8/13/13 Celebrating Women In Ocean Science

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Celebrating Women In Ocean Science: Four International Experts to Speak
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – August 13, 2013 - On Wednesday, August 14, 2013, four internationally recognized female ocean experts will speak at the Bay Theater at Aquarium of the Bay.  The event titled “Celebrating Women in Ocean Science” will focus the emerging role of women in ocean science, the current state of the ocean, and identification of solutions for the ocean protection challenges of the future.  This is part of the America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project Film and Lecture Series.
“This event is somewhat historic,” said John Frawley, President and CEO of the Aquarium of the Bay.  “These four leaders have never appeared on the same stage before to discuss the health of our Bay, coast, and ocean resources,” he said.  “The Bay Area has always been a leader in environmental protection and we are honored that these experts are donating their time to help us learn more.”
The speakers include: Dr. Marcia McNutt, editor in chief of the Science family of journals, Dr. Francis Gulland, senior scientist at The Marine Mammal Center, and Dr. Susan Avery, president and director of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Moderating the discussion is Dr. Sylvia Earle, Explorer In Residence with the National Geographic Society and Time Magazine’s first Hero of the Planet.


About the America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project
The 34th America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project is a Global “Call to Action” Campaign that embraces the connection between sailing and the ocean.  The overall goal of the Healthy Ocean Project is to create awareness around the problems that face the ocean and inspire individual action around the solutions that exist.  We focus our efforts on three core issues - Marine Protected Areas, Sustainable Seafood and Marine Debris/Plastics.  Core initiatives of the Healthy Ocean Project are monthly beach clean ups around the Bay area, a Film and Lecture series which brings global names in ocean conservation to the Bay area, and the I Pledge campaign which encourages individuals to pledge action on behalf of the ocean.  America’s Cup Global and Local Healthy Ocean Project partners are: Mission Blue, Aquarium of the Bay, One World One Ocean, Ocean Elders, IUCN, The Marine Mammal Center, Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Save the Bay, Sailors for the Sea, and Thank You Ocean.
About Aquarium of the Bay:
Aquarium of the Bay is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit nature center affiliated with The Bay Institute, with a combined mission to protect, restore and inspire the conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed-from the Sierra to the sea. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and certified as a Green Business by the city of San Francisco. Located next to the beautiful San Francisco Bay and on the world famous PIER 39, Aquarium of the Bay is San Francisco’s only waterfront aquarium. Boasting two magnificent crystal clear tunnels holding 700,000 gallons of carefully maintained Bay water between them, Aquarium of the Bay is home to approximately 20,000 marine animals found in the San Francisco Bay and along the California coast. Additional information about Aquarium of the Bay is available at aquariumofthebay.org.
Aquarium of the Bay
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