Citizen Literacy Series

Most Recent Episode Take Action! How We Can Save the Environment: 06/21/18

Wendy Jacobs, Emmett Clinical Professor of Environmental Law, and Director of the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School discusses how citizens can utilize the law to restore protective regulations for our environment. This video includes a link to the Clinic’s excellent online manual that contains all the information concerned citizens need to guide environmental action.

Episodes

Take Action! How We Can Save the Environment: 06/21/18

Wendy Jacobs, Emmett Clinical Professor of Environmental Law, and Director of the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School discusses how citizens can utilize the law to restore protective regulations for our environment. This video includes a link to the Clinic’s excellent online manual that contains all the information concerned citizens need to guide environmental action.

Nanotechnology Advances for Healthcare and Environment: 05/08/18

This is the fifth and final presentation in our Science Literacy series at MIT. Dr. Sonkusale describes the advantages of nano-scale science and the remarkable nano-innovations in sensory devices for environment and medicine that his lab has produced. He also discusses how the Tufts Nano Lab creates devices that can be used around the world –a democratizing of nanotechnology.

The Science –and Oft-Ignored Side Effects—of Geoengineering: 04/24/18

Professor Daniel Cziczo provides an overview of the climate change issue and then a critique of geoengineering. He explains the options, and --more importantly—the misinformation that seems to accompany the solar radiation management option in particular. He lists the kinds of questions the public needs to ask in the effort to determine a policy for reducing the CO2 in the atmosphere that is rapidly warning the planet.

Infinitely Small to Infinitely Great: The Search for Microbial Life on Other Worlds: 04/10/18

Very little is known about most of the deep-sea organisms on this planet. Since these organisms represent “extreme life,” they provide potential insights about how life might emerge on other worlds. Dr. Peter Girguis describes innovative studies of some deep-sea organisms, the technological advances that are making these investigations possible, and the exciting collaboration between marine biologists and astrophysicists.

There Is More Than Enough Renewable Energy: 03/06/18

Dr. Mara Prentiss, explains the vital need to switch to renewable energy and she describes here –and in her book Energy Revolution- just how that change can be implemented. Mara Prentiss, Ph.D., is Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics at Harvard University, and author of Energy Revolution: The Physics and Promise of Efficient Energy.

Climate Change: Science, Policy, Action: 02/12/18

This is the first presentation in the Citizens Literacy program, a joint project between Science for the Public, Belmont Library and Belmont Media Center. The Citizens Literacy program will present speakers on science issues, civic issues and media issues in an effort to promote public awareness and response to important concerns of our time. Dr. Cziczo explains climate change, plus how we can help shape policy.

Ecological and Psychological Perspectives on Climate Change: 02/13/18

Dr. Helmuth and Dr. Coley combine their expertise to discuss how we respond to uncomfortable facts of climate change.