University of Wisconsin–Madison

Hilldale Lecture: Reversing Climate Change Economically

Noted astrophysicist Frank Shu, a professor emeritus of astronomy at the University of California, will talk about reversing climate change economically at the October 12 Hilldale Lecture in in the Physical Sciences.

Shu has done pioneering research in astronomy on planetary disks, the origin of meteorites and the evolution of stars, among other things. His talk will address technology developed in his labs that he believes could halt the rise of atmospheric carbon dioxide: nuclear power from reactors fueled by thorium and cooled by molten salt, and using the molten salt to convert waste biomass into a carbon sink.

The Hilldale Lecture Series, which began in 1973, is organized by faculty committees in four areas — arts and humanities, biological sciences, physical sciences and social studies.