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Queens College Climate Change Exhibition to Feature 45-Foot Inflatable Replica of High-Tech Research Vessel, September 24-28

-- Event to Feature Presentations by Distinguished Guest Speakers and QC Climate Change Experts; Schedule Includes Film Screenings and Demonstration on Emergency Preparedness; Coincides With Climate Change NYC --​ 

Queens, NY, September 19, 2018 − Queens College will host the large-scale interactive exhibition Exploring Earth’s Secrets this fall, from Monday, September 24 - Friday, September 28, 2018. It will offer visitors the opportunity for a hands-on learning experience about climate change and groundbreaking research, some of which is being done by Queens College professors. The exhibition is free and open to the public. It will take place outdoors on the Campus Quad and feature a 45-foot inflatable replica of the high-tech research vesseJoint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling (JOIDES) Resolution, which will house interactive informational kiosks (watch  the video.) The exhibition coincides with “Climate Week NYC,” and a series of speakers and events is scheduled for Monday through Thursday.  

With the most earth and environmental science majors of any CUNY college and professors at the forefront of climate change research, Queens College is the only school in the university to host the exhibition. Its goal is to introduce young people to current trends in climate change research by focusing on three key elements: a study of past periods of intense warm weather to better understand and predict what our future climate could look like; understanding past earthquake and tsunami activity so that we can better predict future disasters; and oceanic exploration, including submerged continents, as a way to identify food and other resources.

“Our faculty are deeply involved with vital research on climate change and they include our students in all phases of exploration and analyses.   Through their participation in international expeditions,  students gain invaluable experience both retrieving and examining samples. We are proud of the impressive caliber of our faculty and the mentoring they provide for the next generation of scientists concerned with the future of our planet," says Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez.

The research vessel the JOIDES Resolution has served as a base for a team of traveling international researchers who are studying the world’s oceans, among them Rockaway native Stephen Pekar and Cecilia McHugh, both Queens College professors in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. “The JOIDES Resolution is part of the International Ocean Discovery Program, which is perhaps the most successful international science program the world has ever seen. It has helped write the book on climatic and oceanic changes for the past 100 million years—since the time of the dinosaurs,” says Pekar. “The ship has also provided an understanding of sea-level changes since at least 50 million years ago when the earth was much warmer than today,” adds McHugh. The exhibition will be open to the public and may be of special interest to secondary and postsecondary students, teachers and parents involved in related studies and projects.

Click here ​to watch Professors Pekar and McHugh discuss their research.

The exhibition is made possible with the generous support of Con Edison.

Exhibition Highlights:

Opening Ceremony
Monday, September 24, 12:15 pm, the Quad
Distinguished guest speakers, raffles, opportunities to meet scientists 

Effects of Climate Change
Tuesday, September 25, 5 pm, Rosenthal Library, Room 230
ectures by two professors at the Queens College School of Earth and Environmental Science
How Sea Level and Climate Modify the Margins of Continents,” Cecilia McHugh
“The Last Time It Got This Hot on Earth: A Climate Scientist Looks Back and Then Forward to a Sustainable Future,” Stephen Pekar

6:30 pm, Rosenthal Library, Room 230
Film screening: Chasing Ice, Emmy award-winning documentary about melting glaciers

Impact of Natural Disasters on Children
Wednesday, September 26, 2:30 pm, Rosenthal Library, Room 230
Lecture by Queens College Psychology Professor Yoko Nomura on "Children of Superstorm Sandy: The Epigenetic and Developmental Impact of Natural Disaster"

Natural Disasters & Recovery
Wednesday, September 26, 2 pm, Rosenthal Library, Room 230
Presentation by Aralis Hillsman, New York City Emergency Management office on disaster preparation; an emergency "go pack" will be raffled off.

Sustainability & Solutions
Thursday, September 27, 2 pm, Rosenthal Library, Room 230
Presentation by Queens College Earth and Environmental Science faculty member George Hendrey, CUNY Distinguished Professor of Environmental Science

6:30 pm, Rosenthal Library, Room 230
Film screening: Time to Choose, Academy Award-winning documentary about worldwide climate change and innovative efforts to address it.

QC Retirees Day
Friday, September 28, 10 am, Campus Quad
QC retirees tour and raffle​​

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