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Public Screening & Panel Discussion of the Film Shored Up


Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 6:00 PM

Building for Environmental Research & Teaching (BERT)

Brown University, Carmichael Auditorium

89 Waterman Street, Providence, RI

Movie Screening: 6:00-7:30 PM / Auditorium, Room 130

Panel Discussion: 7:30-8:15 PM / Auditorium, Room 130

Reception: 8:15-9:00 PM / Lobby, 1st floor

SUMMARY: The Center for Environmental Studies and the RI Department of Health’s Climate Change Program are sponsoring a screening & panel discussion of “Shored Up”. Please join us for the viewing of this critically acclaimed film, followed by a thought provoking discussion with panelists from the fields of environmental science & policy.


Warren Prell – Professor of Geological Sciences, Brown University

Cornelia Dean – Esteemed Guest Lecturer in Environmental Studies, Brown University & Science Writer for the New York Times

Robert Vanderslice – Team Leader, Healthy Homes & Environment, RI Department of Health

Marilyn Shellman – Town Planner, Westerly Rhode Island


Dov Sax – Director of Brown University’s Center for Environmental Studies

Julia Gold - Climate Change Program Manager for the Rhode Island Department
of Health


“Shored Up is a documentary that asks tough questions about our coastal communities and our relationship to the land. What will a rising sea do to our homes, our businesses, and the survival of our communities? Can we afford to pile enough sand on our shores to keep the ocean at bay? In Long Beach Island, New Jersey and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, surfers, politicians, scientists and residents are racing to answer these questions. Beach engineering has been our only approach so far, but is there something else out there to be explored? Our development of the coastlines put us in a tough predicament, and it’s time to start looking for solutions”.

Run Time – 83 minutes


Cornelia Dean is an esteemed guest lecturer at Brown University’s Center for Environmental Studies and a science writer for the New York Times, where she writes mostly about environmental issues and science policy. Prior to her writing position, Dean served as the Times science editor from 1997 to 2003, where she was responsible for coverage of science, health and medical news in the daily paper and in the weekly Science Times section.

Dean has also served as a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government and taught in the Harvard College program on Environmental Science and Public Policy. Additionally, she taught seminars and courses at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Vassar College, and the University of Rhode Island, and has spoken to a wide variety of government, journalism, and scientific organizations.

Dean’s writings include the books “Against the Tide: The Battle for America’s Beaches" and "Am I Making Myself Clear?". She is currently working on a book about the misuse of scientific information in American public life.

Warren Prell is a professor of geological studies at Brown University. His research seeks to understand the evolution of the Cenozoic climate-ocean system and especially the evolution of the Indian-Asian monsoon system and how it is forced by interaction between regional tectonic changes, orbital forcing, and inter-hemisphere ocean feedbacks. His estuarine oceanography research seeks to understand the dynamics of carbon and nitrogen cycling in Narragansett Bay as related to the recent and past environmental history of the Bay.

Prell became director of oceanographic and geologic programs for the NYC Energy Research and Development Authority before being appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at Brown in 1975.

Robert Vanderslice leads the Healthy Homes and Environment Team at the Rhode Island Department of Health. He also serves on the adjunct faculty of Brown University, where he worked closely with the Superfund Research Project and will soon be serving as co-lead for the Tri-Lab project on Climate Change. Dr. Vanderslice has also served as adjunct faculty at the University of Rhode Island and as a member of the Advisory Board of the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting.

Prior to coming to Rhode Island, Dr. Vanderslice worked in Washington, DC as a toxicologist for the US Environmental Protection Agency. He returned to Washington in 2003 for a 9-month detail to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Healthy Housing.

Dr. Vanderslice has received numerous awards for both scientific scholarship and public service, including the 2005 Justice Award for Environmental Protection from the RI Attorney General’s Office. Dr. Vanderslice has been a foster parent and is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children.

Marilyn Shellman is the Town Planner in Westerly, RI where there have been 4 natural disasters in 4 years. She is a URI Alum in Landscape Architecture and Community Planning with a concentration in water and the environment. She serves on the State Water Quality Management Plan Advisory Committee, CRMC’s Experimental Erosion Control Technical Committee and a Rhode Map RI Committee.


Brown University’s Center for Environmental Studies was founded in 1978, with the first degree program initiated in 1979. The Center was formed through the efforts of students supported by several Brown faculty. A guiding principle of the Center’s activities is the integration of teaching, research, and service. Educational, research, and community service aims are simultaneously met through CES activities and programs which positively reinforce each other. A second principle is the Center’s applied approach to environmental education and problem-solving.

CES students and faculty address local environmental problems, working towards their practical resolution. In response to Brown University's location in the midst of a major U.S. city, CES focuses primarily on urban environmental problems. Within this focus, CES has emphasized issues of solid and hazardous waste, environmental health, and environmental justice. At the national level, CES has interest and expertise in environmental accounting and insurance arrangements and in pollution prevention and toxics policies.

The Rhode Island Department of Health’s Climate Change Program is part of a national effort to anticipate and prepare for human health effects related to global and local climate change. The Program brings experts and resources together to better understand potential climate changes in Rhode Island, predict and monitor health effects, identify the populations most vulnerable to these effects, and develop programs to protect the public's health. Using the Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) model, the program is developing a unified climate and health adaptation strategy for Rhode Island.