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GENERAL SESSIONS AND KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

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CSTA Annual Meeting and Opening Session
Friday, November 30, 2018, 9:40am-10:10am

Join us for the CSTA Annual Meeting of members presided over by the 2017-2019 president Jill Grace. Learn about how CSTA has taken a leadership role in all aspects of the implementation of CA-NGSS at the state level.


Keynote Presentation - Why should We Trust Science?
Friday, November 30, 2018, 10:10 am - 11:10 am

Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University

Dr. Naomi Oreskes Oreskes is professor of the history of science and affiliated professor of Earth and planetary sciences at Harvard University, and an internationally renowned geologist, science historian, and author. She is the author of both scholarly and popular books and articles on the history of earth and environmental science, and in recent decades has been a leading voice on the issue of anthropogenic climate change.In 2014, Oreskes had the opportunity to meet Pope Francis at a special meeting at the Vatican on climate change and sustainability, and in 2015 wrote the introduction to the Melville House edition of the Papal Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality, Laudato Si’.


Closing Keynote Address - Climate Change: How Do We Bend the Curve?
Sunday, December 2, 2018, 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Dr. V. Ram Ramanathan, Professor, Climate Sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD

Ramanathan discovered the greenhouse effect of CFCs (cholorofluorocarbons) in 1975 and showed that CFC-11 and CFC-12 are more than 10000 times potent than CO2.This discovery established the now accepted fact that non-CO2 gases are a major contributor to planet warming and also enabled the Montreal protocol to become the first successful climate mitigation policy. For this work, he was awarded the Tyler Prize by Nobel Laureate Sherwood Rowland in 2009. In 1980, Madden and Ramanathan were the first to make a statistical prediction that global warming will be detected above the background noise by 2000, a prediction which was verified by the IPCC-UN experts in 2001. He led a NASA study with its climate satellite to show that clouds had a net cooling effect on the planet and quantified the radiation interactions with water vapor and its amplification of the CO2 warming. He led international field campaigns, developed unmanned aircraft platforms for tracking brown clouds pollution worldwide. His work has led to numerous policies including the formation of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition by the United Nations.

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