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Earth
Transformed

A Series of 6 Lectures Exploring Our World and Ourselves

The University of Arizona College of Science, Spring 2016

MONDAYS 7PM - JANUARY 25 TO MARCH 7

Earth
Transformed

A Series of 6 Lectures Exploring Our World and Ourselves

The University of Arizona College of Science, Spring 2016

MONDAYS 7PM - JANUARY 25 TO MARCH 7

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Lectures

Series Overview

Climate change and its impacts are no longer merely abstract projections for the future. Instead, they are on-going and growing challenges for both humans and many of the natural systems upon which we depend. Globally, changes in the oceans, ice sheets and atmosphere provide clear fingerprints of the human causes, but also important lessons for society to learn as we seek solutions. Even more than when the UA Science Lecture Series originally turned to climate change a decade ago, the Southwest is dealing with a looming water crisis, unprecedented severe wildfire risk, emerging human health concerns and much more. Scholars and the public alike need to brainstorm and work to ensure a resilient and vibrant future for the Southwest and the planet.

Live Streaming, TV Broadcast and Digital Viewing Options

Each lecture is streamed live by Arizona Public Media On Demand. Each lecture will also air on television after a one-week delay on Mondays, beginning February 1 at 8 PM. The broadcast will repeat: Tuesdays at 2 AM, Wednesdays at 4 PM, Fridays at 1 PM and 7 PM, Saturdays at 1 AM, Sundays at 1 PM, and again on Mondays at 12 AM and 2 PM.

Comcast Subscribers: Channel 76
Cox Subscribers: Channel 116

Each lecture is also made available on iTunes “U” as a Podcast and uploaded to YouTube 1-2 weeks after the lecture date. Links will be posted on the All Series page when available.

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JANUARY 25

Joellen Russell
University of Arizona

Ocean’s Role in Climate:
Heat and Carbon Uptake in the Anthropocene

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battisti

FEBRUARY 1

David Battisti
University of Washington

Climate Change
and Global Food Security

READ MORE

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FEBRUARY 8

Russell Monson
University of Arizona

Ecosystem Resilience:
Navigating Our Tenuous Connection to Nature

READ MORE

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FEBRUARY 22

Kacey Ernst
University of Arizona

Climate Change and Human Health:
Impacts and Pathways to Resilience

READ MORE

ogden

FEBRUARY 29

Kimberly Ogden
University of Arizona

Carbon Sequestration:
Can We Afford It?

READ MORE

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MARCH 7

Jonathan Overpeck
University of Arizona

The Changing Earth:
It’s Not Just a New Normal

READ MORE

Lectures

Series Overview

Climate change and its impacts are no longer merely abstract projections for the future. Instead, they are on-going and growing challenges for both humans and many of the natural systems upon which we depend. Globally, changes in the oceans, ice sheets and atmosphere provide clear fingerprints of the human causes, but also important lessons for society to learn as we seek solutions. Even more than when the UA Science Lecture Series originally turned to climate change a decade ago, the Southwest is dealing with a looming water crisis, unprecedented severe wildfire risk, emerging human health concerns and much more. Scholars and the public alike need to brainstorm and work to ensure a resilient and vibrant future for the Southwest and the planet.

Live Streaming, TV Broadcast and Podcast
Each lecture is streamed live by Arizona Public Media On Demand. Each lecture will also air on television after a one-week delay on Mondays, beginning February 2 at 8 PM. The broadcast will repeat: Tuesdays at 2 AM, Fridays at 1 PM, Sundays at 1 PM and again on Mondays at 12 AM and 2 PM.

Comcast Subscribers: Channel 76
Cox Subscribers: Channel 116

MONDAY, JANUARY 25

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Joellen Russell
1885 Society Distinguished Scholar,
Associate Professor,
Department of Geosciences,
College of Science,
University of Arizona

Ocean's Role in Climate:
Heat and Carbon Uptake in the Anthropocene

The oceans play a key role in shaping the Earth’s climate and its variability on both short and long time scales. Central to this role is the ability of the ocean to store both carbon dioxide and heat, not only at the surface but also in its deepest layers. New technologies are revolutionizing how we study and predict changes in our dynamic oceans.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1

David Battisti
Tamaki Endowed Chair,
Professor of Atmospheric Sciences,
University of Washington

