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A Primer on Humanity’s Audacious Experiment With the Insulation of Earth’s Atmosphere

  • Mayo Clinic, Siebens Blg, Leighton Auditorium (map)

Leo J. Maguire, MD, is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where he has served on the staff for 33 years. His clinical practice has focused on the medical and surgical treatment of corneal and external eye diseases, corneal transplantation, and ocular oncology. Over the course of his career, his research interests have included basic science and clinical studies of the optical performance of the cornea after keratorefractive surgery and clinical studies of the outcomes of corneal transplantation. He developed a curriculum in corneal microsurgery and has run Mayo Clinic’s wet lab instruction course in corneal transplantation for the past 15 years.

Dr. Maguire grew up near Philadelphia and was educated at Dartmouth College and Thomas Jefferson University Medical College. After an ophthalmology residency at the University of Michigan and a cornea/external disease fellowship at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, he joined the ophthalmology staff at Mayo Clinic in 1984. Dr. Maguire also has a lifelong interest in foreign relations and the history of business. He is fascinated by the dilemma that our world civilization is dependent on the availability of vast amounts of energy to power it, but the fuels that power civilization have increased the insulation in the earth’s atmosphere by 40% since 1980, and that percentage is increasing rapidly.

During his lecture, Dr. Maguire will give a primer on how the geophysical systems of the earth react when they are no longer in equilibrium because of a rapid increase in the earth’s insulation capacity and on what our civilization can expect if the average global temperature increases by 2°C, 4°C, or 6°C by the end of the 21st century.
Rochester, MN, United States

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