Tuesday, February 22, 2011

J and C anniversary, SB & F awards, and Washington D.C.

Good morning, it is Tuesday.

Today I have a very long blog! I will tell you all about our trip to Washington D.C. But before we even go to Washington D.C., I have to mention Maren's parents. Today is their 42nd wedding anniversary! Happy Anniversary John and Carol! Hopefully you are resting and enjoying your day. Also, thanks for watching our kids the last few days. While Maren and I were in D.C. enjoying ourselves, John and Carol were taking excellent care of our kids, driving them all over the place and treating them so well that they hardly even missed us. This picture is a couple of years old now, but they look just the same today:

Now, off to Washington D.C.

We had a great time in Washington D.C. The first day and a half were focused on the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books Awards. The next day and a half were focused on checking out Washington D.C. I took over eighty pictures over the last few days, but I think 16 will be plenty for today's blog. I could really do two blogs, one about the award and the next about sight seeing, but I'm on a roll, so you get one long post.

This is the huge AAAS Annual Meeting sign that greeted as we took the escalators in the D.C. Convention Center each day. If you turned around you would see the hundreds of teenage volleyball players downstairs heading to their tournament also held in the convention center. I guess there were over 500 teams and over 70 courts set up downstairs. Crazy.

This was the meet and greet breakfast. We were in the gazebo of the fancy dining room of the Hyatt in downtown D.C. Good breakfast, nice people, great start to our time in D.C.

Maren and I didn't go to the Podcast that the authors did, but we did go to the book signings in the conference center. This year the authors got to sign books in the Subaru area which was right on the way to the family science area. The turn out was great and authors had lots of fun. The two on the right in this picture are none other than Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen, the author and illustrator of all The Magic School Bus books. The Magic School Bus books have been favorites of kids and adults for like 25 years! They won an award for one of their most recent books called The Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge. They were great to meet!

This is Sean Connolly, he won an award for his book called The Book Of Potentially Catastrophic Science. 50 Experiments for Daring Young Scientists. Sean was great to meet, he was on the tail end of quite an extensive book tour as he lives in England. He had tons of great stories and was great to meet. He signed a book to Hansen that says, "Have a Blast!"...yes, Hansen will be blowing up things left and right if we give him that chance.

This is Ellen Harasimowicz (Left, photographer) and Loree Griffin Burns (Right, author), they won an award for their book The Hive Detectives, Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe. Loree also wrote a cool book that we own called Tracking Trash. Loree and Maren had a great time talking about non-fiction books, kids and stuff. They signed their book to Lillie, "bee-lieve" and "spread the buzz!" Ellen's husband was also around and was nice to talk to as well.

This book is really the reason we were at the conference in the first place. Maren was the chair of the committee that chose The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Sadly, Rebecca was not at the awards ceremony, but she did send in a very nice acceptance speech about her high school science teacher that Heather read when it was time for her award to be presented.

This is a picture of Heather starting the award ceremony. The authors were up front under a big copy of their books. It was very nice with nice snacks an a bar! My camera didn't handle the lighting too well, but Terry Young was taking great pictures and I saw Ellen's husband had a big cool camera, so I'm sure there are some great pictures out there.

The authors with their nice awards.

This is Terry Young and Heather, they kind of ran the show. Everything went great from what I could tell, even better than last year if that is even possible!

And lastly, the Subaru! Subaru was great! Check out this Forrester, it has a hood with all the books that won the award right on the hood. On the side was big Subaru Loves Science stickers and they were passing out stickers and t-shirts. Way to go Subaru...I wish I was in the market for a new car, Subaru would be on the top of my list!

OK, now onto the sights of Washington D.C...are you still with me? Here we go:

Maren in front of the White House. There were many tourists around, the buzz around Washington D.C. is very fun to be around.

The wind was so strong when we were visiting. The National Christmas Tree even blew down! Here is Maren looking for the National Christmas Tree...oh yeah, it blew down...snap! I even have a picture of the Washington Monument without any flags. The place was so drab without any flags, dead grass and relatively few people. I can totally see how different it would look in the warm summer with flags out, vendors everywhere, and kids running around.

This picture was taken while I was standing in front of Abe Lincoln, looking across to the Washington Monument. The reflection lake is empty due to renovation. Standing right in this spot was very fun for me. I think right here is when it hit me that I was really in Washington D.C. I just soaked it up, Abe Lincoln behind me, the Washington Monument in front of me, the Vietnam Memorial to the left, WWII monument to the right, the Capital and the White House in the distance along with everything else...very cool!

Maren being my model in front of Abe Lincoln. Our hotel was very close to the Ford Theatre. We got to see the Constitution and other documents in the archives, many cool art pieces and dinosaurs and such in the museums. There really is just too much to mention. We even took the Old Town Trolley and toured all around including seeing National Cathedral, Embassy row, and a trip to Arlington National Cemetery where we walked and saw John F. Kennedy's grave.

We looked up my Grandpa at the WWII monument. Here is a picture of his page as submitted by Bernice.

To end this blog, here is the only picture with me in it! At the WWII monument we were joking with a couple who were posing in front of Kansas and giving it the thumbs down. They were nice enough to take our picture in front of the Washington pillar...see, I was there!

See you tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

What a great trip! How very cool to see John F. Kennedy's grave, Abe Lincoln's memorial, Grandpa's page, the White House and everything. The Subaru book awards sounds interesting, too. Happy Anniversary to John and Carol!

Anonymous said...

It was so nice to meet you both and share the early part of your trip. Thanks for a great recap, excellent pictures, and kind words!

Loree Burns

Melanie Ostergard said...

What a great trip!! Thank you for sharing!

Bernice said...

Such a wonderful trip - you certainly covered so much, including the WWII memorial with
your grandpa's page. Glad you got to see so much.
Happy Anniversary to Carol & John.

Puneet Saakaar said...

Wonderful trips ever.. thanks for sharing it online..

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