Climate Change and Global Food Security

By the end of the century, the season averaged growing temperature will very likely exceed the highest temperature ever recorded throughout the tropics and subtropics. By 2050, the increase in temperature alone is projected to cause a 20% reduction in the yield of all of the major grains (maize, wheat, rice and soybeans). The breadbasket countries in the midlatitudes will experience marked increases in year-to-year volatility in crop production. Increasing stresses on the major crops due to climate change, coupled with the increasing demand for food due to increasing population and development, present significant challenges to achieving global food security. This seminar explores the likely impact of climate change and volatility on food production and availability in the foreseeable future.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8

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Russell Monson
Louise Foucar Marshall Professor,
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,
Laboratory of Tree Ring Research
College of Science,
University of Arizona

Ecosystem Resilience:
Navigating Our Tenuous Connection to Nature

Sustainability of the services provided by Earth’s ecosystems is dependent on mechanisms of resilience that include maintenance of biotic diversity and avoidance of climatically-controlled ‘tipping points’. This lecture will explore how recent trends in land use and anthropogenic climate warming have exposed vulnerabilities in the mechanisms of ecosystem resilience, and revealed the potential for surprising shifts in the productivity and persistence of ecosystems.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22

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Kacey Ernst
GIDP affiliate Global Change, Entomology and Arid Lands,
Associate Professor,
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics,
College of Public Medicine,
University of Arizona

Climate Change and Human Health:
Impacts and Pathways to Resilience

Climate change will inevitably lead to negative impacts on human health. Certainty in predicting negative health outcomes is higher when changes are more directly related to the natural environment. Research is advancing our understanding of these complex systems and how they might be altered under different climatic conditions. Mitigation strategies can be applied now to improve both the current and future health of populations.

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29

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Kimberly Ogden
Professor,
Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering,
College of Engineering,
University of Arizona

Carbon Sequestration: Can We Afford It?

Carbon sequestration is defined as removing carbon from the atmosphere to mitigate climate change. Although there are commercially available technologies, the main barrier to implementation is economic. This lecture will explore proposed methods for carbon capture from the simple to the complex. The potential of alternative energy to reduce emissions and sequestration using biological processes will be emphasized.

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MONDAY, MARCH 7

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Jonathan Overpeck
Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Professor,
Regents Professor,
Departments of Geosciences and Atmospheric Sciences,
College of Science,
Co-Director, Institute of the Environment,
University of Arizona

The Changing Earth:
Its Not Just a New Normal

Climate change is ever-intensifying at scale of the globe, and the Southwest is already dealing with climate change challenges in the form of unusually hot drought, looming water shortage, widespread death of trees, unprecedented severe fire risk, dust storms, hotter heat waves and more. With the economic vitality of the Southwest at stake, climate adaptation and mitigation are key.

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Educators

Overview

ECOL 596s is structured as a 1-unit graduate course with discussion, lecture and activities on the teaching of science in a high school classroom. The course is focused around the UA Science Lecture Series offered through the College of Science.
Teacher-participants meet once a week for three hours in the evening. In the first hour the class participates in an activity for teaching science in a high school science classroom or a presentation on a K-12 outreach opportunity at the UA. In the second hour the class attends the UA Science: Earth Transformed lecture. The third hour consists of discussion of the lecture and its application to the high school classroom. This course is structured for science teachers at the 6-12 grade level, but K-12 teachers at all levels are invited to participate. Pre-service teachers who are not yet certified may also take the course and earn undergraduate credit. Teachers earn 1 unit of graduate credit.

For More Information
John Pollard
Associate Professor of Practice
Chemistry and Biochemistry
(520) 621-8843
jpollard@email.arizona.edu

To Register
Please email John Pollard explaining (briefly) why you are interested in the class. Enrollment is limited.

Tuition and Fees
100% tuition is paid by the College of Science through funding provided by Raytheon, Vantage West Credit Union and Ventana Medical Systems.

Location and Time
Classes will be held in Social Sciences Room 206 from 6:00-9:00PM on eight evenings from January 19 to March 14. Parking is available in the Tyndall Avenue Garage.
View map to Tyndall Avenue Garage

Schedule

Tuesday, January 19 
Introduction Class
Attendance is mandatory.

