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Ohio State University News Tips 11/24/15

Ohio State holds one of the largest Thanksgiving dinners on a college campus – Nov. 26. One of the largest Thanksgiving Day dinners on a college campus will be hosted by The Ohio State University on Thursday, Nov. 26 at the Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St. The annual event will be held for an estimated 1,600 guests – students, faculty and staff, along with their families – who are unable to travel to their homes for the holiday. Seatings are at 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. The traditional Thanksgiving Dinner will include 650 pounds of turkey, 30 gallons of gravy, 432 pounds each of green beans and corn, 320 pounds of corn bread and 2,000 slices of pie. Close to 200 volunteers from throughout the university community will assist in serving the traditional turkey dinner. CONTACT: Maureen Miller, miller.4468@osu.edu or (614) 307-0062.

Paris climate conference experts available. The 21st Conference of Parties at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP 21, will take place in Paris from Nov. 30 through Dec. 11. The objective is to achieve an agreement among all nations in the world on lowering the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. If successful, it will be the first time all countries, not just developed countries, are included in the agreement. A number of Ohio State experts are able to discuss the conference and climate change in general:
What to expect during and after the climate conference

  • Alexander Thompson, associate professor, Department of Political Science: evolution of climate change negotiations and north-south climate finance. Thompson.1191@osu.edu, 292-9491
  • Eric Toman, associate professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources: served as a U.S. delegate to COP 13 in Bali, Indonesia Toman.10@osu.edu, 614-292-7313

The science of climate change

  • Bryan Mark, associate professor, Department of Geography: physical and human dimensions of changes in glaciers worldwide; state of Ohio climatologist. Mark.9@osu.edu, 614-247-6180

Market mechanisms and economics associated with climate change

  • Noah Dormady, assistant professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs: energy and environmental policy including cap and trade and carbon tax. Dormady.1@osu.edu, 614-688-1668
  • Ned Hill, professor, John Glenn College of Public Affairs and Knowlton School of Architecture: U.S. state and federal policies and economics; state, regional and local development planning with energy and environment in mind. Hill.1973@osu.edu, 614-247-4086

Legal aspects of climate change

Other experts are available to speak about
*how technology developments have effects on climate change;
*public opinion and communication barriers in climate change;
*the role of agriculture in climate change; lessons from past climate events;
*how developing countries are adapting to climate change; and
*the growing interest/role of faith in the climate topic.

CONTACT: Joan Wall, Ohio State Office of Energy and Environment, wall.107@osu.edu, 614-292-8329.