Our Radioactive Oceans Lecture

Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 5:30pm

  • All Ages, Bar with ID
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Dr. Ken Buesseler, the world’s foremost marine radiochemist and expert on the effects of the Fukushima disaster in the oceans, will be lecturing at The Refuge on June 2nd.

Dr. Ken Buesseler, the world’s foremost marine radiochemist and expert on the effects of the Fukushima disaster in the oceans, will lecture in Portland on June 2nd. His lecture will explain basic information on what radiation is and what it means to be able to measure radiation, how the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant is affecting the Pacific ocean and what we can do to help. Dr. Buesseler believes strongly in the abilities of the people to be able to collect, understand and analyze data and has used that conviction to power his newest project, www.ourradioactiveoceans.org , a website that empowers people in their understanding of radiation and science and relies on crowdsourced information.

You can watch Dr. Buesseler’s most recent video explaining his projects here https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HJSrChfznIw

Dr. Buesseler is a Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution who specializes in the study of natural and man-made radionuclides in the ocean. His work includes studies of fallout from atmospheric nuclear weapons testing, assessments of Chernobyl impacts on the Black Sea, and examination of radionuclide contaminants in the Pacific resulting from the Fukushima nuclear power plants. Dr. Buesseler has served as Chair of the Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry Department at WHOI, as Executive Scientist of the US Joint Global Ocean Fluxes Planning and Data Management Office and two years as an Associate Program Director at the US National Science Foundation, Chemical Oceanography Program. In 2009 he was elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and in 2011 he was noted as the top cited ocean scientist by the Times Higher Education for the decade 2000-2010. He is currently Director of the new Center for Marine and Environmental Radioactivity at WHOI. More info at his Café Thorium web site www.cafethorium.whoi.edu


The night will also feature ocean-themed artwork by some of Portland’s finest artists and a question and answer period lead by Dr. Buesseler.


This is a limited- seating event. To ensure space please buy a pre-sale ticket at:

All net proceeds and funds raised by the event will go directly towards capacity building for further research in our oceans.

A $5-$10 donation will be accepted at the door, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. This event is all ages with a 21+ bar w/ ID.


This event is produced by Proper Villain Productions.

The Refuge

116 SE Yamhill Ave
Portland, OR 97217

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