Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Memorial Lecture
This annual lecture, named in honor of the late Royal D. Alworth, Jr.'s life and interests and normally delivered during the second semester, is designed to raise public understanding of a significant international topic.
2013-2014 Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Memorial Lecture
"Confronting Global Security: Facing the Challenges of Food Security and Environmental Sustainablity"
Presented by Dr. Jon Foley, Director of the Institute on the Environment, and Professor and McKnight Presidential Chair in the Department of Ecology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Monday September 30th, 2013
Kirby Student Center Ballroom, UMD
Dr. Jon Foley joined the University of Minnesota in 2008, after spending 15 years on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin, where he founded the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment. He also leads the Institute’s Global Landscapes Initiative. He and his colleagues have published numerous articles in the scientific literature, including highly cited work in Science, Nature and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He has also written many popular articles and essays, including pieces in the New York Times, Scientific American, SEED, E360, the Guardian, Ensia (formerly Momentum) and elsewhere. His public presentations on global issues have been featured at hundreds of venues, including the Aspen Environmental Forum, the Quatauqua Institution and TED.
Foley has won numerous awards and honors, including the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development Award; the J.S. McDonnell Foundation's 21st Century Science Award; an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship; and the Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America. In 1997, President Bill Clinton awarded him the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
Foley's work focuses on the sustainability of our civilization and the global environment. He and his students have contributed to our understanding of global food security, global patterns of land use, the behavior of the planet's climate, ecosystems and water cycle, and the sustainability of the biosphere. This work has led him to be a regular advisor to large corporations, NGOs and governments around the world.
For a recent article by Foley click here
This lecture is part of the Alworth Institute series, "Confronting Global Maternity, the Challenge of Sustainability." The series is co-sponsored by The UMD Office of Sustainability.