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Spring 2010

STEP seminars are held in Wallace Hall 300 unless specified otherwise - 12 noon until 1pm
(Lunch is served at 11:45a)

February 1st, 2010, "Copenhagen: The Sound and the Fury, Signifying...? "
Michael Oppenheimer

February 8th, 2010 "Breaking the Impasse Between the United States and China on Climate Change "
Kelly Sims Gallagher

February 15th, 2010, " Bridging the Science-Society Divide: Developing Integrated Scenarios for Climate Change Decision Support"
Richard Moss  

The implications of climate change for the environment and society will depend not only on the response of the Earth system to changes in radiative forcings, but also on how humankind responds through changes in technology, economies, lifestyle, and policy. Extensive uncertainties exist in future forcings of and responses to climate change, necessitating the use of “scenarios” of the future to explore the potential consequences of different response options. This talk and the subsequent discussion will review a new process for creating plausible scenarios to investigate key questions and policy issues related to climate change. It will focus on the requirements for descriptions of socio-economic and environmental futures to complement climate scenarios needed especially for considering the evolution of future vulnerability and the potential for adaptation

February 22nd, 2010 "Defending Against Iran's Ballistic Missiles'"
Theodore B. Postol

March 1st, 2010, "Global Environmental Engagement"
Shalini Vajjhala,

March 8th, 2010 " Freedom  versus Bioethics"
Ronald Bailey

March 15th, 2010 -  Break week -  no STEP seminar

March 22nd, 2010, "Diversified Farming Systems: Benefits and Obstacles"

Claire Kremen


March 29th, 2010,  - " Is Nuclear Energy the Enabling Technology for Large-Scale Renewables"
Charles Forsberg

April 5th, 2010  " In Hiroshima's Shadow: Prospects for Global Nuclear Disarmament Then and Now
Marvin Miller

April 12th, 2010, "Balancing Risks: Nuclear Energy and Climate Change"
Alexander Glaser


April 19th, 2010 " International Cooperation to Strenghten S&T Innovation in Developing Countries"
Ana Arroio