Forums/Symposia Videos

Several times throughout the year, YCEI sponsors focused day-long meetings for experts to address a particular topic, meet with students and explore new opportunities for collaboration with Yale researchers.

Shale Gas Symposium

Dr. Hannah Wiseman, a former managing editor of the Yale Journal of Regulation and now Assistant Professor at Florida State University succinctly summarizes the state of shale gas regulation at last year’s YCEI-sponsored shale gas symposium.  She’ll be one of the featured speakers when the Yale Center for Environmental Law &...

Nine months before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court would strike down Act 16, Pace Law School’s John Nolon delivered this talk which described the fundamental conflict the law created for communities seeking to use local zoning powers to limit adverse impacts on the local level.  The presentation was part of a panel discussion that...

Richard A. Liroff, Ph.D., is founder and director of the Investor Environmental Health Network (IEHN). IEHN is a collaboration of investment managers and advisors advocating for safer corporate chemicals policies to grow long-term shareholder value and reduce financial and reputational risks to companies. He delivers a talk entitled, “An...

Pace Law School’s John Nolon seemed to anticipate the recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision that struck down Act 13, which created standardized regulations governing gas shale development throughout Pennsylvania, but limited communities’ rights in the process.  His presentation was part of the YCEI’s March 5, 2013 Shale Gas...

Professor John Nolon reflects on the lessons of Pennsylvania Coal Co. vs. Mahon, the 1922 case which established that the concept of “takings” extended to regulatory actions and created the “diminution of value” test.  The audience exchange was part of the panel discussion which concluded YCEI’s symposium on shale gas development, March 5...

John M. Deutch, MIT professor and chair of the Energy Advisory Board 2011 Subcommittee on Hydraulic Fracturing, moderated a panel discussion including industry, academic and government experts on best practices in development of unconventional resources. 

Forum on the Integration of Climate Science and Infectious Disease Research

Olaf Kahl discusses the first effort to map the spread of ticks in Europe. Founder of Tick Radar, Olaf Kahl regularly appears on news channels to give the daily tick forecast.

Daytime temperature fluctuations greatly alter the incubation period of malaria parasites in mosquitoes and alter transmission rates of the disease. Consideration of these fluctuations reveals a more accurate picture of climate change’s impact on malaria. Most studies use average monthly temperatures to study the impact of climate change...

Jeffrey Shaman studies the intersection of climate, atmospheric science, hydrology and biology. His talk covers the environmental determinants of infectious disease transmission and in particular, how hydrologic variability affects mosquito ecology and mosquito-borne disease transmission, and how atmospheric conditions impact the survival,...

Mercedes Pascual studies the population dynamics of infectious diseases, their response to changing environments, and their interplay with pathogen diversity with a special focus on malaria and cholera.

Madeleine Thomson discusses how malaria control efforts have evolved from early efforts to eradicate the disease to a focus on treating the disease and most recently back to eradication. (Eradication by 2030 is now considered central to achieving all of the United Nation’s Millenium Development Goals). She discusses research efforts...

Dr. Gutowski’s research concentrates on the role of atmospheric dynamics in climate. Central focuses are the dynamics of the hydrologic cycle and regional climate.

William Bradshaw presents a synopsis of his primary research which is on Wyeomyia smithy, a small mosquito that develops only within the water-filled leaves of the purple pitcher plant. As described on his website: “The fact that this mosquito is capable of blood-feeding makes it tractable for studies of the molecular genetics and evolution of...

Cecile Viboud, Fogarty International Center, NIH, focuses her research on the transmission dynamics and mortality burden of influenza. She is working at the interface between disease modeling, empirical data, evolutionary genetics, and public health. Her work has helped revisit historical pandemics in Europe, Asia, and the Americas;...

YCEI Director Mark Pagani welcomes participants to this forum, and introduces the first speaker, Noah Diffenbaugh, from Stanford University.  Noah’s research interests are centered on the dynamics and impacts of climate variability and change, including the role of humans as a coupled component of the climate system. Much of his work has...

Town Hall Meeting on Climate with Senator Chris Murphy

Alex Felson discusses examples of ecological land use planning and site-level green infrastructure in seaside Connecticut communities that represent mitigation and adaptation strategies in anticipation of climate change.  Dr. Felson has joint appointments with Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the School...

Tony Leiserowitz, Director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communications, moderates a panel discussion with all participants at the YCEI-sponsored town hall meeting on climate change in New England which explored how global warming will affect New England in the 21st century and how the region is preparing for the coming changes.

Senator Chris Murphy, recently returned from tense discussions regarding crisis in the Middle East, suggests to the audience that the turmoil there was triggered by an unprecedented drought which is likely a consequence of climate change.  His keynote presentation was part of a Town Hall Meeting entitled, “Climate Change in New England:...

Yale Professor Ron Smith speaks on Climate Change in New England at a A Town Hall Meeting, entitled, “Climate Change in New England: What’s Next?” which explores how global warming will affect New England in the 21st century and how the region is preparing for the coming changes.

MIT Professor, Kerry Emanuel, an atmospheric scientist and expert on hurricanes, discusses what’s known and what remains impossible to predict in regard to coming future storms at a Town Hall Meeting, entitled, “Climate Change in New England: What’s Next?” which explores how global warming will affect New England in the 21st century...

Connecticut-born Marion McFadden, Chief Operating Officer of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task describes the history of the task force and how it’s helping the region rebuild “smarter and stronger than before” with science as the foundation of the world.  Her presentation was part of a YCEI-sponsored town hall meeting entitled, “...

Katie Dykes, Deputy Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, speaks on Climate Change in New England at a A Town Hall Meeting, entitled, “Climate Change in New England: What’s Next?” which explores how global warming will affect New England in the 21st century and how the region is preparing for the...

Advances in Global Climate and Atmospheric Modeling: Perspectives from Yale and Todai

Bill Boos, Department of Geology & Geophysics at Yale University, explains new research into the mechanics of monsoons answering the question why it rains where it rains in the tropics.

Bill Boos introduces Professor Yutaka Kondo, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, The University of Tokyo, as the first speaker in a day-long symposium devoted to recent advanced in atmospheric science. Professor Kondo discusses a range of chemical and physical processes incorporating recent models and in situ measurements.

Nadine Unger, Department of Geology & Geophysics and School of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale University, explains the advantages of considering multiple species of aerosols based on their industrial source and the implications for regulating how they enter the environment. The agricultural sector receives special attention as...

Ayako Abe-Ouchi, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute at The University of Tokyo, lectures on Modeling the 100,000-year Glacial-interglacial Cycles: Forcing and Feedback.

Trude Storelvmo, Department of Geology & Geophysics at Yale University, explains how various species of aerosol differentially effect cloud formation and the consequences for radiative forcing. She further explains some of the implications of those findings for proposed geo-engineered options such as cloud seeding to counteract the effect...