URI Metcalf Institute Presents Public Lecture Series with
a Unique Spin on Science
Narragansett, R.I. -- June 13, 2000 -- The University of Rhode Island
Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting will hold its second
annual workshop for journalists on June 25-30. As part of the workshop,
several public lectures and a panel discussion have been scheduled, featuring
an array of prominent speakers. The theme for this year's lectures is Scientists
and Journalists: Getting the Point Across.
The five presentations will be held in the Coastal Institute Auditorium
at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography's Narragansett Bay Campus. All
events are free and open to the public.
Monday, June 26, 3:30 p.m.
Ocean Fertilization: A Cure for Global Warming?
Dr. Sallie Chisholm, McAfee Professor of Engineering, Massachusetts Institute
Microscopic plants (phytoplankton) in the ocean account for a significant
portion of photosynthesis on earth and play a critical role in the global
carbon cycle. Phytoplankton growth, which controls carbon transport from
the atmosphere to the ocean, is limited by nutrients. By adding nutrients
to the oceans, the carbon transport rate can be increased. Could this forestall
Tuesday, June 27, 3:30 p.m.
The Change in the Weather
Bill Stevens, reporter, The New York Times, and author of The Change
in the Weather: People, Weather, and the Science of Climate
Global warming is not just a concern for the future, it appears to affect
climate and weather now. To what degree is human activity responsible for
present-day warming? What do scientists believe will happen to climate in
the next century if emissions are not reduced?
Wednesday, June 28, 3:30 p.m.
Using the Columbia River to Explain the American West
Blaine Harden, foreign and metro correspondent, The New York Times, and
author of A River Lost: The Life and Death of the Columbia
The Columbia River, the most powerful river in the West, is the most
thoroughly dammed, transformed into a series of puddles separated by concrete
plugs. Harden will explain how the history of this river is the story of
the West, where progress was a synonym for dominance.
Thursday, June 29, 3:30 p.m.
Collective Good, Private Rights: Managing Marine and Environmental
Moderated by Cory Dean, science editor, The New York Times, and author
of Against the Tide: The Battle for America's Beaches
Panelists include Scott Allen, writer, The Boston Globe; Dr. John
McCarthy, professor, Harvard University; Dr. Rutherford Platt, professor,
University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Andy Revkin, science news reporter,
The New York Times
Exploitation of the coastal region for economic benefit is escalating
while the resources that make this area valuable are in danger of being
damaged or lost forever. What can be done to stop further loss, preserve
what we have, and restore what has been lost? Two veteran reporters and
two scientists discuss whether a coastal area can be both ecologically healthy
and economically rewarding and how marine resources might be managed to
achieve this balance.
Friday, June 30, 11:30 a.m.
Environmental Science in the 21st Century: Tremendous Opportunities
for American Research
Dr. Margaret Leinen, Assistant Director for Geosciences, National Science
What does the future hold for environmental sciences in the U.S.? The
National Science Foundation, the primary source of basic environmental science
and engineering research funding, is promoting a multidisciplinary approach
to its research programs. How will this affect research and technology development?
The public lecture series is sponsored by the Metcalf Institute for Marine
and Environmental Reporting with support from the Charles and Bobby Fish
Endowment for Oceanography. For information, call the URI Office of Marine
Programs at 401-874-6211, or visit the Metcalf Institute website at www.gso.uri.edu/metcalf.
Lisa Cugini, 874-6642, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Jackleen De la Harpe, 874-6211, email@example.com