Figuring Sea-Level Rise

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Paula ApsellPaula S. Apsell

Senior Executive Producer, NOVA and NOVA scienceNOW, and Director, WGBH Science Unit, Boston

Paula Apsell will be a speaker at the Rupe Conference - Risk and Uncertainty and the Communication of Sea Level Rise  April 12, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Corwin Pavilion

Paula Apsell oversees the production of NOVA documentaries and miniseries for television. She has also directed the series' diversification into other media -- most notably online, where NOVA is the most-visited site on PBS.org. Ms. Apsell has extensive experience in public and commercial broadcasting, including children’s, medical, and science programming.  She has also been a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, a fellow at the UCSB Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, and taught a UCSB course on The Art of Science Media. Some of her recent NOVA and Science Unit productions include “The Elegant Universe,” “Origins,” “Einstein's Big Idea,” “Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial,” “Making Stuff,” “Earth from Space,” and the large-format feature “Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure.” A wide variety of science, production, and institutional awards underscore her accomplishments, including the Carl Sagan Award given by the Council of Scientific Society Presidents. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/about/apse.html

Bruce CaronBruce Caron

Executive Director, New Media Studio and the New Media Research Institute, Santa Barbara

Bruce Caron will be a speaker at the seminar Interactive Visioning on February 1, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Bren Hall 1414.
Bruce Caron will be co-leading the Graduate Student Workshop: GIS Tools, February 1, 2013 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Bren Hall 3035.

Bruce Caron, the founder and current executive director of the New Media Studio and the New Media Research Institute in Santa Barbara, was trained as a social anthropologist and an urban cultural geographer. Through the New Media Studio, he is realizing the goal of bringing new tools and skills to the public to help democratize the technological advantages of the digital revolution. Caron has a wide-ranging academic background in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and has been active for several years in issues of digital libraries, the use of multimedia in education, and the theory of digital media. He has taught at colleges and universities in Japan, and at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California and has served as the president of the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners and as an elected member of the National Science Digital Library Policy Committee. He is leading a public awareness action in Santa Barbara, lightblueline.org, which proposes to mark the vulnerability the community faces due to human induced climate change. He is currently the PI on a NASA funded ACCESS project, the Data and Information Application Layer (DIAL), which uses forefront technology to bridge between commercial off the shelf data access/visualization software and multimedia authoring software.

Roberta Reyes CorderoRoberta Reyes Cordero

Coastal Chumash, Santa Barbara, CA

Roberta Reyes Cordero will be a speaker at the Rupe Conference - Risk and Uncertainty and the Communication of Sea Level Rise  April 12, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Corwin Pavilion

Roberta Reyes Cordero has been a professional peacemaker since 1987, specializing in cross-cultural, large group, and family mediation. In 1995/6 with a small group of local Chumash people in Santa Barbara, she co-founded the Chumash Maritime Association, a non-profit group seeking to revitalize indigenous maritime heritage.  She is currently involved in a special project under the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and NOAA to work with coastal indigenous communities to develop protocols identifying how local knowledge can be interwoven with scientific-based policy to address marine acidification and sea-level rise impacts in three Pacific coastal communities. She has served on the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary's Advisory Council, was a tribal representative on the California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative’s (MLPAI) South Coast Regional Stakeholders Group, and most recently served on the Blue Ribbon Task Force for the North Coast MLPAI. http://www.government2government.com/whoroberta.html  

Sara Daleiden

Sara Daleiden, s(o)ul

Los Angeles artist and water enthusiast, founding member of the LA Urban Rangers

Sara Daleiden will be co-leading the workshop i (heart) h2o: How's Your Water Relationship, March 1, 2013 from 2:00 - 4:00 in the Santa Barbara Harbor Room at the UCEN
Sara Daleiden will also be co-leading the workshop i (heart) h2o: Love Your Sea Level, March 10, 2013 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Santa Barbara Harbor Room

Sara Daleiden directs s(o)ul, an agency which focuses on cultural production and exchange through the creation of social interactions in developing landscapes. Sara is a founding member of the Los Angeles Urban Rangers. With a relationship to the arts, education and advocacy, s(o)ul consults with nonprofit and for profit entities, as well as cultural workers of many disciplines, from emerging to established levels. With bases in Los Angeles and Milwaukee, the agency offers support for empathetic, structural development of individual, organizational and community identity embracing various scales of experimentation, connection and production. Initiatives and platforms encourage active interpretation and embodied exploration of local places valuing public space, civic participation, economic sustainability, pedestrian awareness and celebration of difference. Collaboration has been project-based or ongoing with Being Pedestrian, CicLAvia, Cliff Garten Studio, Domestic Hollywood, Freewaves, Friends of Blue Dress Park, IN:SITE, lauren woods, Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, Los Angeles Urban Rangers, MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Milwaukee Artist Resource Network, MKE<->LAX, Suzanne Lacy, and West of Rome. 

