The public is invited to join UNC Asheville and
its guest presenters at the upcoming "Chocolate Friday," an informal
gathering for research and idea-sharing, at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8,
at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. The event is hosted by
UNC Asheville's National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center
Four speakers will explore the current communitywide effort to make
Asheville a national center for climate research and climate science
Ron Gordon, North Carolina Arboretum economic development director
and program manager for the Centers for Environmental and Climate
Interaction, will discuss the emerging partnership between
government, academia and commerce in translating the results of
scientific observation and assessment into useful public tools for
mitigating or adapting to predicted climate change.
Tim Owen, educative officer at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center
(NCDC), will outline NCDC’s current emphasis on climate monitoring,
product delivery through web services and its role in climate
assessments at the national and international levels.
Sandra Byrd, UNC Asheville assistant provost for Graduate and
Continuing Education and associate professor of education, will
present an update on the planning grant for a new master's degree
program in climate change and society at UNC Asheville.
Pamela McCown, Education & Research Services marketing director,
will talk about the relationship between the global attention
focused on climate change and Asheville’s continued efforts to
attract weather, climate, and environmental technology companies to
Chocolate Fridays will be held throughout the spring. The events are
free and chocolate will be served.
The next Chocolate Friday, to be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at
the Asheville Chamber, will focus on urban sustainability and the
built environment. Speakers will include Robin Cape, Sustainability
in Asheville Policy Making; Bill Fleming, The Contribution of
Eco-Neighborhoods to Urban Sustainability; Joe Minicozzi, Adding Up
the Built Environment; and Ellie Johnston, The Youth Climate
Movement: Mobilizing for the 21st Century and Beyond.
NEMAC conducts basic and applied environmental modeling research and
technology development. Through collaborations with academic,
governmental, commercial, and non-profit organizations, the Center
uses its visualization and prediction capabilities to advance public
education, health, welfare and the economy.
For more information about Chocolate Fridays, contact Susan
Weatherford at 828/250-3890 or
firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the NEMAC Web site at