News Release

REF NO.: 129

SUBJECT: Elizabeth R. Laird lecturer to discuss global warming

DATE: February 8, 2010

The Canada Research Chair in Climate Modeling and Analysis will deliver the Elizabeth R. Laird Lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 16.
In a lecture titled Global Warming: The scale of the Problem and the Path to the Solution, Dr. Andrew J. Weaver will present the foundations of the science of global warming and lead a discussion of our present climate framed within a historical perspective of the Earth’s climate over the last 800,000 years.
While summarizing the range of projections of climate change over the next century and the public confusion arising from the media portrayal of the science and its entry into the political arena, Dr. Weaver will also consider international policy options and how they fit within the framework of necessary actions required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
A professor in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria, Dr. Weaver is a lead author in the United Nations (UN) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change second, third and fourth scientific assessments, and is currently the chief editor of the Journal of Climate. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and the American Meteorological Society, he has also been appointed to the Order of British Columbia. His book Keeping our Cool: Canada in a Warming World was published by Viking Canada in September 2008.
His public lecture will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. on the St. John’s campus in the Inco Innovation Centre, room IIC-2001. Admission is free with parking available in Lot 15.
Elizabeth R. Laird
Dr. Elizabeth R. Laird was a prominent Canadian physicist who held posts at Yale, Cambridge, Chicago, Mount Holyoke and Western Ontario in the first half of the 20th century. Upon her death in London, England in 1969, Memorial was among a number of high ranking Canadian universities to be named a beneficiary of her will. The bequest was to be held and used as a lecture fund for the purpose of providing occasional public lectures in the field of science or social studies to be given by Canadian lecturers. The first lecture was held in 1980.

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