NASA Chief Scientist to Discuss Unconventional Solutions to Climate Change

Dennis Bushnell will Speak in Gooding Auditorium Jan. 22

Each day, as the Earth rotates steadily around its axis, sunlight beams into the planet’s atmosphere. These rays, steady and powerful, illuminate and warm the environment surrounding the more than 7-billion human lives residing on its surface.

In the past 150 years, industrialization has altered the way that these rays impact life on the surface, and in turn the planet’s climate. More and more, the effects of this have pushed the issue of climate change into the center of the scientific and political sphere.

With NASA reporting increasing loss of sea ice, shrinking glaciers, shifting plant and animal ranges, accelerated sea level rise, and longer more intense heat waves, the scientific community has turned its sights toward finding solutions.

On Thursday Jan. 22, NASA Langley Research Center Chief Scientist Dennis Bushnell will bring his “Unconventional Solutions to Climate Change” to Jacksonville University’s Gooding Auditorium. This “Evening with Dennis Bushnell,” will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and will be free open to the JU community as well as the general public with registration.

A research scientist with for more than 50 years of experience, Bushnell started at NASA Langley in June of 1963, “drawn by the allure of the Apollo program,” according to a 2013 NASA press release.

NASA Langley operates with a technical emphasis on atmospheric sciences, a discipline which includes research fields such as climatology, the study of long-term weather and temperature trends; dynamic meteorology, the study of the atmosphere’s motions; cloud physics, the study of the formation and evolution of clouds and precipitation; atmospheric chemistry, the study of atmosphere’s chemical composition; atmospheric physics, the study of the atmosphere’s heating and cooling processes; aeronomy, the study of the upper atmosphere; and oceanography, according to the facility’s website.

Described by The Arlington Institute think-tank as one of the “biggest, broadest thinkers in science,” Bushnell has authored 252 publications and major presentations and has been invited to speak at 350 invited lectures and seminars, according to the press release.