Jeff Dozier

Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UC Santa Barbara

Jeff Dozier will participate in a Q&A session following the film screening Chasing Ice, March 5, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Pollock Theater.

Jeff Dozier has been on the UCSB faculty since 1974 and was the founding dean of the Bren School. He has led interdisciplinary studies in two areas: one addresses hydrologic science, environmental engineering, and social science in the water environment; the other is in the integration of environmental science and remote sensing with computer science and technology. From 1990-92, he was the senior project scientist for NASA’s Earth Observing System, when the configuration for the system was established.  Among Jeff’s honors are the 2009 Jim Gray Award from Microsoft for his achievements in data-intensive science and his selection as the 2010 Nye Lecturer for the Cryosphere group of the American Geophysical Union. A long-time backcountry skier, mountaineer, and rock climber, he helped lead six expeditions to the Hindu Kush range in Afghanistan and has a dozen first ascents there. The story behind the naming of Dozier Dome in the Sierra Nevada can be found in the Super Topo Climbing Forum.

Gary GriggsMarc Fisher

Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, Administrative Services & Campus Architect, University of California, Santa Barbara

Marc Fisher will be participate in the symposium Santa Barbara Geography - Past, Present and as Sea Levels Rise, November 9, 2012 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Bren Hall 1414.

Marc Fisher joined UC Santa Barbara as Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Design and Facilities in 2002.  In May 2009, he was appointed Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services.  He oversees Campus Planning and Design, Design and Construction, Housing and Residential Services, Transportation and Parking Services, and the University Center.  In addition, Marc is the Campus Architect and ADA Compliance Officer for UCSB. Prior to coming to UCSB, Mr. Fisher was Campus Architect at UCLA.

John ForanJohn Foran

Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

John Foran will speak at the seminar Durban to Doha:  Assessing the Latest Round of UN Climate Talks at COP18 in Qatar, January 18, 2013 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. McCune Conference Room.

John Foran is engaged in a long-term study of the global climate justice movement and its struggles for a just and binding climate treaty.  He has interviewed members of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) bloc at the UNFCCC climate summits, and is especially interested in climate change issues in the Maldives.

James FrewJames Frew

Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UC Santa Barbara

James Frew will be a speaker at the seminar Interactive Visioning on February 1, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Bren Hall 1414.
James Frew will be co-leading at the Graduate Student Workshop: GIS Tools, February 1, 2013 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Bren Hall 3035.

James Frew is an Associate Professor in the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and a principal investigator in UCSB's Institute for Computational Earth System Science (ICESS). His research interests lie in the emerging field of environmental informatics, a synthesis of computer, information, and Earth sciences. Trained as a geographer, he has worked in remote sensing, image processing, software architecture, massive distributed data systems, and digital libraries. His current research is focused on geospatial information provenance, discovery, and curation, using remote sensing data products generated by his Environmental Information Laboratory as operational test beds. Dr. Frew received his Ph.D. in Geography from UCSB in 1990. As part of his doctoral research, he developed the Image Processing Workbench, an open-source set of software tools for remote sensing image processing, currently used for instruction and research at UCSB and elsewhere. He has served as both the Manager and the Acting Director of UCSB's Computer Systems Laboratory (ICESS' predecessor), and as the Associate Director of the Sequoia 2000 Project, a 3-year $14M multi-campus consortium formed to investigate large-scale data management aspects of global change problems. He was a co-PI on the Alexandria Project (part of NSF's Digital Libraries Initiative), where he directed the development of the Alexandria Digital Earth Prototype (ADEPT) testbed system. He also served on the National Research Council's Committee on Earth Science Data Utilization (CESDU). Dr. Frew currently leads the Earth System Science Server (ES3) project, and serves as President of the Federation of Earth Science Information Partners.

Gary GriggsGary Griggs

Distinguished Professor and Director, Institute of Marine Sciences, UC Santa Cruz

Gary Griggs will be a special guest at the symposium Santa Barbara Geography - Past, Present and as Sea Levels Rise, November 9, 2012 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Bren Hall 1414.

