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The Art of Climate Science: Antarctica

The Art of Climate Science: Antarctica

Monday, September 19, 2011

The New York Academy of Sciences

Presented By


Communicating the complicated science of climate change is no easy endeavor. Countless people have tried, ranging from Al Gore to the National Academy of Sciences. But sometimes people from outside government and science can provide us with fascinating insights into subjects that seem too difficult to navigate.

In this special event, coinciding with Science & the City is bringing Paul D. Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky, together with top environmental scientists and Andrew Revkin of The New York Times, to present an artist's view of the scientific story behind climate change and Antarctica.

In this truly rare experience, audience members will get to listen live to a new string quartet composed by DJ Spooky that is based on scientific data and imagery generated through the study of ice in Antarctica. These "acoustic portraits" of ice also draw on the work Miller did with renowned scientists like Brian Greene to create a new vision of Antarctica and climate change as highlighted in his recently published The Book of Ice.

Following this live performance, Andrew Revkin of The New York Times will moderate a panel discussion with top scientists, including climatologist Gavin Schmidt (NASA) and Irene Boland Nielson (EPA), that will give you a scientific perspective on the meaning behind the climate science referenced in the music, and the creative ways we can help engage the public in the complicated but consequential science of climate change.

Don't miss this unique evening of storytelling, science, music, and art.

A reception and book signing will follow the performance and panel discussion.

Registration Pricing

Student / Postdoc / Fellow Member:$15
Student / Postdoc / Fellow Nonmember:$20


Presented by





Andrew C. Revkin


A prize-winning journalist, online communicator and author, Andrew Revkin has spent a quarter of a century covering subjects ranging from the assault on the Amazon to the Asian tsunami, from the troubled relationship of science and politics to climate change at the North Pole. From 1995 through 2009, he covered the environment for The New York Times.

In 2010, he became the senior fellow for environmental understanding at Pace University's Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies. He continues to write his Dot Earth blog for The New York Times. He lives in the Hudson River Valley with his wife and one of his two sons.


Irene Boland Nielson

Irene Nielson is the Climate Change Coordinator for the New York City based office of the Environmental Protection Agency that serves New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. She joined EPA as a Presidential Management Fellow and has worked on a range of issues, including the Agency’s Strategic Plan, a memorandum of agreement with Department of Defense for a sustainable Guam, and in recent years, on climate change. In 2007, Irene published a children’s book about the history of wind power in China, Persia, Europe and the U.S. Currently, she co-chairs the EPA Region 2 Climate Change Workgroup, administers Climate Showcase Community grants and works to promote sustainability in communities. Irene is an Assistant Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and chair of the Board for ioby, [say eye-OH-bee] or In Our Backyards, a non-profit crowd resourcing platform dedicated to funding environmental projects in New York City.

Paul D. Miller, a.k.a DJ Spooky

Artist, Author, and Musician
Paul D. Miller, a.k.a DJ Spooky, is an artist, writer, and musician whose work operates at the intersection of digital media, avant garde hiphop, and contemporary art. For his recent book, The Book of Ice, he worked with renowned scientist and best-selling author Brian Greene (author of many science books, including the New York Times best-selling The Elegant Universe) to create a new vision of Antarctica, climate change, and what Miller likes to call "acoustic portraits" of ice. Where Greene focuses on the actual science of how ice forms and how this influences everything from snowflakes to ocean currents to the raging debates about climate change, Miller took a look at how graphic design, art, and music compositions can create a cultural response to climate change.

Gavin Schmidt, PhD

Gavin Schmidt is a climate modeller at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York and is interested in modeling past, present and future climate. He works on developing and improving coupled climate models and, in particular, is interested in how their results can be compared to paleoclimatic proxy data. He has worked on assessing the climate response to multiple forcings, including solar irradiance, atmospheric chemistry, aerosols, and greenhouse gases.

He received a BA (Hons) in Mathematics from Oxford University, a PhD in Applied Mathematics from University College London and was a NOAA Postdoctoral Fellow in Climate and Global Change Research. He is a co-chair of the CLIVAR/PAGES Intersection Panel and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Climate. He was cited by Scientific American as one of the 50 Research Leaders of 2004, and has worked on Education and Outreach with the American Museum of Natural History, the College de France and the New York Academy of Sciences. He has over 80 peer-reviewed publications.

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