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OCEAN EATS, REEFS ILLUMINATED and More Set for AMNH's 2013 Milstein Science Series


The American Museum of Natural History presents the 2013 Milstein Science Series, weekend family-friendly programs sponsored by the Paul and Irma Milstein Family. Free with Museum admission, the afternoon programs give visitors a chance to meet scientists, discover amazing creatures, and explore science under the iconic 94-foot blue whale in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

Upcoming Milstein Science Series programs include:

· Ocean Eats
Sunday, March 10, 11 am-4:30 pm
Visitors can explore the relationship between humans and the oceans, from cultural traditions and fishing practices to sustainable seafood, and learn how to be a steward of Earth's seas in this family-friendly program. The afternoon includes discussions with scientists, hands-on activities, and special performances and screening.

The program is hosted by Mark Sidall, curator in the Museum's Division of Invertebrate Zoology; speakers include Eleanor Sterling, director of the Museum's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation; Mark Kurlansky, sustainability expert and author of COD and World Without Fish, which was co-written with his 11-year-old daughter, Talia; and Chris Young, principal co-author of the acclaimed six-volume work Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking.

At 5 pm in Kaufmann Theater, the Museum will present a special screening of SHELLSHOCKED: Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves. The film follows efforts in New York Harbor to prevent the extinction of wild oyster reefs. Because of overfishing and pollution, wild oyster reefs have been declared "the most severely impacted marine habitat on Earth." Now scientists, government officials, artists and environmentalists are fighting to bring oysters back to the former oyster capital of the world: New York Harbor.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Emily Driscoll, Peter Malinowski from the New York Harbor School, and musical guests Bob Wright and Harbortown.

· Island Life
Sunday, April 14, from 11 am-4 pm
From the Cocos Island off of the coast of Costa Rica to the famed Galapagos, oceanic islands foster a vast array of wondrous cultures, biodiversity, and diverse environments. Their waters are home to fascinating species ranging from sharks to corals, while the islands themselves feature a variety of plant and animal life, much of which is uniquely endemic to specific islands, and others of which have yet to be discovered. This Milstein Science Series program will explore what scientists have learned about island species since Darwin's famous voyage on the Beagle brought him to the Galapagos in 1831, with a focus on current island discovery, adventure, and cutting-edge science.

This program is hosted by Jenny Newell, assistant curator of Pacific Ethnology in the Museum's Division of Anthropology; speakers include Christopher Filardi of the Museum's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation; Chris Meyer, director of the Moorea Biocode Project at the Smithsonian Institute; and Jarod Miller, naturalist and zoologist, who will lead a live-animal presentation.

Milstein Science Series Special Exhibition: Reefs Illuminated
April 14-May 3 during Museum hours
In this new film directed by Brennan Vance John Sparks, curator in the Museum's Department of Ichthyology and David Gruber, Museum research associate and an assistant professor at The City University of New York, take a journey to the remote South Pacific coral reefs of the Solomon Islands to explore newly discovered biofluorescent species of fishes and stingrays, along with biofluorescent corals, crinoids, anemones, and other glowing invertebrates. The film will screen in the Geodome theater in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.

· Whales
Sunday, May 19, from 11 am-4 pm
The ocean is home to more than 70 species of whales, and over the centuries, people from around the world have both hunted and revered them. Visitors can learn about the work scientists are doing to protect these gentle giants through an exploration of whale anatomy and behavior; go inside a 45-foot, life-size replica of Istar, a humpback whale; explore hands-on activities; and meet scientists.

Christopher Clark, from Whale Bioacoustics at Cornell University, will be speaking at the event. The host and additional speakers will be announced shortly.

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