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The topic of the MDI Science Café for Monday, October 18, 2021 will be “The Warming Sea,” presented by Kate Dickerson and Lucas Richman.
Maine Science Festival Founder & Director Kate Dickerson and GRAMMY Award winning Composer and Bangor Symphony Orchestra Music Director Lucas Richman will discuss their project The Warming Sea. Commissioned by the Maine Science Festival, The Warming Sea is a symphonic exploration of hope in the face of climate change.
A vital part of this project were the interviews between Lucas and those who have direct knowledge of climate change in the Gulf of Maine. Lucas met with scientists and experts in the summer and fall of 2019, as well as middle school students throughout the state. These interviews and conversations provided the foundation for The Warming Sea. Dickerson and Richman will talk about how the project came to be, what it was like to work together, and what they hope the future of the project brings. The Warming Sea will have its world premiere March 19, 2022 as the headliner event for the 2022 Maine Science Festival.
Kate Dickerson is the Founder and Director of the Maine Science Festival. Prior to founding the Maine Science Festival, she worked in the energy and environmental field for more than 20 years. Dickerson has worked for industry, nonprofits, and educational institutions, and has expertise in the areas of environmental policy, pollution prevention, and environmental cleanup, with positions in Providence, Rhode Island; Seattle, WA; and the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine focusing on policy work. As Founder & Director of the MSF, Dickerson has built a hugely collaborative partnership of diverse organizations and companies throughout the state, culminating in an annual celebration of Maine science, technology, engineering, and innovation and MSF Pop-up events throughout the year.
GRAMMY award-winning conductor Lucas Richman has served as Music Director for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra since 2010 and held the position as Music Director for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra from 2003-2015. Over the course of nearly four decades on the podium, he has garnered an international reputation for his graceful musical leadership in a diverse field of media. In concert halls, orchestral pits and recording studios around the world, Richman earns rave reviews for his artful collaborations with artists in both the classical and commercial music arenas. Also an accomplished composer, Mr. Richman has had his music performed by over two hundred orchestras across the United States including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Pops and the symphonies of Detroit, Atlanta, New Jersey and Houston.
The MDI Science Café series is held on the second Monday of the month through May, when the bimonthly summer series begins.
Our live online Zoom presentations will be recorded and uploaded for those who cannot make the live session. Please note, when Zoom records, it captures the audience as well as the presenter. If you do not wish to be recorded, please turn off your video camera. Audio will still be available.
MDI Science Cafés are offered in fulfillment of the MDI Biological Laboratory’s mission to promote scientific literacy and increase public engagement with science. The popular events offer a chance to hear directly from speakers about trends in science.
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