Vision Series

The Mason Vision Series is a forum for Mason researchers and scholars to share their work with both university colleagues and the community more generally. It is an opportunity for invited Mason faculty members to share the frontiers of their scholarship in an accessible style that also inspires lively discussion among students, faculty, staff, and the wider reaches of the community. This semester, the series will be held both in person (Merten 1201) and live streamed through GMU-TV, offering those across our community an opportunity to join and engage with faculty. To watch the events at a later date, click on the title links. Subject and speaker details are in the section below the chart.

FALL 2021 VISION SERIES SPEAKERS

DATE TITLE SPEAKER RSVP

Sept. 27, 2021
7:00 - 8:00 PM

Climate Change: Science, Politics and Ethics

Dr. Jagadish Shukla

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Nov. 30
7:00 - 8:00 PM

Topic TBA

Dr. Louise Shelley

 

Climate Change: Science, Politics and Ethics

Event Description
Climate change is one of the most challenging issues facing the world today. Climate science has firmly established that human burning of fossil fuels is the dominant cause of climate change. Therefore, with advances in science and technology, humans can reduce the harmful effects of climate change. However, adaptation to and mitigation of the impacts of global warming demands a concerted effort by governments, corporations, institutions, and individuals. In his presentation, Dr. Jagadish Shukla will focus on the physical science of climate change, while emphasizing that to truly address this issue, one also must understand the many social, economic, ethical, political, and social justice challenges it presents. He will conclude by explaining that even though time is running out, there are reasons to be hopeful about climate solutions. if we act decisively and dramatically to achieve net zero emissions by mid-century, we still have a chance to avoid climate change’s most catastrophic impacts.

Dr. Jagadish Shukla

About Dr. Shukla
Jagadish Shukla, is a recipient of the 2021 Presidential Awards for Faculty Excellence, which are awarded for excellence in research, scholarship, teaching, social impact and diversity and inclusion. At Mason since 1994, Dr. Shukla established the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies. He has challenged assumptions about the roles of chaos and the butterfly effect in limiting the predictability of seasonal mean climate by examining how air-land and air-sea interactions influence climate variability and its predictability. His work includes studies of global deforestation, desertification and monsoons as examples of phenomena in which interactions between the atmosphere, oceans, and the land surface play a critical role. The recipient of the highest awards from two international meteorological societies, Dr. Shukla has formed prominent centers and research groups and chaired several World Meteorological Organization programs. He was lead author on a chapter of the Fourth Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which, together with former Vice President Al Gore, received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.