"Understanding Global Warming"

Donald Neidig
New Mexico State University

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
6 - 7:30 PM

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Education Annex
123 Grant Avenue, Santa Fe

Aerial View of Annex Location

Exactly what do we mean by global warming? How can we be sure itís happening and how can we identify its cause? These basic questions are explored using observational data and fundamental principles of physics. Despite the complexity of the climate system, it is relatively easy to understand how Earthís surface temperature responds to increased concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. The present human-caused warming of climate really is not surprising, as similar patterns of change in temperature and atmospheric composition are known to have occurred in Earthís distant past.

Admission is Free. Youth (ages 13-19) seating a priority. Light refreshments will be served.

Don is a retired astrophysicist, having studied solar activity at the National Solar Observatory for 28 years. He has also been a high-school science teacher and a professor at several colleges. He has degrees in chemistry (Dickinson College) and astronomy (Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University). He took up the study of climate change as a retirement project in 2004. Presently he is chairman of the Academy for Learning in Retirement, New Mexico State University.

The Cafés are sponsored by the Santa Fe Alliance for Science, the Santa Fe Public Schools, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, the Fractal Foundation and the Santa Fe Institute.

If you'd like more information, please call the phone number given above or send an email.


Fall 2014 Science Café Series

The Cafés will be held in the O'Keeffe Education Annex, 123 Grant Avenue, Santa Fe, from 6 to 7:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Seating preference will be given to "young thinkers" (ages 13-19).

  • Wednesday, September 10. "Understanding Global Warming" (Donald Neidig, New Mexico State University).

    Come learn about the basics of global warming — why we can't do without it, but too much is disastrous.

  • October 22, 2014. "Music and Math" (Cris Moore, Santa Fe Institute)

    What is it that accounts for the symbiotic relationship between music and math? Why is it that some people who are good at one are often good at the other? Come and find out!

  • December 10, 2014. "Too Cool to Resist -- The Mystery of Superconductivity" (Ross McDonald, Los Alamos National Laboratory). At temperatures very close to absolute zero, some materials lose all resistance to the flow of electrical current and become superconducting. The reason this happens is well understood. However, other materials can superconduct at much higher temperatures, and the reasons for this are not understood. Come learn how scientists at the LANL High Magnetic Field Lab are making progress in this frontier area.

Spring 2015 Science Café Series

  • January, 2015. TBD.

  • February, 2015. TBD.

  • April, 2015. TBD.


Videos, KSFR Radio Café Interviews with Mary Charlotte and other information about earlier Science Cafés. Click on a title to find the associated abstract.

  1. "Conserving the Otters of the World"
    (Melissa Savage, 4/30/14)
    Café Video (43 Minutes)
    Radio Café is not available

  2. "Discovering the Atomic Structure of the World Around Us"
    (Katharine Page, 2/26/14)
    Café Video (52 Minutes)
    Radio Café is not available

  3. "Bionic Hearing: The Science and the Experience"
    (Ian Shipsey, 1/23/14)
    Café Video (77 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  4. "Why Wolves?"
    (David Parsons, 11/12/13)
    Café Video (55 Minutes)
    Radio Café is not available

  5. "Imaging the Brain's Pathways to Addiction"
    (Joanna Fowler, 10/22/13)
    Café Video (44 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  6. "A Year In The Life of the Curiosity Mars Rover"
    (Nina Lanza, 9/11/13)
    Café Video (52 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  7. "Complexity Science: A Guided Tour"
    (Melanie Mitchell, 5/1/13)
    Café Video (56 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  8. "Heads Up! Protecting the Earth From Large Asteroid Impacts"
    (Cathy Plesko, 2/27/13)
    Café Video (53 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Cafe Interview

  9. "What Is Light? What Are Radio Waves?"
    (Bruce Sherwood, 1/16/13)
    Café Video (69 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

    Additional material discussed at the Café: Brain cancer incidence trends in relation to cellular telephone use in the United States, Peter D. Inskip, Robert N. Hoover, and Susan S. Devesa, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. Neuro-Oncology 12(11):1147-1151, 2010.

