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April 2016

President of Ateneo de Manila, on Nobel Prize team 2007

President of Ateneo de Manila, on Nobel Prize team 2007

“Father Jett,” Member of the 2007 Nobel-Prize-Winning Climate Panel, Defines a Path to Addressing Climate Change

Speaking April 6 on “Overcoming Insularity, ” the president of Manila’s Ateneo de Manila University will elaborate on Pope Francis’ call for interrelated responses to climate change

President of Ateneo de Manila University will discuss pathways of hope amid the climate-change crisis.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 1, 2016 –Pope Francis’ call to “care for our common home” resonates differently depending upon where people live. For   people living in more ecologically vulnerable parts of the world, such as the islands that compose the Philippines, it can define a path to survival. 

Jose Ramon “Jett” Villarin, S.J., president of Ateneo de Manila University and one of the scientists who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 along with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, will be at Santa Clara University April 6 to discuss pathways of hope that he sees, for those who seek to care for our common home.

His talk will take place from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. in the Saint Clare Room of Santa Clara University’s Harrington Learning Commons. It is part of a series of Santa Clara Lectures funded through the generosity of the Bannan Institute of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at SCU.

He was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which received a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. In 2000, he was declared National Outstanding Young Scientist and in 2002, his book Disturbing Climate was given an Outstanding Book Award by the National Academy of Science and Technology of the Philippines. He also writes a column (“God’s Word Today”) with other Jesuits for the Philippine Star newspaper and has written a book of homilies entitled Startle.

The Manila-born Villarin, known as Fr. Jett, received his doctorate in atmospheric sciences from Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia), where he worked on  urban air quality and the global atmospheric circulation -- spurring his ongoing passion for the issue of global warming. He received his master’s degree in physics from Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin).

He is currently the chairperson of the Manila Observatory, a scientific research institute, and a member of the National Panel of Technical Experts of the Philippine government’s Climate Change Commission.

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Jose Ramon "Jett" Vaillarin, S.J., was on the panel of climate scientists that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, along with former U.S. VP Al Gore. He will be speaking at SCU April 6.