Science author Chris Mooney to speak at FHSU on global warming
10/05/2007

Award-winning author Chris Mooney, one of the leading science journalists and commentators, will visit Kansas for the first time to give a multi-media presentation at Fort Hays State University on global warming.

Mooney will present "Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming," a presentation based on the book, at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, in FHSU's Robbins Center. His appearance is sponsored by the Keith Sebelius Speaker Fund, the FHSU Science and Mathematics Education Center, the office of the provost of FHSU, the College of Education and Technology, the Witten Physical Science Fund and Kansas Citizens for Science.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Kansas Citizens for Science will provide refreshments.

"Chris Mooney delves into a red-hot debate in meteorology: whether the increasing ferocity of hurricanes is connected to global warming," according to the Web site of publisher Harcourt.

"In the wake of Katrina, New Orleans native Mooney follows the careers of leading scientists on either side of the argument through the 2006 hurricane season, tracing how the media, special interests, politics and the weather itself have skewed and amplified what was already a fraught scientific dispute," says the publisher.

Mooney's first book, New York Times bestseller "The Republican War on Science," was named a finalist for the 2005 Los Angeles Times book prize in the category of science and technology. His 2005 Mother Jones feature story about ExxonMobil, conservative think tanks and climate change was nominated for a National Magazine Award in the public interest category.

"Scientists, like hurricanes, do extraordinary things at high wind speeds," said Mooney.

Mooney has also appeared on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," CSPAN's "Book TV," "Fresh Air With Terry Gross," NPR's "Science Friday" and "The Al Franken Show."

He has been profiled by The Toronto Star and The Seattle Times and interviewed by many outlets including Grist and Mother Jones. Mooney was named in 2005 by Wired magazine as one of its 10 "sexiest geeks."
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For more information, contact Paul Adams, Anschutz Professor of Education at FHSU, at padams@fhsu.edu, or call (785) 628-0462. Biographical information about Mooney is available at http://scienceblogs.com/intersection/about.php.


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