2012 Annual Public Lecture Series

Scientists and Journalists: Getting the Point Across

Corless Auditorium
University of Rhode Island
Graduate School of Oceanography
218 South Ferry Road
Narragansett, RI 02882

All lectures are free and open to the public. Look for lecture videos on the Metcalf Institute YouTube channel.

Monday, June 4 Watch Video: What are Climate Models Good for?
Gavin A. Schmidt, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Schmidt, NASA climate scientist and recipient of the American Geophysical Union Climate Communication Prize in 2011 for exceptional work as a climate communicator, explained the use and effectiveness of climate models for predicting climate change impacts.
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Monday, June 5 Watch Video: Climate Change in the American Mind
Lisa Levin, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Levin is director of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation and distinguished professor at Scripps and studies benthic ecosystems in the deep sea and shallow water. Her talk focused on hypoxia, or low levels of oxygen, in coastal and offshore waters that lead to fish kills and other losses.
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Wednesday, June 6 Watch Video: Down the drain: Emerging Contaminants in the Marine Environment
Edward T. Furlong, United States Geological Survey
Furlong is a research chemist in the Methods Research and Development Program of the National Water Quality Laboratory with the USGS. He discussed emerging contaminants, chemicals that are not currently monitored or regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency but have the potential to cause harm to ecological systems and human health, in U.S. coastal waters.
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Wednesday, June 7 Watch Video: Four Fish: the Future of the Last Wild Food
Paul Greenberg, Author and Journalist
Greenberg is the author of the award-winning New York Times bestseller Four Fish: the Future of the Last Wild Food. He talked about sustainable seafood and how to find the middle ground between aquaculture and wild-caught fisheries.
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Wednesday, June 8 Watch Video: Climate Change in the American Mind
Anthony Leiserowitz, Yale University School of Forestry and Environment
Leiserowitz is a research scientist at the Yale School Forestry and Environmental Studies and director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication. He is recognized as an expert on American and international public opinion on global warming. His lecture highlighted his research on the public understanding of climate change impacts and the importance of developing clear messages.
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