September 26, 2017
Joseph Priestley Award Recipient Richard Alley, a professor from Penn State University, will deliver year's Priestley Award Celebration Lecture
Richard Alley, Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences at Penn State, will discuss how humans have burned trees, whales, and now fossil fuels far faster than they grew back, enjoying the energy but suffering the environmental impacts and then shortages. Now, according to Alley, we are the first generation that can build a sustainable energy system, improving the economy, employment, environment, ethics, and national security. The Joseph Priestley Award recipient is chosen by a different science department each year. The Department of Earth Sciences has selected this year’s recipient. The event is supported by the College’s Priestley Fund and is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of biology, chemistry, earth sciences, environmental studies, math & computer science, psychology and physics & astronomy. For more information, visit the website or call 717-245-1875.