Climate Change Issues Update :: December 1, 2018

All sessions are in the Marlyn E. Lugar Courtroom except for the lunch and keynote, which will be in the College's Event Hall.

9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks

Ann Chester
Director, Health Sciences and Technology Academy
West Virginia University

9:10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Communication: Our Most Important Tool for Solving the Climate Crisis

Joshua Murphy
Research Assistant
Center for Climate Change Communication

Michael Svoboda
Assistant Professor of Writing
George Washington University
Contributor, Yale Climate Connections

Dylan Selterman
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
University of Maryland

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 p.m
Morning Break 

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Climate Communication in the Academy, the Laboratory, and the Classroom: Voices of Experience

Amy Hessl
Professor of Geography
West Virginia University

Brandi Gaertner
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
Alderson Broaddus University
Doctoral Candidate in Hydrology
West Virginia University

Tina Cartwright
Associate Professor of Science Education
Marshall University
Science Education Specialist Cabell County (WV) Schools
Former West Virginia State Climatologist

12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch and Keynote Address

Emily Calandrelli (“The Space Gal”), MIT-engineer turned Emmy-nominated science communicator, correspondent for Bill Nye Saves the World, Executive Producer and host of FOX’s Xploration Outer Space, author of science children's book series, Ada Lace Adventures

1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Methane Emissions: What is the Present Danger, and What is Achievable?

Zachary Barkley
Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science
Penn State University

Kenneth Davis
Professor of Atmospheric and Climate Science
Penn State University

Derek Johnson
Associate Professor
Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
West Virginia University

Omar Abdul-Aziz
Associate Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
West Virginia University

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Methane Emissions: Surveying the Legal Landscape

Joshua Fershee
Professor of Law
West Virginia University College of Law

Andrew Williams
Director of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs for U.S. Climate and Energy
Environmental Defense Fund

3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Afternoon break

3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
Solar Power in Coal Country: Obstacles and Opportunities

Evan Hansen
Downstream Strategies

Autumn Long
West Virginia Program Director
Solar United Neighbors

4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Putting a Price on Carbon: Where are We Headed?

Kurt Waltzer
Managing Director
Clean Air Task Force

Jim Probst
West Virginia State Coordinator
Citizens’ Climate Lobby

5:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
Closing Remarks

Rafe Pomerance
Chairman, Arctic 21
Former President, Friends of the Earth