Stevens experts LIVE! from the Bottom of New York Harbor

August 26, 2007

HOBOKEN, N.J. -- Three maritime science experts from Stevens Institute of Technology will join forces with The River Project, Saturday, Sept.15, 2007, to explore life underwater in New York State's newest estuarine sanctuary, the 'lands underwater' of Hudson River Park.

From 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept.15, divers will film live from under The Picnic House, Pier 40 (at Houston Street), Hudson River Park, and display recent footage of how the animals live in the habitats off Manhattan Island.

Professor Alan F. Blumberg, Director of Stevens Institute of Technology's Center for Maritime Systems, and Professor Michael S. Bruno, Dean of Stevens' Schaefer School of Engineering & Science, will describe the conditions in the harbor and narrate live video images captured underwater by Research Engineer Michael Raftery, who will dive into the harbor from Pier 40.

Clay Hiles, Executive Director of the Hudson River Foundation, will act as Master of Ceremonies, leading an exploration of the diversity and health of the populations, migrations and mating. The experts will also review findings from The River Project and other sponsored research, including data on the return of oysters to the harbor, sounds associated with particular fish species, and data from sensors linked to the Stevens' NY Harbor Observing and Prediction System (NYHOPS), based in the Center for Maritime Systems. Data from NYHOPS have been featured recently as part of the National Weather Service's daily marine online forecast. (
About The River Project

The River Project is a non-profit field station for marine sciences dedicated to the protection and restoration of wildlife and habitat through research, education and hands-on programs in urban ecology. (

About Stevens Institute of Technology

Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology is one of the leading technological universities in the world dedicated to learning and research. Through its broad-based curricula, nurturing of creative inventiveness, and cross disciplinary research, the Institute is at the forefront of global challenges in engineering, science, and technology management. Partnerships and collaboration between, and among, business, industry, government and other universities contribute to the enriched environment of the Institute. A new model for technology commercialization in academe, known as Technogenesis®, involves external partners in launching business enterprises to create broad opportunities and shared value. Stevens offers baccalaureates, master's and doctoral degrees in engineering, science, computer science and management, in addition to a baccalaureate degree in the humanities and liberal arts, and in business and technology. The university has a total enrollment of 1,850 undergraduate and 2,980 graduate students, and a worldwide online enrollment of 2,250, with a full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty of 140 and more than 200 full-time special faculty. Stevens' graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America. Additional information may be obtained from its web page at

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