Washington DC Stanford Association Newsletter


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WDCSA Faculty Speaker Series
Stanford Professor Bruce Macintosh: Emerging Pictures of Distant Worlds
Tuesday, June 5 6:30-8 pm
St. Albans School, (Activities Building, Manger Trophy Room)
3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Join WDCSA for an evening with Stanford Astrophysicist Bruce Macintosh.

In less than two decades, more than two thousand planets have been discovered orbiting other stars. Professor Macintosh will discuss these discoveries and the vast diversity of systems they have revealed, with a particular focus on imaging – using advanced telescopes and instruments to see the light from the planet directly, allowing us to measure their composition and nature. He will also look toward the future where space-based telescopes with similar technology or giant light-blocking star shades may someday measure the atmosphere of an Earth twin. Bruce Macintosh is a professor of physics at Stanford’s Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology. As principal investigator of the Gemini Planet Imager, he uses an advanced adaptive optics planet-finder for the Gemini South telescope to image extrasolar planets orbiting nearby stars.

Professor Macintosh co-led the team that made the first-ever images of an extrasolar planetary system, discovering four giant planets orbiting the young star HR8799. Additionally, he employs adaptive optics technology to control light and explores other approaches to studying extrasolar planets.

Registration for the event is available at https://alumni.stanford.edu/goto/event26893. Please contact Kevin Coyne at kevin.coyne@stanfordalumni.org with any questions.

Ivy Singles at the Hyatt House at the DC Wharf
725 Wharf Street, SW (intersection of Wharf St and Blair alley, just off Maine Avenue)
Thursday, June 14 6:30-9pm

The Yale Club of Washington, DC invites you to the H Bar at Hyatt House at the DC Wharf to join other single alumni and friends for drinks and a light buffet!   

Metro directions: Take 52 Bus to the Wharf and walk a block south to Blair and then East to Wharf St. Or take any metro train to L'Enfant Plaza and get the free shuttle to the Wharf.
Parking directions:  See Hyatt House suggestions here.   Limited street parking available. 

To prepay online:   $22 (includes processing fee) at https://ycwd.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_254740

To prepay by check: note your school on the check, make your check for $22 payable to “Yale Club of Washington, DC,” and mail it to Yale Club of Washington, DC, 4200 Wisconsin Ave NW #106-270, Washington, DC 20016.  Advance registration checks must be received by June 12th.

Walk-ins are welcome for $30.  To minimize lines at check in, please email your intention to walk-in to Robert Cole at yaleclubdc@aol.com with your name and school.

SchiffMeet Congressman Adam Schiff '82
Wednesday, June 20 6:30-8:30 pm
Stanford in Washington - Distance Learning Center
2661 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

(Convenient entry is available through the SIW Art Gallery, 2655 Connecticut Avenue until 7 pm) Join WDCSA for a conversation with Congressman Adam Schiff, who is serving his 9th term in the House of Representatives representing California’s 28th Congressional District.

Congressman Schiff is the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and a Member of the Benghazi Select Committee. He co-founded and chairs the Congressional Caucus for Freedom of the Press - a bipartisan, bicameral caucus that aims to advance press freedom around the world. Adam also founded and co-chairs the International Creativity and Theft-Prevention Caucus and is a strong proponent of science and American leadership in space exploration.

Prior to serving in the House of Representatives, Congressman Schiff served as the State Senator for California's 21st State Senate District, and as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles. A member of the Stanford University Class of 1982, Adam also received a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1985.

The evening's host and moderator will be Pete Williams '74, long time reporter for NBC News, who has covered the Justice Department and the U.S. Supreme Court since 1993. Pete served as a press official on Capitol Hill for many years before joining Congressman Dick Cheney as press secretary and a legislative assistant and, when Cheney was named Secretary of Defense, serving as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. While in that position, Pete was named Government Communicator of the Year in 1991 by the National Association of Government Communicators.

Registration for this evening's event will be $25 for WDCSA members and guests, $35 for nonmembers. Light refreshments will be served. Sign up for this special event here:

Questions? Contact Risa Shimoda at risa@theshimodagroup.com or 301-502-6548.

Boomers to Busters Rooftop Soiree
Friday, June 22 6-8:30 pm
1730 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Enjoy the latest sunset of the year on a private rooftop taking in one of the most exquisite views anywhere in Washington: an unobstructed southern panoramic view encompassing the Jefferson and Washington Memorials, White House and the Capitol. Relax with people who took test run off of mimeograph machines.

Light dinner buffet of sandwiches and salads, and soft drinks included with registration fee. Cash bar available (no credit cards) for wine and beer.

