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San Jacinto College
Roundtable to Address Climate Change
News Release
Monday, April 11, 2011

Philosophy/honors roundtable to address
“The Science, Politics, and Ethics of Climate Change"

PASADENA, Texas - San Jacinto College (SJC) Central will host a philosophy/honors roundtable on Wednesday, April 13, featuring three panelists on the topic "The Science, Politics, and Ethics of Climate Change."

The discussion is open to the public and will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the student center ballroom. Panelists include John Osterman, Malcolm Sadler, and Joseph Stromberg.

Osterman, a SJC government professor, is a two-time recipient of the Earhart Foundation Fellowship for Research in American Political Thought and the Constitution. He is enrolled in a graduate program at the University of St. Thomas School of Theology at St. Mary's Seminary, and is a doctoral candidate in political science at the University of Houston.

Sadler is a SJC geology professor with vast experience working as an educator in the field. He has served as a sixth-grade Earth science teacher at St. Paul’s School in Clearwater, Fla., and as a middle school science teacher at the Episcopal School of Knoxville in Tennessee. He also became a seasonal GS-04 Park Ranger at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. Between two summer seasons, he traveled all over the United States to visit national parks and gather material for a book.

Stromberg, a SJC history professor, is also a doctoral candidate at the University of Houston. His dissertation, "Atomic Cowboys: Risk and Regulation at the South Texas Nuclear Project¸" examines through case study how regulatory failure, construction mismanagement and resistance from environmental groups contributed to the decline of atomic energy in the United States. He has presented his research at the annual meeting of the American Society of Environmental History and at the Policy History Conference and worked as a historical consultant researching pollution in northeastern watersheds. He is the two-time recipient of an Environmental Institute of Houston grant for his dissertation research and serves as a book review editor for the H-Energy listserv. 

The next SJC Central roundtable discussion will address the topic of Libya. It will be held at 6 p.m. on April 28 in Room 154 of the administration building, and will feature panelists Angelina Cavallo, Ben Fraser, Maria Papapavlou, Will Parent, and Shari Goldstein.

About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for nearly 50 years. We are committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of more than 29,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career-track choices. Students also benefit from the College’s workforce training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of ever-changing industry in the region. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.
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