Director of Penn Center for Science, Sustainability and the Media;
Presidential Distinguished Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Michael Mann is Presidential Distinguished Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Pennsylvania, with a secondary appointment in the Annenberg School for Communication. His research focuses on climate science and climate change. He was selected by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002, was awarded the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geophysical Union in 2012. He made Bloomberg News‘ list of fifty most influential people in 2013. He has received the Friend of the Planet Award from the National Center for Science Education, the Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication from Climate, the Award for Public Engagement with Science from the AAAS, the Climate Communication Prize from the American Geophysical Union and the Leo Szilard Award of the American Physical Society. He received the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement 2019 and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2020. He is a Fellow of the AGU, AMS, GSA, AAAS and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He is co-founder of RealClimate.org, author of more than 200 peer-reviewed and edited publications, numerous op-eds and commentaries, and five books including Dire Predictions, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, The Madhouse Effect, The Tantrum that Saved the World, and The New Climate War.
Administrative Coordinator of Penn Center for Science, Sustainability and the Media
Heather Kostick is the Administrative Coordinator for the Penn Center for Science, Sustainability, and the Media. Heather manages center communications, planning, and programming while collaborating with Penn organizations and centers, as well as, external organizations to further the center’s mission of science and sustainability communication in the media. She joins PCSSM after having previously worked for the Masters of Environmental Studies and Applied Geosciences programs in LPS. Heather received her B.Sc. in Wildlife Conservation from Juniata College, her M.E.S. from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Science at Drexel University.
Writer for the Penn Center for Science, Sustainability and the Media
Vanessa Schipani is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania. Her philosophical research primarily concerns the importance of science communication in maintaining a healthy democracy. Prior to this, she was a science journalist for 10 years, working most recently for FactCheck.org, where she vetted claims made by politicians about climate change to public health. Her journalistic work has also been published in Scientific American, USA Today, Quanta and The American Scholar. See www.vanessaschipani.com for more information.
Communications Assistant for the Penn Center for Science, Sustainability and the Media
Zela serves as the Communications Assistant at the Penn Center for Science, Sustainability, and the Media. She manages and maintains the center’s social media pages and websites and is responsible for sharing important communications from the Center and other related offices. Through summer internships in law, agriculture and consulting, she has gained experience in corporate communications and puts those skills to use for PCSSM.