February 27, 2015, BY Kathryn Kopchik

Climatologist Michael Mann will give the talk, "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: The Battle Continues," Wednesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is presented as part of the Production of Public Understanding of Science project at the University.

Distinguished Professor of Meteorology and director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University, Mann is a renowned climate scientist who has worked for nearly two decades to improve the understanding of the global climate.

In 1998, he was part of the team that published a study that included the "hockey stick" graph that became the center of a media firestorm over global warming and thrust Mann into the front lines of what came to be called the Climate Wars.

His lecture will recount these experiences and describe his continuing efforts to help the public understand the threat of human-caused climate change.

Mann served as a Lead Author for the 2001 Third Assessment Report of the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and in 2002 received NOAA's outstanding publication award and was named by Scientific American as one of the 50 leading visionaries in science and technology.

He was awarded the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union in 2012, and in 2013 was awarded the National Conservation Achievement Award for science by the National Wildlife Federation and made Bloomberg News' list of 50 most influential people. In 2014, he was named Highly Cited Researcher by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) and received the Friend of the Planet Award from the National Center for Science Education.

He is a Fellow of both the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society. A champion for scientifically informed climate policy, he posts regularly at RealClimate.org, a site he co-founded.

Mann's visit to Bucknell is sponsored by the Production of Public Understanding of Science project and the departments of Economics, Education, International Relations, Philosophy, Physics & Astronomy, Religious Studies, Sociology & Anthropology, the Bucknell Center for Sustainability and the Environment, the Program for Environmental Studies, the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy, the University Lectureship Committee, the Deans of Arts & Sciences and Engineering, and the Office of the Provost.

 

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