Distinguished Lecture Series Presents Nobel Prize-Winning Scientist Susan Solomon

By Kathleen Tuck |  

The Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series at Boise State University presents climate scientist and Nobel Laureate Susan Solomon at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in the Student Union Jordan Ballroom. The lecture is free and no tickets are required. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Free parking is available in the Lincoln Avenue Garage at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and University Drive.

Solomon’s remarks, titled “A Tale for Our Times: Something for Everyone about Climate Change and the Reasons for Climate Gridlock,” will provide scientific information to help people better understand the dual challenges of science and climate change. She also will address why international agreement on climate change policy has proven particularly difficult.

Solomon is internationally recognized as a leader in atmospheric science, particularly for her insights in explaining the cause of the Antarctic ozone “hole” and for her leadership of the 2007 science report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In 2007 she won the Nobel Prize along with Al Gore and other IPCC members. She currently focuses on issues relating to both atmospheric chemistry and climate change.

Solomon’s research has helped institute a global ban on the chemicals that destroy atmospheric ozone and threaten human health. Her work connecting volcanic chlorofluorocarbons to increased damage to the ozone layer formed the basis of the U.S. Montreal Protocol, an international agreement to protect the ozone layer by regulating damaging chemicals.

Solomon was a scientist at NOAA for 20 years and is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The author of a popular book on Antarctic history titled “The Coldest March,” she has won the Volvo Environment Prize (2009), Great Medal of the Academy of Sciences of France (2008), William Bowie Medal (2007), Blue Planet Prize (2004), Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal (2000) and National Medal of Science (1999), among other awards, and has an Antarctic glacier named in her honor. In 2008, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The Distinguished Lecture Series features speakers who have had major impacts in politics, the arts, science, business or other realms of contemporary significance. Former speakers in the series include environmental architect William McDonough, National Book Award winner Jonathan Kozol, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, Nobel laureate in Economics Joseph Stiglitz, biologist E.O. Wilson and Nobel Peace Prize recipient and former president of Poland Lech Walesa, among others. Learn more at boisestate.edu/distinguishedlectures.

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