guest in segments of several other shows, including The Weather Channel and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Nye also appeared on Larry King Live several times to talk about global warming—a favorite subject of his—and space exploration. In 2013, Nye took on a different type of television role. He joined the cast of celebrity contestants on the popular competition Dancing with the Stars.

In addition to his acting and guest appearances, Nye has written several children's books about science. In 2015 he published Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World.

Science and Space
When Nye isn't acting, making TV and film appearances or writing, he is working as a scientist. In the early 2000s, he helped develop sundials that were used in the Mars Exploration Rover missions. From 2005 to 2010, he served as vice president and then as second executive director of The Planetary Society, one of the largest space-interest groups in the world.

Nye became the face of a "Bill Nye's Climate Lab," a permanent exhibition at the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, California. He is also a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, a nonprofit scientific and educational organization that aims to promote scientific inquiry and critical investigation: Nye has said that he is concerned about scientific illiteracy and wants to help teach the use of reason in examining controversial and extraordinary claims.

In 2012, Nye made headlines after speaking out against the denial of evolution. In a YouTube clip posted online on August 23, 2012, Nye said the denial of evolution in the United States is generally unique to rest of the world's advanced nations. "People still move to the United States, and that's largely became of the intellectual capital we have, the general understanding of science," Nye said in the clip. "When you have a portion of the population that doesn't believe in that, it holds everybody back."

For several years, Nye served as Frank H. T. Rhodes Visiting Professor at Cornell. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Goucher College and Johns Hopkins.

About the National Space Grant  Distinguished Service Award
The National Space Grant Distinguished Service Award was established to recognize individuals whose life and career have had a long lasting impact in a science, engineering or education field that is related to aeronautic, aviation, or space endeavors. The inaugural award was presented in 2003 to former Senator and Secretary of the Treasury Lloyd M. Bentsen for his visionary work in creating the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Act.

Past Recipients of the
National Space Grant Distinguished Service Award

Lloyd Bentsen, James Van Allen, Peter Diamandis, John Glenn, John Young,
Leon Lederman, Vera Rubin, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sally Ride, Julius Dasch, and Ellen Ochoa

About the Mega Planet Award Artist
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