NSF Seminar Featuring Dr. William Easterling, NSF Assistant Director (Geosciences [GEO] Directorate Head)

02/09/2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Sumner Auditorium
Event Description: 
Dr. William Easterling, Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), who oversees the Geosciences Directorate (GEO), is visiting Scripps and will give a seminar focused on the State of NSF Geosciences. The talk will take place on Friday, February 9,  2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in Sumner Auditorium. 
Refreshments and snacks will be provided starting at 1:45 pm.
The talk is open to the entire Scripps community. 
If you're interested in attending, please RSVP by Friday, February 2 at the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/cpfLhk6WsnfQcBxn2 
Dr. William Easterling, Assistant Director
National Science Foundation

Dr. William Easterling has served as head of the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) since June 2017. GEO supports fundamental research spanning the atmospheric, earth, ocean and polar sciences. 

Prior to joining NSF, Easterling was dean of Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences since 2007. As dean, Easterling led strategic planning for research initiatives focusing on the food-energy-water nexus, clean carbon energy, additive manufacturing, big data challenges in forecasting, risk and uncertainty in environmental decisions, and more.

In 2001, he became the founding director of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, the focal point for interdisciplinary research in energy and environmental science and engineering at Penn State.

A self-described enthusiast of multiple disciplines of science, Easterling served as professor of geography and earth system science at Penn State since 1999. He has written or co-authored nearly 100 peer-reviewed papers, reports and books. He has served on numerous committees, panels and boards for NSF, the National Research Council and other organizations, and has been a principal investigator on dozens of highly competitive federal awards. He has won numerous awards and honors, including election to the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2010 for his contributions to climate change and food security science. He was a coordinating lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for its 1999-2001 and 2005-2007 reports, having been nominated by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

For more information on this event, contact: 
Matthew Calabrese
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