Professor to speak April 2 at annual memorial science lecture

Dr. Michael 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 University.

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.

MannThe 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, respectively.

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 system.

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 Meteorological Society.

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.

For information, contact Dr. Tim Maret at 477-1401.