CAS Inquire series continues Nov. 7 with Bloom

Photo Credit: Ken Bloom
Mon, 10/23/2023 - 16:21

Ken Bloom, chair of and professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, will give the talk “How to Do Big Science in a Climate Emergency” at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Nebraska Union’s Swanson Auditorium and via Zoom. The event is free and open to the public. Register for the Zoom event at

His talk continues this academic year’s CAS Inquire series, “Sustainable Futures.”

“'Big science' projects, such as those associated with elementary particle physics, are global endeavors in which thousands of scientists build and operate large infrastructures that are deployed around the world,” Bloom said about the topic of his presentation. “As a result, these scientists might have an outsized impact on greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. How can we pursue the science we love sustainably?”

Geographer Patrick Bitterman and philosopher Mark van Roojen gave the first two talks in the series, and two additional talks scheduled throughout the academic year will come from faculty members in French and geology. A panel discussion with the speakers in March 2024 will cap the series.

The series launched in September 2019, and themes have included “The Rise of the Machines,” “Searching for Common Ground in a Polarized World,” and “Pain and Pleasure.”