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2014 West Chester University News Archive

Top Climate Scientist to Give Guest Lecture at West Chester

April 1, 2014

James Hansen to Speak at WCU

One of the nation's top researchers in the field of climatology is giving a talk at West Chester University entitled, "Tenant Farming to White House Arrests: A Scientific Perspective on the Unfolding Climate Crisis."

The guest lecture by James Hansen will take place on the University's annual "Research Day," Thursday, April 10  at 7:30 p.m. in the Emilie Asplundh Concert Hall on South High St.

A former director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, James Hansen is currently an adjunct professor of earth and environmental  sciences at Columbia University's Earth Institute.  He studied physics and astronomy in the space science program at the University of Iowa under James Alfred Van Allen, and for nearly four decades has focused on the Earth's climate, especially man-made climate change.  In the 1980s, Hansen testified before congressional committees to help raise broad awareness of the global warming issue.

In 1996, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences for his studies of planetary atmospheres, the development of simplified and three-dimensional climate models,  and the analysis of current climate trends from observational data.   In 2001, he received the 7th Annual Heinz Award in the Environment  for his research on global warming and in 2006, was presented the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences' Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility for his advocacy "…in support of scientists' responsibilities to communicate their scientific opinions and findings openly and honestly on matters of public importance."

The following year, Hansen shared the US Dan David Prize, which  recognizes and encourages innovative and interdisciplinary research across traditional boundaries and paradigms. Other honors he has received include the 2008 PNC Bank Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service, the 2010 Sophie Prize, the Commonwealth Club of California's Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communications, and the Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the American Meteorological Society.

Tickets for $5 can be obtained by phone at 610-436-2266 or at the campus box office in the lower level of Sykes Student Union building.

Established in the spring 2002, "Research Day" hosts a wide selection of faculty and student oral, poster and video presentations on a broad range of research topics, as well as a display of recent faculty publications.

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