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Environmental Wars. Conference 2006. Part 1
Dr. Michael Shermer
Conversion of an Environmental Skeptic
Michael Shermer is the Publisher of Skeptic magazine, the Executive Director of the Skeptics Society, and a monthly columnist for Scientific American. He is the author of Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design, Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown, The Science of Good and Evil, In Darwin’s Shadow: The Life and Science of Alfred Russel Wallace, The Borderlands of Science, Denying History, How We Believe: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God, and Why People Believe Weird Things.
Dr. David Baltimore
Science & Politics: An Uneasy Relationship
Dr. David Baltimore is the president of Caltech and one of the world’s most influential biologists. Awarded the Nobel Prize at the age of 37 for research in virology, Baltimore has profoundly influenced national science policy on such issues as recombinant DNA research and the AIDS epidemic. He is an accomplished researcher, educator, administrator and public advocate for science and engineering. Baltimore’s numerous honors include the 1970 Gustave Stern Award in Virology, 1971 Eli Lilly and Co. Award in Microbiology and Immunology, 1999 National Medal of Science, and 2000 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1974, and is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a foreign member of both the Royal Society of London and the French Academy of Sciences. He has published more than 600 peer-reviewed articles.
Dr. David Goodstein
Out of Gas: The End of the Age of Oil
Dr. David Goodstein is Vice Provost and Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Caltech, where he has been on the faculty for more than 35 years. He was awarded the Oersted Medal of the American Association of Physics Teachers in 1999. He has served on and chaired numerous scientific and academic panels, including the National Advisory Committee to the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate of the National Science Foundation. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the California Council on Science and Technology. His books include Out of Gas, States of Matter and Feynman’s Lost Lecture. He directed and hosted The Mechanical Universe, a 1980s television series seen by millions of students. He continues to teach and conduct research in Condensed Matter Physics, and has addressed misconduct in science, the end of exponential growth of the scientific enterprise, and issues related to fossil fuel and the Earth’s climate.
Dr. Tapio Schneider
Global Climate Change: Known & Unknown
Dr. Tapio Schneider earned his Ph.D. in environmental science from Princeton and is now Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at Caltech where he conducts research in climate dynamics, large-scale circulation of atmosphere and oceans, and the role of the hydrological cycle in Earth’s climate. He is the winner of the James R. Holton Award of the American Geo-physical Union, as well as recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and of a David and Lucile Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering.
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