FLUSHING, N.Y., June 19, 2006 — From storm surges to asteroids to global warming, New York City has a rich scientific history. Distinguished faculty from the City University of New York (CUNY), including several from Queens College, will explore the impact of these and other geologic occurrences on the city’s environment and quality of life in a series of free public lectures and exhibits to be held on Governors Island this summer.
The science lectures with slide presentations will be given in Pershing Hall (Building 125) for seven successive Saturdays from June 24 to August 5 at 12:30 pm. Topics include past, present, and future climate changes, aquaculture systems, shark extinction, and the lingering effects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
An exhibition of cutting-edge research on the ecology of the city will be open every Friday and Saturday through September 2 in Building 110. The exhibits include three-dimensional and computer simulations, interactive displays, and posters that focus on current environmental issues of interest to New York residents. Among the topical exhibits visitors can see are the effects of a category three hurricane on New York, the 7,000-year history of paleosalinity changes on the Hudson River, and the vulnerability of the city’s water supply to variations in climate.
Here is the lineup of CUNY Governors Island summer lectures being given by professors from Queens College:
June 24 George Hendrey
“Global Change and the Mega City”
The growth of mega cities like New York constitutes a geophysical driver of global scale, with urbanization now affecting climate, rising sea levels, and marine circulation. Comprehensive thinking about the long-term future of New York City can neither omit the risks associated with global change nor ignore the role mega cities play in shaping nearly every aspect of the world’s economic and political life.
July 1 Stephen Pekar
“A 7,000-Year History of Climate Change in NYC and What it Means for Us
Dr. Pekar will talk about past, present, and future climate changes, with a focus on New York City and the implications for residents in the tri-state area.
August 5 Steven Markowitz, MD
“Lingering Effects of World Trade Center Exposure”
Five years after 9/11, some Ground Zero workers still live with the event and its health aftermath. An occupational and environmental medicine physician, Dr. Markowitz will discuss what we know about the health impact of September 11, especially on workers who cleaned up Ground Zero.
Faculty from other CUNY colleges who will be lecturing are: William Solecki of Hunter College who will discuss “Climate Change in the New York Metropolitan Region” on July 8; Martin Schreibman of Brooklyn College who will address the issue of “Intensive Sustainable Aquaculture in New York City” on July 15; Frank Buonaiuto of Hunter College presenting “The Ocean Threat: Storm Surge Hazards in New York City” on July 22; and John Chamberlain of Brooklyn College who will talk about “Asteroid Impact and the Extinction of Sharks” on July 29.
The free ferry to Governors Island leaves from the Battery Maritime Building, Slip 7, directly east of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal starting at 10 am. Governors Island is open every Friday and Saturday during the summer. The ferry ride takes approximately five minutes. By subway, take the 1 or 9 to South Ferry, the 4 or 5 to Bowling Green or the R or W to Whitehall (see http://www.govisland.com for more info).
Contact: Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services