Schedule of Events

February 23rd - 24th, 2018

(all events free and open to the public)

Friday, February 23
Kollros Auditorium, Biology Building
2PM Reception and art design competition exhibit
3PM Jacquelyn Gill: "The Past is Not Dead: How the Last 2.5 Million Years of Global Change Can Prepare Us for the Next Century"
3:45PM Asheley Landrum: "Negotiating public values when communicating controversial science"
4:30PM Intermission/Reception
4:45PM James Hansen: "Energy, Climate and Policies: Risks and Opportunities"
Saturday, February 24
Macbride Auditorium, MacBride Hall
9AM Reception
9:30AM Paul Strode: "Teaching Students to Think Like Scientists"
10AM James Hansen: "Young People's Burden: Averting Climate Disaster"
11AM Jacquelyn Gill: "Of Mice and Mammoths: Ice Age Perspectives on Extinction, Survival, and Resilience"
12PM Asheley Landrum: "Who Doesn't Believe Science?"
1PM Darwin's birthday party (Hageboeck Hall of Birds)
2-5:30PM Teachers' Workshop led by Paul Strode: "Getting Students to Think, Talk and Write Like Scientists" (106 Biology Building East)

Dr. James E. Hansen received his B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. at the University of Iowa. He has since gone on to a distinguished career studying planetary atmospheres, and has been one of the leaders in understanding global climate change here on Earth. He is perhaps best known for testifying about global climate change to congressional committees in the 1980s, testimony that began to raise public awareness of this looming existential threat. Dr. Hansen is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, former Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's Earth Institute. He has received many awards, including the Sophie and Blue Planet Prizes.

Jacquelyn L. Gill is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maine Climate Change Institute. Her lab studies the causes of the end-Pleistocene extinctions of North American megafauna, environmental changes during historical ice ages, and the responses of species to global climate change. Dr. Gill has published in top journals such as Science and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and her work has been featured in media including BBC News, Morning Edition, and The New York Times.

Dr. Asheley R. Landrum is an Assistant Professor of Strategic Science Communication at Texas Tech University. Dr. Landrum studies how deeply held values affect the processing of science information by the public, and the relationships among difficulty understanding new information, the development of conspiracy theories, and paranoia. She has published in journals such as Nature Climate Change, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Developmental Science, and Cognition and has presented several invited talks related to effective science communication.

Dr. Paul K. Strode has a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution and teaches science to high school students in Boulder, Colorado. On his blog, "Mr. Dr. Science Teacher," Dr. Strode posts about science education and teaching science in public schools. His primary interests include deemphasizing grades in high school courses, teaching students to think like scientists, and helping students discriminate between science and pseudoscience. Dr. Strode has presented to the National Association of Biology Teachers and has published his work on teaching science in The American Biology Teacher.