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Climatologist Heidi Cullen to discuss the future of weather Nov. 2

October 25, 2011

Climatologist and researcher Heidi Cullen will take the stage on Nov. 2 to discuss the future of weather, in conjunction with the University Speakers Series in Indiana State University's Tilson Auditorium.

Cullen serves as interim CEO, director of communications, and research scientist for Climate Central - a non-profit science journalism organization headquartered in Princeton, NJ. She authored "The Weather of the Future," published in August of 2010. Using models to predict weather patterns, she explores seven regions and their grim futures: the Sahel in Africa, the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, California's Central Valley, two sites in Greenland, Bangladesh and New York City.

Before joining Climate Central, where she reported on climate and energy issues for programs like PBS NewsHour, she served as The Weather Channel's first on-air climate expert and helped create Forecast Earth, a weekly television series focused on issues related to climate change and the environment.

Cullen has worked as a research scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colo. She received the NOAA Climate & Global Change Fellowship and spent two years at Columbia University's International Research Institute for Climate and Society working to apply long-range climate forecasts to the water resources sector in Brazil and Paraguay.

She is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society and is an Associate Editor of the journal Weather, Climate, Society. Cullen serves as a member of the NOAA Science Advisory Board.

She received a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from Columbia University and went on to receive a Ph.D. in climatology and ocean-atmosphere dynamics at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University.

A book signing and reception will follow Cullen's presentation, which will begin at 7 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

Now in its 31st season, the University Speakers Series has brought the likes of Ralph Nadar, Gerald Ford, Sister Helen Prejean, Amy Tan, Nancy Grace, Andy Rooney, Robert Ballard, Carole Simpson, Marlee Matlin, Maya Angelou, Jim Lovell, Garrison Keillor, Bob Woodward, Robert Osborne, Mitch Albom and Andrew Young to the campus of Indiana State.

More information about the 2011-12 University Speakers Series can be found at  or by calling 812-237-3783.

Media contact and writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, 812-237-3783 or