"Science is a process of understanding nature; [we can] help people see science as a means of doing that." an interview with Gordon Grant

Recorded February 13, 2019 Archived February 13, 2019 21:54 minutes
Id: APP613786

Description

How can scientists capture the public’s imagination with science? In this interview, Gordon Grant, a research hydrologist with the US Forest Service and President-elect of AGU'S Earth and Planetary Surface Processes Section, shares his experience of bringing a river to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. With the help of St. Anthony Falls Laboratory in Minneapolis, Gordon brought a thirty-foot long flume so that festival-goers could learn the effects of removing a dam from a river. The experiments and exhibits were wildly popular. “The challenge is to play to people’s innate sense of wonder and curiosity,” Gordon says. Gordon notes that the pace of change is accelerating rapidly. Science and scientists can help us understand, anticipate and adapt to the changes on the horizon. (Recorded 12 December 2018)

Participants

  • Gordon Grant
  • Ilan Glazer
  • AGU Narratives

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