- Steve McIntyre
- Statistical Issues in Climate Reconstruction
- Date: November 17, 2006
Mr. McIntyre is a private Canadian individual (mathematician by training, mining exploration consultant by vocation) who analyzed the by now well known "hockey stick" climate reconstruction graph used in the Third Report of the International Panel on Climate Change.
Mr. McIntyre visited Cornell on Friday, November 17th and gave a talk in Dr. Unur’s PAM 340 class. He also gave an informal talk to interested faculty and graduate students the same day. The talk comprised a brief background in climate reconstructions as well as the statistical issues Mr. McIntyre brought up with existing work in the field. These issues are important in figuring out severity of climate change (and, consequently, the expected costs of climate change) as an input into policy decisions.
- John Agresto
- Reading Tocqueville in Baghdad — or, What We Don't Know about Democracy May Kill Us
- Date: April 17, 2006
John Agresto was a Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Higher Education during the Coalition Provisional Authority between 2003 and 2004. He is the author of the book Mugged by Reality: The Liberation of Iraq and the Failure of Good Intentions.
- Michael Oren
- Security and Liberty in Contemporary Israel
- Date: March 30, 2006
Michael Oren is the author of such books as Six Days of War: June 1967 and The Making of the Modern Middle East and Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present. He is currently serving the Ambassador of Israel to the United States.