Benvolio Knew It, and Now We Live It: Our Changing Climate

Professor Jeffrey A. Reimer, Humboldt Research Fellow at RWTH Aachen University

Friday, June 3, 2016, at the RWTH guesthouse

The Lecture

Many colleagues in higher education are aware of climate change only via public discourse. Drawing on materials developed for a course I teach at Berkeley, I will show how the atmosphere is changing, that humans are the cause, and that there are consequences. These consequences may be viewed in the context of Earth’s historical carbon cycles.

These historical cycles demonstrate well what the Earth might look like unless we consider every possible means to
decarbonize the atmosphere. I am particularly keen on carbon capture and sequestration and will end by showing that carbon capture is becoming increasingly feasible.

About the Lecturer

Jeffrey A. Reimer received his doctorate from the California Institute of Technology. Prior to his faculty appointment at UC Berkeley he was a postdoctoral fellow at IBM Research in Yorktown Heights, New York. He is presently the C. Judson King Endowed Professor and Warren and Katharine Schlinger Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department. Professor Reimer’s scholarship is in the fields of materials chemistry and engineering, with particular attention to the application of sophisticated NMR spectroscopic and physical measurements. He is Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the American Physical Society in the Division of Materials Physics, and a Fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance. He has won several prizes and teaching awards and published more than 170 research papers. Currently, he is a Humboldt Research Fellow at RWTH Aachen University.

6th Faculty Club Meeting with Professor Jeffrey A. Reimer