2020-2021 DCIS Lecture Series

The 2020-2021 Lecture Series for the Delaware County Institute of Science (Media, PA) will be going virtual for the year. As speakers are confirmed, their information will appear below, along with a link to register for the Zoom URL to participate. If you are new to Zoom, please view the Zoom tutorials for assistance with getting set up to view a Zoom webinar.

Next lecture

Ahab's Rolling Sea: Tracing Our Perceptions of the Ocean through Moby-Dick -- Dr. Richard J. King

Monday, November 9, 2020
7:30PM to 8:30PM

Richard J. King, a visiting professor at the Sea Education Association in Woods Hole, MA, who grew up in Lower Merion, sails (virtually) into the Delaware County Institute of Science Speaker Series to tell the story of Ahab’s Rolling Sea: A Natural History of Moby-Dick. This book of popular, interdisciplinary scholarship has been lauded by both the journals Science and Nature as well as by humanities reviewers in the American Scholar and the Times Literary Supplement. For this talk, you absolutely do NOT need to have read the novel. King, an entertaining speaker, will present about how we may use Melville’s masterpiece as a benchmark to shed light on our own current knowledge of marine biology and oceanography—as well as how we perceive and steward the ocean today. Read more about the book and Rich here: https://www.richardjking.info/

Future speakers

NASA image of the Moon

December 2020 lecture

December 14, 2020, 7:30PM -- [Title forthcoming], by Dr. Juliane Gross (NASA Johnson Space Center/Rutgers University)

January 2021 lecture

January 11, 2021. 7:30PM -- [Arctic fire regimes and emissions], by Dr. Jessica McCarty (Miami University, member of an expert group to the Arctic Council)

Dr. McCarty has published in Nature Geoscience on Arctic fires re-emerging, and her work was featured in a Nature News article titled The Arctic is burning like never before — and that’s bad news for climate change (open access).

Antarctica - scientist and plane

February 2021 lecture

February 8, 2021, 7:30PM -- What lies beneath: Exploring the hydrosphere beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, by Dr. Matthew Siegfried (Colorado School of Mines)

March 2021 lecture

March 8, 2021, 7:30PM -- [Speaker TBA]


April 2021 lecture

April 12, 2021, 7:30PM -- Chestnuts/Preservation of the American Chestnut tree, by Dan O'Keefe (The American Chestnut Foundation member and volunteer)