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Board of Trustees Professor Seminar

A Climatologist’s Halfback Pass: Integrating Undergraduate Research into His NIU Career

David Changnon, Ph.D.
Department of Geography

Board of Trustees Professor
Distinguished Teaching Professor

Dr. David Changnon Successful applied climatologists learn from weather-sensitive decision makers through a productive and ongoing dialogue. Scientists in this area strive to enhance existing climate data, products, and information to manage weather risks issues faced by users. Dr. Changnon’s academic successes in research/scholarship, teaching, and service are directly linked to his efforts to engage undergraduate meteorologists in applied climatology. What these students have learned and their contributions to his career are as unique as a well-executed halfback pass!

David Changnon has been a faculty member in the Department of Geography at Northern Illinois University since 1992. He has served on various committees of two scientific societies and participated in the U.S. Climate Change Science Program and on a National Research Council (NRC) Panel titled “Estimating and Communicating Uncertainty in Weather and Seasonal Climate Forecasts.” He holds a Presidential Teaching Professorship (2008) and a Board of Trustees Professorship since 2010. His primary research area is in applied climatology, where he has conducted numerous projects with student collaborators examining applied climate issues facing decision makers in agri-business, energy, transportation, and insurance sectors in the upper Midwest. These efforts have helped to positively alter how others in the field conduct research efforts. He is currently examining how those impacted by the changing frequency of various climate extremes are altering their decision processes. He has published over 50 scientific articles and given more than 100 presentations since his arrival at NIU.

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Capitol Room, Holmes Student Center, Main Floor

11:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m., Refreshments
12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m., Presentation and Q&A

No registration is required—Everyone is welcome!


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