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Cutting through the hype: What science tells us about climate change

Posted in NEWS on Friday, August 15th, 2008

[Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in MyVU]

“Global Warming – What do we know and what we should do?” is the title of a free public lecture that will be given Thursday afternoon, Sept. 4, on the Vanderbilt University campus.

The speaker will be Richard Somerville, a coordinating lead author of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for its work on the issue of global warming.

The lecture is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sept. 4 in Ingram Hall at the Blair School of Music.

An award-winning author and acclaimed public speaker on global climate change, Somerville is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. His career in theoretical meteorology has spanned half a century.

Somerville will deliver the inaugural lecture in the new Nobel Memorial Lecture Series, sponsored by Vanderbilt’s Physics and Astronomy Department, Dyer Observatory, the Law School Regulatory Program and the Vanderbilt Climate Change Research Network. The series was established to honor Vanderbilt alumni and faculty who have been awarded the Nobel Prize. Those include alumni Muhammad Yunus and Stanford Moore and former faculty members Stanley Cohen, Earl Sutherland and Max Delbürck.

Free parking will be available across from Ingram Hall in the South Garage located at the corner of 24th Avenue South and Children’s Way. For more information call 322-2828.

Media Contact: David F. Salisbury, (615) 322-NEWS

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