CORVALLIS, Ore. - Richard Alley, a geologist, glaciologist, and climate change scientist will present the 2011 Thomas Condon Lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Oregon State University.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is designed for a non-specialist audience. It is titled "Get Rich and Save the World, or Else: Challenges and Opportunities in a Warming World."

The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Austin Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus. Named after a pioneer of Oregon geology, the Condon Lecture helps to interpret significant scientific research for non-scientists.

Alley is the Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences and associate of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at The Pennsylvania State University. A widely recognized and honored scientist, he studies climate records, flow behavior, and sedimentary deposits of large ice sheets to help predict future changes in climate and sea level. Alley has conducted 14 field expeditions to Antarctica, Greenland and Alaska.

Alley will also give a more technical presentation in the George Moore Lecture, "Slip Sliding Away: Ice-sheet Discoveries and Sea-level Rise," on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 4 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium.

Alley was the presenter for the PBS television special on climate and energy, Earth: The Operators' Manual, and author of the book.  His popular account of climate change and ice cores, The Two-Mile Time Machine, was Phi Beta Kappa's science book of the year in 2001.

The lecture is sponsored by the OSU Department of Geosciences and College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences. More information is available online at

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John Dilles, 541-737-1245