Early bird registration is $35 until June 11th; then regular registration is $40 until June 18th; after that late registration is $50. To register, visit:

For more information about BtoB: https://dc.uchicagoalumni.org/boomerstobusters.
If you have questions, contact boomerstobusters@gmail.com.

Ivy/ Seven Sisters Chess Social
Monday, June 25 6:45-9 pm
James Hoban's, 1 DuPont Cir NW, Washington, DC

Join IVY/Seven Sisters alumni for a chess social for players of all levels and ages.

Advance registration for player / observer: $12 per person by check or credit card
Door admission for player and observer: $15 per person by check or cash only.

Admission fee includes one drink and light fare. Cash bar/restaurant menu also available.

All payments must be received by June 24th to qualify for the advance registration price. Requests for refunds must be received by 3 pm on June 24th.

There will be chess sets available at the event, but guests are encouraged to bring their own sets; please email the organizers if you plan to do so.

Registration and payment methods:
Mail registration with a check: Harvard Club of Washington D.C.
3220 N Street, NW #295, Washington DC 20007
Credit card registration and payment: http://hcdc.clubs.harvard.edu/article.html?aid=1596 (please indicate playing level on RSVP fields).

For more information, contact Kuni Matsuda at Stardust@smart.net or 240 294 5736 (w)
Bob Kolodney, BobkoLive@gmail.com

Behind the Scenes Tour of Merriweather Post Pavilion & Dinner
Tuesday, June 26 6-9 pm
Merriweather Post Pavilion
10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md

Pricing varies according to SPIRE membership level Join Stanford Professionals in Real Estate (SPIRE) for a behind-the-scenes tour of the newly-renovated historic concert venue Merriweather Post Pavilion, led by Mark Thompson (’84), Vice President of Business Development, Howard County Economic Development Authority. You’ll have access to areas normally reserved for performers only. Then join us for dinner afterwards at Cured Table & Tap.

Register here: https://www.spirestanford.org/events/event/dc-merriweather-post-pavilion-next-50-years/.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Lambird Youngblood (’91), elizabeth@spirestanford.org.

Citi Open Tennis
Saturday, July 28- Sunday, August 5
16th & Kennedy, NW, Washington, DC

The 2018 Citi Open is an ATP World Tour 500 tournament, making it one of the top 20 men's
tournaments in the world.

We have the same six platinum box seats to all sessions as in previous years (Aisle 36, Section 3). The seats are at the end of the court and very close to the court and provide access to the air-conditioned Emirates Garden Club restaurant. We also have six upper level seats (Section 6, Row N, Seats 26-31) which are near the top of the stadium in the corner.

The featured matches are generally held in the main court where seating is reserved with the remainder in the outside courts where seating is open. Tickets also include the women's WTA International Level Event to be held on the same courts during this week.

Please email bill@billpegram.com indicating the number and type of tickets desired, the session, and parking passes desired. Bill will process requests in the order they are received and confirm availability by return email and provide instructions for payment.

Sat 7/28 (qualifying) 10am $11 box, $6 upper
Sun 7/29 10am $17 box (2 left), $8 upper (4 left), parking passes sold out
Mon 7/30 2pm $38 box (2 left), $14 upper, 1 parking pass left
Tue 7/31 2pm $45 box (sold out), $16 upper, parking passes sold out
Wed 8/1 2pm $52 box (sold out), $18 upper, 1 parking pass left
Thurs 8/2 2pm $60 box, $22 upper
Fri 8/3 2pm (quarterfinals) $53 box (1 left), $19 upper, 1 parking pass left
Fri 8/3 7pm (quarterfinals) $74 box (sold out), $23 upper (3 left)
Sat 8/4 (semifinals) 12:00pm $70 box (sold out), $21 upper (4 left), 1 parking pass left
Sat 8/4 (semifinals) 7pm $91 box (sold out), $25 upper
Sun 8/5 (finals) 12:30pm $99 box (1 left), $25 upper, 1 parking pass left

Except where noted, we have two parking passes available for each session at $16/pass.

Revised: 6/24/18


Young speaker standing with 4 sitting a table writing

Thirty-eight Stanford alumni and students connected with inmates in the DC jail system through poetry, at a Free Minds Outreach event at Stanford in Washington on May 20th. Kelli Taylor, a co-founder of the Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop, brought poems written by young incarcerated men about their lives – and volunteers offered encouraging written feedback that was later returned to the poets. Phil, a past participant in the program, spoke about what Free Minds meant to him, both when he was incarcerated and since his release.

Barbara Tyran ’75, said “The Free Minds session offered a unique opportunity to hear the voices of former and current inmates, and their wish to turn their lives around, enter the workforce, and establish a happy family life."

