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2009 Keynote - Dr. Andy Jorgens


Global Climate Change:
What Is It? How Will It Affect Us?
Can We Reduce the Impact By Our Actions?

Climate change is a very intense topic, particularly given the fact that legislation on the problem is now pending in Congress. Background information about the phenomenon and methods that have been used to characterize these changes will be presented. The human dimension of the problem will be emphasized. The possible consequences of various scenarios will be explored. We will then consider solutions to the problem characterized as mitigation and adaptation strategies. Participants will be invited to present their suggestions and discuss the possible response of the general public to such ideas.


Associate Professor of Chemistry & Director of General Chemistry
University of Toledo


Dr. Jorgensen recently completed a sabbatical leave as Senior Fellow at the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE). His primary work on this leave was the development of climate change curricular materials in collaboration with other faculty from NCSE’s Council of Environmental Deans and Directors. At Toledo he directs the introductory chemistry program and works on innovation educational techniques. He previously served as an assistant vice president for academic affairs at the university.

He earned a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BS in Chemistry from Quincy University. He completed a postdoctoral appointment in chemical education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has conducted research in the area of the environmental impact of synthetic fuels while working at Argonne National Laboratory. He is a member of the American Chemical Society's Committee on Education and their Committee on Community Activities. He has been awarded a University of Toledo Outstanding Teaching Award and was twice appointed as a Master Teacher in the College of Arts and Sciences.

His present work on climate change education is supported by NASA and NSF.