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Climate change topic of annual Charles David Keeling lecture at U. of I.

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10/30/2013 | Earn Saenmuk, News Bureau intern | 217-333-0567;

[ Email | Share ] CHAMPAIGN,Ill. — Edward Maibach, a professor at George Mason University, will give a lecture in a series that honors Charles David Keeling, an analytical chemist at the University of Illinois and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Maibach, the director of the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason, will discuss how climate change can affect Earth and people’s lives. His talk is titled “Public Opinion on Climate Change: What Is It, What Influences It, and Does It Matter?”

The lecture will start at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 (Thursday) in 100 Noyes Laboratory, 505 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana. A reception will immediately follow the lecture in the Quad-side foyer.

Maibach’s research focuses on public engagement in climate change mitigation and adaptation. He co-chairs the Engagement and Communication Working Group of the National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee. He served as associate director of the National Cancer Institute, the worldwide director of social marketing at Porter Novelli and the chairman of the board for Kidsave International. 

Maibach earned a bachelor’s degree in social psychology at the University of California at San Diego in 1980, a master's in public health in health promotion from San Diego State University in 1983 and a doctorate in communication science from Stanford University in 1990.

The Keeling lecture series is sponsored by the department of chemistry; the School of Chemical Sciences; the department of atmospheric sciences; the School of Earth, Society and Environment; the School of Integrative Biology; and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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