Monday, March 9, 2009

Blue Vission Summit - Evening Celebration

Conservation Leaders celebrate renewed energy and the launch of many new ideas Sunday night at the Smithsonian New Ocean Hall.

Imaging Foundation- Sea Save is proud to announce the addition of three new advisors. Wyland, Sylvia Earle and Bob Talbot will be working with our team during our upcoming PSA contest as well as other upcoming projects.

Imaging Foundation is also delighted to announce a partnership with the SCUBABoard online community. Peter Netdoc Murray is heroically developing mechanisms that will enable consistent uploads from the IF Sea Save "It's Your Ocean, Do Something About it!" blog and will provide SCUBABoard members access to all our ocean conservation efforts. For addition information about these advisors and service, please see below.


Sylvia Earle Ph.D. is an oceanographer. She was chief scientist for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from 1990-1992. She is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. Earle was named Time magazine's first "hero for the planet" in 1998. She is a Knight in the Netherlands Order of the Golden Ark. She won the TED Prize in 2009. She was instrumental in adding a new feature of displaying oceans in version 5.0 of Google Earth.

Sylvia is an Inductee in the Women Divers’ Hall of Fame Earle received a B.S. degree from Florida State University (1955), M.S. (1956) and PhD. from Duke University (1966). Radcliffe Institute Scholar (1967-1969) and Research Fellow or Associate at Harvard University (1967-1981). She led the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project in 1970. In 1979, she made an open-ocean JIM suit dive, setting a women's depth record of 1250 feet (381m); she also holds the women's record for a solo dive in a deep submersible(3280 feet, 1000m). In 1990 Sylvia accepted an appointment as the Chief Scientist for NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration). In 1992 she founded Deep Ocean Exploration and Research to further advance marine engineering. Today, Earle serves as Explorer in Residence at the National Geographic Society

She is the author of more than 125 publications concerning marine science and technology including the books Exploring the Deep Frontier, Sea Change (1995), Wild Ocean: America's Parks Under the Sea (1999) and The Atlas of the Ocean (2001), she has participated in numerous television productions and given scientific, technical, and general interest lectures in more than 60 countries. Children's books that she has written include Coral Reefs, Hello Fish, Sea Critters, and Dive!

Wyland is an artist best known for painting large, outdoor murals of whales and other ocean life. Since 2003, the Wyland Foundation has embarked on a five-year touring schedule to promote art, science, and conservation. The program has reached children along the East Coast, West Coast, and the Mississippi River regions. To date, the Wyland Foundation has conducted tour events in more than 35 states, Mexico, and Canada, reaching more than 50 million people. In 2007, the artist, along with science educators and volunteers, conducted a national tour for clean water, themed, "From Pike's Peak to the Chesapeake Bay — Every Drop Counts," to raise awareness through art and science about protecting watersheds nationwide.

Bob Talbot's stunning photographs of marine life and his deep commitment to its conservation have earned him international renown. Film Credits include "Free Willy", "Orcas in Crisis" and "Ocean Men, Extreme Water"His fascination with creatures of the sea began when he took up snorkeling on the coast of southern California at the age of eight; by thirteen he was a certified diver. While studying photography during his teens, Talbot's many expeditions included trips to the Pacific Northwest to photograph orcas and to Hawaii to photograph humpback whales. He realized that through his photographs he could educate people about the urgent need to conserve animal life, and since 1979 his work has been published in magazines such as Audubon, Go, Omni and Natural History, as well as in numerous books and multimedia productions.
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1 comment:

ric and terry said...

Thanks for the updates for those of us that were unable to make the journey to DC.

Ric and Terry Kraszewski
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