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Shored Up Film Screening and Panel Discussion: February 24, 2014

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Panelists discussing the film screening of "Shored Up" from left to right include Tim Dillingham, (American Littoral Society), Jeffrey Gebert (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), Benjamin Horton (Rutgers University) and Norbert Psuty (Rutgers University). The moderator is Anthony Broccoli, (Rutgers University).


On February 24, 2014, Rutgers Climate Institute (RCI), in collaboration with the Cook Campus Dean and six other groups, co-hosted a film screening of Shored Up which drew over 170 students, faculty, and members of the public to the Cook Campus Center on the New Brunswick campus. Shored Up is a documentary that focuses on the impacts and risks of sea-level change on coastal communities from New Jersey to North Carolina. The film screening was followed by a panel discussion, featuring several experts who also appeared in the film. Panelists included Tim Dillingham, Executive Director of the American Littoral Society; Benjamin Horton, Professor, Rutgers University, Institute of Marine and Coastal Science; Jeffrey A. Gebert, Chief, Coastal Planning Section, US Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District and Norbert Psuty, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Science. RCI Co-director, Anthony Broccoli, Professor, Rutgers University, Environmental Science, moderated the panel. Read more about the film screening and panel discussion at the Daily Targum.

 

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Event Sponsors: Rutgers Climate Institute, Cook Campus Dean, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Environmental Science Graduate Student Association, Rutgers Meteorology Club, Rutgers Environmental Science and Engineering Club, Rutgers Undergraduate Geography Society, and the Rutgers Oceanography Club. 
 


Video of Shored Up panel discussion

Freeze Frame: Art and the Cryosphere, a lecture by artist Diane Burko – November 6 2013



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Photo (left to right): Diane Burko (artist), Professor Asa Rennermalm (Geography), Professor Hal Salzman (Bloustein).

Freeze Frame: Art and the Cryosphere, offered in conjunction with the Zimmerli exhibition Diane Burko: Glacial Perspectives, featured a lecture by Diane Burko, who discussed her recent trips to the Arctic and Antarctica and her experience creating paintings that confront climate change. The lecture is part of the interdisciplinary seminar series, Polar Perspectives on Art and Science. It is presented in relation with the Spring 2014 Byrne Seminar "Arctic Lens: A Journey to The Great North through Film," taught by professors Asa Rennermalm and Hal Salzman (pictured).

The museum's partners include the Rutgers Climate Institute, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Department of Geography, the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, the Institute for Women and Art, and the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs.

Read more about Diane Burko's work here

CHASING ICE FILM SCREENING AND PANEL DISCUSSION

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Panelists (from left to right) Jennifer Francis, David Robinson, Oscar Schofield, Dena Seidel and Asa Rennermalm

On October 23, 2013, Rutgers Climate Institute, in collaboration with six other groups, co-hosted a film screening of Chasing Ice which drew 150 students, faculty, and members of the public. Chasing Ice is the story of James Balog’s mission to change the tide of history by setting up cameras around the Arctic ice sheet in order to gather undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Attendees also viewed the Rutgers Film Bureau’s trailer of their upcoming documentary, “Beyond the Ice,” which focuses on scientists conducting climate research in the Antarctic region.  According to the Daily Targum, Dena Seidel, director of the Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking, and an “outside film crew spent six weeks in the Antarctic collecting footage of the scientists.”

The film screening was followed by a panel discussion that featured Rutgers faculty working on understanding the changing polar environments and how they are connected to New Jersey.  Panelists included Åsa Rennermalm, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, who leads expeditions to the Greenland ice sheet; David Robinson, Professor in the Department of Geography and the New Jersey State Climatologist; Jennifer Francis, Research Professor at the Institute of Marine & Coastal Sciences, who researches the influence of Arctic warming on the United States; Oscar Schofield, Professor of Oceanography, who researches the impacts of changing oceans on the earth; and Dena Seidel, who is working on the earlier mentioned feature film about climate change science in Antarctica.

This event was a Let Us Talk About Water event and part of the Rutgers Series Polar Perspectives on Art and Science. Sponsors:  Dep. of Geography, Rutgers Climate Institute, Consortium of Univ. for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sci., Inc, Let us Talk About Water, Cook Campus Dean, Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers) Global Health! Theme , and Zimmerli Art Museum.

Bridging the Climate Divide: Informing the Response to Hurricane Sandy and Implications for Future Vulnerability - October 2013

In late October 2012, Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey -- impacting New Jersey in profound ways. This conference, open to the public, was held in commemoration of the first anniversary of that event and examined the factors leading up to the storm, its impacts, the response and recovery, and the implications for future vulnerability.
 
The conference highlighted the scholarship that Rutgers' faculty and staff continue to bring to the climate change arena. The keynote address was delivered by Joseph J. Seneca, professor of environmental economics and policy at the  Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, on "Sandy, Climate Policy, and Rutgers: An Overview."  
 
Panelists represented a wide cross-section of faculty and staff from such departments as Marine and Coastal Sciences, Human Ecology, Social Work, Geography, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, and Mathematics. The welcome was delivered by Richard L. Edwards, executive vice president for academic affairs.

9:30 Welcome
Richard L. Edwards, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rutgers University
9:45-10:15

Sandy, Climate Policy, and Rutgers: An Overview
Joseph J. Seneca, University Professor,
Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Seneca Presentation (pdf)

10:15-11:20

Panel 1
Against All Odds: How Well Do We Understand the Factors That Led to Hurricane Sandy and Associated Impacts?

Moderator:
Jennifer Francis, Research Professor, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences

Panelists in order of presentation: 
David A.  Robinson, Professor, Department of Geography
Joshua T. Kohut, Assistant Professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Benjamin P. Horton, Professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Robert Kopp, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Kenneth G. Miller, Distinguished Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Cymie Payne, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Ecology

Panel 1 Presentation (pdfs)

11:20-11:35 BREAK
11:35-12:40

Panel 2
Hurricane Sandy Response and Recovery: Experiences From The Field

Moderator:
James K. Mitchell, Professor, Department of Geography

Panelists in order of presentation:
Patricia Findley, Associate Professor, School of Social Work
Michael J. Kennish, Research Professor, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Richard G. Lathrop, Jr.,  Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources
Ali Maher, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
David Bushek, Associate Professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Tony Nelessen, Professor, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Panel 2 Presentation (pdfs)
Nelessen Presentation (short video)

12:45-1:45 LUNCH
1:45-2:50

Panel 3
What Does Climate Change Indicate For Future Vulnerability of
Natural and Social Systems?

Moderator:
Pamela McElwee, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Ecology

Panelists in order of presentation:
Anthony J. Broccoli, Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences
Åsa Rennermalm, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
Norbert P. Psuty, Professor Emeritus, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Malin L. Pinsky, Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology Evolution and Natural Resources  
Tania del Mar Lopez-Marrero, Assistant Professor, Departments of Geography & Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies
Oscar Schofield, Professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Fred S. Roberts, Distinguished Professor, Department of Mathematics

Panel 3 Presentation (pdfs)

3:00-3:30

Ask The Experts:  What Are Your Questions About Climate Change?

Co-Moderators:
Professor Anthony J. Broccoli, Co-Director Rutgers Climate Institute
Professor Laura C. Schneider, Department of Geography

 This event co-sponsored by the Cook Campus Dean

 

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