IMET Free First Tuesday Lecture Series
We are excited to announce our lineup of lectures on the first Tuesdays of October, November, and December. These events are free and open to all. For all events, we will have
5:30pm Reception in the IMET Atrium
6:00pm Lecture in the IMET Auditorium
Please enter through the lobby at 701 East Pratt Street and head up the stairs for some light snacks, then a great lecture. See you there!
October 1. "Avoiding Empty Oceans: Sustainable Aquaculture and the Future of Feeding the World" with Dr. Yonathan Zohar.
With 200,000 people added to our planet every day and an ever-growing increase in people’s appetite for seafood, we are very rapidly depleting our oceans and the Chesapeake Bay. Responding to this challenge, aquaculture has become the fastest growing agricultural industry in the U.S. and the world. However, it often employs practices that result in adverse environmental consequences. This lecture will describe a new generation of aquaculture technologies developed by IMET scientists to efficiently and sustainably produce quality seafood while reducing our dependence on wild fishery stocks.
November 5. "The Ecology of Baltimore Harbor: Using Community Science to Illuminate Hidden Biodiversity" with Dr. Eric Schott and Charmaine Dahlenburg.
In the 1970s, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor was transformed from an obsolete hub of commerce and transportation into a domain of waterfront attractions with venues such as the Maryland Science Center and National Aquarium. This introduced a vision of the harbor as a scenic aquatic backdrop and raised expectations for the water to be healthy. In 2011, this expectation was elevated by the Waterfront Partnership’s “Swimmable Fishable by 2020” campaign.
Now, the focus on the harbor is deepening once more, with an appreciation for the marine organisms within it and how they reveal the harbor’s connections to the ocean. Come hear how a coalition of academics, students, and citizen scientists are using visual and genetic methods to explore the abundance and diversity of life beneath the murky water of the Inner Harbor.
December 3. Viewing and panel discussion of the film Paris to Pittsburgh: the Climate for Change is Now."
"From coastal cities to America’s heartland, Paris to Pittsburgh celebrates how Americans are demanding and developing real solutions in the face of climate change. And as the weather grows more deadly and destructive, they aren’t waiting on Washington to act."
We'll watch the film and then have a discussion with Nadia Nazar, Founder, Co-Executive director, and Art Director of Zero Hour, a youth climate activism group, and Dr. Matt Fitzpatrick, climate scientist and Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.