Senator Olympia Snowe to Deliver Presidential Forum

With her election in 1994, Olympia J. Snowe became only the second woman Senator in history to represent Maine, a position she held until 2012. Before her election to the Senate, Snowe represented Maine’s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for sixteen years.

Her dedicated work in the U.S. Senate garnered her nationwide recognition as a leading policymaker in Washington. In 2005, she was named the 54th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine. In 2006, Time magazine named her one of the top ten U.S. Senators. Calling her “The Caretaker,” it wrote of Snowe: “Because of her centrist views and eagerness to get beyond partisan point scoring, Maine Republican Olympia Snowe is in the center of every policy debate in Washington; but while Snowe is a major player on national issues, she is also known as one of the most effective advocates for her constituents.”

Senator Snowe will be signing her book “Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress”  after her presentation.

Monday, 9 December

12:30 P.M. – 1:30 P.M

Moscone North, Hall E



James Hansen to Deliver Frontiers of Geophysics Lecture

James Hansen, formerly director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, where he directs a program in Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions. He was trained in physics and astronomy in the space science program of Dr. James Van Allen at the University of Iowa.

Hansen’s early research on the clouds of Venus helped identify their composition as sulfuric acid. Since the late 1970s, he has focused his research on Earth’s climate, especially human-made climate change. Hansen is best known for his testimony on climate change to congressional committees in the 1980s that helped raise broad awareness of the global warming issue.

Hansen was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1995 and was designated by Time magazine in 2006 as one of the 100 most influential people on Earth. He has received numerous awards, including the Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal, the Roger Revelle Medal, the Sophie Prize, and the Blue Planet Prize.

Hansen is recognized for speaking truth to power, for identifying ineffectual policies as greenwash, and for outlining actions that the public must take to protect the future of young people and other life on our planet.

Tuesday, 10 December

12:30 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.

Moscone North, Hall E
Seitzinger_Sybil Sybil Seitzinger to Deliver the Union Agency Lecture

Sybil Seitzinger, Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, is an international leader in investigating the causes and consequences of environmental change.

A pioneering scientist who recently served as president of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), Seitzinger is former director of the Rutgers/NOAA Cooperative Marine Education and Research Program, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has served on numerous national and international advisory committees.

Thursday, 12 December

12:30 P.M.- 1:30 P.M.

Moscone North, Hall E