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Honors Colloquium

Fall 2008 Honors Colloquium

National Academy of Sciences president to discuss "causes and responses” to climate change, Oct. 21 at URI

Ralph CiceroneRalph Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences and renowned atmospheric chemist, will discuss "Global Climate Change: Human Causes and Responses" as part of the University of Rhode Island’s annual fall Honors Colloquium.

Free and open to the public, the lecture will be held Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Edwards Auditorium on URI’s Kingston Campus.

The 2008 Honors Colloquium, “People and Planet: Global Environmental Change,” explores human-caused global change, its consequences and potential responses through a series of lectures, films, exhibits and a cabaret. Weekly events run through Dec. 9.

Cicerone’s research in atmospheric chemistry and climate change has involved him in shaping science and environmental policy around the world. The former chancellor of the University of California at Irvine and past president of the American Geophysical Union, he was recognized by the United Nations Environment Program with its Ozone Award for his research on protecting the Earth’s ozone layer.

In 2001, Cicerone led a National Academy of Sciences study of the current state of climate change and its impact on the environment and human health, requested by President Bush. The American Geophysical Union awarded him its 2002 Roger Revelle Medal for outstanding research contributions to the understanding of key elements of Earth’s climate system and its James B. Macelwane Award in 1979 for outstanding contributions to geophysics. In 2004, the World Cultural Council honored him with the Albert Einstein World Award in Science.

Cicerone lectureThe National Academy of Sciences is a non-governmental honorific society of distinguished scholars that provides independent advice on matters of science, technology and medicine to the nation and its leaders.

Cicerone has served as a research chemist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, director of the atmospheric chemistry division of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the Daniel G. Aldrich Professor of Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine.


Major Sponsor:

The G. Unger Vetlesen Foundation

Sustaining Sponsors:

URI Office of the President; URI Honors Program; The Mark and Donna Ross Honors Colloquium Humanities Endowment; The Thomas Silvia and Shannon Chandley Honors Colloquium Endowment.

Leadership Sponsors:

URI Graduate School of Oceanography and URI College of Arts and Sciences.


Environmental Data Center, URI Department of Natural Resources Science; R.I. Center for the Book at Providence Public Library; R.I. Office of Library and Information Services; R.I. Sea Grant College Program; U.S. E.P.A. Office of Research and Development, Atlantic Ecology Division; URI Classroom Media Services; URI Coastal Institute; URI College of Business Administration; URI College of Engineering; URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences; URI College of Human Science and Services; URI College of Nursing; URI College of Pharmacy; URI Division of Student Affairs; URI Division of University Advancement and the URI Alumni Association; URI Foundation; URI Office of the Provost; URI Office of the Vice President for Administration; URI Office of the Vice Provost for Information Technology Services; URI University College.

Colloquium Coordinators:

Professor Steven D'Hondt, Graduate School of Oceanography;
Professor Arthur Spivack, Graduate School of Oceanography;
Professor Judith Swift, Theatre and Communication Studies.

For information about ways to support the Honors Colloquium, contact Tom Zorabedian at 401-874-2853 or