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Political Leaders Gather at D.C. Reception to Discuss Scientific American‘s Special Issue on Cities

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Mariette DiChristina at podium, speakingCongressional staffers, federal agency senior personnel, non-profit leaders and scientific organization executives joined Scientific American Editor in chief Mariette DiChristina at a recent reception to celebrate the magazine’s special issue on cities.

“Celebrating cities in many ways is celebrating what is best in us,” DiChristina told the crowd as she kicked off the evening honoring SA‘s September single-topic issue, at the Rayburn Office Building Café on September 15.

Featured guests included former Maryland Governor Parris Glendening, Washington, D.C. Councilman Tommy Wells, Change the Equation CEO Linda Rosen and Matthew Wald of The New York Times.Publisher Bruce Brandfon, keynote speaker Edward Glaeser, Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina, former Maryland Governor Parris N. Glendening, Edward Glaeser

Keynote speaker Edward Glaeser, who wrote two pieces for SA‘s cities issue delivered a dynamic 20-minute address which enumerated the many ways cities make their residents and society overall smarter, richer, greener, healthier and happier. “Technology has made us more dependent on being smart,” he added. Glaeser also drew on anecdotes from history and economics to captivate the crowd—and sparked conversation for the rest of the evening and beyond.

Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina with Dr. Claus von Zastrow and Linda Rosen, both of Change the Equation
The Scientific American and Nature Publishing Group staff join Keynote speaker Edward Glaeser

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Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina gave the evening’s opening remarks.

Scientific American Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina with Claus von Zastrow and Linda Rosen, both of Change the Equation.

Scientific American Publisher Bruce Brandfon, keynote speaker Edward Glaeser, Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina and former Maryland Governor Parris N. Glendening at the event.

The Scientific American and Nature Publishing Group (Scientific American is part of Nature Publishing Group) staff join keynote speaker Edward Glaeser/Grace Baynes, Mariette DiChristina, David Hoole, Ruth Francis, Michael Voss, Edward Glaeser, Rachel Scheer, Vikram Savkar, Neda Afsarmanesh and Fred Guterl.

All photographs by Darren Santos.

Rachel Scheer About the Author: Rachel Scheer is the Corporate PR Manager for Nature Publishing Group. She handles the PR efforts for Scientific American including writing press releases, facilitating partnerships and organizing media opportunities for the editorial team.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. kimgyr 8:59 am 09/27/2011

    Dear Sirs: Thank you first for a great issue on cities, and secondly for continuing the effort to better understanding their roles in a warmer global future, with much less petroleum!
    Your special issue, comprehensive as it was, did little to address the provision of energy, food and transportation on the scale required by current populations, considering especially that the armies of combine harvesters, powered by petroleum, that currently supply food at affordable prices are highly likely to be absent in the future. Will this require populations to return to rural living so as to be close to fields to grow organic food 100% sustainably, as we once did before the massive move toward urbanization took off, driven by the then glut of petroleum?
    Having lived for 31 years in Europe, 6 of them as a professor at the well-regarded Swiss campus of Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design, I have spent considerable time designing what I term the 100% sustainable global infrastructure for the provision of energy, food and transportation, without petroleum and global climate change.
    Please view my designs at http://www.greenmillennmium.eu and I welcome any and all responses, competitive and otherwise, that can contribute to the creation of such an infrastructure! The components of our genes are eternal, having existed in different combinations and recombinations ever since life first appeared on Earth. We pass them on to our children and their children etc. Where will those components be in 2000, 10000 and 1000000 years if we are to run out of petroleum within the next 20 – 30 years? Please understand that there is a multiple of only 20 times the 5 generations, grandparents to grandchildren, that we will meet in our own families back to the Year 0, which includes most of the recorded history of our species.

    Where will the components of our genes be in the next 2000 years, at current and growing population levels, without petroleum?

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