Environmental Scientist to Speak at WVU

Health series addresses climate change


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –Bill Chameides, Ph.D., chief scientist in the Health Program and Climate and Air Program of Environmental Defense (formerly the Environmental Defense Fund) will be the next speaker in the West Virginia University Health Sciences Grand Rounds series.

Dr. Chameides’ address, “What's Going On: Is It Just Climate Change, or Is It Climate Disruption?” will start at noon March 19 in the HSC Auditorium. A reception will follow.

He will discuss the nature of the greenhouse effect,  scientific evidence tying increasing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases to current climate change, present and future impacts of climate change, dangerous climate change and the steps needed to avert it, and technological and policy options.

Chameides received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1974. After spending 30 years in academia, most recently as Regents Professor and Smithgall Chair at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Chameides joined Environmental Defense in 2005. He is a member of the U.S.National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, a recipient of the American Geophysical Union's Macelwane Award, and, "in recognition of extraordinary service," was named a National Associate of the National Academies.

Chameides is an atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on global biogeochemical cycles, global change, and urban and regional-scale air pollution. Through the development and application of numerical algorithms and models (as well as the design and implementation of multidisciplinary research programs and field studies), he has endeavored to elucidate the coupled chemical, physical and biological processes that shape our environment.

Chameides has served as editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research and chief scientist for the Southern Oxidants Study, a research program focused on understanding the causes and remedies for ground-level ozone pollution in the southern United States. He was also study director of CHINA-MAP, an international research program looking at the effects of environmental change on agriculture in China. As chair of the National Research Council's Committee of Air Quality Management in the United States, he led a team of experts tasked by Congress to scientifically and technically evaluate the effectiveness of the Clean Air Act's major air quality provisions and their implementation by federal, state and local government agencies, and to develop recommendations for strengthening the nation's air quality management system.

HSC Grand Rounds are an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to hear from distinguished experts from all fields of health care and health research, and are open to the entire University community.

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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