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UWI’s Climate Change Change Specialist to deliver GraceKennedy Foundation 2015 Public Lecture

GraceKennedy Limited | 2015-03-04 00:00:00

The 2015 GraceKennedy Foundation Lecture will explore the hot topic of climatic change and its impact. Entitled “Why Climate Demands Change”, it will be presented at the Jamaica Pegasus on March 10 starting at 5pm.

Similar to last year, the lecture will be streamed live on the GraceKennedy Foundation’s YouTube page:  gracekennedyfdn.

Prof. Michael A Taylor, Director of the Climate Studies Group, at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus is this year’s lecturer. He joins a distinguished panel of presenters of the lecture series since its inception in 1989.  Other presenters to date include Professor Elsa Leo-Rhynie, Dr. Pauline Milburn, Professor Patrick Bryan, Ambassador Don Mills, Marjorie Whylie, Dr. Elizabeth Thomas-Hope, Dr. Lucien Jones, Dr. Maureen Samms- Vaughn, Sir Alister McIntyre, Dr. Anna Kasafi Perkins and most recently, Dr. Fritz Pinnock.

Commenting of the choice of this year’s lecturer, Mrs. Caroline Mahfood, Executive Director of the GraceKennedy Foundation, said “Professor Taylor is passionate about the issue of climate change and he is ideally suited to inform and challenge us.  His lecture will provide us with interesting insights into linkages relating to climate, such as those with water, health, agriculture and tourism sectors and how climate change impacts the economy, infrastructure, lifestyle and health of Caribbean nations.”  She pointed out that the lecture should highlight the need for a change in attitudes,  approaches and actions in relation to climate change and its impact on not just Jamaica, but also the region and the rest of the world.

Since 2007, Professor Taylor has been the Director of the Climate Studies Group, Mona (CSGM) a multi-country collaborative initiative which comprises a team of Physics lecturers who study climate variability and its impact on short-term changes in the Caribbean climate. Based on their research and analysis of data, the CSGM provides governments and private sector interests in the Caribbean with predictive models of regional climate several decades hence, and so facilitate informed, efficient and effective planning.

A specialist in the area of Environmental Physics, Professor Taylor’s  outstanding work has been celebrated and recognized through the many awards bestowed on him, nationally and internationally.  Internationally, he was the recipient in 1999 of the American Meteorological Society Global Change Scholar Award, in 2004 of the START International Young Scientist Award and in 2008, the Third World Academy of Science / Caribbean Academy of Science Young Scientist Award. 

Nationally, in 2005 he received the Scientific Research Council Young Scientist/Technologist Award. He has won the awards from the UWI Mona Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences for Teaching and for Best Publication on four occasions and on two occasions, the award for Most Outstanding Research Activity in that Faculty. In 2012 he was named the Faculty’s Most Outstanding Researcher. In 2013, the Council of the Institute of Jamaica awarded Professor Taylor the Silver Musgrave Medal for outstanding merit in the field of science.

Having gained a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) degree in general and environmental physics from the UWI, he pursued graduate work at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. This work was funded by a University of Maryland Postgraduate Fellowship and later, a National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) Fellowship, resulting in his Master’s and Doctoral degrees. 

Professor Taylor joined the Department of Physics in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences at UWI Mona as a Lecturer in 1999 and in 2009 was appointed Head of the Department of Physics.

The mandate of the annual lecture series is to assist the public in understanding all the aspects of any issue with which the society is grappling by providing the information that is needed to effectively explore the subject. The lectures are presented with the objective of initiating public debate at all levels of society and to create awareness of issues that are integral to the sustainable development of the nation.
The public is invited to attend.

Posted By :Simone Clarke-Cooper

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