Edmund Lyon Memorial Lectureship Series

The Lyon Memorial Lectureship Series, established in 1980, brings distinguished speakers to RIT/NTID to share expertise and scholarly contributions that stand on the cutting edge of advancement in the education and career success of deaf persons. Edmund Lyon (1855-1920) was a noted manufacturer, inventor, humanitarian and philanthropist in Rochester, who served as a trustee of both RIT and the Rochester School for the Deaf.

Upcoming Edmund Lyon Memorial Lectureship Events

Dr. Andrew Manning

Responding to the Climate Crisis: Is the Whole World Deaf?

Headshot of Andrew ManningThursday, September 7, 2023
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. ET
RIT Student Alumni Union
Room/Location: Ingle Auditorium on the RIT Campus

Event Poster
[Poster description: Photo of Andrew Manning on the left, and presentation title, time, date on the right]

RIT/NTID will host the Lyon Lectureship Series featuring Dr. Andrew Manning, a renowned deaf climate scientist, who will give a presentation, “Responding to the Climate Crisis: Is the Whole World Deaf?” on Thursday, September 7, 2023, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Ingle Auditorium. Join Dr. Manning for a lecture as he highlights the major issues related to climate change and discusses what causes climate change and how we can respond to this crisis.

Abstract & Short Bio (docx)

Dr. Manning is a deaf internationally recognized environmental scientist who specializes in climate change. He has worked at the School of Environmental Sciences and the University of East Anglia (UEA). At UEA, Manning established the “Carbon Related Atmospheric Measurement (CRAM) Laboratory” and teaches the next generation of students about the urgency of importance of climate change. He holds a Ph.D. at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography from the University of California in San Diego and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Canterbury.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Interpreters will be requested.

For more information, contact Brian Haak, event manager in NTID’s Office of External Affairs, at behoea@rit.edu.

We hope to see you there!

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Speaker Biography

In 2001, I completed my Ph.D. in Oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA. During my thesis work, I developed the world’s first continuous, high precision atmospheric O2 analyser and installed it at the remote monitoring station, Baring Head, New Zealand, where it has continued to collect data since 1999. Atmospheric O2 measurements (together with concurrent CO2 measurements) are a powerful tool for studying the global (and regional) carbon cycle. For example, we are able to partition and quantify the uptake of fossil fuel CO2 emissions by the oceans and land biosphere, and we can explore oxygen, carbon and heat exchanges between the atmosphere and oceans.

From 2001-2005, I worked at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Germany, where I was the leader of the “Tall Towers Group”. Here I expanded my work to monitor other greenhouse and greenhouse-related gases such as CH4, CO, N2O, and SF6. We set up multi-species, continuous, automated measurements from very high (up to 300 m) towers in Siberia, Poland, and Germany. Tall tower measurements are a relatively new approach to study regional, terrestrial carbon cycles in continental interiors.

I moved to UEA/ENV in 2005 and established the “Carbon Related Atmospheric Measurements” (CRAM) Laboratory as part of COAS. With this laboratory, I brought atmospheric O2 measurement capability to the UK. My group also established continuous atmospheric O2 and CO2 measurements at the Weybourne Atmospheric Observatory on the north Norfolk coast in 2008, which is now the longest running CO2 record in the UK. I am and have been a P.I. or co-I. for numerous NERC and EU projects related to improving our understanding of carbon cycle and greenhouse gas science, and their impacts on climate change. Since 2004, I have been leading an international atmospheric O2 intercomparison programme (GOLLUM), which brings together the 11 international atmospheric O2 laboratories from around the world in an effort to link our various measurement programmes. I also manage UEA's "Calibration Cylinder Filling Facility", a facility unique within the UK that provides calibration and reference gases to the atmospheric sciences community.


