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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Adult courses

The Science of Climate Change and the Question of Our Response

Week 2: July 14-20, 2019

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In October 2018, the United Nations reported that climate change is moving at locomotive speed and humanity must make bold changes to avert worldwide catastrophes. Why are scientists so sure climate change exists and that humans are exponentially expediting it?

With Rob Ross, associate director of outreach at the Museum of the Earth, we'll explore these and other questions through multiple lenses, from the Earth sciences to the social sciences. We'll learn the relationship of carbon dioxide to climate, examine variations of the gas in our environment, and contrast current climate change with changes in the geologic past, manifested in local rocks and landscapes. We'll also learn how choices in energy and infrastructure affect the carbon cycle and consider the urgent need for better options, including some initiated at Cornell. Throughout the week, we'll consider what we can do about this looming peril.

Robert Ross

Robert Ross is the associate director for outreach at the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) in Ithaca, New York and adjunct faculty in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University.

Ross received his BA in geological sciences from Case... > more


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Program charges

Below are the program fees and housing choices for the on-campus summer programs. Please contact us if you have questions.

For adults staying on campus, the program fee (per adult, per week) includes the course, lodging, fifteen all-you-care-to-eat meals, banquet dinner, coffee breaks, hospitality hours, evening lectures, walks and talks, welcome and farewell receptions, conference-lot parking fees, and use of most of Cornell’s campus facilities. Some courses have additional fees as noted. Wednesday dinner is on your own. Some campus facilities, such as the golf course, also charge specific user fees.

Standard room, on-campus housing, and meals

$1,970 double occupancy, $100 single supplement

Standard room, on-campus housing with exclusive bath, and meals

$2,030 double occupancy, $150 single supplement

Course fee for commuters and those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites

$1,285. This fee does not include housing or meals. If you wish to stay at Hilton Homewood Suites, please call 607.266.0000 to make a reservation in the CAU block.

Commuter meal plan option

$327. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week in order to enjoy the full CAU experience. It includes six breakfasts, five lunches, and four dinners.