Understanding and Communicating the Science of Climate Change: A Chemist’s Responsibility

Understanding and Communicating the Science of Climate Change: A Chemist’s Responsibility

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The average person knows about climate change but most likely doesn’t understand the effect it is having across the globe.  Join Dr. Jerry Bell and Dr. Bassam Shakhashiri as they discuss the ACS Climate Science Toolkit and cover the fundamental science to help you understand and communicate climate science.



What You Will Learn

  • Evidence for the Earth’s changing climate
  • Origin, structure, and use of the ACS Climate Science Toolkit
  • A pictorial explanation for sharing how climate change relates to the greenhouse effect
  • How ocean chemistry and other properties are changing


Webinar Details

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2013

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Fee: Free


Meet Your Experts

Dr. Jerry Bell is Chair of the ACS Presidential Climate Science Working Group and has a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Harvard. His professional focus is on hands-on approaches to teaching and learning, developing new laboratory materials, advocating for small-scale instructional laboratory techniques, and committing to the use of lecture experiments as an effective method for communicating chemistry;  all of which are exemplified in the ACS textbook, “Chemistry,” for which he was Chief Editor.



Dr. Bassam Z. Shakhashiri is the 2012 President of the American Chemical Society, the William T. Evjue Distinguished Chair for the Wisconsin Idea at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and former assistant director of the National Science Foundation for Science and Engineering Education.  He also founded and directs the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy.  Dr. Shakhashiri’s scholarly publications include the multi-volume series, Chemical Demonstrations:  A Handbook for Teachers of Chemistry.  The Encyclopedia Britannica cites him as the “dean of lecture demonstrators in America.”



The Fine Print

ACS Webinars™ does not endorse any products or services. The views expressed in this presentation are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the American Chemical Society.



7 Responses to “Understanding and Communicating the Science of Climate Change: A Chemist’s Responsibility”

  1. Kirsten Swan says:

    I am a high school chemistry teacher and am interested in this webinar. However, I live and work in the Pacific time zone and won’t be done teaching my classes until 2:00 PT (5 pm ET)
    I there a way to get a transcript or rebroadcast of this webinar for those of us who can’t make the time offered?

  2. admin says:

    Dear Kirsten – Yes you may view the recording and slides one week after the live presentation at http://acswebinars.org/understanding-climate-change. Please come back. — ACS Webinars

  3. Ulick Stafford says:

    And will you present any of contrary evidence? CO2 is plant fertilizer that boosts plant growth especilly in dry regions? The Earth has not warmed for 16 years or so? The only evidence of catastropic warming some from computer models prepared by advocates? AGW fans tend not to debate with those who question their catastrophic views so I am sure you won’t.

    It is sad that the ACS is ussing its members subscription money to support eco-advocacy in support of this pseudoreligion. It should repect the scientific method.

  4. Genesis says:

    For Admin:

    A few of us here at my office were not available to view the webinar on 03/07 but are still interested in watching it. Will you be reposting this webinar soon?

  5. admin says:

    Thank you for your interest in ACS Webinars™!

    Recorded Webinars are always made available at least one week after the live webinar. The presentation that you refer to will be up in the next few days. Thank you.


    Erik Holderman
    ACS Webinars

  6. admin says:


    Thank you for your feedback. We will share your sentiment with the ACS Webinars Team and related parties.


    Erik Holderman
    ACS Webinars

  7. James Tolbert says:

    Ulick Stafford: ACS relies on scientific inquiry; not incomplete and missinformed clips. The last 16 years when the earth has not warmed include the 10 hottest years on record. Yes, CO2 can increase photosynthesis; but it ALSO traps heat in the atmosphere — it is a well studied issue. The level of CO2 in the atmosphere (390 to 400 ppm) is now well over the range of CO2 observed in historic records from ice cores dating back almost a million years. The ACS statements are not supporting “eco-advocacy”, but instead are attempting to help their members and the public communicate the issue.

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