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What IF We Ignore Climate Change?
Start Date: 12/12/2018Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Date: 12/12/2018End Time: 8:30 PM

Event Description:


Boilermakers Look to the Future: Can We Hammer Down Climate Change?

Join the Purdue Alumni Association, the Purdue Alumni Club of Washington, DC, and the Purdue Climate Change Research Center for a panel discussion on the social, political, and scientific aspects of climate change, one of today’s most pressing global issues.

An alarming new report issued by the United Nations warns that we must limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius or risk a "life-or-death situation" for hundreds of millions of people and for ecosystems around the world.

Is this goal wishful thinking?
Is a future “Hothouse Earth” inevitable?
Or is the rhetoric overheated?

A team of Purdue climate change experts will discuss these issues plus the questions that are heating up your conversations.

Valet parking is available for $20.

RSVP by December 10.

Opening Remarks

Tomas Diaz de la Rubia

Tomás Díaz de la Rubia
Tomás is Purdue University’s chief scientist and executive director of Discovery Park. In this position, he is responsible for an interdisciplinary research complex within Purdue University composed of fourteen centers and institutes that focus on new approaches to major national and global challenges in health and life sciences, energy and sustainability, and national security and defense. Discovery Park brings together approximately 1000 faculty members from across the entire campus, in addition to hundreds of graduate and undergraduate students. Tomás is also a professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and of Strategic Management (by Courtesy) in the Krannert School of Management.


Jeff Dukes

Jeff Dukes
Jeff directs the Purdue Climate Change Research Center and is a professor in the Departments of Forestry and Natural Resources and Biological Sciences. He holds the Belcher Chair for Environmental Sustainability in the College of Agriculture. Jeff’s research examines how plants and ecosystems respond to a changing environment, focusing on topics from invasive species to climate change.


Matthew Huber

Matthew Huber
Matthew’s work aims for a better understanding of and ability to predict the dynamics of the climate system with an emphasis on investigating past warm climates as a window into future behavior. Much of this work focuses on atmosphere-ocean dynamics with an emphasis on hot conditions, e.g. the tropics. Always on his mind are the implications of changing climates for life and humanity. His current research centers on reconstructing past tropical climates and inferring the upper limits of heat stress in land- and ocean-dwelling life. Matt is a professor in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences.

Manjana Milkoreit

Manjana Milkoreit
Manjana’s research integrates international relations scholarship and cognitive theory to study global climate change politics and diplomacy. She is interested in governance challenges at the science-policy and science-society interfaces that impact the search for and implementation of sustainable solutions to climate change. Two major topics dominate her current research: the challenges of future thinking (scientifically informed imagination) in climate change policy and decision-making, and the design of effective review mechanisms under the Paris Agreement. Manjana is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science.

Dan Chavas

Dan Chavas
Dan studies meteorological hazards and their impacts, including hurricanes, tornadoes, and winter weather. The goal of his research group is to better understand the basic physics of these phenomena and how they are influenced by climate, motivated by the need to better understand the risks these events pose to society. He is also interested in the economics, policy, and sociology of climate change, as well as the interaction of policy-relevant science with policy-makers, the media, and the general public. Dan is an assistant professor in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences.

Linda Prokopy

Linda Prokopy
Linda’s research and extension primarily focus on understanding how farmers and farm advisors in the agricultural Midwest make decisions to promote a sustainable environment in the context of a changing climate. She is internationally recognized as an expert on what motivates farmers to adopt conservation and climate-adaptive practices. Along with Manjana and Matt, she is engaged in the international climate policy arena with a serious game that attempts to inform decision-makers about the importance of avoiding climate tipping points. Linda is a professor in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources.

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Name: Maria Whipple

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