Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The Washington Post answers a "What's Up with That?" about a Reston building.
A Washington Post reader last week asked columnist John Kelly why there is a granite plaque with Richard Nixon's name on it in the lobby of Reston's United States Geological Survey building. Is it a time capsule? A cornerstone? Some other marker to honor the 37th president? Turns out the piece was put in place in 1972 to honor the USGS' move to the Reston building. Read more about it in the Post. Meanwhile, the USGS recently closed its Visitors Center due to sequestration cutbacks. That means Reston Association will not be able to hold it summer science camp on the premises. RA is looking for an alternative location for the camp.
Monday, April 1, 2013
Sequestration means Reston Association can't use USGS in 2013.
Reston Association will be able to hold Science Camp this summer after all, just not at the U.S. Geological Survey. RA told campers and their parents two weeks ago that the 2013 Science Camp - held for for 19 years at USGS' Reston headquarters - would be unable to take place at USGS due to budget cuts. RA Camp Director Barb Beaver notified parents on Monday that camp will be held at Buzz Aldrin Elementary this summer. USGS said that it had to close its Visitors Center recently due to sequestration. If the Visitors Center was closed, camp could not be held there, a USGS spokeswoman said. Also, many of the USGS scientists who participated in the camp, which runs for four two-week sessions, could not participate due to furloughs. Beaver told …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
"Feds Feed Families" will help Reston Interfaith, other food pantries.
In the wake of the recent derecho, Northern Virginia's congressmen are helping feed needy families with its program, Feds Feed Families. Feds Feed Families kicked off this year's drive at the U.S. Geological Survey headquarters in Reston last week. Congressmen Gerry Connolly, Frank Wolf and Jim Moran attended the event and pointed out that in its three years, Feds Feed Families has collected more than 8 million pounds of food for area food banks. All food collected at USGS through August will go to Reston Interfaith. Food collected at other sites will go to various other pantries. Many of the food banks, including the one operated by Reston Interfaith, have a lower inventory following the power outages and increased need following the …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Lecture series looks at invaders giant pythons and flying carp.
Giant pythons and flying carp -- two high-profile invasive species with the potential to wreak havoc on their individual ecosystems -- are the topic of a free public lecture Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the U.S. Geological Survey National Center in Reston. Titled “Under Siege: Battling Flying Carp and Giant Pythons and How Science Can Help,” the lecture looks at how over the last several decades, non-native species have continued to invade sensitive ecosystems throughout the United States. Two high-profile species, Asian carp in the Midwest and Burmese pythons in the Everglades, are the focus of much attention by decision makers, the public and the media. "Pythons and Asian carp hold important lessons: neither species was imported with the …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Longtime resident and author Terry Jennings publishes an educational children's book on what may happened at Mount St. Helens.
When you’re asked to write a book about volcanoes, it helps to be from Reston – home of the U.S. Geological Survey. So Terry Jennings took full advantage of her location when preparing to write a children's book. “I went to USGS and checked out everything they had on volcanoes,” says Jennings, an author who specializes in educational material for children. “They had a lot on Mount St. Helens.” Even better. The editor she was working with was interested in a picture book on how animals reacted to the May, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, so she used the information from USGS and followed up with a Mount St. Helens scientist. The result: Gopher to the Rescue, an educational picture book just published by Sylvan Dell. The scientist “was …
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Discounts for all maps, merchandise.
Correction: The originial story said the store would close Jan. 13. The correct date is Jan. 10. The walk-in store at the U.S. Geological Survey's Reston office will close on Jan. 10. The shop has been a part of the USGS since the building opened in the 1970s, says USGS spokeswoman Cheryl O'Brien. It carries a wide variety of maps and other educational items. Currently, everything in the store - including topographic maps of all 50 states, USGS publications, and other books, toys and gift items - are all 25 percent off, O'Brien said. The store is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The USGS will continue its other public programs. The store is operated by Eastern National, a separate association that runs stores at …