Make A DAte with Discovery

UPCOMING:

October

WINGS WorldQuest Fellows Forum
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM (EST)

Join us at The Explorers Club in New York City where the 2016 Women of Discovery Awardees will present their research and life's work.  After presentations from this year's honorees, there will be a panel discussion with a variety of Fellows who will talk about the state of women in Science and the role that organizations like WINGS WorldQuest can play in achieving positive change. WINGS Fellow and Flag Carriers should register separately here


2016 WOMEN OF DISCOVERY AWARDS GALA

PAST EVENTS:

June

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In the Field with Karen Strier and the Endangered Northern Muriqui: Webinar
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 from 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM (EDT)

Karen Strier, Ph.D. joined us via webinar from the Atlantic Forest of southeastern Brazil to talk about her WINGS flag expedition, Saving the World's Most Peaceful Primate: Behavior, Ecology, and Population Demography of the Northern Muriqui.  

Dr. Strier, a professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison, is an international authority on the northern muriqui monkey.  She has been studying the endangered species in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest since 1982.  Dr. Strier and her research team have made significant discoveries about the behavioral ecology, reproductive biology, and life histories of muriquis that have advanced our scientific understanding of primates in general, and contributed directly to the conservation and management of this critically endangered species.

March

Explorer Talk with Rosaly Lopes ( Woman of Discovery 2009)
March 10, 2016

Dr. Lopes, gave an informational talk about the work that she has been doing over the span of her career.  She highlighted the important role that volcanoes play here on Earth as well as the importance of analyzing volcanoes on moons and planets in space.  She also talked about how terrestrial and celestial volcanoes have not only impacted our scientific thinking, but have also shaped culture through human history.

Dr. Rosaly M. C. Lopes is currently a Senior Research Scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  Her research is centered around planetary and terrestrial geology and volcanology.  In 1991, as a member of the Galileo Flight Project, a mission to Jupiter, she was responsible for observations of Jupiter's volcanic moon Io. She subsequently discovered 71 active volcanoes on Io, for which she was honored in the 2006 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records as the discoverer of the most active volcanoes anywhere.

 

JANUARY 2016

Conversation & Cocktails Event with Arita Baaijens

Arita Baaijens is an explorer, writer, biologist, mountaineer and WINGS Fellow.  At a private cocktail event hosted in NYC this past January, Arita shared with us some of what she has learned over her 25 desert expeditions on camel throughout Egypt and Sudan.  She answered questions on what she has learned from those expeditions and how they have made her a better explorer.  She also shared a sneak preview of her upcoming expedition to Papua New Guinea and her plan for collecting stories and experienced

Arita was the first woman to cross the Western Desert of Egypt solo on camel. She uses storytelling as a powerful tool to reach people and create a 2-way flow of ideas, knowledge, skills and experience. Her latest book, Search for Paradise, is currently on the best seller list in The Netherlands.


WINGS WorldQuest hosted "Our Ocean in Your Hands, From Science to Solutions for approx. 1,000 Middle & High School Students at Over 45 schools on 4 Continents
January 22, 2016 1:00pm EST

Thank you to our moderator:
Dr. Meghan Merrero, Mercy College

Thank You to our speakers:
Anna Cummins, WINGS Fellow, Founder/Director of 5 Gyres Institute
Ms. Cummins focused on the complex problem of plastics in our ocean. She told the students that they can make an impact on this issue through advocacy, thoughtful consumer choices, student research and activism. 

Anna's career has been focused on marine conservation and sustainability education.  Her current focus is plastic marine pollution.  In 2008, Anna completed an expedition studying plastic debris in the North Pacific Gyre, which inspired her to found the non-profit 5 Gyres.  As Executive Director, she works to engage people and design policy solutions to end the global health crisis of plastic pollution.  

Click on the Photo to check out her TED Talks

Click on the Photo to check out her TED Talks

Dr. Edith Widder, WINGS Fellow, Founder/Director of Ocean Research Conservation Association

Dr. Widder explained how our everyday living can pollute our precious waters and showed how the students can be a part of the solution from their own computers by using her Kilroy Academy website to monitor water quality and evaluate the results remotely.  

Edith Widder's career centers around deep sea exploration, and currently developing tools for finding and tracking pollution.  Her innovation has allowed scientists to access never-before-seen creatures of the deep ocean, and the first ever video recording of the giant squid in its natural habitat.  In 2005 she founded the Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA), which is dedicated to protecting aquatic ecosystems and the species they sustain through the development of innovative technologies and science-based conservation action. 


Tuesday, January 19, 2016 From 12:30 PM TO 2:00 PM (EST) 
Explorer Talk with Bolortsetseg Minjin

WINGS Fellow Bolortsetseg "Bolor" Minjin joined guests at the home of WINGS board member Diane Terry in CT on January 22 to share stories about her pivotal role in bringing the stolen Mongolian dinosaur Tarbosaurus baatar back to Mongolia.

Bolor used this event to educate Mongolians about the rich dinosaur heritage of their country and is now on a quest to combat the widespread problem of fossil poaching by working with with government agencies, legal experts, NGOs and private organizations.  Bolor is creating all of the partnerships necessary to educate anyone and everyone who can stop poaching and trafficking of Mongolian dinosaur fossils. 

Bolor established the Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs where the Tyrannosaurus baatar specimen is displayed and honored with great excitement.  Bolortsetseg received a 2009 Earth Award from the Wings WorldQuest and is a 2010 Emerging Explorer of National Geographic. In 2013, she was awarded a Polar Star by the Mongolian Government for her efforts to protect the fossil heritage of Mongolia.  

 

SEPTEMBER 2015

This past September, Gaelin Rosenwaks took us on a journey from satellite tagging Bluefin Tuna in the Western Atlantic Ocean to drilling ice cores in the frozen Bering Sea to her most recent expedition to the Cordillera Blanca in Peru where she was honored to carry the WINGS flag. She illuminated cutting-edge scientific research that is helping us understand the complexity of our ocean ecosystems and our responsibility in preserving our planet.

Gaelin is our newest Flag Carrier and is a marine scientist, explorer, photographer, and filmmaker. She has conducted fieldwork throughout the world from the Antarctic to the Arctic on icebreakers to both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans on fishing vessels. Gaelin founded Global Ocean Exploration, a company devoted to bringing cutting-edge ocean expedition science to the public through photography, writing, and film. Gaelin is a Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club.