to speak April 2 at annual memorial science lecture
Mann, Distinguished Professor
of Meteorology at the Pennsylvania State University, will present the annual
Kirkland/Spizuoco Memorial Science Lecture at 7:30 p.m. April 2 at Shippensburg
The annual lecture, free and open to the public, is in the
multipurpose room of the Ceddia Union Building. The program’s title is “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars.” A book signing will follow his talk.
The lecture is held in memory of Dr. Gordon L. Kirkland Jr.
and Dr. Joseph Spizuoco, who both died in 1999. The series was started to honor
the two long-time faculty members for their dedication and commitment to
Shippensburg students and to their academic fields of biology and physics,
Mann will discuss
his experiences in the center of the climate change debate. He will present the
basic evidence for human-caused climate change, and then talk about the attacks
on the science and the scientists, drawing upon his own experience as a
reluctant and accidental figure in the climate change debate.
Mann received his
undergraduate degrees in physics and applied math from the University of
California at Berkeley, an M.S. degree in physics from Yale University, and a
Ph.D. in geology & geophysics from Yale. His research involves the use of
theoretical models and observational data to better understand Earth's climate
Mann was a lead author
on the Observed Climate Variability and Change chapter of the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Third Scientific Assessment
Report in 2001 and was organizing committee chair for the National Academy of
Sciences Frontiers of Science in 2003. He was awarded the Hans Oeschger
Medal of the European Geosciences Union in 2012 and was awarded the National
Conservation Achievement Award for science by the National Wildlife Federation
in 2013. He made Bloomberg New’ list of fifty most influential people in 2013.
He is a Fellow of both the American Geophysical Union and the American
Mann has written
of more than 160 peer-reviewed and edited publications, and has published two
books including Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming in 2008 and The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the
Front Lines in 2012.
information, contact Dr. Tim Maret at 477-1401.