23 October 2008

A PEARL Near the Pole - Polar Perspectives Talk on Tuesday, October 28, 7 pm at the NBM


The Polar Perspectives 2008 Speaker Series is coming to the New Brunswick Museum! James Drummond of the University of Toronto; Principle Investigator at The Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) will give a free public talk on Tuesday, October 28 at 7 pm - suitable for ages 14 to adult.

Dr. Drummond, an atmospheric physicist, will talk about PEARL’s atmospheric research in the arctic region. An international leader in space instrument design, testing and deployment, Dr. Drummond is using his Canada Research Chair to come up with more effective and comprehensive ways of monitoring the health of the atmosphere.

In recognition of International Polar Year (IPY), free public lectures by prominent scientists, adventurers, filmmakers and leaders on Arctic issues are being held at 15 venues across Canada in 2008. The speaker series will help raise awareness about the Canadian Arctic, its peoples and northern issues. It will increase understanding of climate change, its impact on the Polar Regions and on the entire planet, as well as the mitigation and adaptation measures that are possible.

Polar Perspectives 2008 also includes youth forums across the country.  Earlier in the day, over 70 New Brunswick High School students, selected by an application process, will have the opportunity to meet peers and visiting scientists with an interest in learning about the Arctic, its peoples, and northern issues. They will meet Geoff Green, a Canadian adventurer, environmentalist, educator, and leader of 74 Antarctic and 31 Arctic expeditions from the award winning organization Students on Ice.

The forums and lectures are organized by the Canadian Museum of Nature with the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada, in partnership with Students on Ice.  The New Brunswick Museum is a founding member of the Alliance. Polar Perspectives partners also include Canadian Geographic magazine, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the National Inuit Youth Council and the IPY Canadian Youth Steering Committee.

New Brunswick Museum, Market Square, Saint John. For more information: 1 888 268 9595

For further information:
Vita Kipping
NBM Community Relations
506 643 2358  
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