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Memorial for Stephen Schneider set for Sunday

Stanford biology professor and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment Stephen Schneider will be memorialized and celebrated on Sunday, Dec. 12 from 1:00 to 6:30 p.m. with a day-long symposium of presentations on climate change. Schneider died of a pulmonary embolism on July 19 while traveling on a plane landing in London. Sunday’s event will pay tribute to Schneider, one of the world’s leading climatologists and a beloved member of the Stanford community, through a scientific symposium and memorial celebration.

Sunday’s event will celebrate Schneider’s life with talks titled “Climate-Change Science and Sanity: Steve Schneider’s Extraordinary Contributions to Both,” “Why We Resist the Results of Climate Science” and “The American Public’s Understandings and Misunderstandings About Climate Change: Is There a Crisis of Confidence in Climate Science?” by John Holdren, Naomi Oreskes and Jon Krosnick, respectively.

Throughout his career, Schneider made enormous contributions to the study of climate change. In addition to his time at Stanford starting in 1992, Schneider also spent time advising the Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, both Bush and Obama administrations and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Schneider served as lead scientist on the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Prize with Al Gore.

“He was a fantastic mentor and an inspiration to his students, his colleagues and the global community,” said William Anderegg, one of Schneider’s graduate students, in an e-mail to The Daily after Schneider’s death. “He was a leading light in the science of climate change and in communicating the risks of climate change to the media and the public. His legacy will live on through those that he taught, spoke with and inspired, as we try to carry on his great work of protecting our planet’s climate.”

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–Caity Monroe

Correction: In an early version of this story, The Daily incorrectly reported that Schneider died of a heart attack. While that was initially believed to be the cause of his death, the cause was a pulmonary embolism, according to his assistant, Sarah Jo Chadwick.

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