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February 6, 2008

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Harvard Astrophysicist to Discuss Global Warming at UT Tyler


Dr. Sallie Baliunas will discuss the climate change and its causes at The University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center, Susan Thomae-Morphew, UT Tyler Cowan Center director, announced.

Baliunas will be the featured speaker for the Drs. Larry L. Anderson and Svetislava J. Vukelja Lecture, which is the final event of the 2007 – 08 UT Tyler Distinguished Lecture Series.

The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Tickets are $31, $26, $21, $16 and $11. Student tickets are $5.

All tickets are available at the Cowan Center box office or online at www.CowanCenter.org. Box office hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. To reach the box office, call 903.566.7424.

Currently at Harvard’s Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in the solar, stellar and planetary sciences division, Baliunas also serves as senior scientist at the George C. Marshall Institute in Washington, D.C. and chairs the institute's science advisory board.

Perceived as controversial with other climate scientists, her work with fellow Smithsonian astronomer, Willie Soon, suggests that variations in air temperature, or global warming, is more directly correlated to solar variability than increased levels of carbon dioxide.

Baliunas has lent her expertise to the television industry as the science advisor for the science fiction television series “Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict” 1997 – 2000 and host of the Annenberg Channel’s series “Essential Science for Teachers: Physical Science” and “Force and Motion,” which was recognized by the WorldFest Independent Film Festival.

Her awards include the Newton-Lacy-Pierce Prize of the American Astronomical Society and the Bok Prize from Harvard University. She leads the International Astronomical Union's Working Group, "Astronomy from the Moon."

Baliunas holds master of arts and Ph.D. degrees in astrophysics from Harvard University.

Among her research interests are magnetohydrodynamics of the sun and sunlike stars, exoplanets, solar variability and terrestrial ecosystem response and the use of laser electro-optics for the correction of turbulence in the earth's atmosphere that blurs astronomical images.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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