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All programs of Compass Summit can be found at

Guided by NPR’s Ira Flatow, an intimate group of some of the of the world’s best thinkers and doers convened along the rugged Palos Verdes coastline on Oct 23-26, 2011 at Terranea Resort to engage in meaningful conversation, ask questions, and challenge ideas.

Compass Summit: Concluding Comments

Concluding Comments by Brent Schlender, Peter Petre, Mariette DiChristina

SWIFT Wrap Up: The Future of Money

Swift Wrap Up: The Future of Money
Martine De Weirdt,Innovation, SWIFT
Peter Vander Auwera,Innovation Leader, Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication


The Crisis Facing Oceans

Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer, Mission Blue
Fabien Cousteau, Third Generation Explorer, Environmentalist and Filmmaker
J. Charles Fox, Program Director, Oceans Five
Moderator: Ira Flatow, Science Friday, NPR

02.We Forget Our Dependence on the Ocean
03.Deep Sea Exploration
04.Diversity in the Antarctic
05.Overfishing of Ocean Life
06.Troubled Ocean Needs Protection
07.The Ocean Is a Natural Resource Bank Account
08.Biggest Problem Is Overfishing
09.Q1: Political Calculus for Marine Protection
10.Q2: Climate Change and the Oceans


Mariette DiChristina

Mariette DiChristina
Editor in Chief
Scientific American

Mariette DiChristina oversees Scientific American,, Scientific American Mind and all newsstand special editions. She is the eighth person and first female to assume the top post in Scientific American’s 165-year history. A science journalist for more than 20 years, she first came to Scientific American in 2001 as its executive editor. She was named an AAAS Fellow in 2011. She was also the president (in 2009 and 2010) of the 2,500-member National Association of Science Writers. She is a former adjunct professor in the graduate Science, Health and Environmental Reporting program at New York University. DiChristina is a frequent lecturer and has appeared at the New York Academy of Sciences, California Academy of Sciences, 92nd Street Y in New York, Yale University and New York University among many others.
Previously, she spent nearly 14 years at Popular Science in positions culminating as executive editor. Her work in writing and overseeing articles about space topics helped garner that magazine the Space Foundation’s 2001 Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award. In spring 2005 she was Science Writer in Residence at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her chapter on science editing appears in the second edition of A Field Guide for Science Writers. She is former chair of Science Writers in New York (2001 to 2004) and a member of the American Society of Magazine Editors and the Society of Environmental Journalists. DiChristina was honored by New York’s Italian Heritage and Culture Committee in October 2009 for her contributions as an Italian American to science journalism and education in New York City. In January 2010, she was honored by the National Organization of Italian American Women as one as one of its “Three Wise Women” of 2009.