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The Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Awards Weekend – SATURDAY MORNING AWARDEE PRESENTATIONS

The Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Awards Weekend – SATURDAY MORNING AWARDEE PRESENTATIONS

National Geographic Grosvenor Auditorium
Saturday, October 12, 2019, starting at 8:30am

AWARDEES

Robert L. Fisher, Ph.D., HON ’88 is a research geologist emeritus in the Geological Research Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. His life’s work involves over half a century of in-depth seafloor/crustal exploration, specifically regarding the composition, crustal structure, and actual topography underlying the Pacific and Indian Oceans. From that shipboard work, by mid-1959 he established that at 10,915±10 meters Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench was the world’s deepest; this maximum was confirmed six months later by manometer on the bathyscaph Trieste. Bob Fisher Ridge, a wholly-submerged mountain range of Sierra Nevada dimensions south of Madagascar is named for him.

David L. Mearns, OAM, FI ‘91, is a chartered marine scientist, historical researcher, author, and expedition leader of deep ocean projects. He is one of the worlds most experienced and successful deep-sea shipwreck hunters, having located 24 major shipwrecks with an overall success rate of 89%. Mearns’s most important discoveries include HMAS Sydney and AHS Centaur for which he was awarded an honorary Medal of the Order of Australia. He has travelled to more than 50 countries and is a long-standing fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Bruce F. Molnia, Ph.D., FN ’80 has more than five decades of experience in exploration, research, community service, communication, public policy, and education. Currently the Senior Science Advisor for National Civil Applications for the U.S. Geological Survey National Civil Applications Center, Molnia has conducted extensive research in the Southern Ocean and Antarctic marginal seas, as well as in Alaska, where his work has focused on understanding the response of glaciers to changing climate and the dynamics of tidewater. Among many awards and public recognitions for his service, Molnia is a recipient of the Antarctic Service Medal.

Joseph M. Rohde FN ’10 is a Creative Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering. He is known for leading the team that conceptualized, designed, and built Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Through that process he was instrumental in the development of the Disney Conservation Fund. Rohde has also participated in a number of research expeditions on behalf of Disney to countries all over the world. He speaks regularly on the art of cultivating creative innovation through narrative framing, and has spoken at NASA, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the TED conference, as well as many other venues.

SPECIAL GUEST

Ellen R. Stofan, Ph.D., FN ’17 is currently the John and Adrienne Mars Director at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. She has over25 years of experience in space-related organizations and a deep research background in planetary geology. She was chief scientist at NASA (2013–2016), where she helped guide the development of a long-range plan to get humans to Mars. Stofan’s research focuses on the geology of Venus, Mars, Saturn’s moon Titan, and Earth. She has published extensively and received many awards and honors, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal.

Astronaut Frank Culbertson (Capt, USN, Ret.), is an American former naval aviator, test pilot, aerospace engineer and executive, and NASA astronaut. He recently retired as President of the Space Systems Group at Northrop Grumman and is currently consulting and supporting educational programs. He served as the Commander of the International Space Station for almost four months in 2001 and was the only American not on Earth when the September 11 attacks occurred. A veteran of three space flights: Pilot of STS-38, Commander of STS-51, and Commander of ISS Expedition 3, Culbertson has logged over 144 days in space and performed one EVA.

WELCOMING REMARKS

Emma Carrasco is the senior vice president of global engagement at the National Geographic Society, leading strategic engagement and outreach efforts with key stakeholders around the world to further the visibility, vision, and impact of the Society. Her responsibilities include the management of the Society’s most strategic partnerships, executive thought leadership, crisis and reputation management, and oversight of the internal communications function. Carrasco’s career spans more than 30 years in marketing, branding, media, and communications, working with various national and international brands including NPR, Univision, McDonald’s Corporation, Nortel Networks, and Fleishman Hillard.

MODERATOR

Michael J. Manyak, M.D., MED ’92 is an explorer, author, urologist, and corporate medical executive. He is Global Medical Affairs Director for the GlaxoSmithKline urology franchise, and the Chief Medical Advisor for Crisis Response for Accenture. Dr. Manyak is a Fellow of The Explorers Club, served on the Board of Directors from 1996-2006, and received the prestigious Sweeney Medal in 2004 for service to the Club. He is also a consultant to the National Geographic Society and has served on the NASA Aerospace Medicine and Occupational Health Advisory Committee. Dr. Manyak maintains an avid interest in field exploration and expedition medicine, and has led or been medical director for scientific expeditions around the world.

ECWG and National Geographic Liaison: Lonnie Schorer & Krista Strahan

EXCURSION INFORMATION – Lowell Thomas Awards Weekend

EXCURSION INFORMATION – Lowell Thomas Awards Weekend

Contact: Debbie Bell, LTAW Vice Chair at 202-744-8700 (phone or text)

Friday, October 11

  • 2:30 – 4:00 pm EXCURSION
    The U.S. Capitol BRUMIDI CORRIDORS TOUR (Fully booked.) [Meet @ 2:15pm at NORTH DOOR OF U.S. CAPITOL. NOT the Capitol Visitor Center.]

