Climate change forum coming to campus later this month

September 13, 2010

Faculty, staff, students and the local community are invited to attend a free discussion featuring various perspectives on climate change on Sept. 27.

"Global Warming Forum: Examining a Hot Topic" will begin at 8 p.m. in Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center.

Moira Gunn, host of National Public Radio's "Tech Nation" and "BioTech Nation," will moderate the discussion. Gunn, who received her Ph.D. at Purdue in mechanical engineering, provides weekly commentaries on life in the high-tech age with insight gained from conducting more than 3,000 interviews of people who lead and use technology.

The following four panelists will be featured:

* Susan Avery, president and director of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and retired professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research interests include studies of atmospheric circulation and precipitation, climate variability and water resources, as well as the development of new radar techniques and instruments for remote sensing.

* Kenneth Haapala, quantitative economist, past president of the Philosophical Society of Washington and co-author of the report "Nature, Not Human Activity, Rules the Climate."

* S. Fred Singer, chairman of the Science and Environmental Policy Project, physicist and emeritus professor of environmental science at the University of Virginia. He is author or editor of several books including "The Greenhouse Debate Continued" (1992), "Hot Talk," "Cold Science" (1997) and "Climate Change Reconsidered" (2009) with co-author Craig Idso.

* Robert H. Socolow, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and co-director of the Carbon Mitigation Initiative (CMI) at Princeton University. His current research focuses on global carbon management and fossil-carbon sequestration. In his work with the CMI, he has helped launch new coordinated research in environmental science, energy technology, geological engineering and public policy.

The discussion will explore trends, causes and the role of humans as contributors to global warming; the implications for policy and action; and questions about how a foundation of scientific data can lead to different opinions and conclusions.

The College of Engineering, College of Science and Global Policy Research Institute are co-sponsoring the event.