Gary Griggs' research is focused on the coastal zone and ranges from coastal evolution and development, through shoreline processes, coastal hazards and coastal engineering, and sea level rise. Recent research projects have focused on documenting and understanding coastal erosion processes including temporal and spatial variations in rates of retreat; evaluating the effectiveness of coastal protection structures and the impacts of coastal engineering projects (seawalls, jetties, breakwaters) on coastal processes and beaches; evaluating beach processes and quantifying littoral cell budgets and human impacts on these budgets; impacts of extreme events such as El Ninos) on coastlines; the impacts of sea level rise on California's beaches and coastline; and coastal policies to reduce the impacts of hazards and sea level rise. Griggs is the co-author of "Santa Barbara Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Study" which appears in Appendix B of the Santa Barbara Climate Action Plan. 

Richard HuttonRichard Hutton

Executive Director, Carsey-Wolf Center, and Adjunct Professor in the Film and Media Studies Department

Richard Hutton will be a moderator at the Rupe Conference - Risk and Uncertainty and the Communication of Sea Level Rise  April 12, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Corwin Pavilion

Richard Hutton was previously the Vice President of Media Development for Vulcan, Inc. There he oversaw Vulcan Productions’ feature film and documentary units and directed all of Vulcan’s media development projects, including initiatives in the education, museum and entertainment sectors. Programs included the six-hour series This Emotional Life; the Peabody Award-winning Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial; the Emmy Award-winning Rx for Survival, a six-part series on global health; Strange Days on Planet Earth, a four-part series on the environment, with National Geographic; the Peabody and Grammy Award-winning No Direction Home: Bob Dylan; and the Emmy and Grammy Award-winning Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues. Hutton was also the executive producer of the critically acclaimed, Emmy-nominated PBS series, Evolution; the Peabody Award-winning Black Sky: The Race for Space; and the blues concert film Lightning in a Bottle. Prior to Vulcan, Hutton was senior vice president of creative development at Walt Disney Imagineering. Before that, Hutton served as vice president and general manager of the Disney Institute, where he directed the transition of the organization from concept into an operating business. http://www.carseywolf.ucsb.edu/richard-hutton

Lisa JevbrattLisa Jevbratt

Professor, Department of Art, UC Santa Barbara

Lisa Jevbratt will be a speaker at the seminar Interactive Visioning on February 1, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Bren Hall 1414.

Lida Jevbratt is a Swedish born new media artist, currently a professor in the Art Department and the Media Art Technology program at University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work, ranging from Internet visualization software to biofeedback and interspecies collaboration, is concerned with collectives and systems, the languages and conditions that generate them, and the exchanges within them. The projects explores alternative, distributed and unintentional collaborations and the expressions of the collectives they create. Her work has been exhibited extensively in venues such as The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), The New Museum (New York), The Swedish National Public Art Council (Stockholm, Sweden), and the Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York); and it is discussed in numerous books, for example in "Internet Art" by Rachel Greene, "Digital Art" by Christiane Paul and "Art + Science Now" by Stephen Wilson (Thames and Hudson). Jevbratt also publishes texts on topics related to her projects and research, for example in the anthology "Network Art - Practices and Positions" ed. Tom Corby (Routledge). Last year her current project "ZooMorph" was awarded a Creative Capital grant.

Dan KahanDan Kahan

Professor, Yale Law School

Dan Kahan will be a speaker at the Rupe Conference - Risk and Uncertainty and the Communication of Sea Level Rise  April 12, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Corwin Pavilion

Dan Kahan (the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law, and Professor of Psychology, Yale University) received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall, of the U.S. Supreme Court (1990-91). His current research involves risk perception, science communication, and the application of decision science to law and policymaking. Some relevant research projects and reports cover nanotechnology risk perceptions, mechanisms of cultural cognitions, science communication, attitudes on climate change, and the Second National Risk and Culture Study. Of particular relevance to this conference is his 2010 Nature article Fixing the communications failure. http://www.culturalcognition.net/kahan

Edward Keller

Professor, Earth Sciences, UC Santa Barbara and author of Santa Barbara, Land of Dynamic Beauty: A Natural History, 2011

Ed Keller will participate in the symposium Santa Barbara Geography - Past, Present and as Sea Levels Rise, November 9, 2012 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Bren Hall 1414.

Ed Keller's research efforts are divided into two areas of surface processes: 1) study of stream and river form and process 2) studies of Quaternary stratigraphy and tectonics as they relate to earthquake hazard, landslides, active folding and mountain building. He is also working on a long-term research project to understand the geomorphology, hydrology and ecology of small coastal lagoons (blind estuaries) of southern California. Blind estuaries are critical habitat for southern steelhead trout.  Keller is the author of "Santa Barbara, Land of Dynamic Beauty: A Natural History," 2011.

