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Harvard science historian Naomi Oreskes to deliver the talk, “Climate Change: What Next?” on April 27, 2017

Harvard science historian Naomi Oreskes will deliver the third annual Pauline Newman ’47 Distinguished Lecture in Science, Technology, and Society on Thursday, April 27, 5:00pm in Rockefeller Hall, room 200. Oreskes’s talk, “Climate Change: What Next?” will draw from her extensive research. This event is free and open to the public. 

Oreskes is Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Harvard University. A world-renowned historian of science, she is the author of over 100 scholarly and popular books, articles, and opinion pieces. Her 2004 essay "The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change," cited by Al Gore in An Inconvenient Truth (2006), led to op-ed pieces in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and to Congressional testimony in the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. 

Her book Merchants of Doubt (co-authoried with Erik M. Conway) was short-listed for the Los Angeles Times book prize and released as a documentary film by the same name in 2015. Most recently, Oreskes wrote the introduction to the Melville House edition of the Papal Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality, and, with John Krige, edited Science and Technology in the Global Cold War.  Her books have been translated into nine languages, and she has won numerous prizes and awards, including the 2014 American Geophysical Union Presidential Citation for Science and Society, the 2015 Public Service Award of the Geological Society of America, and the 2015 Herbert Feis Prize of the American Historical Association for her contributions to public history.

This event is sponsored by the Program in Science, Technology, and Society. 

About the Pauline Newman ’47 Distinguished Lecture in Science, Technology, and Society
The Honorable Pauline Newman, the lecture’s namesake, graduated from Vassar in 1947, and went on to earn a PhD in chemistry from Yale University and an LL.B. from New York University School of Law. Her early career involved work in research, patent law, and policy work. Since 1984 Judge Newman has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Her distinguished career as a jurist has included authoring many important opinions in the field of intellectual property and patent law, and more broadly, she has been involved in many decisions that have bridged issues of importance for the practice and application of science and technology, for government, business and academia.

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Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, March 28, 2017