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Presidential Lecture Series on
Global Leadership and Sustainability

David M. Berube

"Emerging Technologies, Energy and Public Engagement"
David M. Berube, Ph.D.

Monday, April 18, 2016, 5:30 p.m
Aloha Tower Marketplace, Multi Purpose Room 3

This lecture examined a set of emerging technologies, their impact on the energy footprint, and the signatures they leave on the surrounding ecosystems and communities. In recent years, it has become increasingly difficult for the average citizen to stay informed about energy policy due to rapid advancements in contemporary science and technology. As a result, the public’s participation in decision making over energy policy in Hawai‘i and across the planet has become problematic.

David M. Berube, Ph.D., is a Research Professor at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in science and technology communication. He teaches graduate seminars in risk, fear, disaster, and climate change science communication, and co-ordinates a project at NCSU on Public Communication of Science and Technology committed to quantitative work in the social science of science. He wrote Nano-Hype: The Truth behind the Nanotechnology Buzz (Prometheus Books, 2006) recently translated into Japanese. He is the social science director of the Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network involving Duke and UNC Chapel Hill.

The HPU Presidential Lecture Series on Global Leadership and Sustainability is made possible through a generous grant from Hawaiian Electric Industries. HPU is pleased to offer the series as a means of enhancing the intellectual life not only of the HPU community, but for Honolulu and the state. Admission to all lectures is free of charge although some lectures may require advanced registration. The series is sponsored by the Office of the President.

Previously in the series:

"Can Science Save Us? Advice for the Next President of the United States"
Neal F. Lane, Ph.D.

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016

Neal F. Lane, Ph.D., serves as Senior Fellow for Science and Technology at Rice University’s James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and is the Malcolm Gillis University Professor Emeritus and Professor of Physics and Astronomy Emeritus. He discussed the challenges of translating scientific knowledge into public policy. Lane served as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and director of the National Science Foundation under U.S. President Bill Clinton.

"Investing in Nature for Resilient Societies and a Sustainable Future"
Inger Andersen
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Inger Andersen is the Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The IUCN helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization. She was the inaugural speaker of the series.