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Walter Orr Roberts Lecture Series

Walter Orr Roberts Lecture Series

The Walter Orr Roberts (WOR) Distinguished Lecture series is an annual lecture given as part of UCAR’s public outreach to the broader community, made possible through generous donations of the Walter Orr Roberts family. This lecture series was created in 1998 to honor the legacy of Dr. Walter Orr Roberts, the director of the U.S. National Science Foundation National Center for Atmospheric Research (NSF NCAR) and simultaneous president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

2024 Lecture Announcement

Reginald Blake, PhD

Dr. Blake is the Associate Provost and Dean of Curriculum and Research at the New York City College of Technology (City Tech) of the City University of New York (CUNY), and he is a tenured professor of City Tech’s Physics Department. He is a climate scientist who has served three consecutive terms (2008 – 2020) on the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC).

Topic: Urban Climate: Issues, Impacts, and Implications
(Case Study - New York City)


More Information

      • NSF NCAR Mesa Lab, Boulder, CO
      • Friday June 21st 4-7pm
      • RSVP Required
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Past WOR Distinguished Lectures


Dr. Marshall Shepherd, Director of the University of Georgia’s Atmospheric Sciences Program and host of the Weather Channel’s show “Weather Geeks”


Dr. Marcia McNutt, president of the National Academy of Sciences


Tracey Holloway, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison; President, Earth Science Women’s Network; Leader, NASA Health and
Air Quality Applied Science Team
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Kerry Emanuel, Professor of Atmospheric Science, MIT
Hurricanes, Climate, and Culture: How We Cope with Natural Disasters


Richard Alley, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences in Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Ways Forward on Climate and Energy: Getting Good from What We Do and Don’t Know


Katharine Hayhoe, Director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University


Timothy Wirth, Conference on World Affairs


Joanne Simpson


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