Science Seminar: “Why Earth Is (Still) Getting Warmer”

All students, staff and faculty are invited to a Science Seminar on Friday, March 21 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the CE Theater on the Annandale Campus. “Why Earth Is (Still) Getting Warmer” will be presented by Dr. Robert C. Means, an international consultant and adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University Energy and Climate Policy Program and University of Maryland Environmental Legal Studies Program. Light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the speaker will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 11:55 a.m. in the Lower Gallery.                                                     

Means is an internationally recognized expert in energy policy and regulation, with more than 30 years of experience in dealing with energy issues as an academic, consultant and regulator. He has a B.S. in history and mathematics from the Iowa State University and an LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws) magna cum laude and an S.J.D. (doctorate in law) from the Harvard Law School.  While at Harvard, he served as Supreme Court Note and Developments Editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Means teaches courses in energy and climate policy in the Johns Hopkins Energy and Climate Policy Program and in the University of Maryland Environmental Legal Studies Program. He also has developed and taught courses in energy policy and regulation at the University of Texas.

From 1981 to 1984, Means was director of the policy office of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). From 1984 to present, Means has advised clients on regulatory issues and served as an expert witness in more than 90 proceedings before courts and federal and state regulatory agencies. The FERC relied on his testimony and analysis in adopting its current rate-making methodology for oil pipelines.

From 2006 to 2011, Means served as electricity advisor for the State Department’s Iraq desk, where he was responsible for monitoring the development of the Iraq electricity system and for assessing policy options relating to that development.

The seminar is presented by the Science Seminar Committee; Math, Science and Engineering Division; and the Annandale Campus Lyceum.

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