University of Arizona Campus  •  March 10 - 11, 2018  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Mark Nelson

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Dr. Mark Nelson was a member of the eight-person “Biospherian” crew for the first two-year closure experiment. He is a founding director of the Institute of Ecotechnics and has worked for decades in closed ecological system research, ecological engineering, the restoration of damaged ecosystems, desert agriculture and orchardry and wastewater recycling. He is chairman of the Institute of Ecotechnics, and he is the author of "The Wastewater Gardener: Preserving the Planet One Flush at a Time" and co-author of "Space Biospheres" and "Life Under Glass?"

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Scheduled events:
The Art and Science of Biospheres
Biospherean Mark Nelson and photographer Dana Fritz discuss the intersection of art and science in life under glass.

National Parks Experience (Seats 146)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 10, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Nature / Environment / Outdoor Adventure
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - National Parks (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Dana Fritz, Mark Nelson
Moderator: John Adams
Mark Nelson
“Pushing Our Limits: Insights from Biosphere 2” by Mark Nelson Mark Nelson, one of the eight crew members locked in Biosphere 2 during its first closure experiment, offers a compelling insider’s view of the dramatic story behind the mini-world. Nelson clears up common misconceptions about the 1991–1993 closure experiment as he presents the goals and results of the experiment and the implications of the project for today’s global environmental challenges and for reconnecting people to a healthy relationship with nature.

University of Arizona Press (Seats 1)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 10, 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Science / Medicine / Technology

Author: Mark Nelson
Mind Over Matter: Exploring Inner & Outer Space
Spanning the breadth of the human experience, these authors will discuss mankind's exploration of the boundaries of human exploration and endurance as well as the grit needed to push through adversity. Come and be inspired by real-life stories of life's challenges that become the building blocks of later success and why anything is possible.

Science City - Main Stage (Seats 195)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 10, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Science / Medicine / Technology
Signing area: Signing Area - Flandrau BookStore (Science City) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Leland Melvin, Mark Nelson, Jennifer Swanson
Moderator: Ron Garan Cancelled

Pushing Our Limits: Insights from Biosphere 2
Science / Medicine / Technology
University of Arizona Press
February 2018
ISBN 9780816537327
Paperback, 328 pages
$22.95, INSTORE
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Biospherian Mark Nelson offers insider perspectives on Biosphere 2 and bold insights into today's global ecological challenges--Provided by publisher.

Named Sponsors

Arizona Daily Star
University of Arizona

Presenting Sponsors

Tucson Medical Center

Major Sponsors

Friend of the Festival
Pima County Public Library
Stocker Foundation
University of Arizona BookStores
Western National Parks Association
William & Mary Ross Foundation
University of Arizona - Facilities Management

Key Sponsors

Brucker Trust
Marshall Foundation
Monark Premium Appliance Company

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