Lectures at Michigan Tech:
Deep: Exploring the Ends of the Earth
7:30 pm, Sept. 25 at the Rozsa
Water Crisis on the Blue Planet
Noon-1 pm, Sept. 26 in 135 Fisher
G. Gallo, Ph.D.,
Director of Special Projects, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Crisis on the Blue Planet
live on the "blue" planet with more than 70% of the
Earth's surface covered by water. Yet more than 1 billion people
still lack safe, clean drinking water and another two billion
lack adequate treatment for wastewater. With global water wars
looming, clues from the ocean indicate that we are on the verge
of a significant change in climate. Warmer temperatures are causing
increased melting of ice at the poles, altering the movement of
warm ocean currents. How will changing climate and diminishing
freshwater supplies alter human survival, global tensions, and
the natural landscape? How will it affect us, living beside 20%
of the world's freshwater?
Deep: Exploring the Ends of the Earth-Neptune's Basement
We've only explored a few percent of the world beneath the ocean
waves and yet we have found the most incredible things. The world's
highest mountains, deepest valleys, underwater rivers, waterfalls,
lakes, and thriving communities of life all exist in a world without
sun. Almost every undersea expedition returns to shore with new
information about our origins, evolution, and destiny. This presentation
will use high-resolution video to share some f the most recent
discoveries, and will introduce the audience to a new era of undersea
the underworld with Dr. David Gallo of Woods Hole Oceanographic
Institute who has led numerous expeditions over the past twenty
years to the ocean's great trenches and fracture zones. We are
just beginning to design the most sophisticated robot that will,
for the first time ever, allow us to explore the ocean's great
trenches and fracture zones. Until now, all ocean exploration
has been done at depths less than 20,000 feet (3.75 miles). In
fact, much of the research on hydrothermal vents is done at depths
shallower than 2.5 miles. The new era of exploration will take
us more than twice as deep! We have NO idea what we will find
in this deepest and darkest and most hostile of worlds, but given
what we have seen in shallower waters---our anticipation is incredibly
Gallo is Director of Special Projects at the Woods
Hole Oceanographic Institution. In 1987 he was invited
by Dr. Robert Ballard (discoverer of the wreck of RMS Titanic)
to join his team at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
as the Assistant Director of the Center for Marine Exploration.
In his present role, David works closely with scientists and
engineers at the forefront of global exploration and discovery.
He has participated in numerous expeditions to the Atlantic,
Pacific and Indian Ocean, and to the Mediterranean Sea. He was
one of the first oceanographers to use a combination of manned
submersibles and robots to map the undersea world with unprecedented
clarity and detail. Most recently he was co-expedition leader
during an exploration of RMS Titanic and the German battleship
Bismarck using the Russian MIR submarines.
David is passionate about exploration and discovery and dedicated
to communicating the importance of science and engineering to
the public-at-large. He maintains close working relationships
with scientists, filmmakers, and media broadcasters (Discovery
Channel, History Channel, and National Geographic, PBS). He
was instrumental in the development of the JASON PROJECT and
is presently involved in the development of the FIRST Lego League
David has lectured extensively nationally and internationally,
to audiences ranging from elementary school children through
CEO's and he has participated in numerous television and radio
broadcasts. He was awarded a Computerworld-Smithsonian Award
and is a recipient of the John J. Conley medal for communicating
science to the public.
G. Gallo ~ Talk Testimonials
Gallo has the rock-solid information of a scientist, the sense
of wonder of a child, and the delivery of a stand-up comedian.
He makes this combination of attributes look so natural that it's
only well *after* his presentation, when the immensity of the
new undersea world he's illuminated really sinks in, that you
realize he and his colleagues are rewriting the story of planet
earth and of life on it. This is a guy who's really deep, in all
the right ways."
--Cyndi Stivers, President/Editor-in-chief, Time Out New York
weeks have passed but our membership is still raving about David's
extraordinary presentation. The visuals were awesome and the importance
of the work far-reaching."
