GSA Charlotte Talks Series Charlotte Talks

National Public Radio-affiliate WFAE is producing a three-part series of their Charlotte Talks program in conjunction with the GSA 2012 Annual Meeting. Charlotte Talks is one of the Carolina region's exclusive forums for discussion, and is one of the area's favorite call-in programs.

The GSA series will feature the following expert interviews on relevant geoscience topics—designed to engage listeners and to inform them about issues of local and/or national interest:

Sea Level Rise – Thursday, 1 November – 9:00-10:00 AM EDT

Dr. Rob Young is professor of coastal geology at Western Carolina University and Director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines. He is co-author, with Orrin Pilkey, of The Rising Sea. He also writes for the website, a site that focuses on coastal and beach issues and education.

Climate Change and Public Policy – Tuesday, 6 November – 9:00-10:00 AM EST

Dr. Michael Mann was a Lead Author on the Observed Climate Variability and Change chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001 and was organizing committee chair for the National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science in 2003. He has received a number of honors and awards including NOAA's Outstanding Publication Award in 2002 and selection by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002. He shared the Nobel Peace Prize with other IPCC authors in 2007. Dr. Mann is author of more than 140 peer-reviewed and edited publications, and has published two books: Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming in 2008, and The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines. He is also a co-founder and avid contributor to the award-winning website "".

Dr. David Szymanski is a geologist and forensic scientist. His research and teaching interests in both disciplines focus on how matter moves and changes with time and how understanding complex systems can help non-scientists solve real-world problems. He is also interested in communicating science for policy development on issues of energy, natural resources, and climate change, most recently serving a congressional fellow and science policy advisor to U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) in Washington, D.C.

Mars Curiosity Rover – Friday, 9 November – 9:00-10:00 AM EST

Dr. Dawn Sumner is a geobiologist in the Department of Geology at the University of California, Davis.

Her research centers around understanding microbial evolution, particularly developing ways to constrain the early evolution of life on earth. Dr. Sumner is a member of the Mars Exploration Program Advisory Group, a co-investigator for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) camera team led by Malin Space Science Systems, one of the Long Term Planners for the mission, and co-chair of the mapping group. Dawn was very active in promoting evaluation of the four potential landing sites as co-chair of the MSL team Landing Site Working Group. She also worked to characterize the geology of the Mawrth Vallis and Gale Crater candidate landing sites.

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