Free Science Lecture Series Set for Riverside, Palm Desert

Topics include climate change, pollination, climate and water supply and solar energy

Christopher Bardeen standing in front of solar panels

Christopher Bardeen is among the speakers at the UC Riverside science lecture series.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( —  The University of California, Riverside’s College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences is hosting a free science lecture series that is open to the public in April and May in Riverside and Palm Desert.

The series is called “Sustainability in a Time of Rapid Change: The Future of Earth, Life and Humanity.”

“At no time in human history has science played a more important role than it does now in solving the problems that threaten the future of life on our planet,” said Kathryn E. Uhrich, dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. “This lecture series is an extension of our responsibility to share with the community the important work our scientists are doing to understand and solve the problems that impact our daily lives.”

The Riverside lectures will be held UC Riverside Extension, 1200 University Ave. The Palm Desert lectures will be held at UCR Palm Desert Center, 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive. There is no charge for parking at either location.

All the lectures will take from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Each lecture will be repeated at each location, Riverside and Palm Desert. Topics and dates are as follows:

  • “Earth Under Fire: How and Why Our Climate is Changing,” by Robert Allen, an assistant professor of earth sciences, Thursday, April 7, in Riverside and Tuesday, April 12, in Palm Desert. The Riverside lecture includes a free climate and sustainability fair from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at UCR Extension Center courtyard. There will be refreshments and booths and activities for all ages. The fair is sponsored by the UCR EDGE Institute, UCR Department of Earth Sciences, UCR Office of Sustainability, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and the Riverside STEM Academy High School.
  • “Canaries in a Coal Mine: Why Pollinators are Sensitive to Global Change and How You Can Help Them,” by S. Hollis Woodard, assistant professor of entomology, Thursday, April 14, in Riverside and Tuesday, April 19, in Palm Desert.
  • “Change is the Only Constant: 10,000 Years of Climate Variability in California and What it Means for Our Water Supply,” by James Sickman, a professor of environmental sciences, Thursday, April 21, in Riverside and Tuesday, April 26, in Palm Desert.
  • “Catching Rays: Solar Energy for Today and Tomorrow,” Christopher Bardeen, a professor of chemistry, Thursday, April 28, in Riverside, and Tuesday, May 3, in Palm Desert.

For more information about the lecture series call 951-827-5089.

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