  10. "Recreating the Past in a Computer: The Artificial Anasazi"
    (George Gumerman, 11/7/12)
    Café Video (48 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  11. "Fracking: The Monster in Our Backyard"
    (Larry Kilham, 10/10/12.
    Café Video (52 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  12. "Eat and Be Eaten: The Science of Food Webs"
    (Jennifer Dunne, 9/5/12)
    Café Video (59 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  13. "A Glimpse Into the Weird World of Quantum Physics"
    (Bob Heffner, 4/19/12)
    Café Video (68 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  14. "Renewable Energy: Store It or Lose It!"
    (Albert Migliori, 2/16/12)
    Café Video (48 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  15. "Blind Spot: The Hidden Biases of Good People"
    (Mahzarin Banaji, 1/12/12).
    Video is not available
    Radio Café is not available

  16. "What Is Clean Coal and Why Do We Need It?"
    (Graydon Anderson, 11/17/11)
    Café Video (68 Minutes)
    Radio Café is not available

  17. "Warming Up A Cool Planet"
    (Eileen Everett, 10/20/11)
    Café Video (63 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  18. "Einstein's Relativity for Students of All Ages"
    (Bob Eisenstein, 9/15/11)
    Café Video (56 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  19. "The Physics of Baseball"
    (Alan Nathan, 4/13/11)
    Café Video (77 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  20. "Food Security for Emerging Countries"
    (James Burleigh, 2/24/11)
    Café Video (58 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  21. "Ready, Set, Attack - How Your Body Fights Infection"
    (Lora Grainger, 1/26/11)
    Café Video (68 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  22. "Visualizing Flesh and Bone: Bringing Our Human Ancestors to Life"
    (Anne Weaver & Matt Celesky, 11/10/10)
    Café Video (58 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  23. "The Birth of Black Holes in the Universe"
    (Ed Fenimore, 10/13/10)
    Café Video (67 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  24. "Radiography: How to Look Inside Explosions, Detect Nuclear Contraband and See Through Opaque Objects"
    (Chris Morris, 9/15/10)
    Café Video (71 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  25. "Climate Change: Can Knowledge of the Past Reflect on the Future?"
    (Eric Blinman, 4/14/10)
    Café Video (58 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  26. "Burritos to Biofuels"
    (Randy Grissom, James Bingham, Xander Pertusini 3/29/10)
    Café Video (67 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  27. "Mysteries of the Great Pyramids Revealed"
    (Michel Barsoum, 1/27/10)
    Café Video (67 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  28. "How to Show Your Parents That E=mc2"
    (Gerry Garvey, 12/16/09)
    Café Video (50 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  29. "High and Dry at the South Pole"
    (Karolyn Eisenstein, 11/12/09)
    Café Video (78 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  30. "H1N1 (Swine Flu) and YOU"
    (Karen Armitage, 10/19/09)
    Café Video (46 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  31. "Water, Our Precious Resource"
    (Laurie Trevizo, 9/23/09)
    Café Video (43 Minutes)
    Radio Café interview is not available

  32. "Nature's Architectural Design of Materials"
    (Jennifer Martinez, 4/22/09)
    Café Video (51 Minutes)
    Radio Café interview is not available

  33. "Adventures with Audubon"
    (Brian "Fox" Ellis, 4/6/09)
    Video is not available
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  34. "Edible Food for a Sustainable Lifestyle"
    (Deborah Madison, 3/10/09)
    Café Video (58 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  35. "Camouflage in Nature's Underwater Realm"
    (George Rubottom, 1/21/09)
    Video is not available
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  36. "A Day in the Life of a Veterinarian"
    (Murt Byrne, 12/10/08)
    Café Video (90 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  37. "Charles Darwin and His Revolutionary Idea"
    (Brian "Fox" Ellis, 11/18/08)
    Video is not available
    Radio Café interview is not available

  38. "We're Missing Most of the Universe!"
    (Tom Bowles, 10/20/08)
    Café Video (62 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  39. "Autopsy/Investigation 101 and the CSI Effect"
    (Tim Stepetic, 9/10/08)
    Café Video (79 Minutes)
    Radio Café interview is not available

  40. "Using Computer Games to Simulate Complex Real-World Problems"
    (Stephen Guerin, 4/21/08)
    Café Video (78 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  41. "Exploring Complex Systems Through Games and Computer Models"
    (Irene Lee, 3/17/08)
    Café Video (100 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  42. "Zooming to Infinity - A Fractal Adventure"
    (Jonathan Wolfe, 1/28/08)
    Café Video (100 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  43. "The Complexity, Simplicity, and Unity of Life: From Cells to Cities"
    (Geoffrey West, 11/12/07)
    Café Video (76 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  44. "Making A Vaccine Against A Moving Target: HIV And Its Diversity"
    (Bette Korber, 10/16/07)
    Café Video (75 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  45. "The Climate-Energy Challenge"
    (Dan Schrag, 9/10/07)
    Café Video (74 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  46. "New Mexico's Solar Energy Future"
    (Ben Luce, 5/10/07)
    Café Video (90 Minutes)
    KSFR Radio Café Interview

  47. "Envisioning Science"
    (Felice Frankel, 2/8/07)
    Video is not available
    Radio Café interview is not available

  48. "Predicting Natural Disasters"
    (John Rundle, 11/16/06)
    Video is not available.
    Radio Café interview is not available