Colloquium Lectures: 1980s


January 23, 1989. Chemical Parables: How Nylon Stockings Won World War II, Dr. Dudley R. Herschbach, Dept. of Chemistry, Harvard University, Boston, MA.

February 13, 1989. Protein Breakdown and Health and Disease, Dr. Judith S. Bond, Dept. of Biochemistry and Nutrition, VPI & SU, Blacksburg, VA.

March 13, 1989. Trends in Supercomputer Technology, Mr. John A. Rollwagen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cray Research, Inc., Minneapolis, MN.

April 10, 1989. The Harvest of Space: Opening the High Frontier, Mr. Gregg E. Maryniak, Chief Executive Officer, Space Studies Institute, Princeton, NJ.

May 8, 1989. NDE in Aerospace: Requirements for Science, Sensors, and Sense, Dr. Joseph S. Heyman, NASA Langley, Hampton, VA.

June 12, 1989. The 1988 Atlantic Hurricane Season, Dr. Robert C. Sheets, Director, National Hurricane Ctr, Coral Gables, FL.

July 18, 1989. Manned Space Programs–The Apollo, The Soviet, and the Future, Dr. Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, President, Starcraft Enterp., Laguna Beach, CA.

August 14, 1989. Micro-Scale Mechanics for Sensors and Actuators, Dr. Richard M. White, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

September 18, 1989. Shuttle Emergency Systems, Col. Steven R. Nagel, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX.

October 10, 1989. Trading Places: How We Allowed Japan to Take the Lead, Mr. Clyde V. Prestowitz, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 11 DuPont Circle, Washington, DC.

November 13, 1989. FAA Aging Fleet Program, Mr. Thomas E. McSweeney, Deputy Director, Aircraft Certification Service, Federal Aviation Adminis., Washington, DC.

December 11, 1989. Fractal Forgeries: From M-Sets to Mountains and Music, Dr. Richard F. Voss, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY.


January 11, 1988. Superconductivity–Opportunities and Challenges, Dr. Jack E. Crow, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

February 9, 1988. Technology of the Changing Workforce, Dr. Vernon M. Briggs, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

March 14, 1988. Space Transportation Recovery, Rear Adm Richard H. Truly, Assoc. Admin for Space Flight, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC.

April 11, 1988. Perfectly Engineered Viruses, Dr. Iain Hay, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD.

June 13, 1988. Examining NASA’s Goals and Roles: The Sally Ride Committee at Work, Nancy Sliwa, NASA Langley, Hampton, VA.

July 11, 1988. Tactical Jet VSTOL…Its Future in STOL, Dr. John W. Fozard, National Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC.

August 8, 1988. Technology for Stars and Stripes and Applications to Ship Design, Dr. Nils Salvensen, Science Applications International Corp., Annapolis, MD.

September 19, 1988. A Vision of the Future, Mr. Robert T. McCall, McCall Studios, Paradise Valley, AZ.

October 17, 1988. Near Net Shape Manufacturing of Tough Structural Composites by3-D Fiber Architecture, Dr. Frank K. Ko, Dept. of Materials Eng’g, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.

November 14, 1988. From Myth to Reality: The Triumph of Daedalus, Dr. John S. Langford, III, Institute for Defense Analysis, Alexandria, VA.

December 12, 1988. Qualitative Physics: Automating Human Reasoning About the Physical World, Dr. Kenneth D. Forbus, Dept. of Computer Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL.


January 27, 1987. Aerodynamics in Alpine and Nordic Skiing Competition, Dr. Michael S. Holder, Calspan Corporation, Buffalo, NY.

February 9, 1987. Creating a Flying Replica of Quetzalcoatlus Northropi Pterodactyl, Mr. Henry R. Jex, Jex Enterprises, Santa Monica, CA.

February 11, 1987. Stars and Stripes ’87: Computational Flow Simulations for Hydrodynamic Design, Mr. Charles W. Boppe, Engineering Design & Analy Consultants, Smithtown, NY.

March 23, 1987. Space Goals for 21st Century America, Dr. Thomas O. Paine, Former NASA Administrator, Chairman, Nat’l Commission on Space, Los Angeles, CA.

April 13, 1987. Global Climate Change and Biological Extinction, Dr. Dewey M. McLean, Department of Geological Sci, VPI & SU, Blacksburg, VA.

May 11, 1987. The Chesapeake Bay: Its Past, Present, and Future, Dr. Gerald H. Johnson, Department of Geology, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA.

June 8, 1987. Air Force Project Forecast II – A Roadmap for Future Science and Technology Department, Lt. Col. Michael C. Mushala, Air Force Systems Command, Washington, DC.


