Scientific and anecdotal evidence tell us that the earth’s temperature is warming at rates not experienced in centuries. What exactly does this mean for the planet, for ourselves, for our children, for our children’s children? How can citizens and policy makers be made to understand that we’re all in this together? That means Washington—and Beijing, Berlin, Rio, Delhi and the Pacific Islanders. And loggers in the rain forests of Myanmar and Indonesia. And agribusiness in California. And large corporations headquartered in New York, London, Tokyo and Hong Kong. That means us, here, in New Mexico.
Jeff Bingaman, Jrformer United States Senator from New Mexico
Topic: “The Complexity & Challenge of Climate Change and the Role of Government as Catalyst and Regulator”
Jeff Bingaman, Jr. served in the US Senate (1983-2013) as a member of the Democratic Party and Chairman of Committee Outreach for the Senate Democratic Caucus. While a US Senator, Bingaman chaired the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and was a member of the Finance Committee; the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; and the Joint Committee on the Economy.
A native of Silver City, NM and former private practice attorney along with his wife Anne Kovacovich, Bingaman was Attorney General of New Mexico from 1979 to 1983 focusing on environmental and antitrust issues. He has worked consistently to protect wildlife and public lands. He championed the Clean Energy Act of 2007 and its importance in developing clean technology and green jobs and supported the bill’s principle of eliminating tax breaks on gas and oil companies. He continues to support a bill to reduce greenhouse gas emissions via “cap and trade” and also to increase federal funds for R&D in green technologies. He is a graduate of Harvard University and Stanford University Law School. The Bingamans have one son.
Ambassador Judy Garber became the OES Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary on August 15, 2012 before becoming the bureau’s Acting Assistant Secretary. From 2009 to July 2012, she served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Latvia and from 2007 to 2009 as Deputy Assistant Secretary for North and Central Europe in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR). Ms. Garber has directed the Office of North Central Europe as well as the Office of Development Finance in the Bureau of Economic Affairs (EB). Ms. Garber has also served overseas at U.S. Embassies in Madrid, Prague, Mexico City and Tel Aviv. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she worked at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Board and the Department of the Treasury. Ms. Garber, a graduate of Georgetown University, is married, with two children.
Douglas Fox a freelance writer based in Northern California, received a B.S. in biochemistry from Brown University in 1993 and became a journalist in 1999. He has written for Discover, National Geographic, Popular Mechanics, Scientific American, Esquire, New Scientist, The Christian Science Monitor, Science, Nature, Slate, and other publications. He focuses on deeply-researched, long-form narrative projects based on lengthy embedded reporting. In recent years, he has turned his attention to climate, glaciology, polar science, and geology. His stories have taken him to Antarctica several times and he has spent close to six months on the ice.
A guest lecturer for science writing and environmental programs at the University of California, Stanford University, and Iowa State University, he was a co-author for The Science Writers’ Handbook (Da Capo Press, 2013). Doug’s stories have garnered national awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2009), the American Society of Journalists and Authors (2011), and the National Association of Science Writers (2013); his stories have been anthologized in The Best American Science Writing (2012), The Best Technology Writing (2010), and The Best American Science & Nature Writing (2009).
Chick Keller is a retired scientist with degrees in Philosophy, Physics and Mathematics, and a PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from Indiana University as well as a 33 year career at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the last 13 as Director of its branch of the University of California’s Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics.
His earliest work at LANL involved photographing total solar eclipses from high altitude aircraft. Later, he helped to pioneer the Lab’s computer modeling of the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans. He devoted twenty years to the study of climate change—in particular human induced global warming including a sabbatical at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In addition Keller was a co-founder of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center where he has established a modest herbarium of some 3,000 archived plants from the Jemez Mountains. He has had a life-long passion for science and nature and enjoys communicating this to others.
Dr. Shana McDermott trained as an applied micro-economist at the University of Wyoming. Her current research topics include the management of invasive and endangered species and
climate change which require a detailed understanding of both biological and economic processes. Collaborating with natural scientists and policy-makers has added a practical
dimension to her modeling approaches and potential policy implications. She has published in top field journals, including Ecological Economics, Land Economics, and Ecological
Applications, and contributed to several chapters in environmental economics books. Prior to coming to UNM, Shana was a postdoctoral research associate at Dartmouth College in the departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies.
Brian H. Hurd earned his MS and PhD degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, Davis, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a BA degree in Economics and Environmental Conservation. He aims to improve the economy and performance of water and agricultural systems, policies and institutions across New Mexico, the region, and globally through research and teaching on the economics of climate change, non-market valuation of natural resources, and the economics of water resources and agro-environmental systems.
He has lectured and provided expert assistance in various countries including Thailand, Cambodia, Tunisia, Spain, Senegal, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, Australia, and Italy. He has served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research and as President of the Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) Board of Directors.
Javier Gonzales is a lifelong Santa Fe resident. His family has deep roots here and the City Different shaped him into the person he is today. His grandparents taught him hard work and strong families. His
community taught him respect and diversity. As Mayor, Javier is actively engaged in making Santa Fe the leader in the green economy.
Javier currently also serves as the Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability for Rosemont Realty, where he oversees the greening of office buildings to increase their energy efficiency. He has served on the Santa Fe County Commission and in 2001 was elected as the first Hispanic president of the National Association of Counties which represents more than 3,000 counties nationwide. He served two terms as chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico and remains active in promoting better education for youth as he did through service on the Board of Regents for New Mexico State University and New Mexico Highlands University.
The symposium will take place at St. John’s College in the Great Hall of the Peterson Student Center. Monday from 1- 6 pm and Tuesday 8:30-3:45. Monday’s program concludes with a cocktail reception. Tuesday’s program includes lunch and coffee breaks.
The Visitors Parking Lot is on your left as you enter campus. A few handicapped parking spaces are located at the Visitor’s Circle right in front of the fishpond area and below the Peterson Student Center. A few more are located behind the Peterson Center as follows. Just before the Visitor’s Circle, look for the fork in the road where you would normally drive to the left to get to the Visitors’ Parking Circle just below the Peterson Center. Instead, turn right and follow the drive up to the other parking area. There are two or three handicapped parking spaces on the left. Please note that this parking lot is not open to the public, but handicapped folks are allowed to park in the designated spaces.