2013 Annual Public Lecture Series

Scientists and Journalists: Getting the Point Across

Coastal Institute on Narragansett Bay, 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. View past lecture schedules and videos.


Ellen-Gilinsky-Web-page_Fotor Monday, June 10, 3:30 p.m.
Under Pressure: The Story of Our Nation’s Waters
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As part of their national aquatic resource surveys, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently determined that over half of streams nationwide are unsuitable for aquatic life. EPA senior policy advisor Ellen Gilinsky describes the surveys and how the results can be used to prioritize water management.
Olaf-Jensen-web-page-lecture_Fotor Tuesday, June 11, 3:30 p.m.
Rethinking the Global Fisheries Crisis
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Dr. Olaf Jensen, Rutgers University, discussed a new global assessment of wild fish populations that is overturning conventional wisdom about how fisheries operate and what we can do to ensure that they continue to provide food and other ecosystem services on a sustainable basis.
solecki-140x140-2_Fotor Wednesday, June 12, 3:30 p.m.
Building Resilient Coasts: Lessons from Hurricane Sandy
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Massive storms like Hurricane Sandy have sharpened the need for climate adaptation measures in coastal communities. Dr. William Solecki described the research and planning necessary to help cities recover quickly from projected climate change challenges such as more frequent instances of extreme weather and sea level rise. Solecki is director of the City University of New York Institute for Sustainable Cities and professor of geography at Hunter College-CUNY, where his research focuses on urban environmental change and transition and climate change and cities.
James-Zachos-lecture-web_Fotor Thursday, June 13, 3:30 p.m.
Ocean Acidification in Earth’s Past: Insights to the Future
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Paleoclimatologist and URI Graduate School of Oceanography alumnus, Dr. James Zachos, UC Santa Cruz, put ocean acidification into an historical context, showing how ancient events driven by slower, natural surges in carbon serve as warnings about the impacts that today’s rapid changes could have on marine life.
Jonathan-Stray-web-4_Fotor Friday, June 14, 11 a.m.
Digging Deep for News: New Approaches to Environmental Reporting
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There’s a new form of investigative reporting that relies on data journalism, a method of deciphering large volumes of information to tell an otherwise hidden story. Jonathan Stray, accomplished journalist, computer scientist and founder of the Overview Project, discussed how data journalists can play a key role in interpreting scientific research and policy for the public.

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[slideshow_deploy id='15726'] Metcalf Institute’s Public Lectures Metcalf Institute’s public lectures and film screenings focus on a wide range of science, environmental and public policy topics. The Annual Public Lecture Series held in June brings top scientists, journalists, and policy experts to the University of Rhode Island to talk about current issues in environmental research, media coverage, and how science influences public policy. The lectures, held at the University of Rhode Island, run concurrently with the Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists. All lectures are free and open to the public. Upcoming Programs Documentary Screening: The Human Face of Lead Poisoning URI Carothers Library, Galanti Lounge October 20, 2017 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Are you interested in viewing a past lecture? Check out Metcalf’s extensive YouTube video library of lectures, workshops, seminars, and webinars. (Don’t forget to subscribe!) View Lectures: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2013 Peter Lord Seminar Lecture | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998