Announcements

Thinkers Wanted: Participate in the CREATE Better Reasoning Research Study    Through June, 2019



Thinkers Wanted!
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab is recruiting people who love to solve puzzles, logic games, and analytic problems to participate in research studies that explore crowdsourced reasoning.
 
We’re looking for highly motivated, inquisitive, open-minded individuals to solve challenging problems alone or in teams. You can join the CREATE research study if you: 
  • Are 18 years or older
  • Read and write English fluently
  • Have reliable internet access and will accept cookies from the study website 
What will we learn from CREATE?
CREATE research studies will help us learn more about how people reason when solving complex problems, and how they communicate their reasoning to other people. We are particularly interested in how teams share and evaluate possible solutions, and how they collaborate to develop a common solution.

Our findings will inform and shape the tools and processes that intelligence analysts use to develop and communicate their reasoning. Our goal is to help the Intelligence Community reason comprehensively and communicate clearly so that they can, in turn, help our policymakers and government leaders make better decisions.

Although this research is focused on helping the Intelligence Community, the same insights can also help other professionals who solve hard problems from incomplete evidence.

Who is funding this research?
The CREATE research studies are funded by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA).
 
What if I still have questions?
Send any questions to info@create.jhuapl.edu. 
 
Join the CREATE research study - CLICK HERE!
 
The CREATE research study i approved under JHMI IRB00200712. Principal Investigators: Kathleen Straub, Ph.D. and Rebecca Rhodes, Ph.D.
 
 
In Memory of Richard Birn   March 27, 2019
 

DACOR members and leaders were sorry to hear of the passing of DACOR member Richard Birn over the weekend. Richard spent his career as a Public Diplomacy Officer, both in the field and at VOA. His obituary appeared in Monday's Washington Post.

While the funeral took place on Tuesday, the family will receive visitors on Wednesday, March 27, from 3 - 5:15 pm, at Carriage Hill of Bethesda, Sunroom, 5215 Cedar Lane. Contributions may be made to www.medicalcareforall.org/pages/donate.

 

 
New Executive Director AnnouncedFebruary 14, 2019
 

James H. Benson, President of DACOR, an organization of foreign affairs professionals that promotes diplomacy, announced today the appointment of John C. Bradshaw as the new Executive Director
 
“On behalf of DACOR and its 1,600 members, I am pleased to welcome John to DACOR,” said Mr. Benson.  “John’s executive experience in the nonprofit association sector and his Foreign Service experience will strengthen and sustain DACOR’s mission to bring foreign affairs professionals together in support of diplomacy, the Foreign Service, and public understanding of diplomacy and to preserve the historic DACOR Bacon House.”
 
Mr. Bradshaw most recently served as executive director of the National Security Network and the Enough Project and is a member of the board of directors of Disability Rights International. Previously, after a stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer, he had spent 14 years as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Department, serving in Venezuela, Brazil and Burma, as well as in Washington where he was assigned to the East Asian and Human Rights bureaus. He also worked as a Senate staffer, including a year as a Pearson Fellow in the office of the late Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota.
 
DACOR is a private non-profit membership-based organization for foreign affairs professionals, fostering open, informed, and non-partisan dialogue about current foreign policy issues, and supporting the Foreign Service community through fellowship and outreach. Through its philanthropic arm, the DACOR Bacon House Foundation, DACOR serves as the steward of the historic mansion located at 1801 F Street, NW, Washington D.C. The Foundation annually awards $250,000 in scholarships and fellowships to students pursuing careers in diplomacy, development and international relations.
 

 
Seeking Middle East/North Africa-U.S.A. Crisis Simulation ParticipantsFebruary 2, 2019
 

GWU international studies students have extended an invitation to DACOR members to participate as observers/mentors in the Saturday, Feb. 2 Crisis Simulation, 11:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. (or as long as you are able to stay) at the Marvin Center, 800 21st Street, NW, on the GW campus. The simulation is Middle East/North Africa/U.S. - Saudi relations focused. Please click here for more information on the event. DACOR members who sign up will receive a briefing packet in advance of the simulation, and student organizers will provide lunch for us. DACOR members who participated in the November Crisis Simulation gave the students high marks for the event’s organization. 


To sign up for the simulation, contact Paul Tyson, Mentor Team Leader, DACOR Public Outreach Committee, at paultyson2013@gmail.com by January 28th. 


