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Academy-award winning filmmaker James Cameron will visit San Diego on May 31st to accept the 2013 Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest. Beginning in 2001 Scripps Institution of Oceanography has annually awarded the prize, which includes a bronze medal and $25,000, to honor the memory of William A. Nierenberg, a national science leader and the director of Scripps from 1965-1986.

The award ceremony, which will take place in Mandeville Auditorium at UC San Diego, will include a brief presentation by Cameron. The National Geographic "Explorer-in-Residence" will talk about his journey to Challenger Deep, the deepest known point on Earth, in the Pacific Ocean's Marianas Trench.

In 2012 Cameron traveled solo nearly seven miles below the water's surface, setting a record. The state-of-the-art diving vessel he dove in, Deepsea Challenger, will be given to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Cameron is currently working on a 3D feature about the expedition.

Past recipients of the prize include Walter Cronkite, Jane Goodall, David Attenborough, and J. Craig Venter.

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