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Originally published in Castine Patriot, June 13, 2019 and Island Ad-Vantages, June 13, 2019 and The Weekly Packet, June 13, 2019
Shaw Institute focuses on ‘planet in crisis’ in 2019 speaker series

Shaw Institute has announced in a news release their 2019 Environmental Speaker Series, “Planet In Crisis: Agents of Change.” All lectures are on Wednesdays, starting at 6 p.m. with a 5:30 p.m. reception honoring the speaker. They are free and open to the public at Shaw Institute, Blue Hill Research Center, 55 Main Street, Blue Hill.

“This year we are highlighting exceptional individuals who are changing the way we think and act on a range of issues, from harmful chemical exposure in our everyday lives to the real cause of the dinosaur extinction and the toxic consequences of climate change,” said Dr. Susan Shaw, institute founder and director, in the release.

June 19—Sarah Redmond, Aquaculturist and Founder, Springtide Seaweed. “Farming The Future: The Promise of Ocean Seaweed”: Could kelp aquaculture provide alternatives to plastics, replace table salt, reduce ocean acidity, mitigate CO2 and slow climate change?

July 3—Leonardo Trasande M.D., MPP, Professor, NYU Departments of Pediatrics, Environmental Medicine, Population Health. “Sicker, Fatter, Poorer: Chemicals Hacking Hormones and Fueling Epidemics”: “Dr. Leonardo Trasande is the new Oliver Sacks.” A leading voice in public health policy and children’s environmental health on how we can protect ourselves from toxic exposure in our everyday lives.

July 31—Margaret Mulholland, Ph.D., biological oceanographer, professor, ocean, earth and tmospheric sciences, Old Dominion University. “Measuring The Muck: Water Quality, Coastal Flooding and Sea Level Rise”: As high tide flooding worsens with climate change, more pollution washes into the sea. An army of citizen scientists measures the “muck” fouling the country’s largest estuary.

August 14—Gerta Keller, Ph.D., professor, paleontology and geology, Princeton University. “Dinosaur Wars: Extinction by Asteroid or Volcanism?”: What extinguished the dinosaurs? A long held explanation is upended with a theory that suggests humans will be the dinosaurs of the sixth mass extinction.

August 21—Dimitri Smirnoff, MS, biologist, biomimicry educator. “More Good Not Less Harm: Advancing Sustainability with Biomimicry”: How we can imitate nature to meet complex human challenges and use Biomimicry to transform the future.

September 4—“The Devil We Know: The Chemistry of a Cover Up,” second screening of this award-winning investigative documentary.