Friday, February 15, 2008


Meets with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the Oval Office of the White House. Departs, with first lady Laura Bush, on foreign travel to Africa.


9 a.m. Economic Research Service releases the livestock, dairy and poultry outlook report. Location: 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/694-5050.

4 p.m. Economic Research Service releases the U.S. agricultural trade update report. Location: 1400 Independence Ave. SW. Contact: 202/694-5050.


10 a.m. Energy Department holds a meeting of the Office of Science, High Energy Physics Advisory Panel to discuss the Energy Department’s High Energy Physics Program, discussion of National Science Foundation Elementary Particle Physics Program and to receive reports on and discuss topics of general interest in high energy physics. Location: Hotel Palomar, 2121 P St. NW. Contact: 301/903-1298.

1 p.m. Health and Human Services Department holds a meeting of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology; American Health Information Community Chronic Care Workgroup on ways to use information technology to better coordinate care for patients with chronic conditions and will discuss this information in light of opportunities to better facilitate patient care coordination. Location: Mary C. Switzer Building, 330 C St. SW. Contact: 202/690-7151.


No oral arguments are scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.


In session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.


Meets at 2 p.m. in a pro forma session. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.


10 a.m. Armed Services military personnel subcommittee holds a hearing on the status of the implementation of the Army’s medical action plan and other services’ support for wounded service members. Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker, Assistant Army Surgeon General Brig. Gen. Michael Tucker for warrior care and transition, Navy Surgeon General Vice Adm. Adam Robinson and Air Force Surgeon General Lt. Gen. James Roudebush testify. Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-4151.


Conference — 8 a.m. Business and Professional Women USA holds its “Partnering for Political Change 2008 Policy and Action Conference,” Location: Capitol Hilton, 16th and K streets Northwest. Contact: 202/293-1100.

Event — 8:30 a.m. The Alliance for Public Technology holds its 2008 Policy Forum and Susan G. Hadden Pioneer Awards. Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein and former Fort Wayne, Ind., Mayor Graham Richard participate. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 202/263-2970.

Engineering design challenge — 9 a.m. The Junior Engineering Technical Society holds a 2008 National Engineering Design Challenge finals, where students identify a problem to solve and then design, build and test their inventions. Six teams representing the best of dozens of entries nationwide will demonstrate and defend their devices to engineer judges. Location: Westin Arlington Gateway, 801 North Glebe Road, Arlington. Contact: 212/967-8200.

Accessible workplace — 9 a.m. High school students from across the country compete to make workplaces more accessible for people with severe disabilities. The National Engineering Design Challenge is aimed at building technologies that tear down barriers to employment for people with disabilities.

Highlights — 9 a.m. Competitions begin.

1:15 p.m. Announcement of winner

Location: Westin Arlington Gateway, 801 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. Contact: 571/226-4530.

New exhibition — 10 a.m. The University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation holds a media preview of a new exhibition, “School Buildings — The State of Affairs,” which highlights the latest technology, materials and design for use in new or renovated schools, emphasizing the advantages of small, multipurpose neighborhood schools. Location: University of Maryland, School of Architecture, College Park. Contact: 301/405-4622.

Awards ceremony — 10 a.m. Assistant Defense Secretary Thomas Hall delivers remarks at the 2007 Defense Department Reserve Family Readiness Awards ceremony. Location: Pentagon, Hall of Heroes. Contact: 703/697-5131.

Briefing — 10:30 a.m. The Congressional Human Rights Caucus holds a briefing on “Crisis in Kenya: A Human Rights Update,” with Chris Albin-Lackey, researcher in the Africa Division, Human Rights Watch. Location: 2261 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/225-5021.

Conference call briefing — noon Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Joseph R. Biden Jr., Delaware Democrat; Senate Small Business Chairman John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat; and Sen. Chuck Hagel, Nebraska Republican, holds a conference call briefing to discuss their upcoming trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan. Contact: 202/224-4159 (Kerry); 202/224- 5042 (Biden) and 202/224-4224 (Hagel).

Discussion — noon The Women’s Foreign Policy Group holds a discussion on “Researching and Writing about Human Rights in Iran,” with Abdulaziz Sachedina, professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia and 2005 Carnegie scholar. Location: Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/884-8597.

Seminar — noon The Progress and Freedom Foundation holds a seminar on “Countdown to DTV (digital television): Making the 2009 Deadline Work.” Location: B-369 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/289-8928.

Discussion — noon The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs’ Culture in Global Affairs and the Office of the Associate Vice President for Special Academic Initiatives hold a discussion on “Paradise Stolen: The Expulsion of the Chagossians and the Creation of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia,” with David Vine, assistant professor of anthropology at American University. Location: GWU Elliott School, 1957 E St. NW. Contact: 202/994-6240.

Economic issues — noon The Conservative Women’s Network holds a luncheon address with Kimberley A. Strassel, editorial board member of the Wall Street Journal, on “pressing economic issues.” Location: Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Lehrman Auditorium. Contact: 202/675-1752.

Health reform — 12:15 p.m. The Alliance for Health Reform holds a briefing on “Healthcare and the Economic Slowdown, Medicaid, State Revenues and Federal Spending Plans.” Dennis Smith, director of the Center for Medicaid and State Operations in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Ray Scheppach of the National Governors Association, participate. Location: 325 Russell Senate Office Building. Contact: 202/789-2300.

Presentation — 12:30 p.m. TheOrganization for Economic Cooperation and Development holds a presentation on “International Energy Administration Review of U.S. Energy Policies: Integrating Security and Climate Change Concerns,” with Andreas Biermann of the Country Studies Division at the International Energy Agency. Location: 2322 Rayburn House Office Building. Contact: 202/785-6323.

Briefing — 12:30 p.m. The Jerusalem Fund holds a briefing on “Border and Beyond: Reassessing Middle East Policy,” with Egyptian Ambassador Nabil Fahmy. Location: Jerusalem Fund, 2425-35 Virginia Ave. NW. Contact: 202/338-1290.

Government and opposition — 12:30 p.m. Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) holds a discussion on “Stranded Between Government and Opposition: The Communist Party of India Since 1989,” with Sanjay Ruparelia, assistant professor of political science at the New School for Social Research. Location: SAIS, Rome Building, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Room 806. Contact: 202/663-5626.

Kosovo discussion — 2:30 p.m. The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) holds a discussion on “The Implications of Kosovo’s Independence for U.S. Foreign Policy.” Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John R. Bolton, Gary Schmitt of AEI and Bruce Jackson of the Project on Transitional Democracies participate. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Event — 7 p.m. The National Archives holds an event to make public the prototype for the Benjamin Banneker Memorial, a monument to the 18th century black mathematician, astronomer, clockmaker and publisher. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, Maryland Democrat; actor Clayton LeBouef; and Kevin Marvel, executive officer of the American Astronomical Society, participate. Location: National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/357-5300.

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