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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 18, 2014

Climate scientist to give distinguished lecture Feb. 19

By Samantha Cole, media relations assistant

Michael Mann

Michael Mann

Michael Mann, a climate scientist and distinguished professor of meteorology at Penn State University, is the next featured guest of Northwest Missouri State University’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

Mann will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Mann is the author of more than 160 peer-reviewed publications and has published two books, “Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming” in 2008 and “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Line” in 2012. He also is co-founder and avid contributor to the award-winning science website

“Dr. Mann widely is regarded as the leading climate scientist in North America today for his expertise, not only in understanding how climate varies and what factors force that change, but also in creating models that allow us to predict how climate will change in the future,” said Dr. Aaron Johnson, associate professor of geology and coordinator of the lecture series. “In a region where agriculture is of paramount importance to our economy, understanding how climate works and what the future may hold will be critical as we move forward into the middle of the 21st century.”

After he received his undergraduate degrees in physics and applied math from the University of California at Berkeley, Mann earned his master’s degree in physics from Yale University, and a doctorate degree in geology and geophysics from Yale. His research involves the use of theoretical models and observational data to better understand Earth’s climate system.

Mann has received a number of honors and awards including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s outstanding publication award in 2002, the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union in 2012 and the National Conservation Achievement Award for science by the National Wildlife Federation in 2013. He also contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on its 2007 Nobel Peace Prize award with Al Gore.

He was also selected by Scientific American as one of the 50 leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002, and made Bloomberg News’ list of 50 most influential people in 2013.

“Throughout his career, Dr. Mann has been a voice of optimism, noting that we can do much to ease our impact on climate,” Johnson said. “I expect that he will provide tremendous insight into climate, show us strong evidence that human activities are, in part, responsible for that change, and encourage us to work to minimize that impact for the benefit of all who call Earth home.”

To learn more about Mann, visit his official website at

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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