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Confronting Climate Change Symposium on MU Campus

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Confronting Climate Change
12th Annual Life Sciences and Society Program Symposium
March 12 & 17-19, 2016
Monsanto Auditorium
Bond Life Sciences Center
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
The Annual Life Sciences and Society Program Syposium will focus on "Confronting Climate Change."  See all the details below and on the LSSP website.   Registration for the Symposium is now open; REGISTER TODAY!  While all events are free and open to the public, registration is requested.

Big Challenges and Bigger Opportunities
March 12, 10:30am in Monsanto Auditorium

Richard Alley is a professor at Pennsylvania State University, an environmental scientist, PBS host, book author, and one of the contributors to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

A Journalist's Anthropocene Journey
March 17, 7:00pm in Monsanto Auditorium

Andrew Revkin is a journalist, author and educator who has been covering science and the environment, from the White House to the North Pole, for more than three decades, mainly for The New York Times.

Climate Intervention: Promise and Peril
March 18, 4:00pm in Monsanto Auditorium

Marcia McNutt is the Editor-in-chief of Science and its family of journals and is currently nominated to be the next President of the National Academy of Sciences.

Natural Systems Agriculture: New Discoveries, New Opportunities
March 19, 9:00am in Monsanto Auditorium

Wes Jackson is the founder and current president of The Land Institute, which promotes science-based research into sustainable agriculture. He is a MacArthur Fellow and winner of the Right Livelihood Award

Zombies, Sports, and Cola: Implications for Weather and Climate Communication
March 19, 10:30am in Monsanto Auditorium

Marshall Shepherd is a professor of geography and the director of the atmospheric science program at the University of Georgia and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s What We Know climate panel.

The Health Consequences of a Changing Climate
March 19, 2:00pm in Monsanto Auditorium

George Luber is an epidemiologist and the Associate Director for Climate Change in the Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects at the National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Climate Change Denial: Where do we go from here?
March 19, 3:30pm in Monsanto Auditorium

Naomi Oreskes is a professor at Harvard University, as well as a respected essayist and author. Her 2010 book, "Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco to Global Warming”, co-authored with Erik M. Conway, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Time Book Prize.
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Facing Floods and Climate Change while Reforming Disaster Law
March 7, 1:00pm in Room 7, Hulston Hall, Missouri School of Law

Sandra Zellmer from the Nebraska College of Law will discuss how effective laws and policies could recognize and respond to the factors that subject people and communities to a climate-challenged world facing significant changes.

Panel Discussion on Faith and Climate Change
March 11, 12:00 - 1:30pm in Room 171 (Reading Room), Bond Life Sciences Center

The debate on climate change and environmentalism has taken on a faith-based component in recent years, with very public calls from some religious leaders to steward the earth (for example the 2015 Papal Encyclical Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home). Representatives of several local faiths and scholars of religious studies discuss how theology, belief, and/or faith-based practice shape perspectives on climate and environmental practice.

Film Screening: Merchants of Doubt
March 14, 5:30pm at Ragtag Cinema (followed by discussion with Mike Urban from MU Department of Geography and Sara Shipley Hiles from the Missouri School of Journalism)

Inspired by the book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, this thought-provoking documentary (directed by Robert Kenner, 2014) takes audiences on a satirically comedic and illuminating journey into the heart of climate change skepticism.

Panel Discussion on Conservation in the Anthropocene
March 16, 12:00 - 1:30pm in Adams Conference Center, MU School of Veterinary Medicine

Anthropogenic (human-caused) changes to the environment are fundamentally transforming the goals and practices of conservation. Representatives from a range of conservation agencies discuss their experiences of the challenges of working amidst shifting socioenvironmental conditions.

For more information, including full speaker bios and abstracts, visit the LSSP website.

Crop Improvement: Climate Resilience for Nutrition 20th Fall Symposium

Event date(s): Wednesday, September 25, 2019 to Friday, September 27, 2019
Location: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, 975 North Warson Road, Saint Louis, Missouri, 63132

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center will be hosting its 20th Annual Fall Symposium in St. Louis, Missouri, from 25–27 September. This year’s Symposium, Crop Improvement: Climate Resilience for Nutrition is being organized with an international focus on approaches to improving resilience, examining agricultural development through a gender lens, and exploring the pathway from agriculture to nutrition. Panel conversations will go beyond scientific and technical solutions to also address agricultural development priorities and policies.

The Symposium will begin with the presentation of the Danforth Award for Plant Science to Dr. Segenet Kelemu, Director General & CEO, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) on Wednesday, September 25. The Symposium will be held at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, 975 North Warson Road, Saint Louis, Missouri, 63132, phone: 314-587-1000. Free parking is available in lots adjacent to the building. For more information, email Tam McGuire, tmcguire [at] danforthcenter [dot] org

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Computer Science Institute for Women

Event date(s): Monday, June 27, 2016 to Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Location: University of Missouri Campus, Columbia, MO 65211