Seminar: Global Climate Change – The Critical Thinking Factor

Science is a process – not an end.  Rarely have scientific subjects so Balkanized the public, scientists and decision makers as Global Climate Change. The current warming of our planet (if it continues) poses some of the most onerous challenges to ecosystem and human sustainability in the history of Homo sapiens.  This seminar will address the good-bad and ugly about the current debate on this vexing subject.  It will explore the role of orthogonal "science" in the making of science policy, discuss what we know and what we don't know, and hopefully provoke discussion regarding a road map for the future.  Dr. Bruck proposes a thought question in preparation – Can you prove that the sun will rise in the east tomorrow?



Robert Bruck is a Professor in NC State University’s Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources.  An award-winning teacher, Dr. Bruck has courses in multiple programs, including Environmental Technology & Management, Environmental Science, Plant Pathology and Marine, Earth & Atmospheric Science.  As a research scientist, Dr. Bruck has made tremendous contributions to our understanding of the effects of pollution and climate change on forest ecosystems. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, and his new book, Global Climate Change – The Future of a Warming Planet, is currently in press with Freeman Publishers. Dr. Bruck has also been actively involved in communicating environmental science to decision-makers; Bruck served as Science Adviser to the Governor of North Carolina from 1990-1992 and has testified to the US Congress on 13 occasions.  

Dates and Times

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Thu, 02/21/2013 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm Admission is free and open to the public. Grandfather Mountain Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union Room 137 View Map

Contact Information

Laura England
(828) 262-7237
Environmental Science Program, Biology Department, RIEEE, SAEREC
QEP Global Learning


Dr. Nicole Bennett
Interim Director, Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics
401 Academy Street
234 IG Greer Hall
Appalachian State University
ASU Box 32131
Boone, NC 28608

ph: (828) 262-2764
fax: (828) 262-6553