 
 
 The English-Speaking Union MeetingJanuary 24, 2019
 

DACOR members are welcome to attend the next The English-Speaking Union meeting on Thursday, January 24th. Please read on for full details.

Meeting: English Speaking Union Washington, D.C. Branch with friends of the United Nations
 
Date/Time/Place:  Thursday, January 24th at 5:30 pm at the UN Foundation
1750 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C. 20006. 
 
Wine and Cheese Reception at the UN Foundation for folks to gather informally after the meeting. 
 
Please R.S.V.P. to Dr. Karen Blair-Brand, at blairkaren166@gmail.com by Tuesday, January 22, 2019 with your name and any guests.  Upon entering the UN Foundation you will need to check-in with the front desk and will be given directions to the elevator. 
 
At this meeting, The English Speaking Union of the United States Chairman, Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill will be discussing the current status of the ESU Washington, D.C. Branch and details about the 2019 ESU Annual General Meeting (AGM) that will be held in Washington, D.C. this Fall. The current UK Ambassador, Kim Darroch will be hosting a program for the 2019 AGM in Washington, D.C.  We need your help with ideas for this upcoming AGM that will be held the year prior to our upcoming ESUUS Centennial in New York City in 2020 where there will be a United Nations event in New York and members of the ESU International Council and United Nations will be invited to join us.


The English Speaking Union (ESU) is an international NGO of The United Nations.  The ESU was founded by Sir Evelyn Wrench after World War I as a non-profit, non-political charity organization to foster peace, good will and global understanding thru the use of the English language for all people.  The ESU provides educational and cultural opportunities that richly and positively impacts the lives of others.  Princess Ann is the President of the ESU internationally. (website: esuus.org)
 

 
Funeral Service ~ Alan W. LukensJanuary 11, 2019
 

Ambassador Alan Lukens, a past president of DACOR, passed away on Saturday evening, January 5th, 2019. A service will be held at All Saints Church in Chevy Chase, MD, on Friday 11th at 11:00 am. All Saints Church is at 3 Chevy Chase Circle, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. Parking for the church is accessed from Oliver Street.
 

 
Executive Director PositionDecember 12, 2018


DACOR, Inc., an organization of foreign affairs professionals, and the DACOR Bacon House Foundation are seeking an Executive Director to manage the expanded agenda of their organizations.

DACOR and the DACOR Bacon House Foundation are 501 (c) (4) and 501 (c) (3) organizations, which together comprise a membership of approximately 1,600 individuals. The Executive Director works under the general authority of a Board of Governors/Trustees, and reports to the President and Executive Committee of those boards.

Candidates for the Executive Director position should possess solid management skills, especially in the areas of human resources and financial management. They also should have experience in fundraising and membership development.

Past experience in the foreign affairs arena is a definite plus. Familiarity with electronic accounting and association management software is also very important.

The position of Executive Director requires strong interpersonal and communication skills, including solid writing ability.

The primary workplace is at the historic DACOR Bacon House at 18th and F Streets NW, in Washington, DC.  Preservation, maintenance and modernization of this historic home is one of the principal strategic goals of the organization, and one of the responsibilities of the Executive Director is to oversee the staff responsible for this maintenance and upkeep.

Salary: $110,000 plus a generous benefits package, to include healthcare coverage, parking on-site, annual leave, holiday leave and federal holiday leave, plus more.

Application Deadline: December 12, 2018

To view a complete position description, click here.

For further information and to apply with your cover letter and resume, please contact Interim Executive Director Sherry Barndollar Rock at 202-682-0500, ext. 14, or by email at sbrock@dacorbacon.org.

 

 
Notice of Special Members' Meeting   December 13, 2018
 

The Board of Governors is calling a Special Members' Meeting for December 13, 2018, at 10:15 am at the DACOR Bacon House. The purpose of the meeting is to obtain approval by the voting members of DACOR, Inc. for an increase in annual dues for calendar year 2019. 

Please click here for the full announcement and details.
 

 
Memorial Service ~ Michael E. C. ElyNovember 17, 2018
 

Michael E.C. Ely, a past president of DACOR, passed away peacefully on October 18, 2018, after a long illness. There will be a memorial service and reception on Saturday, November 17 at 2:00 pm at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane (corner of Military Road) in Arlington, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to St. Andrew's Endowment for Outreach and Human Needs or to the DACOR Bacon House Foundation.
 