Therese KellyTherese Kelly, AIA

Los Angeles artist and water enthusiast, founding member of the LA Urban Rangers

Therese Kelly will be co-leading the workshop i (heart) h2o: How's Your Water Relationship, March 1, 2013 from 2:00 - 4:00 in the Santa Barbara Harbor Room at the UCEN
Therese Kelly will also be co-leading the workshop i (heart) h2o: Love Your Sea Level, March 10, 2013 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm in the Santa Barbara Harbor Room at the UCEN

A licensed architect and design professional, Therese has experience envisioning a variety of urban public and private, open space and mixed-use projects, with a focus on community involvement, public-private partnerships, and the creation of more livable cities. Therese is a founding member of the Los Angeles Urban Rangers, an interdisciplinary collective offering site-specific interpretation and investigation of the city and its various ecologies. Her work with the collective has been exhibited at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, the 2008 Whitney Biennial, the 2009 International Architecture Biennale – Rotterdam, and at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Through her work with architectural firms Moore Ruble Yudell and Rios Clementi Hale Studios, she has designed and implemented several major urban projects in the Los Angeles basin, including the newly opened 12-acre Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. She often employs evocative cartographic explorations and innovative outreach tools to engage and build consensus in her projects with community, state, and federal agencies. A member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Therese is active in the Los Angeles Chapter’s Urban Design Committee. She has also served on the board of the LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, and on design juries at USC, Otis, and Woodbury. She holds degrees in architecture from Princeton University and University of California-Los Angeles.

Stephanie LeMenagerStephanie LeMenager

Associate Professor of English

Stephanie LeMenager is the organizer and moderator for the i (heart) h2o workshops on March 1 and May 10 in the UCEN Santa Barbara Harbor Room

 Stephanie LeMenager is Associate Professor of English at UC Santa Barbara, where she also teaches in Environmental Studies.  Professor LeMenager's current work on the cultures of petroleum in North America has led her to study Gulf Coast subsidence, meaning the sinking of the land and consequent sea level rise on the United States' so-called  "third coast," bordering the Gulf of Mexico.  She has published on the BP blowout of 2010 and its echoes in the work of Gulf Coast artists and writers, and her current book project, *Living Oil,* compares the coastal culture of Santa Barbara to regions in Mexico and the southern US which have been affected by intensive oil production and rapidly disappearing coastal wetlands.  Professor LeMenager is lead editor of the collection Environmental Criticism for the Twenty-First Century (Routledge, 2011).

Michael LemonickMichael Lemonick

Senior Science Writer, Climate Central

CANCELED - Michael Lemonick was scheduled to be a speaker at the symposium Interactive Visioning, February 1, 2013.

Michael Lemonick covered science and the environment for TIME magazine for nearly 21 years, where he wrote more than 50 cover stories, and has also written for Discover, Scientific American, Wired, New Scientist and The Washington Post. Lemonick is the author of four books, and a cover story for TIME was featured in the anthology “Best American Science and Nature Writing 2007.” He has taught science and environmental journalism at Princeton, Columbia, Johns Hopkins and New York Universities. He holds a Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University.

ann-elise lewallenDr. ann-elise lewallen

Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies

ann-elise lewallen will be a moderator at the Rupe Conference - Risk and Uncertainty and the Communication of Sea Level Rise  April 12, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Corwin Pavilion

Dr. ann-elise lewallen studies indigenous political movements and cultural revival, environmental change and indigenous survival strategies, and gender and ethnic minorities in contemporary Japan. One of her long-term project focuses on eco-tourism and Ainu efforts to regain land and resource access through demonstrating sustainable practices on the land. Her research has been generously supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the Fulbright Program, the Social Science Research Council, the Japanese Ministry of Education, and the Northeast Asia Council and Japan-U.S. Friendship Council. Her books include Re-visioning Ainu studies: A critical introduction (in press); Indigenous women and feminism: Politics, activism, culture (2010), and Politics and pitfalls of Japan ethnography (2009). http://www.eastasian.ucsb.edu/faculty/lewallen.htm

Doug MarcyDoug Marcy

Coastal Hazards Specialist, NOAA Coastal Services Center

Doug Marcy will be a speaker at the symposium Interactive Visioning, February 1, 2013 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Bren Hall 1414.

 Doug Marcy is a Coastal Hazards Specialist at the NOAA National Ocean Service / Coastal Services Center (CSC), in Charleston, SC.  He has been with the CSC for over 10 years working on enhancing coastal inundation products and GIS capability, storm surge assessments, and coastal hazards assessment projects contributing to more disaster resilient communities.  He has received both a Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award and NOAA Administrators Award for contributions to hurricane response and climate change science.  Before coming to NOAA, Doug worked as a Hydraulic Engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, where he focused on flood control projects, hydrology and hydraulic modeling, flood inundation mapping, shoreline change analysis, and coastal engineering.  He began his professional career working two years with the South Carolina Coastal Management Program.  Doug has a M.S. in coastal processes from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a B.S in geology from the College of Charleston.  Doug’s current interests include using GIS technology with meterologic, hydrologic, and coastal modeling (including sea/lake level change) to enhance inundation forecasting, mapping, and risk assessment.

