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Living Light: The Art and Science of Bioluminescence

Living Light: The Art and Science of Bioluminescence
Date & Time:Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Location:Harvard campus: Science Center Hall B, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, 6pm


An evening of intellect and performance at Harvard University to highlight the beauty and importance of bioluminescence and address the critical need for ocean conservation.


Sylvia Earle, Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic;

Woody Hastings, Paul C. Mangelsdorf Professor of Natural Sciences, Harvard University;

performance of Aqua Borealis by The Kristin McArdle Dance Company

6PM- Free and open to the public  ($5 - $10 suggested donation).  Seating is general admission on a first-arrival basis. Free event parking is available at the 52 Oxford Street Parking Garage.,Map%20Text


Science: Prof. J. Woodland Hastings, a pioneer researcher in the world of bioluminescence and circadian biology, looks at how marine organisms like dinoflagellates, jellies, and bacteria produce biological light.

Art: KMD performs Aqua Borealis, a dance of traveling biolumes, rainbowed sculpture and liquid-light, inspired by deep-sea exploration and marine organisms that use light and movement to communicate in the ocean.

Passion: Dr. Sylvia Earle has led more than 60 ocean expeditions worldwide culminating in over 7,000 hours underwater. Named by Time Magazine as the first “Hero for the Planet," she received a TED award in 2009 and launched the Mission Blue Foundation, which aims to establish marine protected areas around the globe.

Living Light is co-sponsored by The Harvard Summer School, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Pleiades Network, W2O, and the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School.