 
Seeking China-U.S.A. Crisis Simulation ParticipantsNovember 3, 2018

 
The Crisis Simulation team at George Washington University is recruiting DACOR members with experience in China or East Asia to dust off their diplomacy skills and sit in on a student crisis simulation on Saturday, November 3. The student-led simulation runs from 11:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marvin Center, 800 21st Street NW, Washington, DC. Lunch is provided. The crisis will focus on China and the US. To register, contact Tom Brannan, Chair, DACOR Public Outreach Committee, at JTHBARL@gmail.com
 

 
Job Announcement: Oral History Program Assistant at ADSTOctober 31, 2018


ADST is pleased to announce a part time job with their Oral History Program. Click here for the full job announcement. Applications should be submitted by 10.31.2018 with interviewing in November and a start date in December.
 

 
Foreign Service Networking Night at George Mason UniversityOctober 16, 2018


Remember when you first thought about pursuing a career in the State Department? Well there are 40 graduate and undergraduate students (and a long wait list) at George Mason University who’d like to talk to you.

The occasion is Foreign Service Networking Night, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16 at the University’s Fairfax campus. GMU’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution is hosting the two-hour event and needs veterans of the State Department (FSO’s and Civil Service) to share their experiences and advice. You can expect to interact with multiple small groups of students in an extended conversation (15-20 minutes) about pathways into the Foreign Service or State Department Civil Service, your career trajectory, and what makes for a fulfilling career.

Ready to sign up? Contact Leslie Durham at GMU (ldurham2@gmu.edu), let her know you’d like to attend as a mentor, and send her a short paragraph that covers your FS career. She will send you directions on how to get to Merton Hall, room 1201, and how to activate free parking in the adjoining parking garage.
 

 
2018 Foreign Service Cup AwardedMay 4, 2018


The 2018 winner of the Foreign Service Cup is Ambassador H. Allen Holmes (second from left). Ambassador Holmes was awarded the Cup on May 4th at Foreign Affairs Day. Over two distinguished careers, in the Foreign Service and as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, H. Allen Holmes advanced the national security of the United States and laid the foundation for the next generations of foreign affairs leaders.


 
 
2018 - 2019 Education Awards AnnouncedApril, 2018
 

DACOR Bacon House Foundation President James H. Benson announced the awarding of $225,000 in scholarships, including $120,000 in graduate fellowships and $100,000 in undergraduate scholarships as part of its annual education awards program. The awards will benefit students currently enrolled or soon to enroll in graduate and undergraduate degree programs at 22 American universities.

The graduate fellowship recipients were selected by the Foundation?s Education Committee based on their academic credentials and interviews conducted this spring. Our committee members were greatly impressed with the academic achievements of these students and their desire to pursue careers that embraced foreign policy and the practice of international affairs,? said DBHF Education Committee chair Stephen Thompson.

The 2018 recipients of the $10,000 DBHF Graduate Fellowships for the Study of International Affairs are currently enrolled in master's degree programs at their respective universities. They are Veronica Ferris at American University, Mehmil Zia at George Washington University, Samantha Wulfson at Georgetown University, Joel Jaeger at Johns Hopkins University, Elissa Miller at Tufts University, Lauren Werling at Catholic University, William Humphrey at Pepperdine University, Ammara Ansari at the University of Michigan, and Lucy Flamm at the University of Texas. In addition, the DACOR Bacon House Foundation awarded the Gantenbein Medical Fund Fellowship, a combined award of $30,000 ($25,000 tuition, $5,000 stipend), to Samuel Ficenec for the 2018-2019 academic year at the Tulane University School of Medicine, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Recipients of the $6,000 DBHF Undergraduate Metro Scholarships to encourage the study of foreign affairs are currently enrolled at five universities; they are Mia Brown at George Mason University, Lydia Johnson at Howard University, Christina Jones at Fayetteville State University, Yessenia Torres at Trinity Washington University, and Margaret Ebacher-Rini at the University of Maryland.

Through its Louis G. Dreyfus Scholarships for Dependents of U.S. Foreign Service Officers at Yale University, the DACOR Bacon House Foundation awarded a total of $30,000 to Yale students Lucy Tomasso, Claire Young, and Alexander Hoganson. In addition, DBHF awarded a $5,000 dependents scholarship to Emily Heimer, a student at The Hotchkiss School of Lakeville, CT.

In addition to the scholarship awards made directly by DBHF, each year the Foundation provides $40,000 that is awarded through the American Foreign Service Association Scholarship Program for children of AFSA members whose parents are or were Foreign Service employees. Through this program, DBHF assisted seven undergraduate students.