President's Message
Dear MWC Members:

I wish you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving. MWC has much to be thankful for, including wonderful members, supportive donors, and special university partners, and awesome scholars.

The annual holiday party and Eagle Award presentation will honor Justice Anthony Kennedy and Mary Kennedy for their long time support of our chapter and STEM education. We are especially delighted that Otto and Nita Hoernig are hosting MWC in their lovely home in Great Falls, Virginia. We hope you can join us on December 9th. Invitation details/RSVP here.

In addition, Lorraine Nordlinger has offered to coordinate carpools if you need a ride to the Holiday Party on December 9th. Please contact her directly at 202-285-3935.

Reflecting on October, special thanks to our speakers for the Scholar Awards Reception, Dr. Jamie Moran, Vice President of Defense Systems Operations, Defense Systems Group at the Aerospace Corporation, and to Dr. Ellen Stofan, MWC Member, and John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. Thanks to all the members, spouses, and friends who attended. It was a great event!

Congratulations to our 2018-19 ARCS Light Susan Trice! She is an outstanding choice and so excited she was selected for this honor.

And finally, the ARCS Alumni Hall of Fame recognizes Scholar Alums who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of science and to increase our nation's scientific competitiveness. All ARCS Members, Scholar Alums, and Advisors are eligible to make nominations. The deadline to submit is December 10th. Please contact Michelle Bailey at (757-713-6532) or if you would like to suggest a nomination.

I look forward to seeing you soon.



Patricia T. Sparrell
ARCS Foundation, MWC
Thank you's go to so many MWC Members! Let me highlight just a few:

  • Miriam Swydan Erickson and Anne Wingo for planning, organizing, and coordinating their first Scholar Awards Reception. Well Done!

  • Marlene Bekey, Karen Finkbiner, Alice Laning, Carolyn Prince Racich, Conrad Racich, Danielle Robinson, Kyle Robinson, Susan Trice, and Ashley Rehr for their help on the Scholar Awards Reception.

  • Carolyn Prince Racich and Rebecca McNeilly for their work to collect membership dues and get the directory printed.

  • Marie Carr and her committee for planning the Holiday Party and Eagle Award Presentation.

  • Thanks to 2017-18 ARCS Light Lynn Dillon and all the "lights" that served on the selection committee this year to pick the new "light."
Scholar Awards Reception 2018
MWC celebrated " Scholarship and Innovation" at a special evening at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) on October 25th, 2018. The evening commenced at the "Poster Session" held in the NAS Great Hall and the sheer symbolism made the event inspiring and memorable to all. This year's scholars presented their work, which ranged from research on human-induced pluripotent stem cells to security of the Internet of Thing (loT) device to water-propelled plasma thrusters. For all in attendance, one could feel hopeful about the future of U.S. science research.

The scholars and guests moved into the auditorium for the evening's speaker and scholar awards presentation. Dr. Jamie Morin, Vice Present of Defense Systems Operations, Defense Systems Group at the Aerospace Corporation, introduced the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Ellen Stofan, John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. Dr. Stofan gave an inspirational talk describing some of her experiences while working at NASA for more than 25 years and her desire to become a planetary geologist at the age of 14. Dr. Stofan was Chief Scientist at NASA and held senior positions at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, including work on missions exploring Venus, Earth, Mars, and Saturn. In closing, Dr. Stofan provided the audience exciting updates on innovation and renovations to the Air & Space Museum that will be in process over the next several years.
Representatives of MWC's five partner universities spoke and presented awards to the scholars for their outstanding academic and research accomplishments. Thank you to:

  • Dr. Billy Jack, Vice Provost for Research, Professor of Economics, Georgetown University

  • Dr. Jeffrey Brand, Associate Dean for Graduate Students, Associate Professor of Philosophy Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, The George Washington University

  • Dr. Denis Wirtz, Vice Provost for Research, Theophilus H. Smoot Professor Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

  • Dr. Ken Kiger, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland

  • Dr. Phillip A. Tressa, Assistant Vice President, Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, University of Virginia

Adam Caccavano, Ph.D. Candidate in Neuroscience at Georgetown University
Adam is the Forster Family Foundation Scholar for 2018-19. The title of Adam's excellent poster at the recent Scholar Awards Reception was "Hippocampal Network Disruption in Early Amyloid Pathology." Adam's research is looking into how hippocampal network activity, which is critical for memory consolidation, is impaired in Alzheimer's disease. His investigation is reviewing neuronal microcircuitry with the tools of electrophysiology, calcium imaging, and computational modeling.
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Susan Trice, 2018-19 ARCS Light
Susan Trice, ARCS Light 2018-19

Congratulations to Susan for all her service to the MWC Chapter! We appreciate you!
Upcoming ARCS Foundation Events
Save the Date
Metro Washington Chapter Events

  • Sunday, Dec 9th Holiday Party & Eagle Award Presentation home of Nita & Otto Hoernig

  • Lorraine Nordlinger has offered to coordinate carpools if you need to find a ride to the Holiday Party. Contact her at 202-285-3935.

  • February 2019, Winter Membership Meeting

  • March/April 2019 University Visits - look for emails with details in February

  • April 11, 2019 Spring Fundraising Dinner

  • May 18, 2019 Spring Membership Meeting
National ARCS Foundation Meetings

  • January 10-12, 2019 Palomar Hotel, Phoenix, AZ

  • June 20-22, 2019 St. Paul, MN

  • September 18-21, 2019 All Members Conference, Portland, OR

A Million Thank You's to MWC Donors!
The Metro Washington Chapter gratefully acknowledges our corporate and foundation donors who share our vision of advancing science and technology in the United States at our five partner universities, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, The George Washington University, University of Maryland, and University of Virginia. We appreciate these donors and their support for our named scholars in 2018-19 school year and for scholars in 2017-18 school year.*

$20,000 +
Danaher Corporation
Estate of George and Arlene Hess 
Lockheed Martin Corporation 
Dr. Gerald and Paula McNichols Foundation
The Forster Family Foundation 
The Ross and Diane Mulford Endowment Fund 
The Mars Foundation 

$10,000 to $19,999
Aerospace Corporation
JCM Foundation
The Perot Foundation
The Roche Foundation

$5,000 to $9,999
Clark Construction Group, LLC

$2,500 to $4,999
The Marilyn T. And David R. Heebner Foundation 
Gordon F. Linke and Jocelyn B. Linke Foundation
Walbro, LLC 

$1,000 - $2,499 
The Bodman Family Foundation 
Heritage Properties, Inc. 
Shell Oil Company Matching Gifts Foundation 

Under $1,000
Mr. and Mrs. Craig Barrett Foundation 

*Donations are for the 2-year period of 7/1/16 - 6/30/18.
MWC Board of Directors 2018-19
Board of Directors 2018-19

  • President: Patty Sparrell
  • President-Elect: Danielle Robinson
  • Secretary: Michelle Bailey
  • Treasurer: Kristen Smith
  • VP of Activities: Melissa Rhoads & Susan Trice
  • VP of Administration: Amy Mykityshyn
  • VP of Communications: Ashley Rehr
  • VP of Development: Kristen Bloschock
  • VP of Finance: Sharon Gross
  • VP of Membership: Carolyn Racich & Rebecca McNeilly
  • VP of University Relations: Miriam Erickson & Anne Wingo
  • Members at Large: Holly Coyne, Lynn Dillion, Ginny Lukasik, Beth Parker, Doris Pierson

Also serving in Leadership positions:
  • Endowment; Jane Riddle
  • Assistant Treasurer: Marlene Bekey
  • Heartline: Beth Parker
  • Newsletter Editor: Elli Nesbitt
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