National Geographic Explorers to Speak at UCSD
Free Event for Public Preceded by Young Explorers Grants Workshop for UCSD Students
Washington, D.C. and San Diego, Sept. 15, 2011 -- Two accomplished explorers — one who works in some of Earth’s highest places and the other who explores its depths — will describe their National Geographic adventures at a free public presentation at the University of California, San Diego, on Saturday, Oct. 1.
High-altitude mountaineer and athlete Pete Athans of The North Face — one of only three people in the world to have summited Everest seven times — will share highlights from his journeys into Nepal’s remote and forbidden Kingdom of Mustang, where ancient cliff caves have revealed pre-Buddhist antiquities.
National Geographic Emerging Explorer Kenny Broad, a professor at the University of Miami, will recount his expedition to one of the most challenging and spectacular frontiers of exploration — the Bahamas Blue Holes. Broad’s work in the Blue Holes was the cover story of the August 2010 issue of National Geographic magazine, and he was National Geographic's 2011 Explorer of the Year.
The public presentation will follow a daylong workshop for UCSD students on National Geographic’s Young Explorers Grants program, to be held at Atkinson Hall’s Calit2 Auditorium from 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 1. Young Explorers Grants support individuals ages 18 to 25 in their pursuit of research-, exploration- and conservation-based field projects. This workshop will enable students interested in pursuing Young Explorers Grants to meet with recent grant recipients and National Geographic staff, explorers, conservationists and researchers. They will learn about the kinds of projects the program aims to support and will have an opportunity to discuss their ideas for field projects with National Geographic grantees and staff. Lin and other UCSD-based grantees will take part in the workshop.
The Oct. 1 workshop will be hosted by UCSD with support from the National Geographic Society, the Brinson Foundation, The North Face, Lucy and Henry Billingsley and ProBar.
“We are hosting the workshop to make students more aware of a tremendous opportunity,” said Ramesh Rao, director of the UCSD division of Calit2. “We are very proud of our joint Engineers for Exploration program with National Geographic, and this workshop will expose more students to the excitement of exploration – and the role science and technology can play in discovery.”
PUBLIC PRESENTATION EVENT DETAILS
WHAT: Free public presentation by explorers from the National Geographic Society and The North Face
WHO: Pete Athans, climber and The North Face athlete; Kenny Broad, University of Miami professor and National Geographic 2011 Explorer of the Year; John Francis, National Geographic’s vice president of research, conservation and exploration; and Albert Yu-Min Lin, UCSD research scientist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer
WHERE: Mandeville Auditorium at UC San Diego
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.