Climate change touches on nearly all facets of modern life, necessitating an increasingly interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to address open questions. Across our three degree-granting campuses, scholars are working from diverse disciplines, departments, schools, and units to advance climate change research and scholarship.
Climate Connections, a two-hour conference on Friday, April 23rd, aims to convene faculty and scholars around climate change research and opportunities for collaboration and funding.
The agenda will feature keynote speakers; presentations from the Offices of the Provost, Sponsored Programs, Global Inclusion, and Sustainability; and breakout discussion sessions. Faculty participation and input is the main focus of the conference and we invite you to attend and participate!
Laure Zanna is a Professor in Mathematics & Atmosphere/Ocean Science at the Courant Institute, New York University. Her research focuses on the dynamics of the climate system and the main emphasis of her work is to study the influence of the ocean on local and global scales. Prior to joining NYU, she was a faculty member at the University of Oxford until 2019, and obtained her PhD in 2009 in Climate Dynamics from Harvard University. She was the recipient of the 2020 Nicholas P. Fofonoff Award from the American Meteorological Society “for exceptional creativity in the development and application of new concepts in ocean and climate dynamics.” She currently serves as an editor for the Journal of Climate.
Dale Jamieson is Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy, Affiliated Professor of Law, Affiliated Professor of Medical Ethics, Affiliated Professor of Bioethics, and Director of the Center for Environmental and Animal Protection. His first papers on climate change were in the 1980s and his most recent was earlier this year in the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. Published in between were dozens of papers and a number of books, including Morality’s Progress, Ethics and the Environment, Discerning Experts: The Practices of Scientific Assessment for Environmental Policy (2019), and Reason in a Dark Time: Why the Struggle to Stop Climate Change Failed, and What It Means for Our Future (2014). An important theme of his research is the challenges of producing usable climate change knowledge, and how we should act individually and collectively in response to what we know.
9:30am -- Opening Remarks
9:35am -- Keynote speaker: Laure Zanna, Professor in Mathematics & Atmosphere/Ocean Science at the Courant Institute
9:45am -- Breakout discussion 1: Who we are (introductions)
10:00am -- Presentations from the offices of Sponsored Research, Global Inclusion, and Sustainability
10:20am -- Remarks from Yanoula Athanassakis, Clinical Associate Professor in English and Environmental Studies; Associate Vice Provost, Academic Affairs; Director, Environmental Humanities Initiative
10:25am -- Breakout discussion 2: What is happening at NYU right now? (existing connections/efforts)
10:50am -- Keynote speaker: Dale Jamieson, Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy, Affiliated Professor of Law, Affiliated Professor of Medical Ethics, Affiliated Professor of Bioethics, and Director of the Center for Environmental and Animal Protection.
11:00am -- Breakout discussion 3: What can we do to move forward? (new connections)
11:20am -- Closing Remarks