Film Series Panel Event with Climate Scientists and Educators

Join us for the season finale of the 2017 Big Sky Film Series featuring documentary film BILL NYE: SCIENCE GUY, a behind-the-scenes portrait of Nye as he takes off his Science Guy lab coat and takes on those who deny climate change, evolution, and a science-based world view. The film shows Thursday, November 9th at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts at 7:00pm.

Following the film we are thrilled to host a panel with climate scientists and educators from spectrUM Discovery Area, Ecology Project International, Climate Smart Missoula and The University of Montana. The panel will unpack ideas from the film including the changing landscape of science education and advocacy, shifting narratives around climate change and science-based world view, and emerging strategies for science education in the digital age. Special thanks to spectrUM Discovery Area for bringing this special panel togther in parntership with the Big Sky Film Institute - it's sure to be an exciting conversation!


Amy Cilimburg - Climate Smart Missoula

Amy loves putting her passions to work leading Climate Smart Missoula, strengthening connections, initiating new programs, and building a resilient community.  She was part of the team that launched this organization and has been at the helm since its inception. Amy has worked on climate and energy policy for the past decade, encouraging solutions at the local, state and federal levels. She did much of this through her work at Montana Audubon and by volunteering locally to help develop Missoula's Climate Action Plans. Amy has a Masters degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana. She lives in Missoula with her husband, teenage daughter, and dog. 

Scott Mills - University of Montana

Dr. L. Scott Mills is Associate Vice President of Research for Global Change and Sustainability, and a Wildlife Biology Professor, at the University of Montana. Scott spends part of his time synergizing cross-cutting, interdisciplinary, international research projects related to global change and sustainability.  The rest of his job focuses on conducting his research around the world and enjoying his international group of smart, dedicated, and competent students and research collaborators. The two biggest current research projects in the Mills lab focus on a scope for adaptation by animals to global change and charismatic big animals that cross international boundaries. Scott has received numerous teaching awards, mentored 26 graduate and 34 undergraduate research projects, and been awarded funding from a wide range of sources; these include an NSF Early Career Award and a  John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.

Kallie Moore - University of Montana and PBS Digital Studios

Kallie Moore is the Collections Manager of the University of Montana Paleontology Center.  Her job is best described as a "Fossil Librarian".  Along with keeping the collection organized and accessible, Kallile also supervises volunteers, participates in science communication (both on and off campus), and facilitates research by sending fossils all over the world for scientist to study.  As of June 2017, Kallie is also a co-host on the PBS Digital Studios show Eons, where she discusses the fossil record and natural history of our planet.

Julie Osborn - Ecology Project International

Julie is the Advancement Director & Co-founder of Missoula-based non-profit, Ecology Project International (EPI).  Through her work, she strives to build collaboration between scientists and local communities to promote effective conservation. Julie’s background as an ecologist and analyst has always focused on global change. During her graduate studies at Stanford, she spent time in the mangroves of north Queensland, Australia, and the grasslands of California. She’s lived in the cloud forests of Costa Rica, researched raptors and wind turbines, contributed to national policy on energy efficiency and renewable energy at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and advised a University of Montana graduate candidate – which led her to co-teach EPI’s first program in 2000. When not directing organizational development and fundraising, Julie enjoys adventures with her two beautiful children and husband, preferably near or on a river.

Nick Wethington - SpectrUM and Western Montana Astronomical Association

Nick Wethington is the Museum Manager at the spectrUM Discovery Area, the University of Montana's hands-on science museum.  Nick is passionate about sharing his knowledge of science with everyone. For the last two years, Nick has brought his knack for making and tinkering to spectrUM and schools in the Bitterroot Valley and Flathead Reservation.  Nick has even made his own telescope, and he serves as the president of the Western Montana Astronomical Association.

Huge thanks to Big Sky Film Series sponsor Missoula Federal Credit Union! Doors for the event open at 6pm, with a no-host bar and popcorn available, and as alway, admission is FREE. 

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