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Climate change: Facts, fictions and faith

Untangling the role faith and values play in climate change

Climate change is one of the most hotly debated scientific issues of today. But, is the evidence solid? Are proposed solutions viable? And why would anyone care?

Katharine Hayhoe, professor and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, will untangle the complex science behind global warming and highlight the key role our faith and values play in shaping our attitudes and actions on this crucial topic in a public lecture, "Climate Change: Facts, Fictions and Faith."

The lecture is free and open to the public and will be held on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in LaSells Stewart Center's Construction & Engineering Hall (campus map). A reception follows the event at 5:00 p.m. The event is presented by OSU Women In Science, the Department of Fisheries & Wildlife and the Department of Integrative Biology.

Hayhoe is an accomplished atmospheric scientist who studies climate change and why it matters to us here and now. She is also a strong advocate for science. In 2014, she was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world and by Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 Global Thinkers. Her work was featured on the Emmy award-winning documentary series, "The Years of Living Dangerously." She also won the American Geophysical Union's award for climate communication. In 2016, she was named to the POLITICO 50 list of thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics while in 2017 she was named one of FORTUNE's world's greatest leaders.

But Hayhoe may be best-known for how she's bridging the broad, deep chasm between scientists and Christians, work she does in part because she's a Christian herself. She views climate change as a monumental issue that demands citizen engagement. Many not only find her work on climate change fascinating but also her focus, which centers on faith and science, defies stereotypes.

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