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Last modified: Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Climate expert to deliver Bonser Distinguished Lecture at Indiana University

Oct. 8, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Stephen H. Schneider, one of the world's leading experts on climate change science, will present the 2008 Charles F. Bonser Distinguished Lecture at Indiana University, sponsored by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Kelley School of Business. The topic is "Changing the Course of Global Climate Change."

On Monday (Oct. 13), Schneider will answer questions following a screening of "The 11th Hour," a documentary film about climate change. The film is narrated by actor Leonardo DiCaprio and includes Schneider as one of several featured experts. The screening starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave. in downtown Bloomington.

On Tuesday (Oct. 14), Schneider will deliver a lecture titled "Does U.S. Climate Policy Really Matter?" at 5:30 p.m. in the Whittenberger Auditorium at the Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St. Both events are free and open to the public. At the film screening, audience members arriving via public transportation will receive free popcorn.

Stephen Schneider

Stephen Schneider

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Schneider is the Melvin and Joan Lane professor of Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies in the Department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University. He is a senior fellow at the Center for Environmental Sciences and Policy in Stanford's Institute for International Studies and has been actively involved with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Rafael Reuveny, professor of public and environmental affairs at IU Bloomington, said Schneider is "one of the topmost experts in the world" on the subject of climate change.

"His advice and insight have been widely sought after by governments and academics, and he is regularly invited to speak on this subject," Reuveny said. "Professor Schneider takes a scientific, evidence-based approach to climate change. We can count on his lecture to provide the most up-to-date facts about climate change and to coldly evaluate its causes and its possible effects in the future."

Schneider, who received a MacArthur Fellowship in 1992, is internationally recognized for research, policy analysis and outreach in climate change, with his work focusing on climate change science, integrated assessment of ecological and economic impacts of human-induced climate change, and identifying viable climate policies and technological solutions.

He served as a consultant to federal agencies and/or the White House staff in the Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr., Clinton and Bush Jr. administrations. He received the American Association for the Advancement of Science/Westinghouse Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology in 1991. He was elected to membership in the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2002.

He founded the journal Climatic Change in 1975 and continues to serve as its editor. He is editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather and the author of The Genesis Strategy: Climate and Global Survival; The Coevolution of Climate and Life; Global Warming: Are We Entering the Greenhouse Century? and Laboratory Earth: The Planetary Gamble We Can't Afford to Lose. He is a frequent contributor to print and broadcast media and has appeared on "Nova," "Planet Earth," "Nightline," "The Today Show" and other programs.

The Bonser Distinguished Lecture honors Charles F. Bonser, Dean Emeritus and Ameritech Professor Emeritus in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Bonser, a former associate dean in the School of Business, was founding dean of SPEA and headed the school for 17 years. The lectures are designed to bring to campus prominent and influential figures in academic, business and politics to speak on complex interactions between business and public policy.