Saturday, October 12

  • 12:30 – 4:00 pm VIP TRIBUTE AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY 
Open to VIP Ticket Holders; reservations required.
    Must be on van departing from the Desales St. entrance of The Mayflower, @ 12:30 pm. Visit Explorers’ Grave Sites and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Returning to Mayflower by 4:00 pm.
  • 1:30 – 3:45 pm EXCURSIONS
    Open to all. Reservations required. Transportation on your own.
  • 1:30 – 2:20pm National Museum of Natural History ‘Narwhal’ 
    Meet @1:25pm beneath the trunk of the Elephant in the Rotunda of the National Museum of Natural History, located between 10th St. & 12th St. NW, enter through either the Constitution Ave. or the National Mall side.
  • 2:00 – 3:00pm National Museum of Natural History ‘Entomology’ 
    Time changed to 2:30 – 3:30pm (see below)
  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm Holocaust Museum – Meet at 2 pm Just south of Independence Ave SW, between 14th & 15th Str. Use 15th St. entrance, go through Security. Meet on other side.
  • 2:00 – 3:00pm National Gallery of Art ‘Masterpiece’ Tour 
    Meet @ 1:50pm in the Rotunda of WEST building of the National Gallery of Art by the center fountain with Mercury atop. Use any entrance to the West building of the NGA, located between 5th and 7th St. NW with the National Mall (Jefferson Dr.) on one side and Constitution Ave. NW on other the other.
  • 2:00 – 3:30pm Library of Congress Map Collection (Fully booked.) 
    Meet @ 1:50 pm at the main entrance of the Madison Building located between First and Second Streets SE on Independence Avenue.
  • 2:15 – 3:45 pm National Air & Space Museum ‘Highlights’ (Canceled.)
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm National Museum of Natural History ‘Entomology’ 
    Meet @ 2:25pm beneath the trunk of the Elephant in the Rotunda of the National Museum of Natural History, located between 10th St. & 12th St. NW, enter through either the Constitution Ave. or the National Mall side.
  • 2:30 – 3:30pm National Museum of Natural History ’Human Origins’ 
    Meet @ 2:25pm beneath the trunk of the Elephant in the Rotunda of the National Museum of Natural History, located between 10th St. & 12th St. NW, enter through either the Constitution Ave. or the National Mall side.

Sunday, October 13

  • 1:00 – 5:00 pm VIP TRIBUTE AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY (Fully booked.)
    Open to VIP Ticket Holders; reservations required. Must be on van departing The Cosmos Club at 1 pm from the main entrance, Massachusetts Ave. Returning to The Mayflower by 5 pm.
  • 2:15 – 3:45 pm EXCURSIONS – Open to all. Reservations required.
    Transportation on your own.
  • 2:15 – 3:45 pm National Air & Space Museum ‘Highlights’
    Meet at 2:05 inside Mall entrance to the National Air & Space Museum, located between 4th St. and 7th St., on Jefferson Drive.
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm Holocaust Museum (Canceled.)
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm National Gallery of Art ‘Wilderness Tour’
    Meet @ 2:15 pm in the Rotunda of WEST building of the National Gallery of Art by center fountain, with Mercury atop. Can be reached by any of the entrances to the West building of the NGA, located between 5th and 7th St. NW with the National Mall (Jefferson Dr.) on one side and Constitution Ave. NW on other the other.
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm National Museum of Natural History ‘Entomology’
    Meet @ 2:25pm beneath the trunk of the Elephant in the Rotunda of the National Museum of Natural History, located between 10th St. & 12th St. NW, enter through either the Constitution Ave. or the National Mall side.
Ambassador Alan Wood Lukens ME’78

Ambassador Alan Wood Lukens ME’78

Obituary published in The Washington Post from Jan. 8 to Jan. 9, 2019 and courtesy of RAPP Funeral and Cremation Services:

Alan W. Lukens, a former diplomat and active member of the DC community for 68 years, died January 5, at his home in Chevy Chase, MD. Cause of death was congestive heart failure.

Ambassador Lukens’ public service spanned four decades. He was born in Philadelphia and attended Episcopal Academy. He interrupted his university studies at Princeton and served with the 10th Mountain Division and the 20th Armored Division in Europe, where his unit liberated the concentration camp at Dachau. In 2015 the German Government invited Amb. Lukens to return for the 70th anniversary of the liberation and he joined Chancellor Merkel at the podium, representing US troops. Mr. Lukens graduated from Princeton University with honors as part of the class of 1946, finishing in 1948, and he remained active in Princeton alumni affairs his entire life, including serving as class Secretary and President.

Mr. Lukens joined the Foreign Service in 1951 and served for 36 years. He served in Istanbul, Ankara, Martinique, and Paris, then in 1960 he represented the US at independence ceremonies for Chad, Central African Republic, Gabon, and Congo and opened the US Embassy in Brazzaville. He returned to Brazzaville as US Ambassador from 1984-1987. In the intervening years he served in Bangui, Paris, Rabat, as Deputy Chief of Mission in Dakar, Nairobi, and Copenhagen, and Consul General Cape Town.

In Washington he ran the Junior Officer Division in the Bureau of Personnel and worked on Western European Affairs. Amb. Lukens was co-chairman of the Peace Commission of the National Cathedral from 1997-2002. He served as President of DACOR, the retired diplomats foundation and club. He belonged to the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs, the American Foreign Service Association, the Explorers Club, and the Woodrow Wilson House Council. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the Chevy Chase Club and President of the American Friends of Turkey.

Amb. Lukens is survived by his wife of 56 years, Susan Atkinson Lukens, and by his four children, Lewis (and Andrea) Lukens, Francie (and Jeff) Bennett, Susie Lukens, and Timothy (and Jenny) Lukens, and ten grandchildren.

Ambassador Alan Wood Lukens Wikipedia Page