Climate Change/Environment

International Food Assistance, Food Security, and National Security

Posted: November 6, 2023 at 3:54 pm

Food Insecurity is one of the most critical problems confronting the global community in the Twenty-First Century. Despite numerous national and international efforts over the past 60 years, its elimination remains elusive due to a complex array of environmental and human factors. Despite the existence an adequate supply of food to feed the global population […]

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

Phil Thomas

Extreme Heat in Cities: Drivers and Solutions

Posted: October 2, 2023 at 6:38 pm

A brief overview on the topic of extreme heat and its various drivers at the local and regional scale. The speaker will show the special case of cities and how they modify local climates to impact extreme heat, as well as discuss urban scale solutions and how they reduce the impacts of heat and energy […]

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD Projector

Luis Ortiz

Renewable and Non-Renewable Energy Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Posted: April 14, 2023 at 2:45 pm, Last Updated: April 14, 2023 at 2:46 pm

This talk addresses the scientific and social concepts associated with renewable and non-renewable energy and the environment. It will provide an overview of the physical concept of energy as well as the scientific thoughts and processes. The talk examines both the non-renewable and renewable sources of energy in use today alongside the viable alternatives for […]

A/V requirements: Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen

Harold Geller

Good News and Bad News on Climate Change

Posted: April 27, 2022 at 1:42 pm

Many descriptions of the future of climate change can leave one with the impression that the future will very likely be bleak unless drastic interventions are taken. In fact, a realistic assessment suggests there are likely actions humanity can take to prevent catastrophe.

A/V requirements: LCD projector and screen

Robert Ehrlich (no evening engagements)

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 (no evening engagements)

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

Posted: October 11, 2019 at 1:34 pm, Last Updated: May 30, 2023 at 4:48 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: June 21, 2022 at 7:02 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 (no evening engagements)

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 (no evening engagements)