January 22nd, 2019


Professor and Director, Climate Science Center, Texas Tech University

Kara J. Foundation Professor and Kimmelman Family Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University


A special evening honoring Katharine Hayhoe with the Stephen Schneider Award at The Commonwealth Club. Established in honor of Stephen Henry Schneider, one of the founding fathers of climatology who died suddenly in 2010, the $15,000 award recognizes a natural or social scientist who has made extraordinary scientific contributions and communicated that knowledge to a broad public in a clear and compelling fashion.

“For many years, Katharine Hayhoe has been a unique voice in the climate communication world. With her patience, her empathy and her abiding Christian faith, she has been able to reach audiences that other climate scientists have not been able to reach”, says juror Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University.

Juror Ben Santer, Climate Researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, added "Katharine Hayhoe is one of the pre-eminent climate science communicators in the world, and a very deserving winner of the 2018 Schneider Award. Her voice is authentic and unique. She has technical expertise in the analysis of the regional-scale details of climate change, a deep personal spirituality, a Schneider-like ability to find apt metaphors and a facility for communicating with her peers, presidents and ordinary citizens. When Katharine speaks about climate change, people listen.”

Katharine Hayhoe is joined by fellow scientist Noah Diffenbaugh, Professor in Earth System Science and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University, in a conversation on communicating climate change in transparent, engaging, and accessible ways. Program will be followed by a catered reception at 8:00pm.

This award is underwritten by Tom R. Burns, Nora Machado and Michael Haas.

About Dr. Schneider

Dr. Stephen H. Schneider was the Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies, Professor of biological sciences, Professor (by courtesy) of civil and environmental engineering, and a Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University. Schneider received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and plasma physics from Columbia University in 1971. He studied the role of greenhouse gases and suspended particulate material on climate as a postdoctoral fellow at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. He was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in 1972 and was a member of the scientific staff of NCAR from 1973-1996, where he co-founded the Climate Project.

In 2002, Schneider was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Internationally recognized for research, policy analysis and outreach in climate change, Schneider focused on climate change science, integrated assessment of ecological and economic impacts of human-induced climate change, and identifying viable climate policies and technological solutions. He also consulted with federal agencies and/or White House staff in the Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Clinton and both Bush administrations. His work is chronicled at climatechange.net.