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  • How Building Green Builds Neighborhoods

    Elevation DC

    Infrastructure Energy Environment & Sustainability

    Jeff Lesk, Bill Updike, Ken Wilson, Emily Stiever

    ×Join us for a panel discussion to explore how green building is making D.C. a better place to live, work and play. As part of the event, tour our sponsor Nixon Peabody’s new D.C. headquarters, which is tracking LEED Platinum certification, and learn about their rooftop solar installation project, which is part of a new community solar program to provide shared distributed renewable energy to affordable housing communities. D.C. is aiming to become the "healthiest, greenest and most livable" city in the United States. How does sustainable, green development contribute to livability? Who are major players in the green building movement in D.C., and what have we...

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  • June Resume Workshop

    Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

    Workshop

    ×Want useful peer advice on how to improve your resume, but not sure where to start? Have you been sending it out to dozens of employers with no luck? If so, you could benefit from a session at YPFP's monthly series, the Resume Workshops! Each workshop is broken into half-hour sections. If you're interested in having your resume reviewed by one of our volunteers, sign up for either 6:30, 7, or 7:30 and send an e-mail to Eric Stimson at eric.stimson@ypfp.org with your fields of interest, what sorts of jobs you're applying to, and your resume. There is a limit of 12 RSVPs, but if you can't make it, we'll see you at a future workshop!

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  • The Hubble Space Telescope: The Agony and the Ecstasy

    Smithsonian

    Science History

    Robert Smith

    ×The Hubble Space Telescope is the most famous scientific instrument ever built, but its remarkable history has seen numerous ups and downs. Hubble’s operational lifetime includes the agony of its near cancellation before it ever got to the launch pad and the ecstasy of a brilliantly successful servicing mission by shuttle astronauts in 2009. In this lecture, Robert Smith, professor of the History of Science and Technology at the University of Alberta, and author of the definitive history of the Hubble Space Telescope, explores some of the most exciting and telling episodes in this rich history. Pre-lecture programming may be added at a later date. Please check the event...

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  • International Polychaete Day

    Smithsonian

    Environment & Sustainability Science

    ×Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 10 am - 5 pm Celebrate International Polychaete Day! Polychaetes are marine worms that come in many shapes and sizes. See them up close and personal with marine biologists and scientific illustrators. Discover what's to love about these beautiful and varied animals, and why an entire day is devoted to polychaetes! ;Q?rius & Sant Ocean Hall, 10:00a-4:30p Q?rius 10:00a-4:30p: Karen Osborn (NMNH) 10:30-11:30: Linda Ward (NMNH) 10:30-12:00p: Kate Ingram (NMNH) 11:30a-1:00p: Jenna Moore (NMNH) 1:00p-3:00p: Anna Phillips (NMNH), Ricardo Salas-Monteil & Nallely Ruiz-Torres (National Autonomous University of Mexico) ...

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  • Assessing State Fragility in Africa

    Center for Strategic and International Studies

    Development & Governance Sub-Saharan Africa

    David Robinson, Enrique Gelbard, Robert Lamb, Jennifer Cooke

    ×Please join us for a discussion on state fragility in Africa as we examine its underlying causes and seek to identify strategies for building resilience in fragile states. The session will serve as the launch of a new IMF paper, 'Building Resilience in Fragile States in Sub-Saharan Africa.' CSIS will also unveil the main findings of its year-long study into fragile states, informed by case studies from Africa and Southeast Asia. Panelists will explore how best to mitigate drivers of fragility, including achieving a balance between national and sub-national engagement, altering dysfunctional political economy dynamics, and improving development outcomes. ...

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  • Pakistan’s Path to Economic Freedom

    Heritage Foundation

    Development & Governance Central Asia & South Asia

    Huma Sattar, Marc Schleifer, Michael Kugelman

    ×Pakistan has sometimes been referred to as a “failing state,” given its economic, sectarian, and terrorism challenges. However, a close look at Pakistan’s economy over the last couple of years shows some signs of recovery and modest improvements with regard to economic freedom. Still, the country continues to suffer from the lack of structural economic reform. Large sections of the population live in poverty and survive on subsistence agriculture, while inefficient but omnipresent regulatory agencies inhibit business formation throughout the economy. Lack of access to bank credit undermines entrepreneurship, and the financial sector’s isolation from the outside world has slowed down...

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  • The Antitrust Division’s Devaluation of Standard-Essential Patents

    Hudson Institute

    Public Policy Law & Criminal Justice Innovation & Technology

    Harold Furchtgott-Roth, J. Gregory Sidak

    ×In February 2015, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) became the first standard-setting organization to regulate the calculation of fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory royalties for standard-essential patents (SEPs). The IEEE made that transformative change with the encouragement and blessing of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. The bylaw amendments aim to mitigate the risk of patent holdup and royalty stacking. But the suggestion that SEP holders routinely extract supracompetitive royalties is disputed. In fact, the amendments broaden the binding provisions of IEEE’s fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory commitment; diminish the...

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  • A Conversation with Alexei Venediktov

    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

    Development & Governance Peace & Conflict Media & Communications Eastern Europe & Russia

    Alexei Venediktov, Andrew S. Weiss

    ×Please join the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for a discussion with one of Russia's preeminent and most insightful journalists, Alexei Venediktov. Venediktov is editor-in-chief of Ekho Moskvy (Echo of Moscow), the much-admired independent radio station. He will discuss the dramatic changes facing the Russian political system and the state of media freedom in the wake of the Ukraine crisis.Ekho Moskvy, which is marking the 25 year anniversary since its founding in the freewheeling days of the late Gorbachev era, is known worldwide as one of Russia's last bastions of free media. The station continues to enjoy a large audience across Russia and is home to a great many of the...

