Environmental policy expert to give annual honors lecture

March 30, 2010

Nathan Hultman, assistant professor at the University of Maryland and associate director of the Joint Global Change Research Institute, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will give the annual Honors Program lecture “Cross-examining Climate Change,” at 7:30 p.m. April 1 in McDaniel Lounge.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call (410) 857-2294.

A former Fulbright Fellow and NASA Earth Systems Science Fellow in climate sciences, Hultman has conducted research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Before joining the University of Maryland, he held a faculty appointment at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Washington, D.C. He has participated in the UN climate process for more than a decade and has attended and presented at negotiations and advisory sessions. From 2006-2007, he was a Visiting Fellow at the James Martin Institute for Science and Civilization, University of Oxford.

His research focuses on risk management practices and policy architectures for low-carbon energy technologies. Carbon markets, corporate investment, and energy technology innovation are key elements of this inquiry. He studies international climate policy, decisions about climate risks in policy and private sector investment, and the emerging markets for carbon and greenhouse gases. Among many pursuits, he also is involved in understanding cost risks in nuclear power, and carbon risk management and investment decisions in Brazil, India, and Tanzania.

Hultman holds an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in Physics from Carleton College.

Hultman exemplifies the college-scholar ideal, according to Peter Bradley, assistant professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies and acting director of McDaniel’s Honors Program.

“Dr. Hultman started out as a Physics major at Carleton and became interested in Environmental Policy and science because of his intellectual curiosity,” Bradley said. “He has expertise in a developing field as well as a personal connection with the liberal arts.”

The lecture is sponsored by the McDaniel College Honors Program, a four-year program established by the faculty in 1986 to provide a more challenging education for academically talented students. The 163 students currently enrolled in McDaniel’s Honors Program report 33 different programs of study, with most of the students studying more than one major.