Named one of TIME Magazine’s 2014 100 Most Influential People for her work as a climate scientist and communicator—“an environmental evangelist”—Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, part of the Department of Interior’s South-Central Climate Science Center. She is also founder and CEO of ATMOS Research, an organization aimed at bridging the gap between scientists and stakeholders to provide relevant, state-of-the-art information on how climate change will affect our lives to a broad range of non-profit, industry and government clients. Hayhoe holds a B.Sc. in physics and astronomy from the University of Toronto and an M.S. and Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Together with her husband Andrew Farley, she wrote the book, A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions.
According to actor, producer and Academy Award nominee Don Cheadle who interviews Hayhoe extensively in the SHOWTIME series, Years of Living Dangerously, “There’s something fascinating about a smart person who defies stereotype. That’s what makes my friend Katharine Hayhoe—a Texas Tech climatologist and an evangelical Christian—so interesting.”
All proceeds from this 2015 LHI Art-Sci Symposium event will benefit the Land Heritage Institute (LHI) STREAM Center (Science | Technology | Reading/Writing | Engineering/Environment | Arts | Math) being created from a WWII-era Quonset hut once used by Ford Motors to test tractors. This Center will be an orientation and learning space/lab for students of all ages before they embark on adventures on the 20+ miles of hike/bike/equestrian trails–Los Caminos Naturales–throughout the LHI land.
Land Heritage Institute (LHI) is 1200 acres of open space on the south side of San Antonio under development as a living land museum aimed at promoting lifelong learning for students of all ages by providing interactive experiences with historical, environmental and cultural landscapes.
This event has been made possible through support from the Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation, the Southwest School of Art and James Lifshutz.