The climate crisis has inspired a new generation of thinkers and advocates. The CEOAS Earth Day lecture was launched in 2022 to celebrate the voices of those on the front lines of creating climate solutions, imagining hope, and strengthening our resiliency in the face of enormous planetary and societal change.

2023 Earth Day Lecture: Bold Solutions, Better Planet

April 18, 2023

This Earth Day, hear stories about bold solutions for a better planet. Attendees will learn about innovations in climate technology, ocean policy and the growing blue economy, including how venture capitalists are investing in promising discovery science.

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Moderated by Tuba Özkan-Haller, dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.

Featured Speakers

Julie Pullen (Ph.D. '00) Partner and Chief Scientist at Propeller, a climate technology investor

Julie works at the intersection of climate resilience and climate solutions to enhance the life-support and human security of our planet. Her unique perspective has enabled her to spearhead the boldest, most unique solutions to planetary change.

Margaret Leinen (M.S. ’75) Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego

Margaret Leinen is an award-winning oceanographer and distinguished national and international leader in ocean science, global climate and environmental issues. Her research in paleo-oceanography and paleo-climatology focuses on ocean sediments and their relationship to Earth's history.

Rick Spinrad (M.S. ’78, Ph.D. '82) U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator

Rick Spinrad is an oceanographer who served as NOAA’s Chief Scientist under President Barack Obama, and was Senior Adviser to the Vice President of Research at Oregon State University. Prior to joining NOAA, Dr. Spinrad held leadership positions at the U.S. Office of Naval Research and Oceanographer of the Navy, where he was awarded the Distinguished Civilian Service Award — the highest award given by the U.S. Navy to a civilian.

Past Earth Day Events

  • 2022: Climate crisis, climate hope: Alumni on the cutting edge - Panel discussion by Oregon State University alumni Guido Corno (Ph.D. '06), Jeremy Hoffman (Ph.D. '16), and Julia Rosen (Ph.D. '14) moderated by Tuba Özkan-Haller, now dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.


Brought to you by the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences and the OSU Alumni Association.

For accommodations, please contact Des Anderson.