Distinguished Lectures

This program is designed to host nationally recognized experts from academia, industry, and government, as well as highly regarded community leaders and sustainability professionals to discuss best practices, new technologies, and policy developments in energy. Lectures focus on topics most important to faculty and students at Notre Dame. View current distinguished lectures below and previous lectures at: 202120202019, 20182017, 2016.

2022 Distinguished Lectures

“A Climate for All of Us" by Katharine Hayhoe (March 5)

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Katharine Hayhoe, Chief Scientist at The Nature Conservancy (TNC), gave a public lecture, “A Climate for All of Us," on Saturday, March 5, at 2:30 p.m. in the McKenna Hall Auditorium at the University of Notre Dame. Hayhoe, an esteemed atmospheric scientist, discussed how finding shared values can bring collective action to mitigate climate challenges and build a brighter future for all Hoosiers. In her role as Chief Scientist, Hayhoe is responsible for TNC’s wider portfolio of global climate adaptation and advocacy work. She is also a Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished Professor and the Political Science Endowed Chair in Public Policy and Public Law in the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University. After her talk, Hayhoe signed copies of her latest book, Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World.

The event was hosted by the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative (ND-ECI) and ND Energy, in partnership with the TNC in Indiana.

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"Open-Shell Molecules: A Radical Design for Organic Optoelectronic Materials" by Mark S. Chen (February 16)

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Co-hosted by Subhash L. Shinde, associate director of ND Energy, and Matthew Webber, Keating-Crawford Collegiate Professor of Engineering in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Notre Dame, Mark Chen, Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Lehigh University, discussed his research focused on the synthesis of open-shell organic molecules and their application to optoelectronic materials and devices. Chen received his B.A. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University with M.-Christina White developing catalytic C-H bond oxidation methodologies. As a Dreyfus postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Jean Fréchet at U. C. Berkeley, he led a team developing polymeric and molecular materials for organic electronic devices. Chen is the recipient of several awards, including a Kaufman Foundation New Investigator Award (2015) and NSF CAREER Award (2021).

For more information, contact Subhash L. Shinde and view the event description.