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CMAST Symposium 2015 - Agenda

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Imagining the Future of Ocean Science

8:50 Symposium opening 

James Houck (Interim Dean, Penn State Law School), Dr. Jennifer Miksis-Olds (CMAST Director)

9:00 Welcome

Dr. Eric Barron (President, Penn State)

  Symposium Overview

Dr. Jennifer Miksis-Olds (CMAST Director)

9:15 Session I

Panel Moderator, Dr. Jenni Evans (PSIEE)


Envisioning the Future Ocean Science


A Naval Oceanography Perspective on the Future of Ocean Science

 Rear Admiral Jonathan White (U.S. Navy)
9:44 BOEM Environmental Studies Program: Developing science today for the policy needs of tomorrow Dr. Jill Lewandowski (BOEM)
10:00 Changing Ocean Conditions, Coastal Stressors, and the Need for Landscape-scale understanding of ocean systems: The Forces Shaping the Future of Ocean Science Dr. Holly Bamford (NOAA)
10:20  Panel Discussion  
10:45 Break  
11:00 Faculty Research Hot Spot
Imagining the future by studying past oceans
Geosciences, Dr. Lee Kump 
11:15 Session II Panel Moderator, Sarah Whitney (PA Sea Grant)


Intersection of Ocean Science, Policy & Politics

11:20 Ocean Solutions at the Nexus of Science, Society and Security

Sherri Goodman (COL)

11:40 A Review and Perspective of Recent Ocean Science Policy, Priorities and Relationships

Robert Winokur (Michigan Tech University; Former Chair, Satellite Task Force for NOAA Science Advisory Board)

12:00  The U.S. and the Law of the Sea Convention:  (Still) Alone on a Wide Wide Sea

James Houck (Penn State)

12:20  Panel Discussion 


12:50 Lunch  
1:45 Faculty Research Hot Spot

An update on damage to deep sea ecosystems from the Deep Water Horizon spill

Biology, Dr. Charles Fisher
2:00 Session III Panel Moderator, Dr. David Bradley (ARL)


Funding the Future of Ocean Science

2:05 Sea Change: The National Academies Decadal Survey of Ocean Science 2015 Report

Dr. David Titley (Penn State)

2:25 NSF in a Post-"Sea Change" Ocean: How Much? ... and Doing What? 

Dr. Rick Murray (NSF)

2:45  Science and Technology Trends Supporting the Development of Operational Environments Prediction

Dr. Frank Herr (ONR)

3:05 Panel Discussion 


3:45 Break  
4:00 Faculty Research Hot Spot

Climate change as a threat to estuarine restoration

Meteorology, Dr. Raymond Najjar

Graduate Student Hot Spot               

Automatic detection and bearing calculation of vocalizing marine mammals in relation to passive acoustic density estimation

 Graduate Program in Acoustics, Julia Vernon

Post-Doctoral Hot Spot                               

Natural selection generates biodiversity gradients in coral reefs at scales of hundreds of meters despite dispersal potential of hundreds of kilometers

Biology, Dr. Carlos Prada
4:45 Symposium Closing  


Reception will be held in the Penn State Arboretum from 17:00-18:00.

The Arboretum is next to the Katz Building.

CMAST and the symposium are supported by: 
The Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment  
Eberly College of Science

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Department of Geosciences
College of Engineering
Graduate Program in Acoustics
PA Sea Grant