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Honors Colloquium

2011 Vetlesen Lectures in Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography:

The State of Our Oceans

Join us! The world’s oceans, which once seemed far too large to be affected by human activities, have proven to be a canary in the coal mine regarding global change. This lecture series will explore recent advances in our knowledge about oceanic environments and the critical topic of how effective communication is needed to build public understanding of the state of our oceans.

Events take place on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in Edwards Auditorium on URI’s main campus in Kingston. Handicap accessibility is available via a ramped entrance on the east / Upper College Rd side of the building with parking either east of Washburn Hall or behind the URI Foundation Building or the Alumni Center. Click here for an interactive map or directions to the URI Kingston Campus.

Schedule:

February 8 -- Will Coral Reefs Disappear? Biology of Ocean Acidification -- Anne Cohen, research scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Brad Seibel, professor, University of Rhode Island, and Andrew Dickson, professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography will discuss the effects of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels on the biology of the oceans. Click here for more information. Related articles can be found on the Bibliography page of this website.

February 15 -- Should We Engineer the Climate? -- Margaret Leinen, executive director of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and a GSO alumna, argues that the impact of climate change will be so severe that we should conduct research into climate engineering. Leinen will describe geoengineering, its prospects, its dangers and how it should be controlled. Click here for more information. Related articles can be found on the Bibliography page of this website.

March 1 -- Oceans and Human Health: The Urgent Need for Sustainable Resource Management. -- Ed Laws, professor, Louisiana State University, will discuss how to maintain the oceans in the face of increasingly damaging exploitation. Click here for more information. Related articles can be found on the Bibliography page of this website. Lecture co-sponsored by Rhode Island Sea Grant, celebrating 40 years supporting marine science in the Ocean State.

March 8 -- Communicating Science: Lessons Learned from an Environmental Crisis -- Christopher Reddy, senior scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, GSO alumnus, and an expert on oil spills, argues that scientists must take responsibility for communicating science to the public. Click here for more information. Related articles can be found on the Bibliography page of this website. Lecture sponsored by the Harrington School of Communication and Media.

March 29 -- The Last Great Frontier -- Robert Ballard, professor of oceanography and GSO alumnus, shares his passion for the ocean’s depths and his quest to better understand and preserve our waters for future generations. Click here for more information.

April 5 -- Exploring the World’s Notable and Threatened Underwater Habitats -- Norbert Wu, independent filmmaker and marine photographer, presents his work documenting the ongoing alteration of the marine environment, including the deterioration of coral reefs and the collapse of global fisheries. Click here for more information. Lecture co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences.

April 12 -- Bringing the Internet into the Oceans -- Deborah Kelley, professor, University of Washington, will discuss the Ocean Observatories Initiative, a network of sensors on the seafloor that will transmit real-time data to the Web.Click here for more information.

April 26 -- Steering a Course Toward National Ocean Policy -- Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will explain and analyze the newly enacted National Ocean Policy to ensure the protection, maintenance, and restoration of the ocean, coastal ecosystems, and resources. Click here for more information.

 

Please visit uri.edu/vetlesen for current lecture series information and directions, or contact the URI Honors Center at 401-874-2381 or debg@uri.edu. While attending these engaging lectures in person is ideal, the series will be streamed live on the uri.edu/vetlesen web site.

If you have a disability and need an accommodation, please call 401-874-2303 at least three business days in advance. For TTY assistance, please call the R.I. Relay Service at 1-800-745-5555.

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Major Sponsors:

The G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation
The URI Graduate School of Oceanography

Co-Sponsors:

URI Coastal Institute
URI Honors Program

Special Sponsors:

URI College of Arts & Sciences
URI Harrington School of Communication and Media
Rhode Island Sea Grant

Colloquium Coordinators:

Professor Steven D'Hondt, Graduate School of Oceanography;
Dr. Sunshine Menezes, Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting, Graduate School of Oceanography;
Professor Arthur Spivack, Graduate School of Oceanography;
Professor Judith Swift, Coastal Institute / Communication Studies.