For his TIAS Eminent Scholar Lecture on Feb. 14, atmosphere and ocean scientist Peter Liss will explore how dispassionate and rigorous scientific research can make it possible for national and international policymakers to tackle difficult environmental challenges, such as climate change.
The Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study (TIAS) presents only one Eminent Scholar lecture each semester. The lecture begins at 4 p.m. at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center, 1002 George Bush Drive West, near the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum on Texas A&M University’s west campus in College Station. Admission is free and open to the public. The lecture is also sponsored by Texas A&M’s departments of Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences in the College of Geosciences, and by the Center for Atmospheric Chemistry and the Environment.
A professorial fellow at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, and a fellow of the Royal Society, Liss is best known for his scientific work on the biogeochemical interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere. His research reveals how gases that are formed biologically in the surface oceans can affect atmospheric chemistry and physics.
In his lecture, titled “What on Earth are We Doing? – Lessons from the Past to Help Solve Future Environmental and Climate Problems,” Liss will demonstrate how scientists have helped policymakers deal with past environmental issues by conducting objective research that provides the hard information and analytical insights required to craft sound policies.
Liss joined TIAS as a Faculty Fellow in 2013 and collaborates with faculty-researchers in the departments of Oceanography and Atmospheric Sciences in the College of Geosciences. He was the first recipient of the Challenger Society Medal, and has received the Plymouth Marine Sciences Medal as well as the John Jeyes Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He was inducted as a fellow of the American Geophysical Union in December. He is a guest professor of the Ocean University of Qingdao, China, and is a member of Academia Europaea.
For more information about the TIAS Eminent Scholar Lecture, contact Lisa Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (979) 458-4989.
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