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Baker to Appear on Research Channel

Erin Baker

Erin Baker of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department is one of four researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst on the "cutting edge" of global warming science who will be interviewed in an upcoming series on the Research Channel. Baker, Julie Brigham-Grette and Raymond Bradley of the Geosciences Department, and Duncan Irschick of the Biology Department will all be featured in the National Science Foundation-sponsored series, "To What Degree? What Science is Telling Us About Climate Change," which airs on the Research Channel from January 7 through January 23.

In 2008, Baker led a team issuing a report that analyzes the potential impact on climate change of research and development into various carbon capture and storage technologies. Dr. Baker is also concentrating on possible failures and breakthroughs in solar, nuclear, bio-electricity, batteries, biofuels, and wind and solar grid integration. In her interview on this program she will discuss decision-making under uncertainty and modeling an energy technology research and development portfolio.

The Research Channel was founded by a consortium of leading research and academic institutions to share the valuable work of their researchers with the public. The Research Channel is now available to nearly 38 million satellite and cable television subscribers, and its Web site is visited by 2 million visitors each year. The channel is also available on more than 80 university-and school-based cable systems in the United States and in other countries.

As the Research Channel says about the series: "Climate change is on people’s lips everywhere from Congressional chambers to wind farms in Wyoming. But how much do you really know about the science behind the headlines? Who are the people trying to answer one of the most pressing scientific questions our civilization has ever faced? Come behind the scenes with the National Science Foundation to explore the science of climate change. Meet the scientists on the cutting edge. Learn how we read Antarctica’s deepest secrets, collect clouds, build computer models to contain an entire world—and try to stay one step ahead of a changing planet. Join us on our multi-part exploration of 'To what degree? What Science is Telling Us About Climate Change.'" (January 2010)