LECTURE Series

Please join us on Zoom for a new lecture on:

Blurred Lines between “The Environment” and “Me”

April 15th, 5:30 – 6:30 pm ET

Register here on Eventbrite

The saying “you are what you eat” conveys that your health is determined by the quality—healthy or unhealthy—of your eating habits. Let’s extend that concept to our neighborhoods and the environment. We can try out ideas like “you are where you live,” or “the health of your environment depends on how it is treated.” Many people are fortunate to live in clean, green, healthy neighborhoods, but how do we keep them healthy? How can we improve polluted areas? How do we keep our planet livable? To begin addressing these questions, we will discuss nutrients and micronutrients found in our food, our bodies, and all living things. We will also think about environmental toxins and greenhouse gases. As we begin to imagine sustainable solutions to environmental issues, we can learn from biological mechanisms found in nature—they can teach us and help us.

I will also share the story of my small business. My current endeavor is focused on recycling grain from beer breweries, and it implements the MIT motto of “Mind and Hand” to address climate change. This prevents the grain from ending up in landfills where it would generate harmful CO2 and methane gases. With an infusion of natural, helpful microbes, the grain is given new life and purpose, transforming into a “Miracle Grain” which preserves the carbon in our kitchen scraps and supports composting in tightly-knit neighborhoods without attracting pests. This locally sourced and produced creation offers the opportunity to close the loop in our local food system, and revitalize and capture more carbon in our soils. The Miracle Grain also offers an alternative to chemical fertilizers for public landscapes, school playing fields, and private or community gardens. My vision for Miracle Grain is to create green jobs, support farms and regenerative agriculture, and lay a foundation for green technology development.

Maria is an entrepreneur, scientist, and mother (with a son, daughter, and dog) who resides in Cambridge, MA. She received her PhD in Biological Engineering for her work using video-microscopy to observe and analyze protective human anti-HIV immune responses. Maria also helped develop two FDA-approved cancer therapies and one patented mRNA platform for gene delivery and vaccination. Since 2019, Maria has employed a hands-on, experimental approach to the pressing, everyday problems we all face: global warming and climate change, environmental health, public health, and food waste. She aspires to develop real-world solutions to these fundamental issues by working with small businesses, regular people, nonprofits, and city government.

Our lectures are free presentation seminars and discussion events hosted by the Center for Student Coastal Research (CSCR), a nonprofit organization located in Cohasset on Boston’s South Shore. CSCR educates students in environmental sciences, encourages environmental awareness, and promotes activism.

General attendance and participation is comlimentary, tax deductible donations are welcome.

If you are interested in actively participating in the lecture series program, please contact the organizer Dr. Carsten Haber, CSCR board member.