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December 2020

Ocean Memory for Changing Times

December 9, 2020 | 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time | Online 

A presentation of the Ocean Memory Project in the context of environmental change, human and systemic memory, and the relevance of trans-disciplinary research to addressing complex problems.

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Jody Deming is a professor in Oceanography who, with her research group, explores microbial life in the Arctic Ocean and its sea-ice cover, including adaptation to the cold and broader ecological roles. These interests build on prior years of research on microbial adaptation to the extremes of the deep sea. At UW, she directed the Marine Bioremediation Program (1993–1999), launched what became the Center for Environmental Genomics (1993–present), and helped establish the nation’s first graduate training program in Astrobiology (1998–present). She serves on numerous international committees and as Editor-in-Chief of the Ocean Science domain of the non-profit, open-access journal Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene. She is a member of the American Academy of Microbiology and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. She is devoted to developing Ocean Memory as an inspiring new line of inquiry at the interfaces of manifold disciplines and practices.

Daniel Kohn is a franco-american artist whose work stands at the crossroad of art and science. A figurative painter immersed in questions of place and representation, his engagement with science began in 2003 when he was invited to the Broad Institute where he became Founding Artist in Residence and co-founded the Visualization Group and developed a body of work exploring themes in genomics and contemporary science. Kohn was subsequently in residence at the Center for Epigenomics at Albert Einstein School of Medicine and Art/Science Research Director at Ligo Project, both in New York. Following a 2016 NAKFI conference on the Mesopelagic, Daniel refocused his work on the Ocean. He now co-leads a National Academies of Science interdisciplinary grant based on the question: Does the ocean have memory?


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