4 people smiling at camera

An award winning non-profit, Free Minds has published a book of inmate poetry, and also runs weekly book clubs in jails.

5 people seated at table

The May 20th event, organized by Lois Herrmann MA ‘68, was part of WDCSA's participation in Stanford's Beyond the Farm program, which allows more than 200,000 alumni around the globe to participate in local community service projects as part of an annual day of service.


Congratulations to the winners of the recent WDCSA elections!

Ingrid Jernudd (BA '15, MA '17) was elected Vice President and Jasmaine McClain (MS '15, PhD '15) was elected Treasurer. Each officer will serve a two-year term. Thank you to the WDCSA members who voted in the election.

WDCSA would like to acknowledge the contributions of our outgoing Treasurer, Patricia Marby Harrison (2011-Present) and outgoing co-Vice President, Mike Kass (2016-Present).

Stanford In the News

Book Club Corner

DC Book Club Discussion
Sunday, June 10 5 pm
Silver Spring, Md

The book group will discuss A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel by Amor Towles. All are welcome to join the discussion and participate in the potluck dinner.

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand Moscow hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors.

Amor Towles skillfully transports us to the hotel where movie stars and Russian royalty hobnob, where Bolsheviks plot revolutions, and intellectuals discuss the merits of contemporary Russian writers; where spies spy, thieves thieve, and the danger of twentieth century Russia lurks outside its marbled walls. It’s also where wealthy Count Alexander Rostov lives under house arrest and meets Nina, who is a precocious and wide-eyed young girl who holds the keys to the entire hotel, wonders what it means to be a princess, and will irrevocably change his life. Despite being confined to the hallway of the hotel, the Count lives an absorbing, adventure-filled existence, filled with capers, conspiracies and culture.

Alexander Rostov is a character for the ages—he is unflinchingly (and hilariously for readers) devoted to his station, even when forced to wait tables, play hide and seek with a young girl, or confront communism.

Upcoming book selections:
July 8th- The Essex Serpent: A Novel by Sarah Perry

For more information, please contact Jennifer Presley, MA '78, Ph.D. '81 at Jenniferbpresley@gmail.com.

Baltimore Book Club Discussion
Monday, July 16 7:30 pm
Mother's Federal Hill Grille
1113 S. Charles Street
Baltimore, Md

The July selection is The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine who Outwitted America's Enemies by Jason Fagone. This is the biography of America’s first female cryptanalyst, Elizebeth Smith Friedman. Along with her husband, they are the Adam and Eve of the U.S. National Security Agency.

The September selection is Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan.

Questions/RSVP: Helene Myers, Ph.D., P'14, at cedarhouse@comcast.net.


President: President: Kevin Coyne, MS '02, kevin.coyne@stanfordalumni.org
Vice-President: Ingrid Jernudd, BA '15, MA '17, ingridj@alumni.stanford.edu,
Patricia Arty, '10 patricia.arty@gmail.com,
Treasurer: Jasmaine McClain, MS '15, PhD '15
Webmasters:: Bill Pegram '73, MBA '77, bill@billpegram.com, Kyle Duarte, '05, kyle@kduarte.com
Membership Initiatives: Risa Shimoda, '77, risa@theshimodagroup.com
Membership Processing: Bill Pegram, '73, MBA '77, bill@billpegram.com
Newsletter Editor: Sarena McRae, '06,  sarena.mcrae@gmail.com
Young Alumni: Patricia Arty, '10, patricia.arty@gmail.com, James Barton, '09, JD '15, jamesbarton09@gmail.com
Community Service: Meaghan Conway, '14, mnconway@alumni.stanford.edu
Stanford Black Alumni Assoc: Greg Billings '88, billings.g@gmail.com
Parents Connection: Helene Myers, P'14, cedarhouse@comcast.net
Capitol Alumni Network: Greg Billings '88 billings.g@gmail.com
Stanford Military Service Network: David Henry, '92, david@stanfordalumni.org Adriana Lopez, '04, aclopez@stanfordalumni.org
Ivy Singles: Charlotte Perry, '81, charmperry@gmail.com
Admissions Office Liaisons: Margaret "Maggie" New, '66, maggie@middleburggroup.com

Club Mailing Address: 3841 Whitman Rd, Annandale, VA 22003
Websites: www.stanfordclubs.org/dc and www.wdcsa.com
WDCSA page on the Stanford Alumni Association site - https://pgnet.stanford.edu/get/page/groups/overview/?group_id=0038990539
WDCSA Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/groups/192108686046/
Cardinal Young Alumni in DC Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/groups/9607603763/permalink/10152461639753764/
WDCSA on Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3728513
Parents Connection Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1644734342414183/