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The Forum presents atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe

| Denise Olson

The Forum series at UW-Eau Claire concludes its 2019 season with a presentation by Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, an accomplished atmospheric scientist and professor at Texas Tech University, at 7:30 p.m. April 10 in Schofield Auditorium.

Hayhoe, director of Texas Tech University’s Climate Science Center, is a prolific publisher and leading communicator on the topic of human impact on the environment. Hayhoe also is an evangelical Christian, whose work aims to challenge the notion that faith and science are incompatible.

In a June 2018 editorial, Hayhoe wrote, “The most effective thing I’ve done in this arena is to let people know I am a Christian. Why? Because it’s essential to connect the impacts of changing climate directly to what’s already meaningful in one’s life, and for many, faith is central to who they are.”

About her leap from the study of astrophysics to climate research, Hayhoe has said, “I didn’t realize that climate change wasn’t just an environmental issue, it’s a threat multiplier. It takes the most serious humanitarian issues confronting the world today — hunger, poverty, lack of access to clean water, injustice, refugee crises and more — and it makes them worse. How could I not devote my time to helping fix this huge global challenge?”

To date, Hayhoe’s work has resulted in over 125 peer-reviewed publications, as well as key reports from agencies like the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the National Academy of Sciences. Hayhoe also has written or contributed to climate assessment reports for cities and regions like Chicago, California and the northeastern U.S.

Hayhoe hosts a weekly Sirius XM radio show called “Global Weirding: Climate, Politics and Religion,” and in 2011, she and husband Andrew Farley co-authored a book titled “A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions.”

Hayhoe is the founder and CEO of a company called ATMOS Research, an organization created to provide relevant, state-of-the-art information about climate change to a wide range of nonprofit, industry and government clients.

Some of Hayhoe’s many accolades include:

  • A 2018 Stephen Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication.
  • The 2018 YWCA Woman of Excellence in Science Award.
  • Fortune magazine’s 2017 World’s Greatest Leaders issue.
  •’s list of 2015 Top 50 Thinkers, Doers and Visionaries Transforming American Politics.
  • TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list for 2014.
  • Foreign Policy magazine’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2014.
  • Christianity Today’s 50 Women to Watch for 2012.

A reception will be held following the event in the Dulany Inn, Davies Center. This is set to begin at 9 p.m. or immediately after the question-and-answer session has concluded.

All seats are general admission

Tickets available at the Service Center and at the door.

  • Visit the Service Center in Davies Center’s east lobby
  • Call 715-836-INFO [4636] or 800-949-UWEC [8932]

$8  General Public
$6  UW System Faculty/Staff • Age 62 and older
$4  UW System Student • Age 17 and younger
Student tickets are $2 until the day of the show.