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March 26, 2009
Contact: Mike Krings, University Relations, (785) 864-8860.

Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson visiting KU to speak on climate change, government

Mark Parkinson

LAWRENCE — Kansas Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson will visit the University of Kansas to speak on “National Policy and Climate Change.”

Parkinson, who likely will be appointed governor following Kathleen Sebelius’ nomination as Secretary of Health and Human Services, will speak at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, at the Commons in Spooner Hall. His speech is free and open to the public.

Parkinson, a 1984 graduate of KU’s School of Law, has been an advocate of responsible energy policy while in office. A successful businessman, he was Sebelius’ choice for lieutenant governor in 2006. She cited his success in business and his ability to work with all political parties when announcing her decision. Sebelius also appointed him as co-chair of the Kansas Energy Council and chair of the Kansas Wind Working Group.

Joane Nagel, University Distinguished Professor of Sociology and director of a $3 million National Science Foundation-funded program titled “Climate Change, Humans and Nature in the Global Environment,” said Parkinson is in a unique position to address an important topic.

“Lt. Gov. Parkinson serves on the Kansas Energy and Environmental Policy Advisory Group, created in 2008 by Gov. Sebelius, to identify opportunities for Kansas to respond to the challenge of climate change while becoming more energy efficient and independent and spurring economic growth,” Nagel said. “Two KU geography faculty members, David Braaten and Johannes Feddema, serve on KEEP with Parkinson, and it is through KU’s faculty expertise and public service that we are able to host this important talk on the intersection of public policy and the science of environmental change.”

Parkinson’s visit is co-sponsored by the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets, the Dole Institute of Politics, the Institute for Policy and Social Research and the National Science Foundation C-CHANGE Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship program.

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