Carnegie Mellon University Department of Chemistry

Carnegie Mellon 2012 Pittsburgh Conference Lectures

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
7:30 p.m.

FREE Kick-off movie — "An Inconvenient Truth"

In this documentary, former vice president Al Gore discusses the scientific evidence for climate change. William Schlesinger, dean of the Nicholas School of Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke University, said "He (Gore) got all the important material and got it right." The film won the 2007 Academy Awards for the Best Documentary Feature. Film critic Roger Ebert said, "… You owe it to yourself to see this film. If you do not, and you have grandchildren, you should explain to them why you decided not to."
7:30 p.m. — Free pizza 'til it's gone outside auditorium
7:55 p.m. — Brief Introduction
8:00 p.m. — Movie

For pizza, must RSVP by April 16: swainer@andrew.cmu.edu

Location: Carnegie Mellon University, Mellon Institute Auditorium (2nd Floor), 4400 Fifth Ave., Enter from Bellefield Street.

Free and open to the public.

Pittsburgh Conference Lectures

Thursday, April 19, 2012
4:45 p.m.

Departmental Seminar

Lecture I:

Robert Jackson, Duke University

Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change: Some Science and Solutions

Location: Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Chemistry, Mellon Institute, 4400 Fifth Ave. Conference Room on the 3rd floor, Enter from Bellefield Street.

Free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 19, 2012
6:00 p.m.

Departmental Seminar

Lecture II:

Robert Jackson, Duke University

Shale Gas and its Environmental Interactions

6:00 p.m. — Cash Bar Social
7:00 p.m. — Dinner: $20 regular, $10 student. Cash or check payable to SSP or SACP at the door.
8:00 p.m. — Lecture. Free to the public.

Location: Pittsburgh Athletic Assoc., 4215 Fifth Avenue, Oakland. Free parking in the PAA lot for the first 40 cars with token picked up inside.

RSVP: swainer@andrew.cmu.edu by April 16 with dinner choice (Crab cakes or Chicken Marsala or Grilled Veggie.).

Biography

Robert B. Jackson is the Nicholas Chair of Global Environmental Change at the Nicholas School of the Environment and a professor in the Biology Department. His research examines how people affect the earth, including studies of the global carbon and water cycles, biosphere/atmosphere interactions, energy use, and global change. He received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Rice University (1983). He worked four years for the Dow Chemical Company before obtaining M.S. degrees in Ecology (1990) and Statistics (1992) and a Ph.D. in Ecology (1992) at Utah State University. He was a Department of Energy Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow for Global Change at Stanford University and an assistant professor at the University of Texas before joining the Duke faculty in 1999. He is currently Director of Duke's Center on Global Change and Duke's Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry Laboratory. He directs the Department of Energy-funded National Institute for Climate Change Research for the southeastern U.S. and co-directed the Climate Change Policy Partnership, working with energy and utility corporations to find practical strategies to combat climate change. Jackson has received numerous awards, including the Murray F. Buell Award from the Ecological Society of America, a 1999 Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering from the National Science Foundation (one of 19 scientists honored at the White House by President Clinton), a Fellow in the American Geophysical Union, and inclusion in the top 0.5% of most cited scientific researchers (http://www.isihighlycited.com/). His 150+ peer-reviewed scientific publications have been cited more than 10,000 and 14,000 times in Web of Science and Google Scholar, respectively. His trade book on global change, The Earth Remains Forever, was published in October of 2002. Jackson's research has been covered in various newspapers and magazines, such as the Boston Globe, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Scientific American, and BusinessWeek, and on national public radio, including the syndicated programs "Morning Edition", "All Things Considered", "Marketplace", "The Tavis Smiley Show", "The Next 200 Years", and "Earth and Sky" (for which he is a science advisor and scriptwriter). He conceived and organized the Janus Fellowship, an annual undergraduate award to encourage the study of an environmental problem from diverse perspectives; 1999's first recipient traveled down the Nile River to examine water use and water policy in Egypt.

Sponsored by:

PittCon, SSP, SACP, Carnegie Mellon, Environmental Group of the ACS Pittsburgh Section