Micah McCartyMicah McCarty

Makah Nation; Convener of First Stewards Symposium

CANCELED - Micah McCarty was scheduled to be a speaker at the Rupe Conference - Risk and Uncertainty and the Communication of Sea Level Rise  April 12, 2013. 

Micah McCarty is currently elected to the Makah Tribal Council by the tribal membership and voted Chairman, for the third time, by the other four Tribal Councilmen. Most recently, McCarty served as an organizer of the First Stewards Symposium, an initiative to discuss how indigenous cultures are being impacted by, and can become more engaged in designing, policy for climate change mitigation. Michah is the Vice Chairman of the Governance Coordinating Council, set up by the President’s executive order calling for the development of a National Ocean Policy.  He is also a member of the Intergovernmental Policy Council, a forum for collaboration among the four coastal treaty tribes of Washington's Pacific Coast, the Governor's Office of the State of Washington, and the federal Office of National Marine Sanctuaries; chairs the Executive Steering Committee for First Stewards: Coastal Peoples Address Climate Change; and established the Makah Office of Marine Affairs to help develop the capacity to prevent, prepare and respond to oil spills.

Kalei Nu'uhiwaKalei Nu’uhiwa

Researcher & Curriculum developer, Practitioner of Papahulilani; First Stewards witness

Kalei Nu'uhiwa will be a speaker at the Rupe Conference - Risk and Uncertainty and the Communication of Sea Level Rise  April 12, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Corwin Pavilion

Kalei Nu'uhiwa was born and raised on Maui, Hawai’i. She was the first Masters degree graduate of the University of Hawai'i Manoa - Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language. She has worked and volunteered with the restoration of the island of Kaho'olawe with both the KIRC and the Protect Kaho'olawe 'Ohana. Her primary discipline is Papahulilani -- the study of all aspects of the atmosphere -- its phenology, energies, cycles and isochronisms from a Hawaiian perspective. In the traditional Hawaiian world view, these atmospheric elements embody the pantheon of kino akua Hawai'i, and provide a fundamental function in ancestral memory, still essential in the modern Hawaiian consciousness. She maintains ongoing studies of celestial alignments with sites situated in the Northwest and main Hawaiian islands, to understand traditional tracking of time and spatial measurements. Working with the Kamehameha Schools, Keauhou-Kahalu'u Education Group, community groups, and cultural practitioners, Kalei continues to research and build understanding of the significance of site placement and use within the historical corridor of Kahalu'u, Kona.  She is also a masterful photographer of native Hawaiian environments in their natural form (see http://kaleinuuhiwa.smugmug.com/).

Will McClintockWill McClintock

Project Scientist, Marine Science Institute; Senior Fellow, United Nations Environment Program - World Conservation Monitoring Center

Will McClintock will be participating in the Graduate Student Workshop: GIS Tools, February 1, 2013 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Bren Hall 3035.

From 2004 to 2011, the McClintock Lab lead the development of MarineMap (www.marinemap.org), a web-based application used by stakeholders in California's Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative for marine protected area (MPA) planning. Regarded as a significant breakthrough in the process of "GeoDesign", combining science with the unencumbered art of design, MarineMap set a new standard for decision support tools used for marine spatial planning. With a $500,000 gift from Jack Dangermond (President of Esri, Inc.), Dr. McClintock has initiated the development of the "next-generation" MarineMap, called SeaSketch (www.seasketch.org). Designed such that anyone - regardless of their technical or scientific background - can participate in marine spatial planning, SeaSketch will bring the power of collaborative, spatial decision support systems to everyone with a web browser and internet connection. Dr. McClintock received a B.A. in Biology from Earlham College (1991), M.S. In Behavioral Ecology from the University of Cincinnati (1994), Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology from the University of California Santa Barbara (2000), and M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute (2003). He has received over $3 million in grants and fellowships, delivered over 70 presentations and invited seminars, and has published 8 articles in peer reviewed journals.

