From the 2017 Local Arrangements Committee

Welcome to DC!

The 2017 Local Arrangements Committee (LAC) has been busy preparing for the 50th Anniversary Meeting next July in Washington, DC. The 2017 LAC is comprised of 22 members from 13 institutions and federal agencies located within and outside the greater DC area. The main task of the LAC is to recommend venues and activities for social events, help attendees find their way from and to the airports as well as get around the DC area, and answer any local questions. Washington, DC is readily accessible via Reagan National Airport and two international airports (Dulles and BWI). The city also is serviced by a user-friendly Metro Rail system. The meeting will be held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, only 2 blocks from the nearest Metro station. The numerous museums, monuments, and international restaurants that abound in the city are easily accessible via Metro Rail. The 50th Anniversary Meeting of the SSR in Washington, DC promises to be a special event. Washington is a small but very active city, and as the capital it has many great national monuments and cultural venues. The LAC will be posting updates to the SSR meeting website on a regular basis. 

Members of the LAC met with President Janice Bailey, Judy Jansen, Gwen Abramson, and Tiffany Leck during a site visit in August and toured the meeting venue. Facilities were explored for the Opening Reception, Fun Run/Walk, and Barbeque and Dance. The SSR has subsequently scheduled the Opening Reception for the evening of Thursday, 13 July at the elegant and historic Omni Shoreham Hotel across the street from the meeting’s anchor hotel, Marriott Wardman Park. It promises to be a very memorable event. Plans are being made for the Fun Run, which is tentatively scheduled for Sunday morning, 16 July, at the National Zoo, only 4 blocks north of the Marriott. The Barbeque and Dance will be held on Sunday evening in the Marriott, and the band for the dance has been identified and booked. The LAC has also been busy with fundraising activities in support of the 2017 Annual Meeting.

Things to do in DC!

Welcome to the nation’s museum capital! DC offers a wide variety of museums, so you will surely find something that matches your interest. For nature and space enthusiasts, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and National Air and Space Museum are among the most visited museums in the nation. Both are kid-friendly with lots of hand-on exhibitions. For those interested in American history, the National Museum of American History is a great place to start. And don’t miss out on the opportunity to see Smithsonian’s latest addition, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (timed passes are required). Art lovers will enjoy the American Art Museum, as well as the Renwick Gallery, a hidden gem for modern art. Admission to ALL of these Smithsonian museums and all other federal museums is FREE! There are also private museums, such as the Newseum and International Spy Museum, which are extremely popular among visitors. Most of the museums are easily accessible by Metro Rail; be sure to check them out while you are in town!

For another guide of things to do and places to eat while traveling to Washington, DC, visit the city’s official tourism website, which is updated monthly.

We look forward to welcoming you to our nation’s capital in July!

Cheers,
Pierre Comizzoli and Mark Mirando, 2017 LAC Co-Chairs​


Pierre Comizzoli, Ph.D.

Mark Mirando, Ph.D.
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