Beyond Climategate | November 3, 2010 | 7PM | Purdue University
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Center for Science and Technology Policy Research
University of Colorado


Roger A. Pielke, Jr. has been on the faculty of the University of Colorado since 2001 and is a Professor in the Environmental Studies Program and a Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES). At CIRES, Roger served as the Director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research from 2001-2007. Roger's research focuses on the intersection of science and technology and decision making. In 2006 Roger received the Eduard Brückner Prize in Munich, Germany for outstanding achievement in interdisciplinary climate research. Before joining the University of Colorado, from 1993-2001 Roger was a Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Roger is a Senior Fellow of the Breakthrough Institute. He is also author, co-author or co-editor of seven books, including The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics published by Cambridge University Press in 2007. His most recent book is The Climate Fix: What Scientists and Politicians Won't Tell you About Global Warming (September, 2010, Basic Books).
Roger Pielke, Jr.

New York Times Dot Earth and Pace University


Andrew C. Revkin is one of the most respected and influential journalists covering climate change, biological diversity and other global environmental issues. Building on a quarter century of prize-winning print work, he now writes the Dot Earth blog for the Op Ed pages of The New York Times, creating a forum where several hundred thousand readers "meet" each month to evaluate and discuss the human relationship to the environment. After 15 years at The Times, Revkin recently left his staff position to become the Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University's Academy for Applied Environmental Studies. He has reported on the science and politics of global warming for more than 20 years, from the North Pole to the White House and the tumultuous treaty talks in Copenhagen. He is the author of three books on environmental subjects, including The Burning Season, his prize-winning account of the life and murder of the rain forest defender Chico Mendes.
Andrew Revkin
Revkin has received journalism awards from many organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Columbia University and has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Pace and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. His work has been the basis of two movies -- the multi-award-winning HBO fillm "The Burning Season," starring the late Raul Julia, and the Warner Brothers heavy metal love story "Rock Star," starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston. He lives in the Hudson Valley where, in spare moments, he is a performing songwriter and member of the roots band Uncle Wade.

School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Georgia Institute of Technology


Judith A. Curry is Professor and Chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology and President (co-owner) of Climate Forecast Applications Network (CFAN). Dr. Curry received a Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Chicago in 1982. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgia Tech, she has held faculty positions at the University of Colorado, Penn State University and Purdue University. Dr. Curry’s research interests span a variety of topics in climate; current interests include air/sea interactions, climate feedback processes associated with clouds and sea ice, and the climate dynamics of hurricanes. She is a prominent public spokesperson on issues associated with the integrity of climate science, and has recently launched a blog Climate Etc. at Dr. Curry currently serves on the NASA Advisory Council Earth Science Subcommittee and has recently served on the National Academies Climate Research Committee and the Space Studies Board, and the NOAA Climate Working Group. Dr. Curry is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Geophysical Union. In 1992, she received the Henry Houghton Award from the American Meteorological Society.
Judy Curry

Global Policy Research Institute, Purdue University

Dr. Arden Bement is the Director of the Global Policy Research Institute at Purdue University. Prior to his current position, he was the Director of the National Science Foundation from 2004- 2010. He serves as a member of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO and as the vice-chair of the Commission's Natural Sciences and Engineering Committee. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Dr. Bement is an ex officio member of the U.S. National Science Board, which guides NSF activities and serves as a policy advisory body to the President and Congress. He was a member of the NSB from 1989 to 1995. Prior to his confirmation as NSF director in November 2004, Dr. Bement served as director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology of the Department of Commerce, a position he had held since Dec. 7, 2001. At NIST he oversaw an annual budget of about $773 million and an on-site research and administrative staff of 3,000 employees, complemented by a NIST-sponsored network of 2,000 locally managed manufacturing and business specialists serving smaller manufacturers across the United States.
Arden Bement, Jr.
He joined NIST from Purdue University, where he was the David A. Ross Distinguished Professor of Nuclear Engineering and head of the School of Nuclear Engineering. He has held appointments at Purdue University in the schools of Nuclear Engineering, Materials Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well as a courtesy appointment in the Krannert School of Management. He was director of the Midwest Superconductivity Consortium and the Consortium for the Intelligent Management of the Electrical Power Grid.
Dr. Bement joined the Purdue faculty in 1992 after a 39-year career in industry, government and academia. His positions included: vice president of technical resources and of science and technology for TRW Inc. (1980-1992); deputy under secretary of defense for research and engineering (1979-1980); director, Office of Materials Science, DARPA (1976-1979); professor of nuclear materials, MIT (1970-1976); manager, Fuels and Materials Department and the Metallurgy Research Department, Battelle Northwest Laboratories (1965-1970); and senior research associate, General Electric Co. (1954-1965). He has also been a director of Keithley Instruments Inc. and the Lord Corp. and a member of the Science and Technology Advisory Committee for the Howmet Corp., a division of ALCOA.
He has earned numerous awards and served in diverse government advisory roles, including: head of the NIST Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology; head of the advisory committee for NIST's Advanced Technology Program; member of the Board of Overseers for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award; chair of the Commission for Engineering and Technical Studies and the National Materials Advisory Board of the National Research Council; and member of the Space Station Utilization Advisory Subcommittee and the Commercialization and Technology Advisory Committee for NASA. He has consulted for the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory.
Dr. Bement holds an engineer of metallurgy degree from the Colorado School of Mines, a master's degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Idaho, a doctorate in metallurgical engineering from the University of Michigan, and honorary doctorates from Cleveland State University, Case Western Reserve University, and the Colorado School of Mines, as well as a Chinese Academy of Sciences Graduate School Honorary Professorship. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and a recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal of the Department of Defense.

Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University

Otto Doering is Professor of Agricultural Economics and a Public Policy Specialist at Purdue University. His responsibilities include teaching, research, extension, and public service on policy issues relating to agriculture, resources, the environment, and the interfaces between them. He teaches at both the graduate and the undergraduate level and has engagement responsibilities at both the state and national level. His energy related experience includes service on the Department of Energy’s Biomass Advisory Panel and Indiana’s Energy Development Board. He was director of Purdue University’s Energy Policy Research and Information Program, directed Indiana’s State Utility Forecasting Group, and is evaluator for the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Cooperative research centers on Power Systems Engineering and Bioenergy. His experience on environmental issues includes leading the economic analysis for the National Hypoxia Assessment, co- authoring the National Academies’ report on the Mississippi River and the Clean Water Act, the National Research Council’s report on Water Implications of Biofuel Production and the National Research Council’s report on Nutrient Control Actions for Improving Water Quality in the Mississippi River Basin. He also serves on the National Academies’ Water Science and Technology Board, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board, and is chair of EPA’s Integrated Nitrogen Committee.
Otto Doering
He is a member of the Department of Interior’s Invasive Species Advisory Committee. With respect to agriculture, he has held advisory positions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the ’77, ’90, and ‘96 farm bills, and worked in 2005 with the Natural Resources Conservation Service on the design and assessment of agricultural conservation programs. He has served on numerous state commissions and advisory boards including the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, the Governor’s Education Round Table and the Governor’s task force on Farmland Preservation. He is a past president of the American Agricultural Economics Association, served as chair of the National Public Policy Education Committee, and shares a very small piece of the Nobel Peace Prize with the many individuals working on climate change for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He is currently interim director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center He has been a visiting professor at the University of California Berkeley, Cornell University, and North Carolina A&T State University. Otto has degrees from Cornell University and the London School of Economics. In previous lives he has been a wrangler in the Canadian Rockies, prepared cases in the New York City municipal courts, and worked for several years in Southeast Asia - primarily for the Ford Foundation.

Political Science and Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Purdue University

Elizabeth McNie is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in Political Science and Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at Purdue University. Her primary area of research involves identifying the mechanisms and processes necessary to link the production of environmental science information with the needs of decision makers to improve environmental-related policy, particularly climate policy. One model for improving these linkages involves ‘boundary organizations’ that facilitate and modulate the interactions between scientists and society to enhance the production of useable science for policy. In related work, Dr. McNie explores the challenges of how to evaluate what constitutes useful science information and how to evaluate the performance of boundary organizations. While most of her research has focused on climate services, she has also studied the process of producing usable science information in natural resources management, water resources, and agroforestry.
Elizabeth McNie
Elizabeth McNie received her Ph.D. in Environmental Studies and Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology Policy Research from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2008. In 2007 she received a pre-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in the Sustainability Science Program. She received a Master of Arts degree from Sonoma State University in Psychology in 2001 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation with a minor in Marine Engineering from the California Maritime Academy in 1994. Before pursuing her graduate degrees, Dr. McNie served as a United States Merchant Marine Officer sailing on a variety of vessels including oil tankers, containerships, fishing vessels, training ships and deep-sea offshore-drilling rigs.
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