The Dark Side of the Ocean with Mark Romanov

A special screening of The Dark Side of the Ocean occurred at the Pollock Theater on July 22, 2015. The screening was followed by a Q&A with cameraman/editor Mark Romanov.

Description. Marine biologist and cameraman Rick Rosenthal has been filming in the ocean for decades, but one spectacle has eluded him and every other filmmaker, until now – the vast "vertical migration" – when billions of animals rise from the depths to the ocean's surface. It is the greatest migration on earth, and this astonishing event happens every night, in every ocean of the world. Limited camera and lighting technology have previously prevented the filming of this dramatic ocean event. Now, for the first time, Rosenthal captures it on camera. To do so, he faces—head on—the dangers and challenges of filming in the open ocean, in the dark. When he is successful, he unlocks the secrets of a bizarre and alien world.


Sustainable Science Communication Conference

The Sustainable Science Communication conference occurred on May 13 and 14, 2015. It was an interdisciplinary conference that emphasized two complementary issues: "sustainable science" and sustainable "science communication."

Description. According to Paul Anastas, one of the founders of the green chemistry movement, the transition to a sustainable society implies no less than the "the redesign of...the material that is at the basis of our society and our economy". The substitution of conventional technologies by more sustainable versions should be achieved in a manner that maximizes long-term benefits while minimizing short-term disruption. Further, scientists, engineers, and technology developers in particular and academics in general must become able to communicate clearly to other scientists within and across their disciplines, the public, business leaders, government officials, and policy-makers. Rather than sound bites, we need a sustainable, shared, and constantly improving basis for deciding how best to communicate the complex and subtle issues of science that affect individuals, communities, institutions, society, and the world. 

Session I

Jennifer Ouellette and Richard Hutton

Session II

Ken Weiss, Matthew Nisbet, and Sonia Fernandez


Session III

Bruce Carson, Martha Russell, and Lucy Atkinson


Session IV

P. Sol Hart and Andrew Nelson


Confronting Climate Change: A Political Reality Check

Tom Steyer joined us for a discussion about the urgency and complexity of mitigating climate change on May 6, 2014.

Description. Steyer addressed the intersection of technology and renewable energy policy and politics in effecting change on this critical issue. Steyer is an investor, philanthropist and advanced energy advocate. He is also the President of NextGen Climate, an organization that acts politically to avert climate disaster and preserve American prosperity. Before retiring from the private sector, Tom founded and was the Senior Managing Member of Farallon Capital Management. He also was a Managing Director and member of the Investment Committee at Hellman & Friedman. In 2012, Steyer teamed up with former Secretary of State George Shultz for Yes on Proposition 39, which closed a tax loophole for out-of-state corporations and created jobs in California, and in 2010, to defeat California's Proposition 23, an effort by out-of-state oil companies to dismantle California's groundbreaking clean energy law AB 32.