--Richard Weir III Chairman House Committee, Seawanhaka Corinthian
Yacht Club, Center Island, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
judge commented that it was the most informative, exciting, and
educational program he has ever attended. Everyone went away in
awe and wanting more. Another judge stated that he could have
watched and listened all night. The only way to improve the program
would have been to lengthen it."
--Salvatore Ricciardone, Executive Director, Flaschner Judicial
was the perfect speaker. His lecture and film not only kept everyone
awake but energized them for the rest of the day's activities.
Adjectives used to describe his presentation included….Zowie….Amazing….Motivating
and engaging….wondrous….exceptional…..I was
agog with wonder. When we asked participants to evaluate the meeting….well
over 70% mentioned David and his remarkable presentation."
--Laura A Johnson, President, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Lincoln,
is no exaggeration to say that I cannot recall another occasion
when I learned of so much that was so important in so little time."
--Michael B. Mukasey, District Judge, United State Courthouse,
was easily the best seminar we've had to date. I was talking with
some of the other students who stayed after to ask questions.
They were all just as blown away as I was. It's not often that
one meets people who provide true creative inspiration, Thank
--Collate Sandstedt, Screenwriting Fellow, American Film Institute,
seen Dave enthrall audiences from inner city high school kids
to top television executives. He has a unique stortytelling style…a
blend of science and humor. Dave Gallo is a stand-up scientist!"
--Steve Burns, Senior Vice President of Production and New Media
Development, Discovery Channel
Gallo's provides a totally immersive experience. He floods the
room with video of creatures, and opens up the most opaque of
worlds to every one who hears him. I never knew science could
be so much fun and entertaining. I laughed so hard I am ready
to go under the sea with Dave Gallo any time."
--Sunny Bates, CEO SunnyBates Inc.
the vast and secretive oceans that surround us, David Gallo
brings into sharp focus the context of our place in the world,
and the universe. He gives us a deepening understanding of our
Earth, the role that it has played in bringing us to our present,
and the role we will play in its future. His work is definitely
--TED Stout, Professional Generalist with portfolio, Founder,
The ROI Institute
David Gallo's Visit to MTU ~ Sept. 25-28, 2006
MONDAY, Sept. 25
10:00-11:00 am Extreme Deep & Global Water Crisis
lecture for middle/high school students at
Calumet HS auditorium.
pm Extreme Deep & Global Water Crisis lecture
by Dr. David Gallo for Gr. 9-12 students at
Lake Linden-Hubbell High School.
pm Extreme Deep: Exploring the Ends
of the Earth-Neptune's Basement public lecture by
Dr. David Gallo in the Rozsa Center for Performing Arts at
Michigan Tech. Introduction by Dr. Jackie Huntoon, Dean of
MTU Graduate School.
8:00-10 am Meet with Dept of Chemistry faculty and undergrad/grad
Noon -1 pm Global Water Crisis lecture by Dr. David Gallo in
135 Fisher Hall.
Introduction by Dr. Alex Mayer, Director of the MTU Center for
Water & Society.
2-3 pm Meet with MTU Center for Water & Society faculty
and undergrad /grad students.
pm Meet with Dept. of Geological Sciences & Engineering
faculty and undergrad /grad students.
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27
9:15-11 am Extreme Deep & Global Water Crisis lecture by
Dr. David Gallo for Gr. 8-12 students at Houghton High School.
pm Meet with MTU Sustainable Futures Institute interested faculty
and undergrad/grad students.
pm Dinner, lecture by Dr. David Gallo & discussion with
area science and social studies teachers at Copper Country ISD
in Hancock. Open to all CCISD & GOISD educators. Hosted
by the Western U.P. Center for Science, Mathematics & Environmental
Visit Aspen FACE (Free-Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment) research
site in Rhinelander, WI with MTU research scientists to view
effects of increasing tropospheric ozone and carbon dioxide
levels on the structure and function of northern forest ecosystems
Gallo's visit is sponsored by the Sustainable Futures Institute;
Western U.P. Center for Science, Math, & Environmental
Education; Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society; Michigan
Tech Department of Chemistry; and the MTU Committee for Campus
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