Symposium covers climate
Speaker will discuss difference between climate science and weather
Published: Friday, October 25, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 25, 2013 15:10
A Nobel Peace Prize-contributor Monday, Oct. 28, will discuss climate change and its effect on the earth at the 29th E. James Holland Symposium.
Dr. Michael E. Mann is currently the Director of Earth System Science Center and Distinguished Professor of Meteorology at Pennsylvania State University. Mann will give his lecture “Climate Change and American Values” in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center at 2 p.m. with discussion at 7:30 p.m.
“The Symposium always brings very distinguished speakers of a national stature to ASU,” Associate Professor of Art Dr. Randall Ralph Hall said. “These speakers are experts in their fields and we can learn a lot from them.”
Dr. Mann is an expert in climate change, Hall said. Climate change is a local and global issues that affects people everywhere, and his lecture should be very compelling and informative.
“I think this is an interesting topic and it will help those who attend better understand what climate change is,” freshman Alexandria Valdez said.
One goal of the symposium is to teach students the difference between climate science and weather, said Dr. Amaris R. Guardiola, committee chair and assistant professor of biology.
“One major difference between climate science and weather is the time scale,” she said.
“The time scale for climate science is on a longer scale covering centuries whereas the weather is not.”
“It would be worth it to go to the symposium and see if there is anything we are doing to harm the environment and what we can do about it,” sophomore Craig Tipton said.
The symposium committee votes on what to feature each year and is comprised of faculty members in the college of arts and sciences, Guardiola said.
“The committee strives to keep the symposium topics current and interesting to appeal to different students of all majors,” she said.
Guardiola said she thinks it is important to get scientifically involved in the world because it directly affects people.
“I hope the students will have a better understanding of what climate change is, how climate scientists generate models used to make predictions about that change and how that change may impact our area,” Guardiola said.
Students could win up to $500 for their entry in the symposium contest. All entries must relate to the topic “Climate Change and American Values,” due by Nov. 22