NESTA Speakers at NSTA National

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NSTA National Conference in Chicago, IL

Friday, March 13, 2:00 - 3:00 in McCormick Place Skyline W375B

Dr. James White of the University of Colorado at Boulder will discuss "Abrupt Climate Change: Past, Present, and Future."

Jim White is the Director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, a Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and is also instrumental in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado (CU). He is the past Director of Environmental Studies Program at CU, which he helped to establish and grow during its first decade, and was past chair of the Polar Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences.

His research interests are broad, but all revolve around human impacts on the environment. Specific areas of research include studying the global carbon cycle, both modern and in the past, and reconstructing past environmental conditions using ice cores. He is working now on new deep ice cores in Greenland as well as Antarctica. He is an author of over one hundred and fifty peer reviewed publications, and is a Highly Cited Author in the Geosciences.

At CU he teaches a large lecture class in Environmental Studies, as well as a course on energy, the carbon cycle and climate change. He is actively engaged in exploring new paradigms of education in environmental studies, and has worked steadily to break down disciplinary barriers between the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, journalism, arts and business to better train students in the area of environmental change.

Most recently, Jim served as the Chair of the National Academies Committee on Understanding and Monitoring Abrupt Climate Change and its Impacts, which authored the report, Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises


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