Monday, January 25 
The Ocean’s Role in Climate: Heat and Carbon Uptake in the Anthropocene
Joellen Russell, University of Arizona

Monday, February 1 
Climate Change and Global Food Security
David Battisti, University of Washington

Monday, February 8 
Ecosystem Resilience: Navigating Our Tenuous Connection to Nature
Russell Monson, University of Arizona

Monday, February 22 
Climate Change and Human Health: Impacts and Pathways to Resilience
Kacey Ernst, University of Arizona

Monday, February 29 
Carbon Sequestration: Can We Afford It?
Kimberly Ogden, University of Arizona

Monday, March 7
The Changing Earth: It’s Not Just a New Normal
Jonathan Overpeck, University of Arizona

Monday, March 14
Final Class
Details to be announced.

Students

QA Science

This is a special opportunity for students from all disciplines to come together at the new Environment and Natural Resources 2 (ENR2) building and experience a live-stream viewing of the UA Science Earth Transformed lecture series. Afterwards, the world-class researchers who present in the series will come to ENR2 for an engaging question and answer session. These discussions will focus on the story behind the science and the ways we can translate science into action to address global climate change.

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This year’s QA Science section is produced by a talented team of educators from several disciplines and departments across the College of Science.

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John Pollard

John Pollard is Associate Professor of Practice in Chemistry and Biochemistry and the co-author of the Chemical Thinking curriculum and supporting ebook.

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Lisa Elfring

Lisa Elfring’s scientific interest is in the areas of molecular, cellular and developmental biology, where she has published several research articles on gene regulation in early animal embryos.

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Ed Prather

Edward Prather is Associate Professor of Astronomy and Executive Director of the NASA JPL funded Center for Astronomy Education (CAE).

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Resources

Climate Journalism

 

Climate Central

Scientists and journalists researching and publicizing facts about climate change.

 

NY Times Science Topics: Global Warming and Climate Change

News about global warming and climate change, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.

 

NASA: Global Climate Change

Reports about studies using NASA data.

 

Weather Channel

Weather and Climate news.

 

Climate News Network

Publishes a daily news story on climate and energy.

 

New Yorker Magazine (E. Kolbert’s Blog)

Climate reporting.

Climate Data and Guides

 

Climate Data Guide at UCAR

A data portal that combines data discovery, metadata, figures and world-class expertise on the strengths, limitations and applications of climate data.

 

Data.gov (US government)

Find data related to climate change that can help inform and prepare American communities, businesses and citizens.

Climate Journals

 

Nature Climate Change

A monthly journal dedicated to publishing the most significant and cutting-edge research on the science of climate change, its impacts and wider implications for the economy, society, and policy.

 

Journal of Climate

Publishes climate research concerned with large-scale variability of the atmosphere, ocean and land surface, including the cryosphere.

 

Climate Dynamics

Publishes research on all aspects of the dynamics of the global climate system.

Climate Commentary

 

RealClimate

Commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists.

 

DotEarth Blog (Andrew Revkin, NY Times)

Andrew Revkin tracks developments from suburbia to Siberia.

 

Inside Climate News

A non-profit, non-partisan news organization that covers clean energy, carbon energy, nuclear energy and environmental science.

Location

Centennial Hall
Lectures will be held at Centennial Hall on the campus of the University of Arizona.
View map to Centennial Hall

Parking
Parking is available on a pay-per-use basis in the Tyndall Avenue Garage.
View map to Tyndall Avenue Garage

Time and Cost
All lectures begin at 7PM and are free to the public.

FAQ

How much are tickets?

Free! Every lecture is free to attend.

Where are the lectures held?

The lecture series is held in Centennial Hall on the University of Arizona Campus.

When do the lectures begin?

Lectures begin at 7:00 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM and we encourage you to arrive at Centennial Hall before 6:30 PM, as seating is limited.

Where should I park?

The closest parking garage is the Tyndall Avenue Garage. There are two more nearby garages at Main Gate and 6th Avenue. You can find a campus map here.

Will there be an overflow site if Centennial Hall is full?

Yes, there will be an overflow location within a short walking distance from Centennial Hall.

Will the lectures be streamed or taped?

Yes, each lecture is streamed live by AZPM On Demand. Each lecture will also air on television at a date and time to be announced. Podcasts are generally posted on this website within one to two weeks of each lecture.

How many years has the lecture series run?

The 2016 lecture series marks our 11th year and our 12th lecture series. The first year we held a fall and a spring series.

How do I support the Lecture Series?

Thank you! Donations can be made here. If you have questions about other ways to give please contact us.