Antarctic lectures in Portland to address latest in global science and policy
Free talks 8:30 to 11 a.m., Monday, July 16, 2012
(Portland, Ore.) July 9, 2012 — On July 16, 2012, Portland State University will host a morning of free public lectures presented by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), showcasing prominent work in Antarctic research and policy advice with key themes in ice mass and sea level change, deep sea marine biodiversity, and Antarctic Circumpolar Current.
These plenary lectures will be held 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Monday, July 16, at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower in the Hilton Portland Ballroom (921 S.W. 6th Ave., Portland, Ore.). The morning talks kick off the 2012 SCAR and Open Science Conference, “Antarctic Science and Policy Advice in a Changing World.” Nearly 1,000 researchers focused on Antarctica and southern oceans are expected to attend.
Keynote speakers include Dr. Robert Bindschadler, NASA Goddard Senior Fellow, “What Ice Sheets Hate”; Dr. Angelika Brandt, deputy director of the Zoological Museum Hamburg and Biozentrum Grindel, “Marine Biodiversity and the Role of the Southern Ocean in its Evolution”; Dr. Sanjay Chaturvedi, Fellow of India-China Institute at the New School, New York and Associate Fellow of the Asia Society, “Policy Advice in a Changing World”; and Dr. Stephen Rintoul, 2012 Martha T. Muse prize winner, “The Southern Ocean and Climate.”
Additional support for the plenary session has been provided by the National Science Foundation. For a complete list of conference events and activities, visit www.scar2012.geol.pdx.edu.
2012 SCAR and Open Science Conference Keynote Lectures
Monday, July 16, 8:30 to 11 a.m.
Hilton Portland & Executive Tower in the Hilton Portland Ballroom (921 S.W. 6th Ave., Portland, Ore.).
All talks are free and open to the public.
Dr. Robert Bindschadler: “What Ice Sheets Hate”
NASA Goddard Senior Fellow Dr. Bob Bindschadler will give the Weyprech Lecture on his work to understand the processes underlying rapid change in Antarctic ice masses and their relationship to global sea level. Dr. Bindschadler has led 16 Antarctic field expeditions and pioneered the use of satellite remote sensing in glaciological research during his more than 30 year career at NASA. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, a past President of the International Glaciological Society, and was awarded the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal in 1994.
Antarctic Science Lecture
Dr. Angelika Brandt: “Marine Biodiversity and the Role of the Southern Ocean in Its Evolution”
Professor Angelika Brandt, Deputy director of the Zoological Museum Hamburg and the Biozentrum Grindel and recipient of the SCAR Medal for research excellence, will give the Antarctic Science lecture. Her research focuses on systematics, evolution, ecology, biogeography and biodiversity in the deep sea, especially in the polar regions. Dr. Brandt has participated in more than a dozen expeditions to the Antarctic and Arctic.
Antarctic Policy Lecture
Dr. Sanjay Chaturvedi: “Antarctic Science and Policy Advice in a Changing World”
Dr. Sanjay Chaturvedi is Professor of Political Science at the Centre for the Study of Geopolitics, Panjab University, Chandigarh. He is a Fellow of India-China Institute at the New School, New York and an Associate Fellow of the Asia Society, New York. Dr. Chaturvedi’s area of specialization is the theory and practice of Geopolitics, with special reference to Polar Regions and the Indian Ocean Region. He is the author of Polar Regions: A Political Geography.
2012 Martha T. Muse Prize Winner for Science and Policy in Antarctica
Dr. Stephen Rintoul: “The Southern Ocean and Climate”
This year’s Martha T. Muse Prize recipient, Dr. Rintoul is a physical oceanographer at the CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research in Hobart, Australia. His research has made a profound contribution to the scientific understanding of the Southern Ocean and of Antarctica’s role in the global system. His work has provided new understanding of the structure, dynamics and variability of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, the largest ocean current on Earth. He has also shown how the Southern Ocean circulation links the shallow and deep layers of the ocean to form a global network of ocean currents that strongly influences climate patterns. Dr. Rintoul’s leadership has been critical to advancing coordinated international investigation of the Southern Ocean and to promoting long term Southern Ocean observing systems.
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For Immediate Release (PR-12-070)
Erin Davis, SCAR 2012 Communications Intern
Portland State University
Christina Hulbe, Professor and Chair, Department of Geology
Portland State University