From Gallaudet: https://gallaudet.edu/science-technology-accessibility-mathematics-public-health/renowned-deaf-environmental-scientist-warns-of-consequences-of-climate-change/


Photo of young Edmund LyonEdmund Lyon (1855-1920) was a noted manufacturer, inventor, humanitarian, and philanthropist in Rochester, New York. Mr. Lyon graduated with honors from the University of Rochester in 1877 and received his law degree from Columbia University in 1880. After practicing law for a short time, Edmund Lyon turned his attention to business, travel, and philanthropic endeavors, devoting himself passionately to education, most notably the education of deaf persons. During seven years of service at the Rochester School for the Deaf (then called the Western New York Institute for Deaf-Mutes), Mr. Lyon developed an intricate system of manual symbols to be used in speech training. His Lyon Phonetic Manual became a highly regarded resource and was used widely around the world. In 1895, Edmund Lyon was appointed Secretary of the New York State Board of Charities and subsequently was appointed by that Board as State Examiner of the nine schools for the deaf in New York State. In 1896, Mr. Lyon married Carolyn Hamilton Talcott, whom he had met at the Rochester School for the Deaf and who had taught there since 1879. The Lyons had three daughters.

Later, Mr. Lyon served as a trustee of both the Rochester Institute of Technology (1905-1920) and the Rochester School for the Deaf (1911-1920). He died on April 23, 1920. In 1980, the daughters of Edmund Lyon established the Edmund Lyon Memorial Lectureship. The purpose of this lectureship series is to bring distinguished speakers to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), one of the nine colleges of Rochester Institute of Technology. In the past, speakers have included distinguished deaf persons who have excelled in their careers with hearing colleagues in science, business, technology, industry, arts, or public service and who stand as models to the faculty and students of NTID for their career attainments. A current goal of the lectureship series is to bring in speakers whose expertise and scholarly contributions stand on the cutting edge of advancement in the education and career success of deaf persons.

Past Speakers

Venue Information

Directions to the RIT campus

From the airport
Turn right onto Brooks Avenue, then a quick right onto I-390 South. From 390, take the next exit (Scottsville Road) and turn right at the end of the ramp. Drive for approximately three miles, then turn left onto Jefferson Road (Route 252). Proceed east a short distance to campus, RIT's main entrance will be on your right. Continue to the next light and turn right.

From the NYS Thruway
Take exit 46 and proceed north on I-390 to exit 13 (Hylan Drive). Take a left onto Hylan Dr. and continue north to Jefferson Road (Route 252), and take a left at the light. Proceed west a short distance to the main campus.

NTID venues:
From Jefferson Rd. (Route 252) proceed to the entrance west of the Radisson Hotel (Max Lowenthal Rd.). Enter the campus at this location. At the first stop sign, you will be facing Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) Hall. Turn left onto Andrews Drive. At the first road (Edmund Lyon Crescent), turn right. You will see a sign for visitor parking (Parking Lot L).

Venue: NTID Dyer Arts Center – LBJ Hall
As you enter the front doors of LBJ, the gallery is located on the first floor as you enter the building. Turn right in the lobby and the gallery is on the left.

Venue: NTID CSD Student Development Center - 1300/1310
Enter the front door of LBJ Hall. Follow the main hallway and turn right immediately after the central staircase. At the end of the hallway turn left -- the CSD/SDC (building 55) will be straight ahead (attached to the southwest side of LBJ). Room 1300/1310 is down the stairs and to the right.

RIT Venues:

Venue: RIT Ingle Auditorium
From Jefferson Rd. (Route 252) proceed to the main campus entrance at Lomb Memorial Drive. Enter the campus at this location and drive straight ahead. Consult this map for location of the auditorium and nearby parking locations.

Contact Us

Edmund Lyon Memorial Lectureship Series Committee Members

Karen Beiter
Interim Department Chair
Department of Engineering Studies
VP: 585-286-4546

Kelly Metz Davis
Senior Lecturer
Department of Business Studies

Peter Hauser
Interim Associate Dean of Research
Office of the Associate Dean for Research
VP: 585-286-4259

Christopher Kurz
MS in Secondary Education Program
VP: 585-286-4611
585-475-4263 (TTY)

Dino Laury
Associate Professor
NTID Engineering Studies
VP: 585-286-4613

Kathryn Schmitz
Department Chair
Department of Liberal Studies

Kurt Stoskopf
Associate Professor
Department of Visual Communications Studies
VP: 585-286-5345