Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Scripps Oceanography to Honor NASA Climate Scientist James E. Hansen
Hansen to be recognized May 8 with the 2008 Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest
Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San DiegoFor his invaluable contributions to climate research, the William Nierenberg Family and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego has announced James E. Hansen as the 2008 recipient of the 2008 Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest.
Hansen, the NASA scientist and leading authority on global climate research, will be honored 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, at The Forum Theater of the La Jolla Playhouse on the UC San Diego Campus, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive. The public is invited to attend the brief award ceremony followed by a presentation by Hansen entitled, "The Threat of the Planet: The Dark and Bright Sides of Global Warming."
Admission is free. Reservations are not necessary, but seating and parking is limited. Public inquiries can be directed to Dyanne Hoffman, 858-534-8490 or email@example.com.
The Nierenberg Prize for Science in the Public Interest was created to honor the memory of William A. Nierenberg, who was director of UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography for 21 years. A bronze medal and a $25,000 prize are awarded each year for outstanding contributions to science in the public interest. The award was created and is supported by gifts from the Nierenberg Family.
Past recipients of this coveted award include Harvard naturalist E.O. Wilson (2001); newsman Walter Cronkite (2002); marine ecologist Jane Lubchenco (2003); primatologist Dame Jane Goodall (2004); nature filmmaker Sir David Attenborough (2005); technology innovator Gordon Moore (2006), and genomics pioneer J. Craig Venter (2007).
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Scripps Institution of Oceanography, at University of California, San Diego, is one of the oldest, largest and most important centers for global science research and education in the world. The National Research Council has ranked Scripps first in faculty quality among oceanography programs nationwide Now in its second century of discovery, the scientific scope of the institution has grown to include biological, physical, chemical, geological, geophysical and atmospheric studies of the earth as a system. Hundreds of research programs covering a wide range of scientific areas are under way today in 65 countries. The institution has a staff of about 1,300, and annual expenditures of approximately $155 million from federal, state and private sources. Scripps operates one of the largest U.S. academic fleets with four oceanographic research ships and one research platform for worldwide exploration.
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