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Source: University of Toronto

U of T to host lecture on state of Earth's poles

October 12, 2006

Event is
part of the International Polar Year
Oct 12/06
by Jenny Hall

The University of Toronto will host a lecture on the state of the planetís
polar regions, co-sponsored by the British High Commission. As part of the
run-up to the International Polar Year 2007-2008, Professor Chris Rapley,
director of the British Antarctic Survey, will speak on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at
11 a.m. in the Hart House music room.

The International Polar Year 2007-2008 is an intense, interdisciplinary,
multi-nation focus on the state of the poles. The last time a polar year was
held was 1957-58 and this round is the fourth occurrence since the first
international polar year was held in 1882. The year is meant to provide a
comprehensive snapshot of the health of the poles and to draw attention to
the looming crisis of global warming.

"Itís hard to find a clearer example of academic research being conducted in
the public interest," said Professor John Challis, U of Tís vice-president
(research) and associate provost. "Complex problems like the environmental
state of the poles are going to require complex, creative solutions and the
world will look to universities to lead the way. The International Polar
Year will not only provide a boost for polar research, it will draw the
attention of the public. I am delighted that U of T could work with the
British High Commission to host this important initiative."

Rapley, in addition to being director of the British Antarctic Survey, is a
commander of the Order of the British Empire, president of the Scientific
Committee for Antarctic Research, a fellow of St. Edmundís College
Cambridge, an honorary professor at University College London and at the
University of East Anglia and a distinguished visiting scientist at NASAís
Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

Rapleyís lecture, entitled The Quickening Poles and the International Polar
Year 2007-2008, will be followed by a reception. The events are open to the
public though an RSVP is required to



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