October 24--26, 2014

Reto Knutti: Mysterious Models and Enigmatic Ensembles

  Mysterious Models and Enigmatic Ensembles Reto Knutti (ETH Zurich, Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science) Abstract: As our understanding improves, more observations become avail – able, and computational capacity increases, climate models continue to in – crease in complexity to synthesize all that knowledge. The hope is that as more and more processes are […]

The Orgasm Wars - Elisabeth Lloyd, March 6, 3:30pm

Elisabeth Lloyd: The Orgasm Wars

The Orgasm Wars Friday, March 6 3:30pm-5pm New Chu International Centre Abstract: There has been a fierce battle occurring among people who explain the evolution of human female orgasm, about its evolutionary origins and nature. The core issue is that the female orgasm presents an evolutionary puzzle. Unlike the male orgasm, female orgasm is not […]


Elisabeth Lloyd: Robustness of Climate models

  Elisabeth Lloyd, Indiana University, Bloomington March 05, 2015 Location: Western University, Stevenson Hall, Room 1145 3:30 pm Abstract:  Both climate scientists and philosophers have been working hard to understand how the huge multidimensional global climate models can be tested and confirmed.  The convergence of multiple climate models on a single outcome or result has […]

October 24--26, 2014

Nathaniel Bergman: Extreme Floods and Short-Term Hydroclimatological Fluctuations in the Hyper-Arid Dead Sea Region, Israel

  Nathaniel Bergman* , Noam Greenbaum and Uri Schwartz ( * University of Western Ontario) Title: Extreme Floods and Short-Term Hydroclimatological Fluctuations in the Hyper-Arid Dead Sea Region, Israel The autumn Active Red Sea Trough (ARST) rainstorm in the southern Dead Sea region on 29 October 2004 was documented using calibrated radar images, some rainfall […]

October 24--26, 2014

Jon Lawhead: Multi­Scale Modeling and Pluralism in Climate Systems

Jon Lawhead (University of Southern California)   Title:Multi­Scale Modeling and Pluralism in Climate Systems   The global climate is a paradigmatic complex system, and so exhibits interesting behavioral regularities at many different spatio­temporal scales. Moreover, these patterns are mutually constraining: the presence of a stable behavioral regularity at one scale can influence the structure of stable behavioral […]

October 24--26, 2014

Forrest DeGroff: A Proposed Alternative Measure for Climate Change

Forrest DeGroff (City College of San Francisco ) Title: A Proposed Alternative Measure for Climate Change Potential Carbon dioxide equivalents is the benchmark standard for expressing climate change potential, expressed as CO2e. “The international standard practice is to express greenhouse gases in carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalents. Emissions of gases other than CO2 are translated into […]

Update on ‘How Can the History and Philosophy of Science Contribute to Science Teaching?’

Two years ago, this blog featured a series of posts about how the history and philosophy of science (HPS) can contribute to science education: Broadening the goals of science education, by Reuven Brandt, Improving scientific literacy through improved critical thinking skills, by Melissa Jacquart,  How to include HPS in science education standards?, by myself, and […]