The 2022 Drs. Gene & Carol Willeke Frontiers in Environmental Science Distinguished Lecture will be presented this year by Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali, who will be speaking on Earth Day Eve with a talk entitled, “Climate Justice and Community Revitalization: Progress, Challenges, Moving Forward.”
Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali is the Founder & CEO of Revitalization Strategies; Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate, and Community Revitalization at the National Wildlife Federation; a Thought Leader and Activist for Environmental Justice. He served 24 years in the US EPA and was a founding member of the EPA Office of Environmental Justice where he served as Director of Communication and led the Communications and Stakeholder Involvement team.
The talk will be presented on zoom on Thursday, April 21, at 6 p.m. Please click here to register for this free talk.
Dr. Elizabeth Loftus, Univ. of California at Irvine, will be presenting her talk entitled, “The Fiction of Memory,” on Monday, March 7, 2022, at 7 p.m. on zoom. Loftus’s pioneering work over several decades has explored the fallibility of memory and people’s susceptibility to contextual factors that systematically alter recall of events.
Here is a blurb for her talk: Nationally, roughly two-thirds of DNA-based exonerations of wrongfully convicted persons involve misidentification of perpetrators by eyewitnesses. In this lecture, Elizabeth Loftus, recently described by the New Yorker as “the most influential female psychologist of the twentieth century,” will discuss the state of knowledge regarding eyewitness misidentification and the implications for criminal justice policy and practices.
Dr. Loftus’s lecture is part of the lecture series, entitled the “Dialogues on Democracy” series, that Miami’s Menard Family Center for Democracy is sponsoring again this spring semester. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to intend, but pre-registration is required:
On March 4, 2021, at 1 pm and 3 pm, Dr. Jim Prochaska, clinical health psychologist and founder of the Transtheoretical Model, will be giving two presentations to Miami. Prochaska is one of the top 5 most cited psychologists (>100k citations, $80M in federal funding), and his model is an internationally known model that has been applied to addictive and health promoting behaviors.
On March 4 at 1 p.m, he will present “Living healthier, happier, longer lives,” and at 3 p.m. he will present, “Interacting on creating high impact research. Each presentation is scheduled for one hour (i.e., 1-2, and 3-4).
Each presentation is available on zoom:
Miami’s Institute for the Environment and Sustainability is hosting Dr. Jonathan Overpeck, the Dean of the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability. who will be presenting a talk entitled, “Climate Change: The Challenge and the Opportunity” on Thursday, February 11, 2021, at 6 pm. The talk will be presented on zoom.
In addition, Dr. Overpeck will present a talk on Friday, February 12, at 12 Noon entitled, “Climate Change, Hydroclimate and the Aridification of North America,” which will also be available on zoom.
His talks are part of the Drs. Gene & Carol Willeke Frontiers in Environmental Science Distinguished Lecture speakers series. Additional information is also available on Miami’s IES website.
On Thursday, March 15, the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability (IES) will host the 2020 Drs. Gene & Carol Willeke Frontiers in Environmental Science Distinguished Lecture. This year’s Willeke Lecture will be Peggy Shepard who will be speaking on Climate Justice.
When: Thursday, March 5, 6:00 pm
Where: 152 Shideler Hall
Peggy Shepard is the co-founder and executive director of WE ACT (https://www.weact.org/) for Environmental Justice. She has successfully combined grassroots organizing, environmental advocacy, and environmental health community-based participatory research to become a national leader in advancing environmental policy and environmental justice in urban communities.
Low-income communities and communities of color tend to produce disproportionately lower amounts of emissions contributing to climate change. Despite this, they face the greatest and earliest impacts of climate change while typically having the least political power and financial resources to address the issue.
Climate Justice refers to addressing climate change in a just and equitable manner and ensuring that low-income communities and communities do not bear a disproportionate burden of climate change. Ms Shepard will address how we provide these communities with the resources and power to combat the detrimental effects of climate change.
On Friday, November 1, 2019, Professor Tim Smith (Univ. of Utah) will be visiting the Department of Psychology. Dr. Smith is a leading-expert in relationships and their impact on health and well-being. While in the department, he will present a SPRIG talk entitled, “Emotion, social relationships, and physical health: Concepts, methods, and evidence for an integrative perspective” in 302 PSYC at 10-11 a.m.
He will also present a departmental colloquium entitled, “Dominance and prestige status-related interpersonal styles: Implications for cardiovascular risk ” in 125 PSYC beginning at 3:30 p.m. (please note the start time is 3:30, not 3 p.m.). Following his talk, there will be a reception in the PSYC Atrium, and after that, there will be a happy hour at Left Field Tavern (12 W Park Place, uptown Oxford).
Dr. Adam Sizemore, Director of Sustainability for Miami University, will host a public forum on Thursday, October 3, from 1-2 p.m. in Laws Hall. This public forum will present an overview of the report “A Commitment to Lead,” which was presented by the Sustainability Committee to President Crawford in June 2019. Included in the forum will be a discussion of the Sustainability Committee’s recommendation for carbon neutrality, an overview of the President’s Climate Leadership Commitment (PCLC), and a brief discussion of the work the Sustainability Committee will conduct this semester to provide President Crawford with additional information on a pathway to carbon neutrality.