August 10, 1987. A 25 Year Perspective on Planetary Exploration–Past and Future, Dr. Geoffrey A. Briggs, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC.

September 21, 1987. Bring Home the America’s Cup, Peter F. Isler, Navigator of the Stars and Stripes, Dennis Conner Sports.

October 19, 1987. Snapshots from Planetary Exploration, Mr. Cary R. Spitzer, NASA Langley, Hampton, VA.

November 9, 1987. The Spirit of St. Louis – Design, Construction, and Flight Testing, Mr. William F. Chana, Pres., William F. Chana Assoc., Inc., San Diego, CA.

December 14, 1987. The Great Supernova of 1987, Dr. Stephen P. Maran, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD.


January 13, 1986. Reflections of a Paleoaerodynamicist, Dr. John H. McMasters, Boeing Commercial Airplane Co., Seattle, WA.

February 24, 1986. To Fly on the Wings of the Sun, Mr. David W. Hall, David Hall Consulting, Smyrna, GA.

March 24, 1986. The Return of Halley’s Comet, Dr. Robert D. Chapman, Senior Policy Analyst, Office of Science and Technology, The Executive Office of the President, Washington, DC.

April 14, 1986. Some Reflections on NACA/NASA Past, Present, and Future, Dr. Christopher C. Kraft, Rockwell International, Houston, TX.

May 12, 1986. Industrial Applications of Computerized Tomography- A Nondestructive Look Inside Materials, Dr. Michael J. Boyle, ARACOR, Sunnyvale, CA.

June 9, 1986. Strategic Defense Initiative: Update of Technologies and Progress, Lt. Gen. James Abrahamson, Director, SDIO, The Pentagon, Washington, DC.

June 19, 1986. Touching the Future, Barbara Radding Morgan, Teacher-in- Space Designee, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC.

July 14, 1986. Electrophoresis Operations In Space, Mr. David W. Richman, McDonnell Douglas Co., St. Louis, MO.

August 11, 1986. Frequency and Time Sources– Past, Present, and Future, Dr. Arthur Ballato, US Army Electronics, Technology and Devices Lab, Fort Monmouth, NJ.

September 8, 1986. Sacred Cows and Gored Oxen: Federal Support of R & D, Dr. Michael L. Telson, Staff, US House Budget Committee, Washington, DC.

October 27, 1986. Space Station Outreach Evaluation Task Force, Mr. W. Ray Hook, Manager, Space Station Office, NASA Langley, Hampton, VA.

November 10, 1986. The Will to Live, Brig Gen W. W. Spruance, Ret., Chairman, Board of Trustees, Embry-Riddle Aeron. Univ, Bunnell, FL.

December 8, 1986. Lunar and Planetary Exploring Machines, Mr. Oran W. Nicks, Director, Space Research Center, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX.


January 21, 1985. Applications of Ultrasonics, Prof. Gordon Kino, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.

February 11, 1985. Human-Powered Flight: The M. I. T. Monarch, Mr. John S. Langford, MIT, Cambridge, MA.

March 11, 1985. The Physics of Pianos and Violins, Prof. Gabriel Weinreich, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

April 8, 1985. Speed Sailing–An Attempt at a New World Record, Christopher R. White, Chris White Designs, Mathews, VA.

May 23, 1985. Visiions for the Future, Dr. Arthur C. Clarke, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.

June 10, 1985. The Hubble Space Telescope: Astronomical Goals, Dr. Hervey Stockman, Jr., Space Telescope Science Inst., Baltimore, MD.

July 22, 1985. Space Shuttle Flight 51-B/ Spacelab III–A Mission of Science, Col. Frederick D. Gregory, NASA Astronaut, Johnson Space Center, TX.

August 19, 1985. The Life and Times of Fred Weick–Aeronautical Pioneer, Dr. James R. Hansen, University of Maine, Orono, ME.

September 9, 1985. The Advanced Supersonic Transport–Status, Mr. Richard H. Petersen, Director, NASA Langley, Hampton, VA.

October 15, 1985. Space Transportation Without Rockets: Beanstalks, Tethers, Launch Loops, and Indian Rope Tricks, Dr. Charles A. Sheffield, Earth Satellite Corp., Chevy Chase, MD.

November 12, 1985. Handling Qualities and Pilot Evaluation, Mr. Robert P. Harper, Jr., Arzin/Calspan, Buffalo, NY, and Mr. George E. Cooper, G. E. Cooper Assoc., Saratoga, CA.

