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 2009 Lecture Summaries

Brandie Jefferson, Program Assistant
(401) 874-6500

Experts to Weigh in on Environment and Journalism
Metcalf Lectures Focus on Global Change in Coastal Ecosystems

Also see: Program Agenda (pdf)

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. - May 27, 2009 - Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting is hosting its Annual Public Lecture Series, Scientists and Journalists: Getting the Point Across, from Monday, June 8, through Friday, June 12. This year's program will feature nationally renowned specialists in research, environmental economics and journalism.

Monday's lecture features William Schlesinger of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. He will discuss the value of taking an ecosystem-wide approach to investigating and addressing these impacts. On Tuesday, June 9, Colleen Charles of the U.S. Geological Survey will identify what climate change research is needed to better predict changes in ecosystems. Wednesday's lecturer is Christophe Tulou, Resilient Coasts Initiative, who will discuss ways in which the world's coastal cities can manage the risks of climate change.

On Thursday, Tom Rosenstiel will turn the discussion to journalism. Rosenstiel, of the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, will discuss what is really happening in journalism today. For the final lecture on Friday, June 12, John Reilly will confront the challenges to economists of estimating the costs of environmental damages. Reilly is from the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change at the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

The 2009 lecture series is presented concurrently with the Metcalf Institute Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists. These programs are made possible in part through generous support from Charlotte Metcalf, Pamela and J. Frederick Thye through the J. Frederick Thye Charitable Trust, Lucy Metcalf, Helen Buchanan, the Chicago Tribune Foundation, the Rhode Island Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sharpe, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. John Penney, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. W. Nicholas Thorndike, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Coe Nicholson.

The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting, a leading provider of science training for journalists, was established in 1997 with funding from Belo Corp., The Providence Journal Charitable Foundation, The Washington Post's Philip L. Graham Fund, and the Telaka Foundation. The Metcalf Institute was named for the late publisher of The Providence Journal, Michael P. Metcalf and is based at the University of Rhode Islandís Graduate School of Oceanography.

Additional information is available online at or by calling (401) 874-6211.

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