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William Jewell lecture series presents global warming author
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
January 4, 2008

Chris Mooney, the Washington correspondent for Seed magazine and the author of Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming, will present the Cope Lecture on Science, Technology and the Human Experience at 7:30 p.m. February 5 in John Gano Memorial Chapel on the William Jewell College campus in Liberty, Mo. The lecture is free and open to the public; tickets or reservations are not required.

The Washington Post hailed Storm World as a work that “skillfully anatomizes the scientific and political debate over hurricanes and global warming.” Mooney’s previous book, The Republican War on Science, published in 2005, has been called a “landmark in contemporary political reporting” by Salon.com; a “well-researched, closely argued, and amply referenced indictment of the right wing’s assault on science and scientists” by Scientific American; and was honored as a finalist for the 2005 Los Angeles Times book prize in the category of “Science and Technology.” His shorter writings have been nominated for a National Magazine Award and included in the volume Best American Science and Nature Writing 2006. Mooney was also named one of Wired magazine’s top ten “sexiest geeks.”

Mooney is an accomplished public speaker, having given numerous public lectures at distinguished universities including the Harvard Medical School, MIT, Yale, Princeton, Rockefeller University, and Duke University Medical Center; at major venues such as the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco and Town Hall Seattle; and at bookstores across the country, ranging from Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida to Powell’s in Portland, Oregon. In 2006 alone, Mooney was the keynote speaker for the 43rd Annual Dinner of Planned Parenthood of San Diego and Riverside Counties, the Edward Lamb Peace Lecturer at Bowling Green State University, and the “Preserving Core Values in Science” award speaker for the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals annual meeting. He has also participated in the CalTech Social Activism Speaker Series, the Skeptics Society annual conference, and many other major events and meetings.

Mooney has also been featured regularly in the national media. He has appeared on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” CSPAN’s “BookTV,” “Fresh Air with Terry Gross,” “NPR’s Science Friday,” and “The Al Franken Show,” among many other television and radio programs. He lives in Washington, D.C., where he enjoys running and generally finishing out his twenties.

William Jewell’s Cope Lecture provides an ongoing examination of relevant scientific issues viewed within a context of contemporary technology and social ethics. It was established by Jewell alumnus and physician Dr. James C. Cope of the class of 1937. For more information on the lecture series, call 816-415-7653, or visit Jewell’s website at www.jewell.edu.

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