February 11, 2014 · 6:00 PM
UU Church of Worcester
Next week we will be having a potluck prior to our presentation, where we will be joined by Les Blatt, Professor Emeritus of Physics and Education at Clark University in Worcester, MA for a talk on climate change.
The potluck is open to anyone and we ask that if you are contributing, please send an email to [masked] with what you are planning on bringing. If you signed up at the January meeting, there is no need to email. Also please bring a card or piece of paper with the name of your dish and whether it is vegan or vegetarian. The potluck will start around 6:00 and we plan to start eating at 6:15. At 7:00 we will plan on starting the presentation.
Professor Blatt will take us on a guided tour of the currently-contentious topic of global warming and its most noticeable manifestation, climate change. His presentation flows from his education and long career as an experimental physicist, his familiarity with the work of professionals in related fields, his travels– both academic and cultural – and his many years of grappling with the climate change literature, both professional and popular. “Global warming” is by now a proven, on-going, and scientifically well-understood process, occasional harsh New England winters not withstanding. But are we humans really playing a major role in this potentially planet-altering scenario? Present-day arguments about climate change often seem to be based in equal parts on science and on politics. We will take a careful look at the science, and then dig just a bit into the rather more murky realm of the politicians and the media.
Les Blatt is an experimental nuclear physicist who has contributed to the study of high energy gamma radiation from the capture of protons and cluster projectiles by light nuclei. Some of the techniques he developed for this research form the basis of gamma-ray detector systems found in laboratories around the world. In recent years, his work has been directed toward the needs of pre-service and in-service teachers, and, more particularly, the development of methods and materials for making science more accessible to pre-college students at all levels. He received his A.B. from Princeton University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University. He joined the Clark faculty in 1987 as Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, after many years at The Ohio State University, including six years as Physics Department chair. He recently retired after holding a joint appointment in the Clark Physics and Education Departments, including serving two terms as Physics Department chair.
The meeting is at UU Church of Worcester, where we usually meet. (90 Holden St, Worcester) The program begins at 7pm, but as always, you are welcome to arrive and mingle around 6:30 PM. Whether you are a member or not, please consider a donation at the door.