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KNOXVILLE–Dr. Warren Washington, one of the nation’s leading meteorologists, will speak at the University of Tennessee at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 2. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Room 307 of the Science and Engineering Research Facility.

Washington, senior scientist and head of the climate change section of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, will speak on modeling and predicting climate change, what current models predict, and the ongoing controversy over global warming.

Washington specializes in computer modeling of the earth’s climate. He is co-author of “An Introduction to Three-Dimensional Climate Modeling,” a reference book on climate studies, and chaired the panel that advised the producers of a film on climate for the PBS television series “Planet Earth.”

Washington is also chair of the National Science Board, which advises the president and Congress on science policy and oversees the National Science Foundation.

He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2002 and has been honored with inclusion in the National Academy of Sciences Portrait Collection of African Americans. He has degrees in physics and meteorology from Oregon State University and a Ph.D. in meteorology from Pennsylvania State University.

Washington’s lecture is sponsored by three UT departments: ecology & evolutionary biology, geography, and earth & planetary sciences.