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Atmospheric Expert on 'Science in a Fact-Free World'
Indiana Ag Connection - 03/15/2019

Named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People, atmospheric scientist and Texas Tech professor Katharine Hayhoe will visit Ball State University on March 28 to deliver the Alice Procter Killey Lecture, titled "Science in a Fact-Free World." Hayhoe's talk, a Centennial Celebration event, will take place at 7 p.m. in Emens Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Hayhoe's work is heavily focused on climate change, and her studies have resulted in more than 125 peer-reviewed papers and various publications, including two of the National Climate Assessments. The founder and CEO of ATMOS Research, Hayhoe works to deliver vital information on how climate change will affect the population to various nonprofit, industry, and governmental clients.

"Katharine Hayhoe has an established record of looking beyond both those who embrace denial and those who merely prophesy doom to help us grasp the bright future we want," said Kevin Smith, associate dean of the College of Sciences and Humanities.

Ball State has a longtime commitment to sustainability, Smith said. The best known example is the ground source campuswide geothermal system, which replaced aging coal boilers and cut the University's carbon footprint roughly in half. The University also incorporates sustainability into its curriculum.

In her "Science in a Fact-Free World" lecture, Hayhoe applies her knowledge on climate change and its effects to examine how today's scientists should communicate their research to generate the largest impact.

Named one of Fortune's world's greatest leaders in 2017, Hayhoe offers a breadth of knowledge and insight on the pressing issues of climate change and challenges audiences to challenge their perceptions, Smith said. Inviting Hayhoe to Ball State is an example of two of the University's enduring values: innovation and courage.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for the University community and the people of east central Indiana to hear one of the best, most reliable voices on the issue," Smith said. "She was selected to speak because she is a captivating speaker on a topic that has become even more important since she was invited a year ago."

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