Sunday, March 3, 2013
We'll serve a traditional style meal with a full communal vegetarian spread on injera-- lentil and yam stew, chickpeas, vegetable wat, cucumber/tomato salad-- with cut fruit, nuts, and dates to finish. Come to Berkus House ready to eat at 7 p.m. ($7 cash or student account), or practice your culinary skills and cook with us at 5 p.m. Anyone who helps cook or clean up gets a $2 discount! If you've never come to a Vegheads dinner before, rsvp and make this one your first!
Monday, March 4, 2013
Richard A. Muller on Climate Change
Richard A. Muller, a MacArthur “genius” grant-winning physics professor at UC Berkeley, will speak on “A Converted Skeptic: Climate Change, Its Human Origins, and What We Can Do.”
Muller, an Earth sciences specialist who was originally a global warming skeptic, was given research funds by Charles Koch of the Koch Brothers, the billionaire businessman known for funding climate skeptic groups like the Heartland Institute, to study the issue. Rather than debunking the theory, Muller’s analysis convinced him that global warming is in fact a real phenomenon.
Muller’s talk, sponsored by the Antoinette and Vincent M. Dungan Lectureship in Energy and the Environment, will take place at 11:45 a.m. in Thorne Hall on the Occidental campus. It is free and open to the public.
In October 2011, Muller wrote in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal: “When we began our study, we felt that skeptics had raised legitimate issues, and we didn't know what we'd find. Our results turned out to be close to those published by prior groups. We think that means that those groups had truly been very careful in their work, despite their inability to convince some skeptics of that.”
“Global warming is real,” he concluded. “Perhaps our results will help cool this portion of the climate debate.”
Muller is a faculty senior scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and was a member of the JASON Defense Advisory Group, which brings together prominent scientists as consultants for the U.S. Department of Defense.
He was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 1982, and received the Alan T. Waterman Award in 1978 from the National Science Foundation "for highly original and innovative research which has led to important discoveries and inventions in diverse areas of physics." He is the author, most recently, of Energy for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines (2012).