City Dark Film and Panel Discussion (FIU Miami)

March 22, 2014 @ 12:00 am – 2:30 am
11200 Southwest 8th Street
FIU, Miami, FL 33199

International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) South Florida, and Southern Cross Astronomical Society (SCAS) invite you to

FREE screening of Emmy® Nominated PBS POV documentary, The City Dark, a film by Ian Cheney, featuring:

Neil deGrasse Tyson (astrophysicist, host of new TV series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey),
Ann Druyan (co-writer of original Cosmos, hosted by Carl Sagan;  producer of current Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey),
Kirt Rusenko (wildlife biologist/ marine conservationist with Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, FL),
Chad Moore (scientist/ geographer, leader of the National Park Service Night Sky Team, who recently gathered monitoring data from our South FL national parks)
– and many others

After the film, a panel of subject matter experts on the effects and/or solutions to light pollution will answer your questions and provides ideas for action.  Panelists include:

  • Dr. Kirt Rusenko is a zoologist specializing in marine habitats. He is the Marine Conservationist for City of Boca Raton’s Gumbo Limbo Nature Center where he runs the Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program for the city. In 2013, he received a Dark Sky Defender Award by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) for his work in sea turtle protection and in 2012 he received an IDA Lighting Design Award for successful lighting retrofit projects along several coastal developments. He is also among the people featured in the PBS POV documentary (and we are thankful he is joining us today).
  • Dr. James Webb is an astrophysicist, Professor of Physics at Florida International University (FIU) and a recipient of multiple Teaching Excellent awards. He is also the Director of the SARA-North Observatory at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona, and the champion behind the new state-of-the art FIU Stocker AstroScience Center that incorporated sustainable measures, including dark-sky friendly lighting. And, he is a distinguished member of the Southern Cross Astronomical Society (SCAS). His travels to other observatories in the world give him a unique perspective on the quality of night skies we are loosing.
  • Jim Frazer is Principal of Gridaptive Technologies, a firm specializing in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and Smart Grid consulting. He is the President of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Miami Section and the Chair of the IES Roadway Lighting Energy Management Committee. He is also a contributor to the USDOT National Transportation Communications for ITS Protocol (NTCIP) 1213 standard committee for roadway lighting controls.

Panel Moderator:   Diana Umpierre, a geographer, planner and environmental scientist.  She is an active member of the IDA South Florida chapter and recipient of IDA’s 2013 Dark Sky Defender Volunteer of the Year award. Her passions include citizen advocacy education, partnership building and dark sky protection on public lands.

We will also showcase all-sky night sky images recently collected by the National Park Service Night Sky Team over Big Cypress, Everglades and Biscayne national parks.  These images will reveal in no uncertain terms how our urban light domes are affecting nocturnal habitats in our conservation lands (and wasting money).

This will be a night that will help us change Miami for the better.  Don’t Miss It!! 

See flyer for details, directions and contact information.