Dr. Gary Yohe, Wesleyan Economics Professor and Nobel Prize-winner, Speaker at 34th Annual Meeting of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering

Dr. Gary Yohe is a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.

Gary Yohe, Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics at Wesleyan University, will be the keynote speaker at the 34th Annual Meeting and Dinner of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, on May 20, 2009 at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks. His topic will be, “Pitfalls and opportunities when scientists meet decision-makers and the media.”

Dr. Yohe’s work has focused attention on the mitigation and adaptation/impacts sides of climate change. He is a senior member of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that was awarded a share of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

A member of Wesleyan’s faculty for more than 30 years, he is also currently serving as a visiting professor at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles, several books, and many contributions to media coverage. Involved with the IPCC since the mid 1990’s, Dr. Yohe served as a Lead Author for four different chapters in the Third Assessment Report that was published in 2001, the Convening Lead Author for the last chapter of the contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report, and a member of the core writing team of the Synthesis Report of the Fourth Assessment Report.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Yohe earned his PhD in Economics from Yale University in 1975. He is a member of the New York City Panel on Climate Change and the standing Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change of the National Academy of Sciences. He testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the “Hidden (climate change) Cost of Oil,” in 2006 and before the Senate Energy Committee on the Stern Review and the Senate Banking Committee on “Material Risk from Climate Change and Climate Policy,” in 2007. In addition to accepting an invitation to join the Adaptation Subcommittee of the Governor’s Steering Committee on Climate Change (CT), he has been appointed to the Adaptation Panel of the National Academy of
Sciences’ recently launched initiative on America’s Climate Choices.

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The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering was chartered by the General Assembly in 1976 to provide expert guidance on science and technology to the people and to the state of Connecticut, and to promote the application of science and technology to human welfare and economic well being. For more information about the Academy, please see www.ctcase.org.

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