December 9, 1985. Orbit-On-Demand Vehicles: Quick Shuttles, Dr. James A. Martin, NASA Langley, Hampton, VA.


January 16, 1984. Micromachined Smart Silicon Sensors, Prof. James B. Angell, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.

February 13, 1984. Space Station Design–A Historical Perspective, Mr. W. Ray Hook, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA.

March 12, 1984. The Earth’s Early Atmosphere: A New View, Dr. Joel S. Levine, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA.

April 9, 1984. Magnetic Fluids: Phenomena, Analysis and Applications, Dr. Roland E. Rosensweig, Exxon Research & Eng’g, Annandale, NJ.

May 8, 1984. Education–The Role of Family and Community, Dr. Robert Coles, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

June 4, 1984. Crew Report on STS 41-C and the Deployment of LDEF, Capt. Robert L. Crippen and Mr. Terry J. Hart, NASA, Houston, TX.

June 11, 1984. Bird Navigation, Dr. Kenneth P. Able, State Univ of New York, Albany, NY.

July 9, 1984. Recent Developments in the Soviet Space Program, Marcia S. Smith, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

August 28, 1984. Automobile Aerodynamics, Mr. Kent B. Kelly, General Motors Technical Ctr., Warren, MI.

September 10, 1984. The Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Prof. Hans C. von Baeyer, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA.

October 9, 1984. Home, Schools, Society: Partners in America’s Future, Dr. Richard Berendzen, American University, Washington, DC.

December 3, 1984. A 1990 Integrated Digital/ Electric Aircraft, Mr. Gordon E. Tagge, Boeing Commercial Airplane Co., Seattle, WA.

December 10, 1984. Educating America, Hon. Andrew Young, Mayor, Atlanta, GA.


January 17, 1983. Acid Rain: Causes, Consequences, and Possible Management, Dr. Ellis B. Cowling, Chairman, Nat’l Atmospheric Deposition Program, North Carolina State Univ, Raleigh, NC.

February 14, 1983. The Winds of Change, Donald D. Baals, Distinguished Research Assoc., NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA.

March 14, 1983. Man Machine Anomalies, Dr. Robert G. Jahn, Dean, School of Eng’g and Applied Science, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

April 4, 1983 ,The Impact of Science on Society, James Burke, BBC-TV Host, Writer, Producer, London, England.

May 16, 1983. Accomplishments of Science to the Year 2000, Jules Bergman, ABC-TV Science Editor, Writer, Reporter, New York, NY.

June 13, 1983. To Be Creative, Prof. David N. Perkins, Harvard University, Cambirdge, MA.

July 11, 1983. The Geology of the Lower Chesapeake Region, Dr. Gerald H. Johnson, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA.

August 8, 1983. Creating the Advanced Passenger Train, Dr. Alan H. Wickens, The Railway Technical Center, Derby, England.

September 12, 1983. Our Heritage in Applied Research, Dr. Hans Marc, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC.

October 13, 1983. Our Destiny in the Cosmos, Dr. Isaac Asimov, New York, NY.

November 14, 1983. The Revolt Against Max Munk: A Historical Perspective, Dr. James R. Hansen, Historian for Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA.

December 12, 1983. Current Issues in Cancer Research, Dr. Mary Ann Lane, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA.


January 11, 1982. Technology Developments in Personal Computing, Mr. Carl Helmers, President, North American Technology, Inc., Peterborough, NH.

February 22, 1982. If you Innovate, You Have Got to Motivate, John D. (Jack) Jackson ,Senior Instructor, American Airlines Flight Academy, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX.

March 22, 1982. Man’s Past, Present, and Future, Dr. Robert Jastrow, Founder and Former Director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, NY.

April 12, 1982. Are Scientists Doing Their Homework?, Dr. Eugene Garfield, President and Founder, Institute for Scientific Information, Philadelphia, PA.

May 14, 1982. Human-Powered Transportation: Commuter Cycles in the Future, Prof. David Gordon Wilson, MIT, Cambridge, MA.

June 14, 1982. The Learfan Composite Airplane, Richard R. Tracy, Vice President, Learfan Ltd., Reno, NV.

July 13, 1982. Orbital Transfer Vehicles and Evolutionary Approach, Ivan Bekey, Director, Advanced Programs, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC.

August 9, 1982. Echo Location Systems in Nature, Dr. Edward L. Titlebaum, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.

September 13, 1982. Diet, Behavior, and Self-Image, Lendon H. Smith, MD, Pediatrician, Lecturer, Author, Portland, OR.

