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Climate Scientist Next Speaker in Sustainability Lecture Series

Curry_JudithCOLUMBUS, Ga. — A climate scientist with a reputation for engaging with climate change skeptics will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24 at Columbus State University’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center auditorium.

Judith A. Curry, professor and chair in Georgia Tech’s School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, will be the second speaker in an Oxbow Meadows-organized series of lectures focusing on sustainability.

Curry’s presentation is free and open to the public.

She’s expected to speak on many topics related to climate change, including the science of climate change, its impact in the Southeast, carbon reduction challenges and options to reduce vulnerability to extreme events.

The New York Times described Curry in 2010 as a scientist with no skepticism about how humans influence climate change. But the NYT opinion piece noted “she’s deeply troubled by the tribal nature of … the climate science community and what she sees as ill-advised stonewalling on releasing data and interpretations of data for review and independent analysis.”

Curry, who’s been at Georgia Tech since 2002, has served in an advisory role to both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She’s taught previously at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Penn State, Purdue and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Oxbow Meadows opened in 1995 as a collaboration of CSU, Columbus Water Works and the City of Columbus. The center, near the National Infantry Museum, features exhibits, displays and nature trails, as well as formal and informal programs related to ecology and the region’s natural history. CSU staff, faculty, student assistants and volunteers often offer interpretive and hands-on programs.

For more on Oxbow Meadows, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/oxbow.

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