Norman L. Ford Science Literacy Lecture Series


The Ford Lecture Series addresses contemporary and cutting-edge scientific topics while encouraging students and the public to become more conversant with the relevance of science in our everyday lives.

The series is made possible through the generous support of a Saint John's alumnus who wanted to honor one of his favorite and most inspiring professors, Dr. Norman Ford, CSB/SJU professor emeritus of biology.

2018 Norm Ford Lecture

Dr. Mark Seeley

October 24, 2018  7pm Pellegrene Auditorium, SJU

Title:  “The Ethics of Scientific Communications and the Challenges to Public Education About Climate Change”

Description:  Numerous pitfalls must be navigated in providing scientific knowledge, assessment, and direction regarding climate change and its consequences.  Evidence abounds in the scientific literature that climate change is real.  However there are disparities in the measured signals of climate change (data), as well as uncertainties in the model projections of what climate change will look like.  Serious consequences have already surfaced and presented real challenges to adaptation, both with respect to the management of natural resources, as well as the management of societal infrastructure.  Localizing the message and finding common ethical grounds are mandatory for civil and meaningful dialogue on this topic.  I will describe some lessons learned over 40 years as University of Minnesota Extension Climatologist.