The Judge Frank M. Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service honors the late Judge Frank M. Coffin, a longtime federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, former member of Congress, renowned leader and mentor in public service, and beloved friend of the University of Maine School of Law. The Lecture is presented annually by a distinguished speaker during the fall semester.
This year, the 30th annual Judge Frank M. Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service will be presented by Dr. Paul Andrew Mayewski on October 27 at 7 pm. His talk is titled “Climate Perspective in A Rapidly Changing World.”
Mayewski is an internationally acclaimed glaciologist, climate scientist, polar explorer and director of the multidisciplinary Climate Change Institute and University of Maine Distinguished Professor. He has thus far led more than 60 expeditions to the remotest polar and high-elevation reaches of the planet and has received many prestigious national and international awards including, for example, the Inaugural Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research from a field of 45 countries and all disciplines, the Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Medal, the highest award in the field of glaciology, the European Union Oeschger Award, an honorary PhD from Stockholm University, and fellow in many organizations – for his contributions to science including the discovery of abrupt climate change driven by atmospheric circulation, human impacts on the chemistry of the atmosphere, impacts of climate change on humans and the ecosystem and for achievements in exploration into uncharted regions of Antarctica, including thousands of kilometers of polar traversing and numerous first ascents of mountains all to gain scientific knowledge. Paul is the first person to develop and lead prominent multi-disciplinary climate research programs at the three poles (Greenland (25 US institutions), the International Trans Antarctic Expedition (21 countries) and the Himalayas/Tibetan Plateau (most recently the National Geographic and Rolex Perpetual Planet Mt. Everest Expedition – 34 international researchers). He has more than 500 scientific publications, hundreds of popular and scientific lectures worldwide, two popular books “The Ice Chronicles” and “Journey Into Climate”, and has appeared hundreds of times in media such as: the New York and LA Times, NOVA, NPR, BBC, multiple CBS 60 Minutes shows and the Emmy Award Winning “Years of Living Dangerously.”