Climate change topic of George Fox lecture
George Fox University has chosen the subject of climate change for its annual Dalton Lecture on March 11, inviting Dr. Richard Lindroth from the University of Wisconsin-Madison to discuss one of the most important and often contentious issues of this century.
"More than any other arena of human endeavor over the last century, science has revealed the true nature of how the world works and has fostered technologies that have transformed civilization," Lindroth said in a release. "Yet now, in a world of individual truths and alternative facts, the value of science is being challenged like never before. For no field of science is this more important than climate change, which threatens to unravel, within decades, the very fabric of civilization."
Lindroth will provide a presentation to attendees titled, "Two Degrees of Separation: Climate Change and the Pursuit of Truth in a Post-truth World." In it, he will explore why people choose to deny science, how people perceive facts and how science can be better communicated to people regardless of their political beliefs.
The presentation will take place at 7:30 p.m. March 11 in the Bauman Auditorium. Afterward, there will be a student research poster session and dessert reception in the lobby of the auditorium.
An Illinois native, Lindroth's expertise in climate change and climate science includes, according to the release, evolutionary ecology and global change ecology in forest ecosystems. He has won multiple awards and served on editorial boards for scientific journals as well as grant panels.
His education includes a bachelor's degree in wildlife biology from Iowa State University and a doctorate in ecology from the University of Illinois-Urbana.
He has been on staff at University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1988, when he joined the entomology department as an assistant professor.
Since then Lindroth has built a decorated career in scientific education, playing a key role in many important ecological projects and exploring the topic of climate change with great depth.
"He has mentored 24 graduate students and 21 postdoctoral scientists," the release said. "Together, they have published more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters …. He has been a Fulbright Fellow and is a fellow of the Ecological Society of America, the Entomological Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science."
Lindroth's visit to GFU will include more than just a presentation. He plans to visit a classroom that day to present a lecture about chemistry and ecology to GFU students. The public is welcome to attend the lecture.
The GFU departments of biology, chemistry and biochemistry sponsored the entire day's worth of speeches by Lindroth. His is the ninth Dalton Lecture – a tradition that was started by GFU in an effort to bring prominent scientists to the university who are also Christian. For more information on Lindroth's lecture, call 503-554-2710 or visit www.georgefox.edu/daltonlecture.