Climate Expert Richard Alley to Keynote 25th Isaac Symposium

Michigan Environmental Council’s Hugh McDiarmid, ’84, to Open Event

Audio: Listen to Alley on the April 20 Greening of the Great Lakes
Audio: WMUK (102.1 FM, Kalamazoo) interviewed Alley recently for its
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April 15, 2014

Richard Alley
Richard Alley's Calvaruso Keynote is titled "A Brighter Light at the End of the Tunnel: The Optimistic Future of Energy and Environment."

Nobel 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 Albion College's 25th annual Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium.

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

A teacher, researcher and author, 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.

Hugh McDiarmid, '84
Hugh McDiarmid's Isaac Alumni Lecture is titled "Michigan’s Clean Energy Success and Why Not Everyone Is Thrilled."

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. McDiarmid is communications director at the Michigan Environmental Council, which works on issues such as clean energy, forest management, children's health, environmental justice, transportation, climate change and air pollution. McDiarmid was also an award-winning writer for the Detroit Free Press.

From 8:30 a.m. through 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, more than 110 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 1990 by Isaac's former students and team members.

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