Melvin L. OliverMelvin L. Oliver

SAGE Sara Miller McCune Dean of Social Sciences and Executive Dean of the College of Letters and Science, and Professor of Sociology

Melvin Oliver will be a speaker at the Rupe Conference - Risk and Uncertainty and the Communication of Sea Level Rise  April 12, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Corwin Pavilion

Dr. Melvin Oliver brings to bear over 25 years of experience in both philanthropy and higher education. Before joining UCSB, Dr. Oliver was Vice President of the Asset Building and Community Development Program at the Ford Foundation, and a UCLA faculty member for 18 years. Oliver is an expert on racial and urban inequality and poverty, and has authored (with Thomas M. Shapiro) Black Wealth/White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality, which received the Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award from the American Sociological Association, the C. Wright Mills Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the award for the outstanding book on the subject of human rights from the Gustavus Myers Center.  Dr. Oliver serves on Boards of the Division of Behavioral and Social Science and Education (National Research Council), Leadership for a Changing World, National Poverty Center (University of Michigan), PolicyLink, McCune Foundation, and the Urban Institute; is a Sociological Research Association member and a recent American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow; and has served on the Council of the American Sociological Association. http://www.socialsciences.ucsb.edu/dean_bio.html

Marko PeljihanMarko Peljhan

Professor, Department of Art, UC Santa Barbara

Marko Peljihan will be a speaker at the seminar Interactive Visioning on February 1, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Bren Hall 1414.

A native of Slovenia and a theatre and radio director by profession, Peljhan founded the technology branch of Projekt Atol called PACT SYSTEMS where he developed the Global Positioning System based participatory networked mapping project, the Urban Colonisation and Orientation Gear 144, one of the first works in the s.c. “locative media” genre in 1995. He has been working on the Makrolab, a project that focuses on telecommunications, migrations and weather systems research in an intersection of art and science from 1997-2007 and is currently, together with Matthew Biederman, coordinating the Arctic Perspective Initiative art/science/tactical media project focused on the global significance of the Arctic geopolitical, natural and cultural spheres. During the series of World Information.org projects, he has installed several communications mapping and interception systems and projects and his research led him to map the command and control communications networks and response during the Srebrenica genocide. Peljhan is the recipient of many prizes for his work, including the 2001 Golden Nica Prize at Ars Electronica together with Carsten Nicolai for their work, polar, and the UNESCO Digital Media Prize for Makrolab in 2004. During 2008, he was appointed as one of the European Union Ambassadors of Intercultural dialogue. He holds joint appointments with the Department of Art and the Media Arts & Technology graduate program at the University of California Santa Barbara and was appointed as Co-Director of the UC Institute for Research in the Arts in 2009, where he is coordinating the art/science Integrative methodologies initiative.

Ben PowlessBen Powless

Citizen of the Mohawk Nation, Ontario, Canada, Youth Liaison for the Indigenous Environmental Network

Ben Powless will be a speaker at the Rupe Conference - Risk and Uncertainty and the Communication of Sea Level Rise April 12, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Corwin Pavilion

Ben Powless is Mohawk from Six Nations in Ontario. He has a degree in Human Rights, Indigenous and Environmental Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa. He works with the Indigenous Environmental Network, focused on climate justice and resource extraction in Indigenous territories, particularly the tar sands in Canada.  He is currently working for the Defenders of the Land network, a national network of Indigenous communities, leaders, and allies dedicated to standing up for the sovereignty and sacredness of Indigenous lands. He was one of the cofounders of the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, working at both the national level and local level.

Ronald RiceRonald E. Rice

Arthur N. Rupe Professor in the Social Effects of Mass Communication, Department of Communication, and Co-Director, Carsey-Wolf Center

Ronald Rice will be a moderator at the Rupe Conference - Risk and Uncertainty and the Communication of Sea Level Rise  April 12, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Corwin Pavilion

Dr. Ronald Rice has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from University of Montreal (2010), elected President of the ICA (2006-2007) and an ICA Fellow, awarded a Fulbright Award to Finland (2006), and appointed as the Visiting University Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (Augusts 2007-2009 and June 2010). His co-authored or (co)edited books include Organizations and unusual routines: A systems analysis of dysfunctional feedback processes (2010); Media ownership: Research and regulation (2008); The Internet and health care: Theory, research and practice (2006); Social consequences of Internet use: Access, involvement and interaction (2002); The Internet and health communication (2001); Accessing and browsing information and communication (2001); Public communication campaigns (1981, 1989, 2001, 2012); Research methods and the new media (1988); Managing organizational innovation (1987); and The new media: communication, research and technology (1984). http://www.comm.ucsb.edu/people/academic/ronald-e-rice

Nicole RussellNicole Russell

University of California, Santa Cruz

Nicole Russell will be a special guest at the Central Coast Sustainability Summit, October 25, 2012 from 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Loma Paloma Conference Center.

Nicole Russell is a PhD student in Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Santa Cruz. Russell has co‐authored two seminal and locally relevant reports on sea level rise with UCSC Professor Gary Griggs. The reports focus upon the impacts of sea level rise on California's coastal communities and methods to prepare for and reduce the potential for harm from these impacts. Currently, Russell’s research centers on worldwide examples of sea level rise adaptation and recent trends in California wave data.

