2013 Event Highlights

Monday, April 15, 2013
Lecture: Ecological Restoration in Urban Estuaries
Endeavour Hall, Room 120, 5:30 pm
Speaker: Rachel Gruzen
What are the challenges that we face when performing ecological restoration in urban estuaries? How do we quantify the value of natural resources lost and ensure that ecological function is restored? Where do we conduct restoration in an urban environment where economic interests often appear to supersede ecological? Senior Planner Rachel Gruzen from Great Ecology will discuss these questions using innovative regional case studies that merge ecological science, landscape design, regulations and smart business solutions.

Round Table Discussion: GMOs and Water
Student Activities Center (SAC) 302, 8:00 pm
A discussion on genetically modified organisms and the economics of water.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Workshop: Shinnecock Bay Restoration Project
SAC 302, 2:00 pm
In response to deteriorating environmental conditions in Shinnecock Bay on Long Island, the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University, and its Institute for Ocean Conservation Science, founded the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program (ShiRP) to restore the health of this vital ecosystem. The goal of ShiRP is to use science, outreach, and partnerships to restore the water quality and fisheries of Shinnecock Bay. Restoration of shellfish and eelgrass for 2013 will take place this spring, and over the summer season, data collection and monitoring of water quality and fisheries will continue.

filterig futuresFilm and Discussion: Filtering Futures
SAC Ballroom B, 6:00 pm
Beneath the waves off the coast of Long Island there's buried treasure. A once hugely profitable industry, shellfishing is now a dying lifestyle on Long Island. Can science, baymen and policy makers fix the problems faced in restoring the shellfish? What do we lose if the shellfish are gone? Directed by Stony Brook University Alum Gareth Burghes.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Sustainability Studies Alumni Career Panel
Wang, Lecture Hall 2, 1:00 pm
Stony Brook University alumni and field professionals in the area of sustainability and green industries lead a moderated discussion on careers in a dynamic and quickly growing field. Hosted by the Sustainability Studies Department at Stony Brook University in collaboration with the Alumni Association and the Career Center.

career panelRebecca Kusa, Environmental Humanities, BA, Graduated 5/12

John Botos, Environmental Studies, BA, CER Grad Certificate, Graduating 5/13

Jason Rubin, Environmental Design, Policy, & Planning, BA, Graduated 5/12

Kim Tucker, Environmental Humanities, BA, Graduated 5/11

Lindsey Shields, Environmental Design, Policy & Planning, BA, Graduated 5/12

Biomedical Engineering: Environmental
Implications & Applications

SAC 302, 2:00 pm
Presentation and discussion on how biomedical engineering can be used to conserve and protect our environment. Examples include the use of microorganisms to clean up oil spills and how biomedically engineered products can be used as alternative sources of energy. In addition, the caveats about releasing genetically engineered organisms into the environment will be discussed. Food and refreshments will be served. Hosted by the Biomedical Engineering Society and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

dear governor cuomo


Film & Discussion: Dear Governor Cuomo
Humanities 1006, 4:00 pm
On a rainy night in May of 2012 a coalition of musicians, scientists and activists gathered in Albany on the governor’s front doorstep, calling for a ban on hydraulic-fracturing. The film–a unique blend of The Last Waltz and An Inconvenient Truth–was written and directed by Jon Bowermaster and filmed under the direction of Academy Award winning doc-maker Alex Gibney.

Thursday, April 18, 2013
science at seaScience at Sea: Life Aboard an Oceanographic Research Vessel
Wang Center, Lecture Hall 1, 2:00 pm
Presenter: Tom Wilson, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
Research Vessels are floating laboratories for conducting science at sea, gathering information vital to increased understanding and better stewardship of our planet. Mr. Wilson will draw on his 34 years of participation in oceanographic fieldwork to discuss these unusual and often unique ships, the scientists and mariners who live and work aboard them, and expeditions to Antarctica, the Caribbean, and Africa.

The Great Debate: After Sandy–Living at the Edge of the Sea
Humanities 1006, 4:00 pm
Moderator: Jim Klurfeld, School of Journalism


Alex Marshall, journalist
Carol Ash, President of the Carey Center for Social Good and former NYS Parks Commissioner
Jay Tanski, New York Sea Grant Extension Specialist
Malcolm Bowman, Professor of Oceanography


Friday, April 19, 2013

 Earthstock Festival 

Academic Mall, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Pride Patrol Campus Beautification
11:00 am to 3:00 pm: Environmental and Educational Displays and Exhibitors, Farmer's Market
11:00 am: High School Participant Lunch & Campus Tour, SAC 302
11:00 am: Eco-Scavenger Hunt, Staller Terraces
12:15 pm: Opening Remarks and Green Pledge Ceremony
1:00 pm: Sustain-a-Thon Relay Race, Staller Upper Level. Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability in partnership with Camus Residences.
2:00 pm: Rubber Duck Races
2:30 pm: Ice Cream Social
3:00 pm: Drum Line and Color Guard Showcase, Staller Terraces

SAC Ballroom A, 6:30 pm
Earthstock Environmental Student Research Exhibition
Undergraduate and graduate student research in the sciences, social sciences and humanities as they relate to issue related to the environment, energy conservation, engineering and sustainability will be featured in a poster session preceding the Keynote Lecture.

Wang Theater, 7:30 pm
Keynote Lecture
Wally Broecker, Newberry Professor of Geology, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University

University Cafe, SB Union, 8:30 pm
Music by the acoustic sounds of
Jack's Waterfall
Closing Earthstock Festival Concert broadcast live on WUSB 90.1 FM.

SAC Plaza, 8:00 pm
Solar Powered Concert
Sponsored by the Environmental Club and Rock Yo Face Case.

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