Shimmield to present at Science on the Screen


Monday, November 3 [140]SCIENCE ON SCREEN(SM)

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Filled with stunning special effects, director James Cameron's sci-fi epic The Abyss takes audiences on a spectacular odyssey 25,000 feet below the ocean's surface.

When the USS Montana, a submarine carrying nuclear warheads, inexplicably collides into a sea wall and sinks to the bottom of the ocean, a deep-sea oil operation team is called upon to assist with the search and rescue. Led by Virgil "Bud" Brigman (Ed Harris), the drill team is partnered with a squad of Navy S.E.A.L.S. whose orders may not be as transparent as they seem. Bud's hard-edged, estranged wife Lindsey (don't call her Mrs.) Brigman (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) is also brought on board to lend her expertise as the designer of the massive underwater drilling rig.

Upon reaching the Montana, the divers encounter something out of this world, an apparently new species of aquatic life, which they dub "N.T.I's" or non-terrestrial intelligence. While the team of civilian divers views these life-forms as the discovery of the century, S.E.A.L. team leader Lt. Coffey (a menacing Michael Biehn) sees only a threat that should be eliminated by any means necessary. However, the hurricane gathering strength on the water's surface may prove to be the greatest adversary of all.

Hold your breath for the Neptunian adventure of a lifetime, as Science on Screen brings you deep into The Abyss.

Despite advances in technology that are allowing us to go to ever increasing depths, less than 5 percent of the global ocean has yet to be explored. Before the film, marine geochemist Dr. Graham Shimmield will discuss some real-life mysteries such as how life exists without sunlight and the vastness of invisible communities that help keep the planet balanced. __

About the Speaker

Dr. Graham Shimmield is executive director of [144]Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, the only independent research institution in the world that focuses primarily on microbial oceanography. His particular interest is in marine geochemistry, which includes identifying indicators of ocean and climate change, and examining human impacts and contamination in coastal and deep seas. His work has taken him to all oceans of the world, from atolls in the Pacific impacted by El Nino events, to the polar regions and the consequences of melting sea ice, to studies of offshore oil installations and their decommissioning. He has published over 65 scientific peer-reviewed articles.News Sidebar

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