Climate Change/Environment

Amazon Rainforest: Social and Environmental Dimensions of a Crucial World Region

Posted: July 30, 2021 at 2:52 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 7:05 pm

The world’s largest and most biodiverse tropical rainforest, Amazonia has come under increasing threat in recent years. Understanding what’s at stake for the global climate requires an appreciation for the complex entanglements of landscape, culture, and politics in the region. Solutions to the environmental crises of deforestation, land degradation, fire, and climate change lie in […]

A/V requirements: Internet Access, LCD Projector, Screen

Jeremy Campbell

The Science of Climate Change

Posted: February 21, 2020 at 3:34 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 7:02 pm

A simple description of the basic science of climate change. What is known for sure, and what is uncertain.

A/V requirements: LCD Projector, Screen

Robert Ehrlich

Lives in Ruins: Life in the Archaeological Site of Chichén Itzá

Posted: October 11, 2019 at 1:34 pm, Last Updated: June 22, 2021 at 3:41 pm

While millions of international tourists a year visit the World Heritage site of Chichén Itzá in southern Mexico and eagerly bask in its ancient wonder, few people appreciate the contemporary significance of the archaeological site. Using archival and ethnographic research, I discuss 1) how modern science and modern Maya people came to view this “ancient […]

A/V requirements: Laptop, Screen

Lisa Breglia

Cancel Culture as a New Social Conflict: Reputation Management Lessons

Posted: August 20, 2019 at 7:17 pm, Last Updated: July 12, 2021 at 7:16 pm

Reputation management has become more complicated in the context of new ethics. This presentation addresses an ongoing social conflict represented in cancel culture and moral outrage campaigns. The presentation illustrates new ways to counter reputational crises through pre-emptive inoculation and image repair strategies whether it be scientific arguments or attacks on individuals or organizations.

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD Screen

Sergei A. Samoilenko

Lyme Disease

Posted: July 23, 2019 at 6:24 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 6:07 pm

Dr. Boileau who serves on the National Capital Lyme Disease Board of Directors can talk about the presence, treatment and prevention of Lyme disease.

A/V requirements: PowerPoint

Don Boileau

Lyme Disease: Weaponized for Warfare? Truth or Science Fiction

Posted: July 22, 2019 at 6:57 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 6:07 pm

Dr. Boileau, who serves on the National Capital Lyme Disease Board of Directors talks about the issue of biochemical warfare and was Lyme disease weaponized for this purpose.

A/V requirements: None

Don Boileau

Climate Change: Preparing for the New Normal in Virginia

Posted: April 26, 2018 at 4:20 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 7:03 pm

“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” This old saying neglects the fact that all of us are inadvertently doing something about the weather – we are changing it. The reality of global climate change is now undeniable and the likelihood is high that human activities have caused the majority of […]

A/V requirements: LCD Projector and Screen

Jim Kinter

Renewable Energy, Nuclear Energy and Climate Change

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 2:45 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 7:04 pm

This talk considers the impetus to move away from fossil fuels and towards greater usage of renewable energy. It also considers the advantages and problems associated with renewable energy, a possible future for nuclear energy, and the best science-informed policy with regard to our energy future.

A/V requirements: LCD projector and screen

Robert Ehrlich

Nuclear Power — Is it Green?

Posted: September 26, 2014 at 9:30 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 7:05 pm

A discussion of the past, present and future of nuclear power, and its contribution to our quest for clean energy.

A/V requirements: LCD projector and screen

Robert Ehrlich

Conflict and Climate Change Policy

Posted: September 10, 2014 at 12:10 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 7:04 pm

Conflict over climate change is generated by the interaction of the storylines that people use to describe their positions and advocate polices. Understanding these storyline dynamics is the first step toward the design and implementation of forums where they can be explored and addressed in ways that support learning, as well as the resolution of […]

A/V requirements: LCD, Screen

Sara Cobb