Metcalf Institute 20th Anniversary Annual Public Lecture Series

Join Metcalf Institute for the 20th Anniversary of the Annual Public Lecture Series featuring top experts in science, policy, and public engagement of environmental issues. The lectures coincide with the Institute’s internationally recognized Annual Science Immersion Workshop that brings journalist to URI from around the world. This year’s speakers include the former assistant administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Thursday, June 8, 3:30 p.m.


Cynthia Giles, Former U.S. EPA Assistant Administrator
Environmental Enforcement: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Delivering on the promise of environmental laws requires tough enforcement and innovative thinking about protecting the environment, including using cutting-edge monitoring and information technologies. Giles will talk about the past and future of these essential protections for communities across the country.

Friday, June 9, 11 a.m.


David Baron, Author and former Health and Science Editor for PRI’s The World.
The Great Eclipse of 1878 and the Dawn of American Science
On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will cross the U.S. for the first time in 99 years. This occurrence offers a rare national opportunity to rally around a scientific event. Baron’s new story of the 1878 eclipse describes the event’s role in spurring America’s rise as a global scientific power. Author booksigning to follow for American Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World.

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