Fall 2016: YSU lecture series to focus on global warming, environment

The YSU Lecture Series on Energy and the Environment kicks off its third year on Wednesday, Sept. 7 and will features lectures on global warming and the environment. All lectures occur at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays in Room B100 of Cushwa Hall and run through Wednesday, Nov. 16. The speaker series is sponsored in part by The James Dale Ethics Center and NextGen Climate Action.

One of the featured lecturers will be Søren Hermansen, director of Samsoe Energy Academy and the head of the Samsoe renewable energy island project. Also featured this semester will be Rear Adm. (retired) Jon White, former chief oceanographer, who will be speak on “Ocean & Climate vs. National & Global Security” on Sept. 28. The series also includes the local premiere of a documentary on the community rights movement, “We the People 2.0,” which had its world premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival last June.

“With all the extreme weather events we’ve been experiencing and with 2016 set to pass 2015 as the hottest year on record, these speakers are of the upmost relevance,” said Ray Beiersdorfer, professor of geology and the founder/organizer of the lecture series.

Other programs in the series include:
• Sept. 7 – Mark Dixon, film director/producer, activist, public speaker, will speak on “COP21, Paris France and Beyond.”
• Sept. 14 – Neil M. Donahue, Lord Professor of Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University, will speak on “The Intersection of Air Quality, Climate Science, and Policy.”
• Sept. 21, Arun Gupta, co-founder of The Independent and the Occupied Wall Street Journal, will present “Climate Change, Peak Oil and the Age of Extremes.”
Sept. 28 – Rear Adm. (retired) Jon White, president and CEO of Consortium for Ocean Leadership, will speak on “Ocean & Climate vs. National & Global Security.”
• Oct. 5 – Kirsi Jansa, visiting researcher and video journalist, Institute for Green Science, Carnegie Mellon University. Jansa will speak on “Climate Communication – How to Talk About Climate Change Without Becoming Overwhelmed.”
• Oct. 12 – Dr. Ray Beiersdorfer will presemt “Dr. Ray’s Amazing Sideshow of Science, A Trip Through Earth’s Spheres: Atmosphere, Hydrosphere, Biosphere, Lithosphere.”
• Oct. 19 – Will feature a screening of “We the People 2.0,” which will be followed by a panel discussion with Tish O’Dell and Doug Shields.
• Oct. 26 – Søren Hermansen, Energy Academy, Samso Island Denmark, will speak on “Renewable Energy.”
• Nov. 2 – Raymond Najjar, professor of oceanography, Penn State University, will present “What Climate Change Means for Ecosystems of the Northeast U.S.”
• Nov. 9 – Beiersdorfer will moderate the open panel discussion: “Implications of Yesterday’s Election for Energy and the Environment.”
• Nov. 16 – Ted Auch, Great Lakes Program coordinator, FracTracker Alliance, will speak on “The Water, Waste, and Land-use Effects of High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Industry Across the Great Lakes: Now and in the Future.”

For more information, contact Beiersdorfer at 330-941-1753 or ray@cc.ysu.edu.

Due to ongoing campus construction, Lincoln Avenue will be closed to vehicles for the remainder of the semester. Attendees should allow extra time to avoid any problems. Anyone needing assistance should call the YSU Student Security Service at 330-941-1515.

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