Seminars & Events
New this year, we’re thrilled to share MƒA Thursday Thinks, a monthly speaker series held (typically) on the first Thursday of each month. Thursday Thinks feature thought-provoking talks from STEM experts – including scientists, mathematicians, authors, journalists and educators – that are open to MƒA teachers, their colleagues, and their guests.
Nov 1 — Mangrove Mystery: The Missing Carbon with Dr. David Ho
Despite their relatively small area, coastal ecosystems sequester a disproportionate amount of carbon compared to other terrestrial ecosystems. Carbon sequestered in these ecosystems by mangroves, seagrasses, and salt marshes is commonly referred to as Blue Carbon. There is a mystery involving mangroves. Even though these forests sequester more carbon per area than any other ecosystem on Earth and do so at a higher rate, over half of this carbon appears to be missing from the carbon budget. Dr. Ho set out to solve this mystery by conducting research on this missing carbon sink in the largest contiguous mangrove forest in North America, located wholly within Everglades National Park in South Florida. On this journey to solve the mystery, he strikes up collaborations with scientists in the United States, Australia, Vietnam, and China. This talk will touch on the scientific method, and also gives examples about how connections are made in science to further knowledge.
Jan 3 — The Marshall Islands: A Nuclear Legacy
From 1946 to 1958, the United States tested 67 nuclear weapons in the Marshall Islands, a remote constellation of atolls in the Pacific Ocean, causing unprecedented environmental contamination throughout the region and - for the indigenous peoples of the islands - long-term adverse health effects. Dr. Ivana Hughes will speak about the K=1 Project's work on radiological conditions in the atolls, which has sought to establish a sound scientific foundation upon which the Marshallese people could make important resettlement decisions, helping to address the injustices of the Marshallese nuclear legacy. Through this example Dr. Hughes will highlight the devastation and destruction of nuclear weapons, provide further context for past and current nuclear disarmament discussions, and make a case for what we should know and teach in our current nuclear age.
MƒA teachers should please register on the Small-World Network. Registration for the general public will open in December.