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Naomi Oreskes

Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University

Naomi Oreskes is Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. She recently arrived at Harvard after spending 15 years as Professor of History and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Geosciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Professor Oreskes’s research focuses on the earth and environmental sciences, with a particular interest in understanding scientific cons ensus and dissent. Her 2004 essay “The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change” (Science 306: 1686) has been widely cited, both in the United States and abroad, including in the Royal Society’ s publication “A Guide to Facts and Fictions about Climate Cha nge," in the Academy Award – winning film An Inconvenient Truth , and in Ian McEwan’ s novel Solar. Her opinion pieces have appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Times (London), Nature, Science, The New Statesman, Frankfurter Allgemeine, and elsewhere. Her 2010 book Merchants of Doubt, How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco to Global Warming, co - authored with Erik M. Conway, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and received the 2011 Watson - D avid Prize from the History of Science Society.

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Forum 11:

The University and the Public Good: What Should We Be Doing on Climate Change?

Naomi Oreskes

Held February 21, 2014

Includes video