Exploration Station and AGU’s annual Public Lecture are critical components of AGU’s mission to increase the visibility of Earth and space sciences within and outside of membership. These events aim to make modern scientific progress accessible to the public in an interesting and engaging format for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Public Lecture: Ice Cores to Smart Phones: The Good News on Energy, the Environment, and Our Future
Sunday, 13 December, 12:00–1:00 P.M.
Moscone South – Gateway 102


AGU’s 2015 Public Lecture will feature Pennsylvania State University’s Dr. Richard Alley.

Synopsis: We humans have always moved ahead by getting something else to do our work for us. But, we have consistently overdone it, burning trees and whales far faster than they grew back, and then suffering the consequences. Fossil fuels are next, with our present path likely to lead to scarcity after highly expensive global warming. Fortunately, the science, engineering, and design that gave us smart phones can also give us an economical, sustainable energy system that can power everyone almost forever.

Dr. Richard Alley is the Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at Pennsylvania State University. He has traveled from Antarctica to Greenland to help learn the history of Earth’s climate, and whether the great ice sheets will fall in the ocean and flood our coasts. With more than 225 scientific publications, Alley has been asked to provide advice to the highest levels of government, and has been recognized with numerous awards for teaching, research, and service, including election to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

Alley hosted the recent PBS miniseries Earth: The Operators’ Manual and has been compared to a cross between Woody Allen and Carl Sagan for his enthusiastic efforts to communicate the excitement and importance of science to everyone. He is happily married, with two daughters, two cats, two bicycles, and a pair of soccer cleats.

Exploration Station
Sunday, 13 December, 1:00–5:00 P.M.

Moscone South – Gateway 103, 104

Exploration station.

You are invited to do hands-on science with AGU scientists! Local families, teachers, and kids, as well as AGU meeting attendees and their families, are all welcome to attend Exploration Station. No pre-registration is required. This free, 4-hour-long event engages the public in a variety of easy, fun, family-friendly activities through a series of about 30 exhibits. Highlights include giveaways, merit badges for Boy and Girl Scouts, and a Kids’ Zone for our youngest visitors, featuring stomp rockets and arts and crafts. This is a great way for the public to interact one-on-one with scientists, engineers, and education specialists.