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Distinguished Explorer Award Presentation
And Public Lecture:
Ice is Nice:
Through Deep Time to Our Future
The explorer will share stories about his polar expeditions and discoveries in his acceptance speech, “Ice is Nice: Through Deep Time to Our Future,” during his award ceremony on Friday, March 2 at 4:30 p.m. in Wilson Theatre in Mayer Hall on the Beloit College campus. Earlier that day he will present a program called “Empowering People: Finding Good News in the Greenhouse” for area youth at Beloit Memorial High School. These programs honor the Andrews legacy and are sponsored by members and supporters of the Society. Distinguished explorers receive a cash prize and a commemorative statue created by noted regional artist O. V. Shaffer.
Presentation by Richard Alley, 2018 Distinguished Explorer
- Friday, March 2nd, 2018, 4:30 pm
- Wilson Theatre in Mayer Hall, Beloit College
- Public is welcome. Admission is FREE! (Bring the kids!)
Immediately following the acceptance lecture
A celebratory reception and dinner honoring Richard Alley will be held immediately following the acceptance lecture.
Science Center on the Beloit College Campus
700 College St.
6:30 p.m. reception
7:00 p.m. dinner
Reservations are required and deadline T.B.D.
This is a popular event and is known to sell out. Advance reservations and tickets are required for this event.
Good News on Energy and Environment
Perspectives on Limits to Growth
National Academy of Sciences
4.6 Billion Years of Earth’s Climate History
Empowering People: Finding Good News in the Greenhouse
Earlier in the day Richard Alley will share stories and discoveries with students while visiting Beloit to accept his award. This presentation is coordinated with area schools and is held at Beloit Memorial High School.
Local Wisconsin Ties
Alley has local ties to southern Wisconsin, having received his Ph.D. in Geology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1987. This achievement followed his graduate study at Ohio State University with 2007 Distinguished Explorer Award winners Lonnie and Ellen Mosley-Thompson. In 1988, Alley joined the geosciences faculty at Pennsylvania State University, where he is the Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences and a member of the Penn State Ice and Climate Exploration group. His work has earned him widespread national and international recognition, including membership in the United States National Academy of Sciences and United Kingdom’s The Royal Society.
Alley will be the 17th recipient of the Distinguished Explorer Award. Canadian cultural anthropologist Wade Davis received the Society’s most recent award in April of 2017. Other recipients receiving this prestigious award include Michael J. Novacek, leader of the first Western expedition to the Gobi Desert since Andrews’s research there during the 1920s that unearthed the first nest of fossilized dinosaur eggs; Steve Squyres, scientific principal investigator for the Mars Exploration Rover mission; and Robert Ballard, discoverer of the RMS Titanic shipwreck.
Formed in 1999, the Roy Chapman Andrews Society’s mission is to honor its namesake by educating the public about Andrews’s life, work, and adventures; promoting the value of scientific exploration and discovery; and emphasizing Andrews’ lifetime ties to Beloit.
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