Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 6:30pm
Penn State Campus: 
University Park
Location or Building Name: 
Freeman Hall, HUB-Robeson Center

A panel of experts in climate sciences gather to discuss relevant climate change topics related to Earth observations, Earth System modeling, and policy. They will also answer your questions about the topic.

The roundtable will be moderated by Gregory S. Jenkins and will feature:

  • Sridhar Anandakrishnan
  • Jenni Evans
  • Michael Mann
  • Warren Washington

Bios for Climate Change Panel

sridhar.jpgSridhar Anandakrishnan is a Professor in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth & Environmental Systems Institute at Penn State.  His area of research includes the Polar regions of the Earth (Antarctica and the Arctic). He uses geophysical methods to understand the relationship between the ice sheets, the rocks beneath the ice, and the impacts of ongoing climate change.




Evans.jpgJenni L. Evans is the Director of Penn State’s Institute for CyberScience (ICS) and Professor of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science.   The landfall of Tropical Cyclone Tracy in her home country of Australia in 1974 inspired her interest in hurricanes. Her research spans hurricane evolution, the “extratropical transition” of hurricanes [events like Hurricane Sandy (2012)], interactions between hurricanes and the climate/climate change, subtropical cyclones, the impacts of African Easterly Waves on rainfall in West Africa and on tropical cyclone formation, hurricane impacts on insurance rates in Florida, factors impacting the maximum intensity and structure of hurricanes, and the “music of hurricanes.”  She is the 2018 American Meteorological Society President-Elect.



Mann.jpgMichael E. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University. He is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including the Hans Oeschger Medal of the EGU, the National Conservation Achievement Award of the National Wildlife Foundation, the Friend of the Planet Award from the NCSE, and the Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication. He made Bloomberg News' list of fifty most influential people in 2013. He has authored more than 200 publications, and four books including Dire Predictions, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, The Madhouse Effect, and The Tantrum that Saved the World.



Washington.jpgWarren M. Washington is a Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. His group uses state-of-the-art computer climate models to study present and future climate change.  He has engaged in research for more than fifty years.  He has had Presidential Appointments under the Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and Bush, Jr. Administrations. More recently, he served on the National Science Board, which governs the National Science Foundation from 1994 to 2006 and he was Chair from 2002 to 2006. He has over 150 publications and co-authored with Claire Parkinson a book considered a standard reference on climate modeling. Dr. Washington has many awards including being a member of the National Academy of Engineering, President of the American Meteorological Society (1994), a member and now vice President of the American Philosophical Society and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In November 2010, he was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Obama, the nation’s highest science award. The citation for this award is for his development and use of global climate models to understand climate and explain the role of human activities and natural processes in the Earth’s climate system and for his work to support a diverse science and engineering workforce.


GJenkins.jpgGregory S. Jenkins is a Professor in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences at Penn State University and the Director of the Alliance for Education, Science, Engineering and Design in Africa (AESEDA). His research focus is on weather, climate and air quality in West Africa. He is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, a member of HistoryMakers and a recipient of the Way Pavers award from Penn State in 2018. He is the director of the EnvironMentors program at Penn State, which is designed to encourage underrepresented students to seek careers in STEM.

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