Ralph J. Cicerone Speaks on Climate Change

Dr. Ralph J. Cicerone

One of the nation’s leading experts on climate change, Dr. Ralph J. Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), will outline ways to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and other mitigation strategies, such as geoengineering, in an appearance at Sarah Lawrence College.

Titled “Climate Change: Human Causes and Responses,” Cicerone’s lecture will take place on February 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the Donnelley Lecture Hall in the Heimbold Visual Arts Center, a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified green building.  The public is invited.

An atmospheric scientist whose research in atmospheric chemistry and climate change has involved him in shaping science and environmental policy at the highest levels internationally, Cicerone was recognized on the citation for the 1995 Nobel Prize in chemistry awarded to University of California, Irvine colleague and atmospheric scientist F. Sherwood Rowland. The Franklin Institute recognized Cicerone’s fundamental contributions to the understanding of greenhouse gases and ozone depletion – as well as his public policy leadership in protecting the global environment – by selecting him as the 1999 laureate for the Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science, one of the most prestigious American science awards.

In 2001, he led an NAS study of the current state of climate change and its impact on the environment and human health, requested by President George W. Bush. The American Geophysical Union awarded Cicerone its 2002 Roger Revelle Medal for outstanding research contributions to the understanding of Earth’s atmospheric processes, biogeochemical cycles, or other key elements of the climate system. In 2004, the World Cultural Council honored him with another of the scientific community’s most distinguished awards, the Albert Einstein World Award in Science.

Prior to becoming NAS president, Cicerone was the chancellor of the University of California, Irvine from 1998 to 2005. He is a member of the NAS, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He has served as president of the American Geophysical Union, the world’s largest society of earth scientists, and he received its James B. Macelwane Award in 1979 for outstanding contributions to geophysics. He has published about 100 refereed papers and 200 conference papers, and has presented invited testimony to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on a number of occasions. Cicerone received his bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Both his master’s and doctoral degrees are from the University of Illinois.

Cicerone’s talk at Sarah Lawrence is part a year-long series of special events marking the inauguration of Karen R. Lawrence as the College’s 10th President in October 2007.

“I’m truly honored that Dr. Cicerone agreed to speak on campus about this important and timely subject,” said President Lawrence, who was a colleague of Cicerone’s at UC-Irvine, where she was Dean of the School of Humanities from 1998 until 2007.  “Under his leadership, the NAS continues to press forward with research on the science of climate change and contribute to crucial conversation at the intersection of science, policy, and technology.”