Isaac Symposium: Climate Expert Richard Alley

Date: April 2014 7:00 pm
Location: Goodrich Chapel

Richard AlleyNobel laureate Richard Alley presents an eye-popping and thought-provoking look at climate change as Albion College's 2014 Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote speaker, capping the 25th annual Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium.

Alley takes the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in Albion College's Goodrich Chapel.

Teacher, researcher, author and Nobel laureate Richard Alley is Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences and associate of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at The Pennsylvania State University. He studies the great ice sheets to aid in prediction of future changes in climate and sea level. He chaired the National Research Council’s Panel on Abrupt Climate Change and as a participant in the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, was a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Alley has advised presidential and U.S. senate panels and served as a trusted expert to the general public. He is presenter for PBS' Earth: The Operators’ Manual and wrote the popular account of climate change and ice cores, The Two-Mile Time Machine, named Phi Beta Kappa’s science book of the year in 2001.

The Symposium opens Wednesday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Towsley Lecture Hall/Norris 101, as environmental policy analyst Hugh McDiarmid, '84, gives the Symposium's Alumni Lecture.

From 8 a.m. through 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, nearly 100 Albion students will present research papers and other scholarship during the Elkin R. Isaac Research Symposium. The Symposium honors alumnus "Ike" Isaac, '48, who served for 25 years at Albion as a coach, professor and athletic director. Isaac later taught and served as athletic director for the University of the Pacific. The Symposium was established in 1991 by Isaac's former students and team members.

All Symposium events are free and open to the public. For further information, see the Symposium Web page,, or contact Symposium coordinator Michael VanHouten at or 517/629-0382.