2017 Awardee - Michael E. Mann, Pensylvania State University

Michael E. Mann has been awarded the 2017 James Shea Award by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.

Dr. Michael E. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Pennsylvania State University, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI). He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC).

Michael's contributions to the earth sciences as a researcher, author, lecturer, and advocate are legendary. He is one of a few courageous climate scientists who continue to play a leading role in calling the attention of the public and policy makers to the overriding environmental challenge of the twenty-first century: anthropogenic climate change

Author of more than 200 peer-reviewed and edited publications, Michael has also published three widely selling books that present the climate crisis in clear and compelling language: Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming (2008), The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines (2012), and with co-author Tom Toles, The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy (2016).

Named in Bloomberg Markets' list of "50 Most Influential" people in 2013, Mann has been the recipient of numerous accolades for his contributions to geoscience from Yale University, the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Association of American Geographers, American Geophysical Union, and the American Meteorological Society among others.

The contributions that Michael Mann has made to geoscience and to society in general are not only significant, they are truly exceptional. He is a passionate and highly skilled communicator who has enthusiastically embraced the scientist's dual responsibility to educate and to warn. He personifies a commitment to tell truth to power. His combination of scholarship and leadership benefits and inspires us all.