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  • Statesmen's Forum: Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Icelandic Foreign Minister

    Center for Strategic and International Studies

    Defense & Security Foreign Policy Eastern Europe & Russia East Asia

    Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Dr. John J. Hamre

    ×Please join us for a Statesmen's Forum featuring Iceland's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, on the changing political, strategic, and economic dynamics in the Arctic. As both a founding member of NATO and a member of the Arctic Council, Iceland has a unique position in the region as the only country that lies entirely within the boundaries of the Arctic. Arctic and non-Arctic states alike are becoming increasingly interested in the potential economic opportunities in the region as well. China has become a more active player in Arctic affairs as an Arctic Council Observer State and has fostered strong bilateral ties with Iceland, including the negotiation of a...

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  • View from Russia: A Conversation with Alexey Venediktov, Echo of Moscow Editor-In-Chief

    Center on Global Interests

    Foreign Policy Peace & Conflict Media & Communications Society & Culture Eastern Europe & Russia

    ×In the wake of the Ukrainian crisis, the Russian government has passed legislation suppressing foreign involvement in domestic NGOs and media outlets, while at the same time ramping up its own propaganda efforts. How can journalists preserve a forum for free discussion in such a climate–and is freedom of speech still possible in Russia? Please join the Center on Global Interests for a discussion with Alexey Venediktov, editor-in-chief of the influential radio station Ekho Moskvy (Echo of Moscow), described by some as the “last bastion of free media in Russia.” Mr. Venediktov will share his views on the...

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  • Aging2.0 DC: Intergenerational Innovation for Age-Friendly Cities

    Aging 2.0 DC Chapter

    Public Policy Healthcare & Wellness Innovation & Technology Society & Culture

    ×Come and be part of a dynamic discussion between business and policy leaders about the opportunities ahead to make DC a more age-friendly city. We'll also highlight innovations currently underway in the city. We're meeting at 1776, DC's tech accelerator and home to dozens of startups in health care, education, transportation, and energy sectors (See video)! Entrepreneurs and innovators across disciplines are invited to attend! Beer, wine, soft-drinks and snacks will be served. Tickets & event information here. Speakers: Mark Dunham, Generations of Hope Development Corporation Ryan Frederick, Founder, Smart...

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  • The Battle for Guadalcanal

    Smithsonian

    Defense & Security Peace & Conflict History Southeast Asia & Oceania

    Marcus Jones, Al Gaspar

    ×When 6,000 Marines hit the beaches of Guadalcanal Island in the southwestern Pacific on Aug. 7, 1942, they were both mounting the first American amphibious landing of the war and embarking on the initial major offensive by Allied forces against the Empire of Japan. From that point, the Japanese were on the defensive, pushed back steadily to their homeland until the end of the war.  It was a costly undertaking, with 1,600 Americans killed and several thousand dead from tropical disease. It was even more costly for the Japanese, who lost 24,000 soldiers before pulling out six months later. Marcus Jones, history professor at the U.S. Naval Academy and consultant for the Institute...

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  • Astronomy Chat with Dawn Myers

    Smithsonian

    Innovation & Technology Science

    Dawn Myers

    ×Thursday, July 2, 2015, 11 am - 12 pm Video chat with mission engineer Dawn Myers, a mission ;operations planner with the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.  ; Ask questions about how spacecraft like the ;LRO are maneuvered, or what it's like to be an engineer working for NASA. ; Sponsor: Air and Space Museum Venue: Air and Space Museum Event Location: Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory, South Terrace Cost: Free, In the event of inclement weather, the program may be moved or postponed; confirm at @SIObservatory or (202) 633-2517. More info: airandspace.si.edu…;

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  • EconNet: Human Capital, Educational Levels and Growth

    Inter-American Development Bank

    Development & Governance

    Michel Strawczynski

    ×Presenter: Michel Strawczynski (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) Abstract: There were marked shifts in both the share of national expenditure on education in GDP, as well as in its composition, in 1962-98. At the beginning of the period the share of education in GDP soared, remained relatively constant in the 1970s, declined in the 1980s,and began to rise again in the 1990s. This paper analyzes the relations between these shifts and various demographic, economic,and political explanatory variables. We find that demographic variables, such as age group and the proportion of Arab students, as well as economic variables — chief among them the level distribution national income...

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  • Team of Teams : Lessons from JSOC for a Complex World

    New America Foundation

    Defense & Security Foreign Policy Peace & Conflict Middle East & North Africa

    Stanley McChrystal, Chris Fussell, Peter Bergen

    ×When General Stanley McChrystal took command of the Joint Special Operations Task Force in 2003, he quickly realized that conventional tactics were failing. Al Qaeda in Iraq was a decentralized network that could move quickly, strike ruthlessly, then seemingly vanish into the local population. The Allied forces had a huge advantage in numbers, equipment, and training—but none of that seemed to matter. General McChrystal and his colleagues remade the task force, in the midst of a grueling war, into something new: a network that combined extremely transparent communication with decentralized decision-making authority. In Team of Teams General McChrystal and his coauthors,...

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