Reports co-authored by Russell include:

Jon ShenkJon Shenk

Director, The Island President

Jon Shenk will participate in a Q&A session following the film screening: The Island President, December 4, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in the Pollock Theater.

Jon Shenk is a documentary filmmaker, cinematographer, and founder of Actual Films. He was the Director of Photography for the Academy Award-winning Smile Pinki (2009). He was awarded an Emmy for Blame Somebody Else (2007), a feature story about human trafficking, he wrote, produced and photographed for the PBS series, Exposé. Shenk directed and photographed the Emmy-nominated Lost Boys of Sudan (2004), a feature documentary that follows two young refugees of Sudan's civil war through their first year in America. Lost Boys of Sudan was released theatrically, received the Independent Spirit Award, and aired on PBS/POV. He co-directed and photographed Democracy Afghan Style (2004, 80 minutes), a PBS/ITVS/Arte film about the post-war constitutional process in Afghanistan. In 2005, he directed and photographed segments for The New Heroes (PBS). He directed and photographed The Beginning (1999), an observational chronicle of George Lucas's complex creative process during the making of Star Wars: Episode I that some reviewers consider to be "the best DVD behind-the-scenes documentary ever made." Shenk has produced and photographed dozens of documentaries for PBS, the BBC, A&E, Bravo, CBS, NBC, and National Geographic. He has been nominated twice for Emmys for his cinematography.

Bruce TiffneyBruce Tiffney

Dean College of Creative Studies, Professor, Earth Sciences, UC Santa Barbara

Bruce Tiffney will moderate the panel discussion during the symposium: Santa Barbara Geography - Past, Present and as Sea Levels Rise, November 9, 2012 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Bren Hall 1414.

One area of Bruce Tiffney’s research is focused on the influence of changes in the physical environment (climate, geography) on the evolution of plants through geologic time.  This has given him an appreciation for the interplay of the physical and biological environment, particularly the effect of climate change on the evolution and distribution of plants on scales of millions of years.  Humans are potentially creating similar climate change on a scale of hundreds of years.  What can we learn from past changes in looking to our future – and are we willing to (or are societies variably capable of) doing so?

Admiral David TitleyRear Admiral (ret.) Dr. David Titley

Former Deputy Under Secretary for Operations at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency

David Titley will be a speaker at the Rupe Conference - Risk and Uncertainty and the Communication of Sea Level Rise  April 12, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Corwin Pavilion

Rear Admiral (ret.) Dr. David Titley has a Master of Science in meteorology and physical oceanography, and a Ph.D. in meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School, and was elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. For over 30 years, his Navy career included duties as Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy, as director of Task Force Climate Change, and Assistant Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance. Dr. Titley then served as the Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for Operations, the Chief Operating Officer position at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Center of Climate and Security based in Washington DC. http://www.noaa.gov/titley.html

Georgiana Valoyce-SanchezGeorgiana Valoyce-Sanchez

Elder, Governing council of the Barbareno Chumash Council; Chair, Chumash Elders Women’s Council of the Wishtoyo Foundation

Georgiana Valoyce-Sanchez will be a speaker at the Rupe Conference - Risk and Uncertainty and the Communication of Sea Level Rise April 12, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Corwin Pavilion

Georgiana Valoyce-Sanchez is Native American of the Chumash (Schmuwich) and O’odham (Tohono and Akimal) People, born and raised in Southern California.  She is an Elder on the Governing council of the Barbareno Chumash Council and the Chair of the Chumash Elders Women’s Council of the Wishtoyo Foundation.   She has taught for the American Indian Studies Program at California State University, Long Beach for over twenty-six years, teaching American Indian Philosophies, American Indian Literature, California Indian History, Pre-1871 History and Ethnic Experience in the United States.  She is a published writer who has appeared in several national and international publications; a renowned Storyteller and Board Member of the California Indian Storytellers Association, and co-founder of the League of Indigenous Voices in Story and Song (LIVS).  She continues to be a dedicated advocate for the preservation of Indigenous languages, sacred sites, ceremonial practices and traditional arts.

