CONTACT: JANE HOSHI
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0017; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Sept. 21, 1999
McGinnis to speak at 'Saturday Scholars: Tailgating for the Mind' Sept.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Climate change is often an abstraction that is difficult
for many of us to understand. How can we predict changes that may occur once
the carbon dioxide levels double in 50 to 60 years? How can we bring climate
change issues down to a scale relevant to individuals and discuss the need
for environmental policy changes? Professor David McGinnis, climatologist
in the Department of Geography, will discuss these questions during his presentation,
"Snow Pack in Colorado -- The Big Meltdown?" at 10 a.m. Sept. 25 in Room 40
"Recent changes in the Rocky Mountains snow pack have added emphasis
to the issue of water resource availability," said McGinnis. "Global climate
changes impact the quantity and location of future water resources and the
development of national and international water resource policies. This presentation
will begin exploring the issue of climate change and its impact on water resources,"
McGinnis graduated from Penn State University, receiving his masters
and Ph.D. in geography with an emphasis on climatology and global change.
His Ph.D. dissertation won the Warren J. Nystrom Award for Best Dissertation
in Geography from the Association for American Geographers, the highest award
given by the society for recent Ph.D.s.
McGinnis was awarded a prestigious Visiting Fellow Postdoctoral appointment
to the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the
University of Colorado and went on to become a staff scientist at the institute.
He joined the Department of Geography and the Center for Global and Regional
Environmental Research at the University of Iowa in 1997.
"Saturday Scholars: Tailgating for the Mind" presentations are free and
open to the public and held at 10 a.m. in 40 Schaeffer Hall unless otherwise
noted. Refreshments will be served.
Future presentations are:
Oct. 2 -- "From YMCA to NBA: The Western Stamp on Chinese Sports,"
Judy Polumbaum, associate professor of journalism and mass communication
Oct. 9 -- "Eve Drewelowe: An Iowa Collection," Joni Kinsey, associate
professor of art and art history
Oct. 16 -- "The Return of Little Big Man", Brooks Landon, professor
Oct. 23 -- "Behind the Scenes: Contemporary Lighting Design," Bryon
Winn, assistant professor of theatre arts (presented at E.C. Mabie Theatre)
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University
of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires
an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the
College of Liberal Arts in advance at 335-2611.