Dr. Craig Cook, FN’01 to speak on coral reef expedition

Dr. Craig Cook, FN’01 will speak on his recent coral reef expedition to the central pacific.  Details and reservation information can be found under the EVENTS section.

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ECWG General Meeting January 28, 2017 Cosmos Club

The Annual General Meeting of the ECWG was postponed until the new date of January 28th, 2017 to be held at 6:15 PM just prior to the Dinner.

ECWG Board of Directors Election

Candidates for the Class of 2019

Don Gerson FE78

Polly Penhale FN91

Michael Manyak MED92

Terry Garcia MN13


Also  a change in the Bylaws has been approved by the Board of Directors and will be voted on by the membership.  The change is as follows:

2. shall, by a vote of two-thirds of those present at a formally convened meeting of the Board, remove any member of the Board for cause. The unexcused absence by a Board member from any two formal meetings of the Board in any calendar year shall constitute cause. The unexcused absence by a Member from four other formal meetings of the Explorers Club Washington Group, including lunch and dinner meetings, during any year shall likewise constitute cause. The Chair shall have the exclusive authority to determine if any absence is excused. The Secretary shall maintain a record of all unexcused absences. Cause for any reason other than those set forth above shall be within the discretion of the Board. This amendment shall be in effect as of Feb 1, 2017 pending passage by the ECWG membership at the January 2017 members meeting.”

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Log Submissions Due December 23

If you have any news you would like published in this quarters Log please send it on to me.

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December dinner to feature talk on Life Beyond Earth

James Green, the Director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters, will speak at the ECWG’s annual black tie dinner on Saturday, Dec.3, on “The Search for Life Beyond Earth in Space and Time.”

The social hour will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the dinner at 7 p.m. and then Dr. Green’s talk.

The cost of the dinner is $65.00 per person.

Make reservations with Arnella Trent at: 115 Willis Street, Cambridge MD 21613

Email:  arnellat@gmail.com

Phone: 301-526-0822

ECWG Members:  ELECTION MEETING.  This is the meeting at which ECWG elects officers.  The annual election will take place during the social hour.  The Board Slate will  be sent to ECWG members.

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Dinner talk was on discovery of new human-like species

Becca Peixotto, one of the archeologists who participated in the ground-breaking discovery of a previously unknown human-like species in 2013, spoke on “Archeology:  The view from the end of the cave” at a Joint ECWG and Circumnavigator’s Club dinner meeting on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C.

Lee Berger, FI’13, who led the expedition and is an ECWG member, made headline news in September 2015 when he announced the discovery by the Rising Star Expedition in South Africa of a new early human-like species Homo naledi.

Berger gave ECWG members and their guests a preview of this announcement in his Dec. 7, 2013 talk at an ECWG dinner at the Cosmos Club when he described the discovery of  what would turn out to be the newly described species Homo naledi.

The Rising Star Expedition team included senior scientists, early career researchers and students along with a dedicated group of volunteers.

In his 2013 talk Berger said that exploring the cave required archeologists who were slim enough to crawl through the the cave’s tiny openings. As it turned out the primary excavators who went into the cave were women, including Peixotto.

Nov. 19 ECWG dinner she discussed the fossils, the excitement Homo naledi has generated, and the ways Homo naledi is changing how we think about human evolution, and the importance of exploration.

Becca Peixotto is a PhD candidate and adjunct instructor in the Department of Anthropology at American University.

Her dissertation focuses on historical archaeology and resistance landscapes of the Great Dismal Swamp. She is involved in several projects outside of the Dismal Swamp and the Rising Star Expedition, including the Maryland Historic Trust/Archaeology Society of Maryland Biggs Ford project investigating Middle and Late Woodland villages.

She also actively supports open access and efforts to encourage women and girls in science.  Her dissertation fieldwork is supported by an Explorers Club-Washington Group grant, WINGSWorldQuest, the Archaeological Society of Virginia, and American University.

The Wikipedia article on the discovery has a great deal of background information.


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