Science Pub, Saving Atlantis, documentary, Vega Thurber Lab

Saving Atlantis is a documentary that explores some of our planet's greatest natural wonders at a tipping point in their ecological history.

Apr 03, 2018

Worldwide, reefs are being lost at an alarming rate. Oregon State University – Cacades’ upcoming Science Pub features a special screening of “Saving Atlantis”, a documentary that explores coral reefs around the globe and was produced by a team of award-winning filmmakers and marine science researchers from OSU.  The screening will be followed by a conversation with members of the team.

Saving Atlantis, A Special Screening” will take place at McMenamins Old St. Francis in Bend on Tuesday, April 17.

“Saving Atlantis” explores some of our planet's greatest natural wonders at a tipping point in their ecological history. It describes the dramatic decline of global coral reef ecosystems and the impact on the human populations that depend on them. Produced by OSU media experts, the film shows the work of researchers in OSU's Rebecca Vega Thurber Laboratory, marine scientists who are fighting to uncover the causes of coral decline and find solutions before it is too late.

Following the film, audience members are invited to join a discussion with Ryan McMinds, a doctoral candidate pursuing research in the Vega Thurber Lab and featured in the documentary, and David Baker, an OSU media producer and the co-director and producer of the film.

OSU-Cascades Science Pubs engage community members in the work underway by Oregon State researchers and scholars from around the state. Since 2009, OSU-Cascades has hosted Science Pubs on topics ranging from fermentation science to forest fires to autism.

Science Pubs take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Networking and food and beverage service begin at 5:30 p.m., and the presentation starts at 6:30 p.m. Science Pubs are free to community members, but reservations are required.  Space is limited to 100 guests. 

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About OSU-Cascades: Oregon State University’s branch campus in Bend, Ore., features outstanding faculty in degree programs that reflect Central Oregon’s vibrant economy and abundant natural resources. Nearly 20 undergraduate majors, 30 minors and options, and three graduate programs include computer science, energy systems engineering, kinesiology, hospitality management, and tourism, recreation and adventure leadership. The branch campus expanded to a four-year university in 2015; its new campus opened in 2016.