Janet WalkerJanet Walker

Professor of Film and Media Studies

Janet Walker will give the ThinkSpatial Brown Bag lecture, November 13, 2012 from 12:00-1:15 p.m. Ellison Hall 5824.
Janet Walker will also be a moderator at the
Rupe Conference - Risk and Uncertainty and the Communication of Sea Level Rise  April 12, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Corwin Pavilion

Janet Walker is the recipient of grants from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and of a 2001 Distinguished Teaching Award from UCSB. Her areas of specialization include film history and historiography, documentary film, film and ethnography, the western, trauma and memory, and the social ecology of media.  Dr. Walker’s books include Documentary testimonies: Global archives of suffering (2009); Trauma Cinema: Documenting incest and the holocaust, 2005), Westerns: Films through history (2001); Feminism and documentary (1999), and Couching resistance: Women, film, and psychoanalytic psychiatry (1993). http://www.filmandmedia.ucsb.edu/people/faculty/walker/walker.html

Jeremy WeissJeremy Weiss

Senior Research Specialist, Department of Geosciences Environmental Studies Laboratory, University of Arizona

Jeremy Weiss will be a speaker at the seminar Interactive Visioning on  February 1, 2013 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Bren Hall 1414. Weiss will also be lecturing at the Graduate Student Workshop: GIS Tools, February 1, 2013 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Bren Hall 3035.

Jeremy Weiss works and studies extensively in assessing impacts of climatic hazards on natural resources and applying geographic information systems (GIS) and data visualization to scientific data generation and communication. While he participates in various laboratory projects, he contributes mostly to the Climate-induced Vegetation Change: Past and Future, Regional Climate Science and Assessment, and Climate Change and Sea Level research foci.

Richard WidickRichard Widick

Visiting Scholar, Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies, UC Santa Barbara

Richard Widick will speak at the seminar: Durban to Doha:  Assessing the Latest Round of UN Climate Talks at COP18 in Qatar, January 18, 2013 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. McCune Conference Room.

Richard Widick holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he lectured on theory, culture, media, globalization, social movements and environment before coming to the Orfalea Center. He is the author of Trouble in the Forest: California's Redwood Timber Wars (University of Minnesota Press, 2009), an ethnography, cultural analysis, and 150 year social history of the US colonization and industrialization of California's northern redwood region: a history of the Indian wars and labor trouble that set the legal, social and ecological conditions for converging peoples, labor and environmental movements in the present era of globalization. In new research aimed at further integrating global studies and cultural sociology with media and environmental theory, Widick scales up his institutional analysis of US culture to the international scene of western modernity and the UN climate negotiations. In preparation of a new manuscript "The International Climate Wars" he has conducted fieldwork with collaborator John Foran (sociology, UCSB) at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties 17 (COP17), in Durban, South Africa, 2011, and will attend the upcoming COP18 at Doha, Qatar, in the fall of 2012. Widick and Foran are founders and co-directors of The International Institute of Climate Action & Theory (iicat), and publicize their climate-related work at iicat.org.

Michael WilliamsMichael Williams

Yup'iq; Chief of the Yupiit Nation, National Tribal Environmental Council Executive Committee, Mental Health counselor, Akiak, AK

Michael Williams will be a speaker at the Rupe Conference - Risk and Uncertainty and the Communication of Sea Level Rise  April 12, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Corwin Pavilion

Michael Williams is from the small village of Akiak on the lower Kuskokwim River in Western Alaska. Mike graduated from the Chemawa Indian School in Salem, Oregon and served in South Korea as a member of the U.S. Army. He then studied at the University of Alaska, Kuskokwim Campus while working full time as a Mental Health Counselor. Mike is currently the Chief of the Yupiit Nation; Secretary/Treasurer of the Akiak Native Community; a Board Member of the Institute for Tribal Governments at Portland State University; a Board Member of National Tribal Environmental Council; Vice Chairman of the Yupiit School District; and a Board Member of the Rural Community Action Program. In July 2012, Williams served as the Alaska Panel Moderator for the Alaska delegation to the First Stewards Symposium, and presented testimony from his community's experience with erosion and permafrost melt. He currently works as a Wellness Counselor for his village and he is also an avid Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race competitor.

Kathryn YusoffKathryn Yusoff

Lecturer, The Lancaster Environment Centre at Lancaster University

Kathryn Yusoff will be a speaker at the Rupe Conference - Risk and Uncertainty and the Communication of Sea Level Rise  April 12, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Corwin Pavilion

Kathryn Yusoff studies aesthetics, social theory and environmental change.  Her primary research interest is in the political aesthetics and biopolitics of environments within the context of climate change (past and present) and biodiversity loss. One of her other research areas is GeoPhilosophy: philosophies of nature, dynamic earth processes, time and climate.  Her two current projects are The political aesthetics of climate change, and Prehistoric art, animality and climate change. Dr. Yusoff is a Member and author of Working Group II: Interdisciplinary, European Science Foundation (ESF) RESCUE (Researching Environmental, Societal Change on an Unstable Earth) research programme. http://www.lec.lancs.ac.uk/people/Kathryn_Yusoff