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Release: Sept. 21, 1999

McGinnis to speak at 'Saturday Scholars: Tailgating for the Mind' Sept. 25

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Climate change is often an abstraction that is difficult for many of us to understand. How can we predict changes that may occur once the carbon dioxide levels double in 50 to 60 years? How can we bring climate change issues down to a scale relevant to individuals and discuss the need for environmental policy changes? Professor David McGinnis, climatologist in the Department of Geography, will discuss these questions during his presentation, "Snow Pack in Colorado -- The Big Meltdown?" at 10 a.m. Sept. 25 in Room 40 Schaeffer Hall.

"Recent changes in the Rocky Mountains snow pack have added emphasis to the issue of water resource availability," said McGinnis. "Global climate changes impact the quantity and location of future water resources and the development of national and international water resource policies. This presentation will begin exploring the issue of climate change and its impact on water resources," McGinnis said.

McGinnis graduated from Penn State University, receiving his masters and Ph.D. in geography with an emphasis on climatology and global change. His Ph.D. dissertation won the Warren J. Nystrom Award for Best Dissertation in Geography from the Association for American Geographers, the highest award given by the society for recent Ph.D.s.

McGinnis was awarded a prestigious Visiting Fellow Postdoctoral appointment to the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado and went on to become a staff scientist at the institute. He joined the Department of Geography and the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research at the University of Iowa in 1997.

"Saturday Scholars: Tailgating for the Mind" presentations are free and open to the public and held at 10 a.m. in 40 Schaeffer Hall unless otherwise noted. Refreshments will be served.

Future presentations are:

Oct. 2 -- "From YMCA to NBA: The Western Stamp on Chinese Sports," Judy Polumbaum, associate professor of journalism and mass communication

Oct. 9 -- "Eve Drewelowe: An Iowa Collection," Joni Kinsey, associate professor of art and art history

Oct. 16 -- "The Return of Little Big Man", Brooks Landon, professor of English

Oct. 23 -- "Behind the Scenes: Contemporary Lighting Design," Bryon Winn, assistant professor of theatre arts (presented at E.C. Mabie Theatre)

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the College of Liberal Arts in advance at 335-2611.