Geoscientist, PBS host Richard Alley talks climate change Nov. 8 at PSU
Author: David Santen, Office of University Communications
Posted: October 21, 2011

Geoscientist, PBS host Richard Alley talks tipping points, climate change, Nov. 8 at PSU

Pennsylvania State University professor of geosciences, author, and PBS 
television host Richard Alley will give a free public lecture, "Tiptoeing Past Tipping Points: Ice Cores and Abrupt Climate Change."

Alley hosts the PBS series “Earth: The Operator's Manual.” He is widely recognized for his ability to communicate complicated technical material to any audience, has testified before Congress and appeared in television documentaries. His popular account of climate change and ice cores, The Two-Mile Time Machine (Princeton University Press) was chosen science book of the year by Phi Beta Kappa in 2001.

Richard Alley is the Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at Penn State. His research in glaciology and climate change spans a range of topics, including ice crystallography, glacier dynamics, and ice core analysis. At home in both the laboratory and the deep field, his experience includes three field seasons in Antarctica, eight in Greenland and three in Alaska.

A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Alley has participated in Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessments since 1992. In 2007 he was a lead author in the panel's Fourth Assessment Report.

Noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, November 8, 2011

PSU Science Research & Teaching Center Atrium, Room 247 (NOTE: UPDATED ROOM #)
1719 S.W. 10th Ave., Portland, Ore.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Department of Geology, 503-725-3022.

Richard Alley’s lecture is sponsored by the Department of Geology at Portland State University, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the National Science Foundation, and Passport to Knowledge/Geoff Haines-Stiles Productions Inc.

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October 21,2011
For Immediate Release (#11-125)