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Feb 28 2023

Climate Change in a Connected World

LAS Faculty Research Symposium

February 28, 2023

10:00 AM - 5:30 PM


SCE Illinois Rooms


750 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607

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Featuring keynotes, panel discussions, and workshops by climate scientists and activists. Open to students, faculty, staff, and the community.

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10:00-10:10: Welcome, Opening Remarks
10:10-11:20: Noah Diffenbaugh Keynote & Panel 1, Global to Local Climate Connections
11:20-11:35: Transition
11:35-12:45: Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Keynote &  Panel 2, Climate Youth Activism

12:45-2:00: Lunch Break

2:00-2:30: Urban Climate and CROCUS, Max Berkelhammer
2:30-2:45: Transition
2:45-4:15: Workshop*
4:15-5:30: Reception

*This schedule is subject to change.


LAS Events

Date posted

Oct 12, 2022

Date updated

Jan 30, 2023


Noah Diffenbaugh | Kara J Foundation Professor and Kimmelman Family Senior Fellow; Olivier Nomellini Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education | Doerr School of Sustainability, Stanford University

Dr. Noah Diffenbaugh studies the climate system, including the processes by which climate change could impact agriculture, water resources, and human health. Dr. Diffenbaugh has served the scholarly community in a number of roles, including as the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the peer-review journal Environmental Research: Climate, and as Editor-in-Chief of Geophysical Research Letters from 2014-2018. He has also served as a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and has provided testimony and scientific expertise to Federal, State and local officials. Dr. Diffenbaugh is an elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), a recipient of the James R. Holton Award and William Kaula Award from the AGU, and has been recognized as a Kavli Fellow by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez | Advocate, leader, activist, and hip hop artist | Earth Guardians

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is an advocate, leader, activist and hip hop artist. He has been on the frontlines of the climate and environmental movement since the young age of 6. Recently named TIMES Next 100, Xiuhtezcatl has felt called to change the narrative on what it means to be an activist from an early age. Still a youth, X has spoken multiple times at the UN, addressing the General Assembly and spoken on panels with the likes of Bernie Sanders, Van Jones, Shailene Woodley, Bill McKibben and Pharrell Williams. Xiuhtezcatl has been a guest on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah & Real Time with Bill Maher. He has also been featured multiple times on PBS, Showtime, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Upworthy, The Guardian, Vogue, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, CNN, MSNBC, HBO, Netflix, VICE, as well as photographed by Annie Leibovitz. Xiuhtezcatl has a unique talent for connecting people through popular culture and sharing the message of his indigenous roots to better serve the planet and reimagine the future for his generation.

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