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Thunderheads

(Film Screening)

Thursday, 16 December 2010
1900h–2100h
Moscone Center South, Room 300

Panelists: AGU member-scientists and stars of the film, including Ed Zipser, University of Utah.

What: Travel to Australia with a team of airborne storm researchers and their fleet of extraordinary aircraft to study one of the world’s most powerful thunderstorms, a behemoth known as Hector. This Smithsonian Channel feature video portrays an international medley of scientists as heroes willing to confront a deadly force of nature in order to advance scientific understanding.

AGU Sciences Meet Hollywood

Tuesday, 14 December 2010
1900h–2100h
Moscone Center South, Room 300

Panelists: Jon Amiel, director of “The Core” and “Creation,” Bruce Joel Rubin, screenwriter for “Deep Impact,” Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at SETI & science advisor to Hollywood, Sidney Perkowitz, Professor of Physics, Emory University & author of “Hollywood Science,” and others.

What: Find out what goes on in minds of directors and screenwriters as they depict scientific subjects in mass-market films. Learn what influence—and how much—a scientist-advisor can have on the filmmaking process. How do films affect public awareness and acceptance of science? In this event, co-sponsored by the National Academies of Science, panelists will show film clips and take questions from the audience.

Thin Ice – a film on Climate Change

Sunday, 12 December 2010
1830h–2000h
Location Moscone Center South Esplanade Level Room 300
Admission free (but e-mail thin-ice@vuw.ac.nz to ensure a seat)

Today it seems as if climate science has come under sustained attack, recently approaching flashpoint.  Simon Lamb, geologist and filmmaker, decided to take his camera and find out what was really going on from his climate science colleagues, with support from both Oxford University, UK, and Victoria University of Wellington. Over three years Simon filmed stunning footage in the Arctic, Antarctic, Southern Ocean, New Zealand, Europe and the USA with scientists from a wide range of disciplines. They talk about their work, their hopes and fears with a rare candour and directness. This creates an intimate portrait of the global community of researchers racing to understand our planet's changing climate, and provides a compelling case for rising CO2 as the main cause. 

The film is being edited with the help of David Sington of DOX Productions, who was honored by the AGU in 1999 with the Walter Sullivan Award for Excellence in Science Journalism; his previous feature documentary “In the Shadow of the Moon” was a world-wide hit. 

This is a test screening of work in progress. We will ask the audience for a brief written response before leaving. 

Exploration Station — A Family Science Event

Sunday, 12 December 2010
1200h–1600h
Moscone Center South, Gateway Ballroom
Admission free

Who: You…and your family should you happen to drag them to AGU! You can pre-register for this event.

What: Join us at Exploration Station and see the science going on right now at AGU! A FREE event where you can try tons of hands-on at the activities, meet colleagues involved in education and outreach, and load up on free stuff. Download the flyer [pdf] and pass it on to everyone you think will be interested in joining in the fun!

For more information including a list of this year's exhibitors please visit the web site.

Public lecture — The Many Colors of the Sun

Sunday, 12 December 2010
1200h–1300h
Moscone Center South Gateway Ballroom room 102
Dr. Dean Pesnell, Project Scientist for NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory
Admission free

NASA scientist Dean Pesnell will talk about our Sun as seen by the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). SDO is a mission launched by NASA in February 2010 for a five-year study of the Sun and space weather. Dr. Pesnell will discuss how SDO data will be used by space weather forecasters and solar physicists to explore the Sun, the solar magnetic field, and the way the Sun affects us on Earth.

Dr. Pesnell has studied stars, planets, and the Sun for 30 years. He is the Project Scientist for SDO. Although he usually works on computers, he enjoys the chance to point a telescope at the Sun and brighter planets.

Dr. Pesnell got his bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware and a Ph. D. from the University of Florida.He has been a post-doc in Boulder, Colorado; a professor in Las Cruces, New Mexico; president and chief scientist of Nomad Research, Inc. in Maryland; and now works at the NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

The Public Lecture is a part of Exploration Station, AGU's family science event, which will run from 1200h–1600h on Sunday 12 December.