Turning the Tides: Moderated by Ira Flatow
Where: National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
226 W. 44th St.
646-308-1337 Price: $50
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WSHU Public Radio, in partnership with National Geographic Encounter and Boxed Water, will present Turning the Tides, a timely panel discussion on the state of our local seaways. The event will be moderated by Ira Flatow, award-winning science correspondent, and host of the acclaimed public radio program Science Friday. Environmental experts will serve as panelists: UCONN Assistant Professor Hannes Baumann, Save the Sound Director Tracy Brown and Riverkeeper President Paul Gallay.
The discussion will be followed by a panel/audience Q&A session and admission to National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey–an entertaining and immersive walk-through adventure across the ocean from the South Pacific to the coast of California.” Tickets are priced at $50 and include admission to both National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey and to the Turning the Tides event.
Turning the Tides will serve as an important and engaging conversation about the current state of our waters, what is being done, and what part we can ALL play to protect and sustain our seaways. This discussion will explore some of the many environmental and human factors negatively impacting local seaways like the Atlantic Ocean, the Long Island Sound, the Great South Bay and the Hudson River. Topics include pollution, overfishing, the pros and cons of dredging, and doing our part.
Ira Flatow, Host of Science Friday
Every week, Ira Flatow brings radio and Internet listeners a lively, informative discussion on science, technology, health, space and the environment in a way that makes the topics “user friendly.” Flatow describes his work as the challenge “to make science and technology a topic for discussion around the dinner table,” and he has shared that enthusiasm with public radio listeners for more than 35 years. As NPR’s science correspondent from 1971 to 1986, Flatow reported from the Kennedy Space Center, Three Mile Island, Antarctica and the South Pole.
Paul Gallay, Riverkeeper President and Hudson Riverkeeper
An attorney and educator, Paul has dedicated himself to the environmental movement since 1987, when he left private practice and went to work for the New York State Attorney General. In 1990, Paul joined New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation, where he brought hundreds of corporate and government polluters to justice. Paul spent a decade in the land conservation movement before becoming Riverkeeper’s President in 2010. Paul and his team work to protect the Hudson River and the drinking water supplies for nine million New Yorkers. He teaches at the Earth Institute at Columbia University.
Hannes Baumann, Assistant Professor of Marine Sciences, University of Connecticut
Hannes earned his PhD in Fisheries Biology from Hamburg University in 2006, and later became a Post-doctoral Fellow and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University. Currently teaching at the University of Connecticut, Avery Point, Baumann started the Evolutionary Fish Ecology Lab in 2014. His work focuses on a central question: how will coastal marine organisms cope with a changing environment caused by global and regional human activity, and how have they already adapted to environmental variability.
Tracy Brown, Director of Save the Sound
Tracy opened the New York office of Save the Sound in 2014, focusing on nitrogen and bacterial pollution. Tracy and her team monitor water quality and put that data to use identifying and eliminating pollution sources. She was an architect of New York State’s Sewage Pollution Right to Know law and continues to work for greater transparency on water pollution and wastewater infrastructure issues. Previously, Tracy worked at Hudson Riverkeeper, where she was instrumental in building their Water Quality Program.
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