Lectures tackle global poverty, ocean acidification

Amy Smith, senior lecturer and director of D-Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will speak in the Hermann Foundation Meeting Room at Falmouth Public Library at 3 PM on Wednesday, June 21.

D-Lab works with people around the world to develop and advance collaborative approaches and practical solutions to global poverty challenges. The program’s mission is pursued through interdisciplinary courses, research in collaboration with global partners, technology development, and community initiatives—all of which emphasize experiential learning, real-world projects, community-led development, and scalability. Ms. Smith will talk about D-Lab’s philosophy and approach to development and will share some examples from the field.

Abby Smith, professor and head of department, a marine geochemist who works at the University of Otago in New Zealand, will speak later the same day, at 4:30 PM, in the Hermann Foundation Meeting Room. Dr. Smith will present a public lecture, “Bugs in Bubbles,” on the subject of ocean acidification, which is the next global climate challenge.

Rapid anthropogenic production of CO2 has driven the carbonate chemistry of the sea, causing lowered pH in surface waters. Understanding the temperate carbonate budget in the Southern Hemisphere shelf is an important part of the picture. Her more technical research is on bryozoans.

Both talks are meant for lay audiences.

This program is being offered free to the public by the Climate Action Committee and Climate Action Citizens. John Carlton-Foss, executive director of Climate Action Citizens, expressed excitement that the Smith sisters are able to meet a group of Falmouth-area people involved with innovative technologies that address energy and environmental issues.

Cape News, 16 June 2017. Further information.

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