Friday Evening Lecture Series – “Earth at Seven Billion”

Date(s) - 07/13/2012
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Lillie Auditorium

Friday Evening Lecture Series – “Earth at Seven Billion”
Jesse H. Ausubel, The Rockefeller University
July 13, 2012, 8:00 PM, Lillie Auditorium

Introduction by Gary Borisy

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Jesse AusubelLecture Abstract:
Populations explode and implode, people starve and fatten, resources collapse and abound, forests shrink and spread, air clears and allergies rise. We will take a radical modernist tour of the environment of the 21st century.

Jesse H. Ausubel is Director of the Program for the Human Environment at The Rockefeller University and a Vice President of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  Mr. Ausubel spent the first decade of his career working for the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and National Academy of Engineering. He was one of the main organizers of the 1979 UN World Climate Conference in Geneva, which substantially elevated the global warming issue on scientific and political agendas. He also coordinated and authored much of the 1983 NAS report Changing Climate, the first comprehensive review of the greenhouse effect. Since 1989 Mr. Ausubel has served on the faculty of The Rockefeller University, where he leads a research program that aims to elaborate the vision of a large, prosperous society that emits little or nothing harmful and spares large amounts of land and sea for nature. Since 1994 he has concurrently served as a program manager in basic research for the Sloan Foundation.

In 2000, Mr. Ausubel helped initiate the Census of Marine Life, an international observational program to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the oceans. Beginning in 2006, Mr. Ausubel led the formulation of the Encyclopedia of Life, a monumental, unprecedented effort to create a web page for all species of animals, plants, and other forms of life on Earth. The Encyclopedia now offers more than one million species pages.

A graduate of Harvard and Columbia universities, Mr. Ausubel is an adjunct scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where he has worked each summer since 1990.  He has been awarded honorary doctorates from Dalhousie University and the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) and received the Blue Frontier/Peter Benchley prize for ocean science (2010).  In 2011, Mr. Ausubel was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and, as a member of the leadership of the Census of Marine Life, shared the 2011 International Cosmos Prize.

President and Director of the MBL, Dr. Gary Borisy, will introduce Dr. Ausubel. Dr. Borisy became the laboratory’s 13th Director in 2006. Previously he was Associate Vice President for Research and the Leslie B. Arey Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. After serving a postdoctoral fellowship at the MRC in Cambridge, England, Dr. Borisy joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, rising through the professional ranks to Chairman of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Perlman-Bascom Professor of Life Sciences, before moving to Northwestern in 2000. At various times throughout his career, Dr. Borisy has spent time at the MBL, conducting research; collaborating with scientists; and participating in some of the MBL’s educational programs. He is the author of more than 200 papers, the editor of two books, and has received numerous professional honors. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a past President of the American Society for Cell Biology.

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