On Air: NYSG's Jamaica Bay Specialist Discusses the Value of Coastal Resiliency
Jamaica Bay / NYC - News


Helen Cheng, NYSG's Coastal Resilience Extension Specialist, E: helen.cheng@cornell.edu P: (718)-951-5415

Brooklyn, NY, January 10, 2019 - In the latest 30-minute "Locally Sourced Science" podcast, the host explores how natural systems can coincide with people. Joining in the discussion is New York Sea Grant's Coastal Resilience Specialist Helen Cheng, whose position is supported through a partnership with the Science and Resilience Institute @ Jamaica Bay.

The outreach program that Cheng heads up, which is detailed online at nyseagrant.org/jamaicabay and http://srijb.org, focuses on community engagement and research efforts to enhance resilience for the communities within the Jamaica Bay Watershed.

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Cheng, who enters the discussion in the above audio clip around the 6:20 minute mark and continues through around 21:54, talks about her role in connecting professors at Cornell University to people in New York City's coastal communities and the significance of her work during her two plus year tenure. Her discussion with Locally Sourced Science was recorded during a visit to Cornell's Ithaca campus.

"How I define myself as coastal resilience specialist is really connecting [people to] science and making science usable for coastal communities," says Cheng.

“Locally Sourced Science,” which airs at 5 pm every other Sunday on WRFI (88.1 FM Ithaca, 91.9 FM Watkins Glen), presents science explorations and events happening in the Finger Lakes Region. We feature interviews with local scientists, news updates about recent discoveries and a calendar of science events in the region. Volunteers who are scientists and science journalists produce our show. Learn more at www.locallysourcedscience.org; Listen to the podcast at www.mixcloud.com/Locally_Sourced_Science; Check them out on twitter at www.twitter.com/FLXScienceRadio.

More Info: New York Sea Grant and SRIatJB

The Science and Resilience Institute @ Jamaica Bay (SRIJB) is a research center focused on enhancing environmental, social, and economic resilience in communities of Jamaica Bay funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and the City of New York.

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York (SUNY), is one of 33 university-based programs under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program.

Since 1971, NYSG has represented a statewide network of integrated research, education and extension services promoting coastal community economic vitality, environmental sustainability and citizen awareness and understanding about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources.

Through NYSG’s efforts, the combined talents of university scientists and extension specialists help develop and transfer science-based information to many coastal user groups—businesses and industries, federal, state and local government decision-makers and agency managers, educators, the media and the interested public.

The program maintains Great Lakes offices at Cornell University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Oswego and the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark. In the State's marine waters, NYSG has offices at Stony Brook University in Long Island, Brooklyn College and Cornell Cooperative Extension in NYC and Kingston in the Hudson Valley.

For updates on Sea Grant activities: www.nyseagrant.org has RSS, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube links. NYSG offers a free e-list sign up via www.nyseagrant.org/nycoastlines for its flagship publication, NY Coastlines/Currents, which is published quarterly. Our program also produces an occasional e-newsletter,"NOAA Sea Grant's Social Media Review," via its blog, www.nyseagrant.org/blog.

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