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  September 20, 2004

Coming to Campus

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Scientists' Role in National Policy Making Topic of First Teale Lecture
Rosina Bierbaum, dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan and former White House director of the Office of Science, Technology, and Policy, will be the first speaker in this year's Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series. She will discuss "The Role of Science in National Policy Making: Lessons from Working in Congress and The White House," on September 22, at 4 pm in the Konover Auditorium at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.

Bierbaum, an expert on climate change, global warming, and other critical environmental challenges, will describe how the future of the environment depends on scientists who interact with government policy makers. Bierbaum has led four U.S. delegations to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Subsequent speakers in the series this year are:

Tom Lovejoy, president of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment, who will give a presentation titled "Teaming With Life: The Future at the Dawn of the Sixth Great Extinction" on October 21. Lovejoy will describe research methods that predict how and when fragmentation of a habitat will result in extinction of species.

Barry Lopez, National Book Award-winner, will give a lecture on "Leaving Lascaux: The Frontier of Human Nature," on Nov. 17. Author of 12 books, Lopez will describe how he continuously re-examines the relationship between human culture and the physical landscape.

William Hooke, director of the Atmospheric Policy Program of the American Meteorological Society and former chair of the White House National Science and Technology Council's Subcommittee on Natural Disaster Reduction, will speak about "Living Sustainably on a Planet of Extremes," on Feb. 24. Hooke will discuss ways of reducing the impact of extreme natural events.

Carl Jones, international research fellow of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and scientific director of the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, will present "The Dodo's Legacy: Conservation on Mauritius," on March 17. Jones, who is internationally recognized for saving species from extinction, will describe aspects of animal decline.

Char Miller, director of urban studies, Trinity University, and the U.S. Forest Service's centennial lecturer, will speak on "Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism," on March 24. Miller will trace the course of American environmental, social, and cultural history.

Pedro Sanchez, director of tropical agriculture, co-chair of the Millennium Project Hunger Task Force at Columbia University's Earth Institute, and winner of the 2002 World Food Prize, will give a lecture on April 21 (title to be announced).

Now in its eighth year, the Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series, named for the Pulitzer-winning local nature writer, presents eminent speakers from across the nation addressing issues of the environment from various perspectives.