October 25, 1982. The Search for Monopoles, Dr. W. Peter Trower, Professor of Physics, VPI & SU, Blacksburg, VA.

November 8, 1982. Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Where is Everybody?, Dr. John A. Ball, Radio Astronomer, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA.

December 13, 1982. Aircraft Accident Investigation, Vice Admiral (Ret.), Donald D. Engen, Member, NTSB, Washington, DC.


January 12, 1981. Cinematic Simulations and Special Effects, Dr. Kenneth L. Jones, Tech Director for Special Effects, New World Productions, Venice, CA.

February 2, 1981. The Voyager I Encounter with Saturn, Dr. Geoffrey A. Briggs, Deputy Director, Solar System Exploration Division, NASA, Washington, DC.

February 9, 1981. Computer Graphics and Facility Design, Dr. Joel N. Orr, President, Orr Associates, Inc., Danbury, CT.

March 16, 1981. Recombinative DNA, Dr. James D. Watson, Director, Cold Spring Harbor Lab, Cold Spring Harbor, NY.

April 14, 1981. From Fossils to Footprints, Dr. Mary D. Leakey, Archaeologist, Leakey Foundation, Pasadena, CA.

May 4, 1981. Space Technology Applied to Geodesy, Dr. Edward A. Flinn, III, Chief Scientist, Geodynamics Branch, NASA, Washington, DC.

June 15, 1981. The Earliest Life, Prof. Lynn Margulis, Department of Biology, Boston University, Boston, MA.

July 20, 1981. Space Shuttle Orbital-Flight Test Program, Mr. L. Michael Weeks, Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Space Transportation Systems, NASA, Washington, DC.

August 10, 1981. Severe Storms, Mr. Jean T. Lee, Research Meteorologist, National Severe Storms Lab, Norman, OK.

September 14, 1981. Some Water Problems and How the Industry is Trying to Solve Them, Mr. Kenneth E. Shull, Vice President – Research/ Environmental Affairs, Philadelphia Surburban Water Company, Bryn Mawr, PA.

October 20, 1981. A Morning with Eric Sevareid, Eric Sevareid, News Correspondent, Analyst, Columbia Broadcasting System, New York, NY.

November 9, 1981. Development of an Underwater Archaeology Program for Virginia, Dr. John Broadwater, Senior Underwater Archaeologist, Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission, Research Center for Archaeologist, Yorktown, VA.

December 14, 1981. Mount St. Helens – Surprise, Surprise, Dr. Mortimer H. Hait, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, CO.


January 24, 1980. A Star in Trouble and Other Condensed Remains of Supernovae, Dr. Stephen P. Maran, Senior Staff Scientist, Laboratory for Astronomy and Solar Physics, NASA Goddard Space Flt. Ctr., Greenbelt, MD.

February 12, 1980. The High Frontier, Dr. Gerard K. O’Neill, Professor of Physics, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.

April 8, 1980. Einstein Remembered, Dr. Banesh Hoffman, Mathematician, Queens College, Flushing, NY.

April 28, 1980. New Discoveries in Old Virginia, Ivor Noel Hume, Archaeologist, Author, Lecturer Williamsburg, VA.

May 12, 1980. Prevailing in the Absence of Technology, Vice Admiral James Stockdale, USN Ret., Commandant, The Citadel, Charleston, SC.

May 22, 1980. A Science Lecture of the 18th Century, Dr. John L. McKnight, Professor of Physics, and Dr. Hans C. von Baeyer, Professor of Physics, Director of VARC, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.

July 17, 1980. The Amazing Moons of Jupiter, Dr. Thomas A. Mutch, Associate Administrator for Space Science, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC.

August 11, 1980. Collision Avoidance in Space, Mr. Donald J. Kessler, Astrophysicist, Space Environment Office, NASA Johnson Space Ctr, Houston, TX.

August 15, 1980. Viking Project – Mars Mission Update, Mr. Joseph M. Boyce, Planetary Geology Discipline Scientist, NASA, Washington, DC, Dr. Conway W. Wnyder, Viking Project Scientist, and Mr. Kermit S. Watkins, Viking Project Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA.

September 8, 1980. Biomass – Renewable Energy, New Jobs, and Economic Gains for Virginians, Dr. George W. Brooks, Director for Research and Development, Engineering Incorporated, Hampton, VA.

October 16, 1980. A Saga of Black History – The Future of the Family, Mr. Alex Haley, Author of Roots, Los Angeles, CA.

November 10, 1980. The Fourth Kingdom – Man, Mr. William J. Sauber, Long Range Project Manager, Dow Chemical Corporation, Midland, MI.