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by Jennifer Ching, staff writer


Dr. Stephen Schneider, a professor at Stanford University and an internationally recognized expert on climate change who was one of the group of climatologists who received a Nobel Prize in 2007, will give a series of lectures at HPU.

Schneider is the Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies. His first lecture, at 2 p.m. on April 1, will be Global Warming: Is the Science Settled Enough for Policy? at the Paul and Vi Loo Theatre at the Hawai‘i Loa campus.

He will repeat the lecture at 7 p.m. at Tenney Theatre at Saint Andrew’s Cathedral. This is the only lecture that is open to the public.

On April 2, Schneider will give two one-hour lectures on the topic Global Warming: Teaching and Learning Complex Science without Oversimplifying at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the rRed Elephant on Bethel Street.

“ It’s a great privilege to have a Nobel laureate visit the HPU campus to talk about climate change at a time when sustainability on our campus and in Hawai‘i is becoming such a high priority in the minds of faculty and students,” said Hedlund.

The lecture series is one component of a global learning network project in which HPU is participating with 15 other colleges and universities, according to Hedlund. The network, Shared Futures: General Education for Global Learning, is part of a larger program initiative of the American Association of Colleges and Universities (ACC&U).

The project provided partial support and a context for the Global Learning First-Year Seminars conducted during the 2006 and 2007 fall semesters, said Hedlund.

Schneider is a professor of biological sciences, professor (by courtesy) of civil and environmental engineering, and a Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University.
Schneider has been actively involved with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an initiative of the United Nations Environment Program and the World Meteorological Organization since its origin in 1988.

After decades of work, Schneider, along with four generations of IPCC authors, received a collective Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for their joint efforts. He will offer insights that derive from his work on evaluating the consequences of climate change outcomes to determine those that may be considered “dangerous.”



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