FOR RELEASE ON Friday, September 29, 2000 12:00 AM PDT
Friday, September 29, 2000
Leading Scripps Scientists to Bring the 'Frontiers of Oceanography' to the Public
Public is invited to this special event, which will cover a variety of topics, from global warming to earthquakes to El Niño.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San DiegoEver wonder what's happening across the immense blue vastness of our world's oceans? Want to hear about the latest research in topics such as marine biology, coastal oceanography, seismology, and climate science?
If so, then Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and the "Frontiers of Oceanography ," a special one-day public seminar, is the place for you.
The Saturday, Oct. 14 event is a special presentation by leading Scripps research scientists on some of the most critical and difficult environmental and health issues facing society today. Topics include global warming, El Niño, coastal pollution, the loss of marine habitats, earthquakes and volcanoes, marine biodiversity, and pharmaceuticals from the sea.
The special guest speaker is Wally Schirra, one of the original seven NASA astronauts and an expert on space-based experiments and observing Earth from space.
Scripps scientists include:
Wolf Berger (moderator), an oceanographer and renowned expert
on how the ocean, atmosphere, and climate develop and change
Nancy Knowlton, a marine biologist/ecologist who explores the health and evolution of coral reefs and the impacts of natural and man-made environmental changes;
John Orcutt, a geophysicist who researches the deep-ocean seafloor
where most of the planet's earthquakes and volcanic activity takes
place, largely unobserved;
Richard Somerville, a meteorologist and climate expert who is a leader in policy discussions on the reactions of industries and governments to the prospects of global change; and
Clint Winant, a coastal oceanographer who researches the physical dynamics of the coastal oceans that affect erosion, beaches, weather, safety, and oil spills.
The event is scheduled Saturday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps and is open to the public. Admission is $55 per person and seating is limited (lunch and parking included). For more information, call 858/822-4313.
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Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at the University of California, San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for global science research and graduate training in the world. The National Research Council has ranked Scripps first in faculty quality among oceanography programs nationwide. The scientific scope of the institution has grown since its founding in 1903 to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical, and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. More than 300 research programs are under way today in a wide range of scientific areas. The institution has a staff of about 1,300, and annual expenditures of approximately $100 million, from federal, state, and private sources. Scripps operates the largest U.S. academic fleet with four oceanographic research ships for worldwide exploration and one research platform.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography on the World Wide Web: scripps.ucsd.edu
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Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at University of California, San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. The National Research Council has ranked Scripps first in faculty quality among oceanography programs nationwide Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today in 65 countries. The institution has a staff of about 1,300, and annual expenditures of approximately $155 million from federal, state and private sources. Scripps operates one of the largest U.S. academic fleets with four oceanographic research ships and one research platform for worldwide exploration.
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