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Professor; Co-Director, UA Institute of the Environment

JONATHAN OVERPECK is a climate scientist and founding co-director of the University of Arizona’s Institute of the Environment, as well as Professor of Geosciences and Professor of Atmospheric Sciences. He has published over 140 papers in climate and the environmental sciences, and recently served as a Coordinating Lead Author for the Nobel Prize winning UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment (2007). Overpeck has also been awarded the US Department of Commerce Bronze and Gold Medals, as well as the Walter Orr Roberts award of the American Meteorological Society, for his interdisciplinary research. He has also been a Guggenheim Fellow, was the 2005 American Geophysical Union Bjerknes Lecturer, and shared the 2008 NOAA Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Outstanding Scientific Paper Award.

Overpeck has active research programs on four continents, including Africa (West Africa), Asia (Tibet), South America (Peru and Ecuador) and North America (Arctic and Southwest). He is the principal investigator of the Climate Assessment for The Southwest (CLIMAS), one of several NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment (RISA) programs, as well as the principal investigator of the recently announced US Department of Interior Southwest Climate Science Center.

Overpeck has testified before Congress multiple times, and has served on many national and international science committees, including several of the US National Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), currently serves on the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science magazine, and is a founding co-editor of The Edge book series on Environmental Science, Law and Policy, a publication of the University of Arizona Press.

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RICHARD POSS is an Associate Professor in Astronomy and former Director of the Humanities Program at the University of Arizona.  His research examines the role of astronomical themes in European poetry, and he has published articles on Petrarch, Dante, Veronica Gambara, Walt Whitman, and on the exploration of Mars.  He teaches courses on the history of astronomy and the relations between astronomy and the arts, and is a frequent instructor in the Humanities Seminars Program.  He is co-founder of the popular lecture series “Astrobiology and the Sacred: Implications of Life Beyond Earth,” sponsored by a grant from the Templeton Foundation.  He has won a variety of major university teaching awards, including the UA Foundation Leicester and Kathryn Sherrill Creative Teaching Award, the Provost’s General Education Teaching Award, and several Humanities Seminars Superior Teaching Awards. 

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THOMAS L. PRICE received his BA from Harvard College and his M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  He spent over 20 years as a U.S. diplomat, last posted in Islamabad, Pakistan, and responsible for making contact with warring factions in Afghanistan. He also spent three years as Coordinator of Economic and Environmental Activities for OSCE in Vienna, focusing on Central Asia, southeastern Europe, and the Caucasus. Mr. Price won the Humanities Seminars Superior Teaching Award in both 2006 and 2010.

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Irene Bald Romano is Professor of Art History and Anthropology at the University of Arizona. She received her Ph.D. in classical archaeology from Penn and has participated in archaeological excavations throughout the Mediterranean. For more than 30 years she has been a museum professional, most recently at the Arizona State Museum. She is the author or coauthor of five books and numerous articles especially focused on Greek and Roman sculpture.

 

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JAY ROSENBLATT is Associate Professor of Music History at the University of Arizona, where he has taught since 1995. He has led six Humanities Seminars on the operas of Verdi and Wagner, the life and works of Franz Liszt, and two courses devoted to the music of Mozart with School of Music colleagues. His scholarly research focuses on music of the 19th century, especially the life and works of Franz Liszt.

 

 

 

 

 

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