MOOC presenter Ramanathan honored as leading global thinker

YOUR HOLINESS: Scripps Institution of Oceangraphy's Veerabhadran Ramanathan met with Pope Francis.
Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientist Veerabhadran Ramanathan — profiled as the cover story of UC San Diego Extension’s Summer 2014 catalog — has been recognized by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2014.

The distinguished professor of climate and atmospheric sciences was cited for promoting dialogue with religious and political leaders to advance environmental stewardship.

Ramanathan was among four world-renowned UC San Diego scientists featured in “Climate Change in Four Dimensions: Scientific, Policy, International, and Social” — an online course offered earlier this year by Extension.

The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) drew an estimated 15,000 students from around the world.

Ramanathan has achieved significant breakthroughs in the understanding of the effects of aerosols, particularly air pollution, on climate. In May 2014, at the personal invitation of Pope Francis, he hosted a first-ever papal conclave devoted to reversing global climate change.

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