Climate change will be focus of speech

Climate change will be focus of speech

URBANA — A George Mason University professor will deliver a lecture on climate change later this month on the University of Illinois campus.

Edward Maibach, director of the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason, will discuss how climate change can affect the Earth and people's lives. His lecture is called "Public Opinion on Climate Change: What Is It, What Influences It and Does It Matter?"

The talk will begin at 7 p.m. Nov. 14, in 100 Noyes Laboratory, 505 S. Mathews Ave., U. A reception will follow in the foyer on the Quad side of the building.

Maibach's research focuses on public engagement in climate change mitigation and adaptation. He co-chairs the Engagement and Communication Working Group of the National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee. He served as associate director of the National Cancer Institute, the worldwide director of social marketing at Porter Novelli and the chairman of the board for Kidsave International.

The lecture series honors Charles David Keeling, an analytical chemist at the UI and member of the National Academy of Sciences. The Keeling lecture series is sponsored by the UI's Department of Chemistry; the School of Chemical Sciences; the Department of Atmospheric Sciences; the School of Earth, Society and Environment; the School of Integrative Biology; and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Maibach earned a bachelor's degree in social psychology at the University of California at San Diego in 1980, a master's in public health in health promotion from San Diego State University in 1983 and a doctorate in communication science from Stanford University in 1990.

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