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Surface Tension: Solving Our Water Woes

Saturday, June 2, 2012
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The U.S. premiere of Surface Tension: The Future of Water challenges viewers to rethink the most fundamental resource on Earth—water—through the lens of art, science and design. Join leading scientists as they build upon the provocative ideas of this striking interactive exhibit and share insights on solving the urgent issue of water scarcity. How do we provide clean water to the 780 million people worldwide living without it? How do we stretch our limited water resources? What are the innovative technologies poised to change the landscape of water?

SURFACE TENSION: THE FUTURE OF WATER was created by Science Gallery at Trinity College, Dublin and is made possible through the generous support of Culture Ireland, the Cordover Family Foundation and the University of Dublin Fund.

Moderator

Femi OkeRadio Anchor

Femi Oke is an international broadcaster and a special correspondent for the syndicated national news radio show The Takeaway broadcast from WNYC Radio in New York. Oke became known around the world for her reporting on Africa after joining CNN International in 1999. She also hosted CNN’s award-winning African affairs program “Inside Africa.”

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Participants

Ralph BorlandArtist, Designer, Technologist

Ralph Borland is a South African artist, designer, and technologist. With an undergraduate degree in fine art from the University of Cape Town and a Masters in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University, he recently completed his Ph.D. in the School of Engineering at Trinity College, Dublin.

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Carey E. HidakaConsultant, Civil Engineer

Carey Hidaka is an IBM Public Sector Business Solutions Professional in IBM Global Business Services, with experience as a consultant in the Smarter Water Management business development team and mobile/wireless services.

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Sebastien GouinChemist

Sebastien Gouin is intellectual property and venture capital technical manager at Vestergaard Frandsen, working out of headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, but spends much of his time traveling to evaluate new innovative technologies being fostered in labs, startups, and university incubators across the world.

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Stephanie Butler VelegolChemical Engineer

Stephanie Butler Velegol first heard about the ability of the seeds of the Moringa Oleifera tree to clean water while teaching Water and Wastewater Treatment at Penn State University. Since then she has advised over a dozen students on the use of Moringa seeds for sustainable water treatment in the developing world.

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