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Respected science journalists Horgan and Revkin to discuss technology’s future in Beacon Institute talk

Third Thursday event at CEIE on September 20 at 7pm

BEACON, NY—Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, a subsidiary of Clarkson University, presents Andrew Revkin, author of The New York Times “Dot Earth” blog and senior fellow at Pace University, as he joins John Horgan, science journalist and director of the Center for Science Writings at Stevens Institute of Technology, to discuss technology’s future. Hudson River environmentalist John Cronin will moderate the conversation on Thursday, September 20, at 7pm at Beacon Institute’s Center for Environmental Innovation and Education at Denning’s Point in Beacon, NY.

In their talk, Horgan and Revkin—both influential science journalists responsible for sharing the most current scientific thinking with hundreds of thousands of readers each month—will explore the question of whether we have reached the beginning or the end of technology.

Andrew Revkin, who was the first New York Times reporter to file stories and photos from the North Pole, has reported on the science and politics of climate change for over 20 years. An award-winning journalist and author of three books on environmental subjects, Revkin daily engages thousands in discussions on climate, biodiversity, population and related subjects via his NY Times “Dot Earth” blog, relying on the latest in internet technology to communicate with readers.

beacon_institute_logoAccording to Revkin, “There is limitless potential for human minds — networked as a global community — to assess data, share ideas and think, using the power of all of our brains knitted together by the internet,” noting his optimism for a technological future.

Journalist and Stevens Institute professor John Horgan, in addition to contributing regular articles to The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, and The Washington Post, among others, also relies on internet technology to reach his audience, by writing the “Cross-check” blog for Scientific American and video chatting for

Horgan views technology’s future from a different perspective. “I think right now, by far the most important technology field is energy,” states Horgan. “Obviously the technologies we have now are flawed. Enormous improvements will drastically reduce the cost of energy and also help take care of problems like global warming and other forms of pollution.”

THIRD THURSDAY | September 20 at 7pm: “Have we reached the beginning or end of technology” is free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested. To learn more about this and other Beacon Institute calendar listings, visit

About Beacon Institute:
Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, a subsidiary of Clarkson University headquartered in Beacon, New York, is a not-for-profit environmental research organization engaging scientists, engineers, educators and policy experts in collaborative work focusing on real-time monitoring of river ecosystems. It aims to make the Hudson Valley a global center for scientific and technological innovation that advances research, education and public policy regarding rivers and estuaries.

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hudson_river_bridgeLast week's dump of millions of gallons of raw sewage into the Hudson brought focus to some of our river's champions. ILooking for who knows about water quality in the Hudson Valley? New York Times' Mireva Navarro writes about John Lipscome and Riverkeeper in "On The Hudson, With Water Quality Mavens". Check out their Water Quality Data and Safe Recreation and User Awareness pages. Clearwater offers community outreach and hands on workshops as a method of storm water run off. NRDC's useful Testing The Waters report offers information focused primarily on bacteria count. Among The Beacon Institute's great work is the REON water quality data capture program.

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Beacon Institute is proud to welcome IBM Distinguished Engineer Dr. Harry Kolar, to the Center for Environmental Innovation and Education (CEIE) for Smarter Rivers for a Smarter Planet June 16, 2011,  IBM's 100th anniversary. As partner with Beacon Institute in the River and Estuary Observatory Network (REON) along with Clarkson University, IBM's Dr. Kolar will unveil new REON data visualization capabilities that demonstrate the intelligent systems and analytic technologies driving new possibilities in real-time water monitoring.

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Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries will present an evening designed to inspire new ways of thinking about “green” building with Oliver Schaper and Lily Zand, two leaders in the world of sustainable architecture. The event will take place on Thursday, May 19 at 7 pm at Beacon

Oliver Schaper, Design Director, Senior Associate and Senior Sustainability Strategist at Gensler global architects, and Lily Zand, architectural designer and founder of School of Jellyfish in Beacon, will share their talk, Building Inspiration: Newer “green” thinking from the ground up, about a new paradigm of thought more intrinsically linked to nature, leading to a new foundation for building practices. Going beyond the current standard of LEED certification as the pinnacle for green building, Schaper and Zand feel the prime informant for how we construct our living spaces should be our inextricable connection to all ecosystems.

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Institute’s Center for Environmental Innovation and Education at 199 Dennings Avenue in Beacon, NY.
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