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Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences to speak on Earth Day

Dr. Richard Alley
3/27/2008 —
On April 22, Earth Day, the campus will be welcoming Professor Richard Alley to Penn State Schuylkill. 

Dr. Richard Alley is Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences and Associate of the Earth System Science Center at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, where he has worked since 1988. He was graduated with the Ph.D. in 1987 from the University of Wisconsin—Madison and with M.Sc. (1983) and B.Sc. (1980) degrees from the Ohio State University—Columbus, all in Geology. Dr. Alley teaches, and conducts research on the climatic records, flow behavior, and sedimentary deposits of large ice sheets, to aid in prediction of future changes in climate and sea level. His experience includes three field seasons in Antarctica, eight in Greenland, and three in Alaska.

Dr. Alley is a member of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which shares the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore.  His other awards include a Packard Fellowship, a Presidential Young Investigator Award, the Horton Award of the American Geophysical Union Hydrology Section and Fellowship in the Union, the Wilson Teaching Award and the Mitchell Innovative Teaching Award of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and the Faculty Scholar Medal in Science at Penn State, the first Agassiz Medal of the European Geosciences Union Cryospheric Section, and the Seligman Crystal of the International Glaciological Society.

Dr. Alley has served on a variety of advisory panels and steering committees for the National Science Foundation, targeted research activities, and professional societies, including the congressionally mandated Antarctic External Review Panel and the Polar Research Board, and has provided advice to numerous government officials in multiple administrations including a US Vice President, the President's Science Advisor, and a Senate Committee.

Dr. Alley will be speaking at 7:00 p.m. in Morgan Auditorium on the topic, "Get Rich and Save the World:  Global Warming, Peak (Whale) Oil, and Our Future."  This program is free and open to the public.

For information, contact the office of Community Relations at 507-385-6152

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