2014 Summit Special Event

2014 Ocean Literacy Summit

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Special Event: NMEA Reception and Synergy Presentation

Thursday Evening

Dessert RECEPTION with NMEA Chapter Information Tables  –   6:30 pm in the Upstairs Hall of Swope and Meigs Room

Please join us for desserts and conversation while perusing the posters and exhibit tables. Special tables will be set up by the National Marine Educator’s Association.


PRESENTATION by WHOI Synergy Group   –    8 pm in Lillie Auditorium

Synergy is a program that creates partnerships between artists and research scientists. With an emphasis on communication and collaboration, Synergy aims to provide meaningful creative and intellectual experiences for both the general public and for participating artists and scientists. We select and match artists and scientists to work together – to formulate a shared voice. The result is a group exhibition, Ocean Stories, that invites the public to engage with this unique collision of art and science. Ocean Stories, originally on display at the Museum of Science, Boston in 2013, can now be viewed at the New Bedford Art Museum, Summer 2014.

Synergy was founded in early 2012 in affiliation with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) by WHITNEY N. BERNSTEIN, Ph.D.

Dr. Whitney Bernstein is a scientist with experience in both science policy and exhibit design. Whitney is Executive Director of Synergy, a program that creates partnerships between artists and research scientists in order to produce public exhibitions that engage the public in art and

science. Frequently tapped to speak on science communication and interdisciplinary collaboration, Whitney has presented at Harvard University, Boston’s Museum of Science, UMass Dartmouth, the New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative Ocean Literacy Summit, and the Mass Audubon Educator’s Meeting.

Whitney received her Ph.D. in Chemical Oceanography from MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Her doctoral research centered on the impacts of ocean acidification and climate change on coral reefs. Whitney is currently a NOAA Sea Grant Policy Fellow serving as Ocean Policy Adviser in the office of Congressman Sam Farr, Co-Chair of the House Ocean Caucus.

Whitney’s work is motivated by the ever-greater role of science in developing sustainable solutions to the challenges society faces today. In her roles as scientist, policy adviser, and exhibition producer over the past six years, Whitney has been working to advance science literacy, civic engagement, and environmental sustainability across the nation.


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