Science Inspires Series

  • The Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics’ Science Inspires Series (SIS) is offered in collaboration with IUP’s Sigma Xi chapter, an honor society of scientists and engineers that rewards excellence in scientific research and encourages a sense of companionship and cooperation among scientists in all fields.

    SIS presents lectures by prominent researchers on topics interdisciplinary in nature and of interest to faculty and students from a variety of academic fields and to the general public. Every semester, the series schedules two talks by KCNSM researchers and one renowned speaker.

    The spring 2020 Science Inspires Series begins with the following program:

    “Satellite Record of Earth’s Climate: The Late 1970s to Now”

    • Thursday, February 6, at 2:00 p.m.
    • Eberly Auditorium, Eberly College of Business and Information Technology
    • Dr. Compton James Tucker, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Senior Biospheric Scientist

    Since starting at NASA in 1977, Tucker used satellite data for famine early warning, desert locust control, terrestrial primary production, deforestation and land cover mapping, predicting ecologically coupled disease outbreaks, mapping glacier extent, and mapping climatic effects on global vegetation. 

    His presentation will illustrate the use of satellite technologies in understanding climate change.

    This presentation is hosted by IUP’s Sigma Xi scientific research honor society and the John J. and Char Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and is co-sponsored by the Kopchick College’s Science Inspires Series, the IUP Department of Biology, and the IUP Department of Geography and Regional Planning.

    The program is free and open to the community.