Talk in the HUB March 17 to feature award-winning science journalist

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — An award-winning environmental reporter at the Seattle Times will be part of a panel discussion about the threats of ocean acidification on the planet’s health at 7 p.m. Monday, March 17, in the HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium on the University Park campus of Penn State.

The panel discussion, “Ocean Acidification: The Underreported Crisis,” will feature reporter Craig Welch, along with Iliana Baums, associate professor of biology; Elizabeth Boyer, associate professor of water resources; Timothy Bralower, professor of geosciences; and Wren Patton, a graduate student in ecology. Lee Kump, head of the Department of Geosciences, will lead the discussion.

Welch, an environmental science reporter at the Seattle Times since 2000, is author of the book “Shell Games: Rogues, Smugglers, and the Hunt for Nature’s Bounty,” which won the 2011 Rachel Carson Environment Book Award from the Society of Environmental Journalists. The society has named Welch outstanding beat reporter of the year twice. In 2007, he was a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, and he has had work in the Smithsonian, the Washington Post and Newsweek.

Supported by the Pulitzer Center,, Welch used multi-media platforms to report on ocean acidification, one of the biggest environmental threats facing the planet.

The Department of Geosciences, the Schreyer Honors College and the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment are sponsoring Welch’s visit with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and support from the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute. The panel discussion is part of the Schreyer Honors College Shaping the Future Summit,, which is sponsored by Life Technologies Inc.

A reception with refreshments will take place after the talk, which is free and open to the public.

Last Updated January 09, 2015