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Global Warming focus of Faculty Lecture Series

1/30/2007 —

Opportunities and Challenges in the Greenhouse: Better and Worse Than We Thought,  is the topic for the 2007 Faculty Lecture Series presented by Dr. Richard Alley, Professor of Geosciences, Earth System Science Center, Pennsylvania State University; and Chair, Committee on Abrupt Climate Change, National Research Council, The National Academies.  The lecture will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 16, in the Atrium at Penn State Lehigh Valley, Fogelsville.

Dr. Alley will discuss the fact that the benefits of fossil-fuel energy use that we now enjoy are not sustainable without technological innovation. He’ll discuss how a delay in innovation until after we burn a large fraction of the fossil fuels that there is high scientific confidence that the world’s climate will be changed greatly in ways that are expected to make many aspects of life more difficult.

 Dr. Alley graduated with the Ph.D. in 1987 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and with M.S. (1983) and B.S. in Science (1980) degrees from The Ohio State University-Columbus, all in Geology.  He teaches and conducts research on the climatic records, flow behavior, and sedimentary deposits of large ice sheets, to aid in prediction of future changes in climate and sea level. His experience includes three field seasons in Antarctica, eight in Greenland, and three in Alaska.  His awards include a Packard Fellowship, a Presidential Young Investigator Award, the Horton Award of the American Geophysical Union Hydrology Section and Fellowship in the Union, the Wilson Teaching Award and the Mitchell Innovative Teaching Award of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and the Faculty Scholar Medal in Science at Penn State University, the first Agassiz Medal of the European Geosciences Union Cryospheric Section, and the Seligman Crystal of the International Glaciological Society.

Dr. Alley has served on a variety of advisory panels and steering committees for the National Science Foundation, targeted research activities, and professional societies, including the congressionally mandated Antarctic External Review Panel and the Polar Research Board, and has provided advice to numerous government officials in multiple administrations including a US Vice President, the President's Science Advisor, and a Senate Committee. His popular book, The Two-Mile Time Machine, was chosen science book of the year by Phi Beta Kappa in 2001.

The lecture is open to the public and free of charge.

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