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Geological Scientist to Lecture on Global Climate Change

Nov 25, 2008
Dr. Lonnie G. Thompson, one of the world's foremost authorities on paleoclimatology and glaciology, will give a lecture at Ohio Northern University titled "Global Climate Change: A Paleoclimate Perspective from the World's Highest Mountains." Part of the annual Phi Beta Delta International Forum, the lecture will take place on Thursday, Dec. 4, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Dicke Hall Forum.

Thompson and his research team developed lightweight, solar-powered drilling equipment that has allowed for ice core samples to be taken from tropical mountainous areas and polar regions. Ice samples from these sites provide valuable information that advances scientific understanding of Earth's climate. Thompson is particularly interested in glacier retreat and weather systems in the tropical Pacific that affect global oceanic and atmospheric conditions.

Thompson has a Ph.D. in geological sciences from The Ohio State University, where he serves as distinguished professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and a research scientist in the Byrd Polar Research Center. Thompson was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2005 and has been selected by Time magazine and CNN as one of "America's Best" in science and medicine.

Phi Beta Delta is the Honor Society for International Scholars. Founded in 1987, the nominees for membership in the Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Delta include outstanding faculty, staff, students and alumni. The Society hopes to integrate those who possess a deep commitment to international affairs, education and research. One of the functions of the Gamma Upsilon Chapter has been to create a regular forum in which international affairs can be discussed using University sources and by seeking prominent individuals with varied experience in international affairs recruited from beyond the University community.

The event is free and open to the public.
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