2024 Frontiers in Science: Climate Action

 
2024 Frontiers in Science: Climate Action Conference and Symposium
Hosted by the College of Sciences at Georgia Tech
April 18, 2024 | The Dalney Building
Directions and Parking
 
RSVP required. Attendance is by invitation only.
To suggest participants, please contact:
leslie.roberts@cos.gatech.edu
 

SCHEDULE

SUNRISE SESSIONS | COFFEE & CLIMATE

WELCOME

Coffee and Check-in
9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks
9:15 – 9:30 a.m.

  • Ángel Cabrera
    President, Georgia Institute of Technology
    (M.S. PSY 1993, Ph.D. PSY 1995)

Part 1: Climate Change

9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Hosted by Susan Lozier
Dean of the College of Sciences
Betsy Middleton and John Clark Sutherland Chair
Professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

  • Our Oceans
    9:30 – 9:40 a.m.
    • Susan Lozier
      Dean of the College of Sciences
      Betsy Middleton and John Clark Sutherland Chair
      Professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • The Cryosphere
    9:40 – 10:10 a.m.
  • Biodiversity
    10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
    • Benjamin Freeman
      Assistant Professor and Elizabeth Smithgall Watts Early Career Faculty, School of Biological Sciences
    • Jenny McGuire
      Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences
    • James Stroud
      Assistant Professor and Elizabeth Smithgall Watts Early Career Faculty, School of Biological Sciences

Part 2: Climate Challenges

10:55 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Hosted by Julia Kubanek
Vice President for Interdisciplinary Research at Georgia Tech
Professor in the School of Biological Sciences and the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry

  • The Wicked Problem
    10:55 – 11:15 a.m.
    • Annalisa Bracco
      Professor and Associate Chair for Research, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Panel Discussion: Communities
    11:25 – 11:45 a.m.
    • Isaiah Bolden
      Assistant Professor, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
    • Na’Taki Osborne Jelks
      Assistant Professor, Environmental and Health Sciences Program, Spelman College
    • Julie Ju-Youn Kim
      Associate Professor, William H. Harrison Chair, and founding director of Flourishing Communities Collaborative Education, School of Architecture
  • Panel Discussion: Technology
    11:45 – 12:15 p.m.
    • S. Rutt Bridges
      Geophysicist, Entrepreneur, and Founder, Rutt Bridges Venture Fund
      (B.S. PHYS 1973, M.S. GPHYS 1975)
    • Akanksha Menon
      Assistant Professor, George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
    • Yuanzhi Tang
      Associate Professor, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
      Interim Associate Co-director of Interdisciplinary Research, Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems (BBISS)
  • Panel Discussion: Policy
    12:15 – 12:45 p.m.
    • Joe F. Bozeman III
      Assistant Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • Michelle Midanier
      Clean Energy Programs Associate, City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Sustainability and Resilience
    • Valerie Thomas
      Professor and Anderson-Interface Chair of Natural Systems, H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering

NETWORKING LUNCH

12:45 – 1:25 p.m.

AFTERNOON SESSIONS | SOLUTIONS

1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Afternoon Remarks
1:30 – 1:40 p.m.

  • Chaouki T. Abdallah
    Executive Vice President for Research at Georgia Tech
    Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    (
    M.S. ECE 1982, Ph.D. ECE 1988)

Part 3: Climate Solutions

Hosted by Timothy (Tim) Lieuwen
Executive Director, Georgia Tech Strategic Energy Institute
Regents’ Professor and David S. Lewis, Jr. Chair in the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering

  • Carbon Cycling
    1:45 – 2:15 p.m.
    • Chris Reinhard
      Associate Professor and Georgia Power Chair, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Coastal Wetlands
    2:20 – 2:50 p.m.
    • Joel Kostka
      Associate Chair for Research in Biological Sciences
      Professor, School of Biological Sciences and School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biofuels Production
    3:00 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Georgia Tech Climate Action Plan and Sustainability Next
    3:40 – 4:00 p.m.
    • Jennifer Chirico
      Associate Vice President of Sustainability, Georgia Tech Infrastructure and Sustainability
      (B.S. MGMT 1997, Ph.D. PUBP 2011)
    • Jennifer Leavey
      Assistant Dean for Faculty Mentoring in the College of Sciences
      Interim Assistant Director for Interdisciplinary Education, Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems
      (B.S. CHEM 1995)
  • Closing Remarks and Call to Action
    4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
    • Susan Lozier
      Dean of the College of Sciences
      Betsy Middleton and John Clark Sutherland Chair
      Professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
    • Timothy (Tim) Lieuwen
      Executive Director, Georgia Tech Strategic Energy Institute
      Regents’ Professor and David S. Lewis, Jr. Chair in the Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering

NETWORKING RECEPTION

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

 

Questions: leslie.roberts@cos.gatech.edu
Photo: NASA EPIC