SciTalk - Climate Change
Join us Monday, January 31st from 5 - 6:30pm for a live feed discussion with climate change expert Dr. Ralph Cicerone. The discussion is taking place at the Saint Louis Science Center and we have been invited to participate!
Admission is free with a $5 suggested donation.
Ralph J. Cicerone is an American atmospheric scientist, a former chancellor of UC Irvine, and currently president of the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Cicerone was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in electrical engineering, and obtained masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois. He joined the University of Michigan as a research scientist, later holding faculty positions in electrical and computer engineering. In 1978 he moved to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego as a research chemist. He was appointed senior scientist and director of the Atmospheric Chemistry Division at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado in 1980. He held this position until 1989 when he joined the University of California, Irvine as Professor of Earth System Science and chaired the department of Earth System Science from 1989-94, when he became Dean of Physical Sciences. In 1998 he became Chancellor of UC Irvine and served in that position until 2005, when he left to head the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Cicerone currently holds the titles Chancellor Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Earth System Science.
Dr. Cicerone was recognized on the citation for the 1995 Nobel Prize in chemistry awarded to colleague F. Sherwood Rowland. He has presented invited testimony to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on a number of occasions. Dr. Cicerone has helped to highlight the contribution of methane generated by livestock flatulence and eructation to global warming, indicating it is a “serious topic.” He states, “Methane is the second-most-important greenhouse gas in the atmosphere now. The population of beef cattle and dairy cattle has grown so much that methane from cows now is big. This is not a trivial issue."