Virtual Event

Next in Water

Next in Water

The Next in Science series provides an opportunity for early-career scientists whose creative, cross-disciplinary research is thematically linked to introduce their work to one another, to fellow scientists, and to nonspecialists from Harvard and the greater Boston area.

Without water, life as we know it cannot exist. The speakers in this program will discuss water’s vital role across four areas of modern inquiry: biology, earth science, public health, and the search for extraterrestrial life. What can researchers in these fields learn from one another? How will the interplay between climate change and oceans affect lives, from microorganisms’ to our own? What may “biosignatures” of alien worlds look like? How can we keep a good relationship with water on Earth, preserving its abundance and potability while keeping it out of city streets as sea levels rise?


11 AM               
Alyssa Goodman, faculty codirector of the science program at the Radcliffe Institute and Robert Wheeler Willson Professor of Applied Astronomy in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

Framing Remarks
Chris Bowler RI ’17, CNRS Director of Research, Institut de Biologie de l'École Normale Supérieure 

11:10 AM      
Hilary I. Palevsky, assistant professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Boston College
The Ocean's Role in Global Climate Change

11:35 AM       
Randi Rotjan, research assistant professor, Department of Biology, Boston University
Study Global Change in the Oceans: The Facts, the Fury, and the Future


12:30 PM        
Welcome Back
Alyssa Goodman 

12:35 PM              
Xindi (Cindy) Hu, data scientist, Mathematica
Mapping the Invisible: Using Data to Improve Drinking Water Quality and Public Health

1 PM         
Laura Schaefer, assistant professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Stanford University
Water Above, Water Below, Water Within: The Many-faceted Role of Water in Planetary Habitability

1:25 PM         
Group Discussion and Audience Q&A
Chris Bowler and speakers

1:55 PM         
Close of Program
Alyssa Goodman

2 PM         
Breakout Rooms (optional)
Attendees are invited to join the speakers in Zoom breakout rooms following this event. If you are interested in attending, register for the full program. Registrants will receive a follow-up email with a separate registration form for the breakout rooms.