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Distinguished Speaker Series

Henry Pollack

Professor of Geophysics (emeritus)

University of Michigan


Henry Pollack is a Professor of Geophysics (emeritus) at the University of Michigan, where he has taught at every level of the curriculum, from introductory courses for non-scientists to advanced graduate seminars. Pollack has served on many advisory panels for the National Science Foundation, testified before National Academy of Science and U.S. Senate committees, and provided briefings about climate change to Congress and the White House. He has published widely in scientific journals, serves as science advisor to former Vice-President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, and was a Contributing Author to the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2007 Assessment Report. He is an elected fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Pollack authored Uncertain Science…Uncertain World (Cambridge University Press, 2003), a book aimed at a non-scientific audience, in which he discusses scientific uncertainty and the role it plays in the formulation of public policy. He also authored a second book A World Without Ice,(Penguin, 2009) in which he guides readers through the topic of global climate change, as seen through the prism of ice.