Thompson Lecture Series
In 1998 ASP established the "Thompson Lecture Series," named in honor of Phil Thompson who founded the Advanced Study Program and was NCAR's first associate director. Under this program, prominent scientists are brought to NCAR for short visits that promote interaction between them and the postdoctoral fellows and other junior scientists at NCAR. In addition to presenting formal lectures, the Thompson Lecturers listen to briefings on the research being conducted by ASP Fellows and comment and provide advice on those research projects. They also meet with groups of scientists to discuss some more general topics, provide career advice, and offer their perspectives on scientific trends and priorities.
First Lecturer of the 2013 Thompson Lecture Series
Peter Vitousek: (as described by Wikipedia)
Born in Hawaii, Vitousek graduated from Amherst College in 1971 and received his Ph.D. in biology from Dartmouth College in 1975. Since then, he has worked as an Assistant Professor at Indiana University (1975-79), an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1980-83), and a Professor of Biological Sciences at Stanford University since 1984. He is married to fellow Stanford professor and ecologist Pamela Matson.
He was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1992. In 1993, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Vitousek was awarded the 2006 NAS Award for Scientific Reviewing "for his scholarly and inspirational book and reviews on nitrogen cycling and its role in the evolving patterns of ecosystem productivity and diversity." In 2010, he was awarded the Japan Prize.
A more personal biography can be found here: http://www.notablebiographies.com/news/Sh-Z/Vitousek-Peter.html#b
Wednesday March 20th - Friday March 22th 2013
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 11:00 a.m. @ Foothills Lab 2, Large Auditorium
Indigenous Agriculture, Biogeochemistry, and Sustainability in the Pre-Contact Pacific
Group photo with Andrew Dessler
Thompson Lecture Wiki (for local users only)