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Karen Southern
Director of Communications, (401) 874-6009

Metcalf Lectures to Feature Top Scientists and Communicators

Narragansett, RI – April 17, 2012 – Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting will host its Annual Public Lecture Series June 4 through June 8th, 2012. The lectures by nationally recognized scientists and communicators will explore current research on global environmental change, the impacts on coastal ecosystems, and how these changes are understood by the public.

The lectures are free and open to the public, but seating is limited. All lectures will be held at the Coastal Institute Auditorium at the University of Rhode Island Narragansett Bay Campus, 218 South Ferry Road.

Monday, June 4, 3:30pm
Gavin A. Schmidt is a climate scientist at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the recipient of the American Geophysical Union Climate Communication Prize 2011 for exceptional work as a climate communicator. His lecture, "What are Climate Models Good for?" will explain the use and effectiveness of climate models for predicting climate change impacts.

Tuesday, June 5, 3:30pm
Lisa Levin is director of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation and distinguished professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography who studies benthic ecosystems in the deep sea and shallow water. Her lecture, "Deep Breathing: Climate Stressors in the Coastal and Open Sea," will focus on hypoxia, or low levels of oxygen, in coastal and offshore waters that lead to fish kills and other losses.

Wednesday, June 6, 3:30pm
Edward T. Furlong is a research chemist in the Methods Research and Development Program of the National Water Quality Laboratory with the United States Geological Survey. Furlong's lecture, "Down the drain: Emerging Contaminants in the Marine Environment," will explore emerging contaminants in coastal waters. Emerging contaminants are 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.

Thursday, June 7, 3:30pm
Paul Greenberg is the author of the award-winning New York Times bestseller Four Fish: the Future of the Last Wild Food. Greenberg will talk about sustainable seafood and how to find the middle ground between aquaculture and wild-caught fisheries.

Friday, June 8, 11am
Anthony Leiserowitz is a research scientist at the Yale University School of forestry and Environmental Studies and the 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, "Climate Change in the American Mind," will highlight his research on the public understanding of climate change impacts, and the importance of developing clear messages.

The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting was established in 1997 with funding from three media foundations, the Belo Corporation, the Providence Journal Charitable Foundation and the Philip L. Graham Fund, and from the Telaka Foundation. It is named for the late Michael P. Metcalf, a visionary in journalism and publisher of The Providence Journal Bulletin from 1979-1987. In addition to providing science training for reporters and editors to help improve the accuracy and clarity of environmental reporting, Metcalf Institute administers the Grantham Prize, the world’s largest cash prize for journalism awarded for excellence in environmental reporting.

For more information on the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting Annual Public Lecture Series contact 401-874-6211 or go here.

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April 23, 2012