Norton to Give Georgia Tech Commencement Address

Dr. Bryan Norton, a professor of philosophy in Georgia Tech's School of Public Policy, will address Georgia Tech's 225th commencement ceremony on Friday, August 4, at 9 a.m. for undergraduate and masters degree graduates in the Alexander Memorial Coliseum and at 7 p.m. for doctoral graduates at the Ferst Center for the Arts. About 900 students are expected to participate in the ceremonies.

Specializing in environmental policy, Norton writes on international equity, sustainable theory, biodiversity policy and valuation methods. His current research is directed at clarifying spatio-temporal bounding in the formulation of environmental problems.

Norton is the author of Linguistic Frameworks, Ontology, Why Preserve Natural Variety?, Toward Unity Among Environmentalists, Searching for Sustainability and Sustainability: A Philosophy of Adaptive Management. He is the editor of The Preservation of Species and co-editor of several volumes, including Ethics on the Arc. He has also contributed to journals in several fields, including philosophy, biology, ecology, economics, ecological economics and environmental management.

Notron has served on numerous panels, including the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee of the Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board. He was a research associate at the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at the University of Maryland from 1981 to 1983, and was a Gilbert White Fellow at Resources from the Future from 1985 to 1986. He recently completed a second term as a member of the Governing Board of the Society for Conservation Biology, as well as three terms as a member of the Board of Directors of Defenders of Wildlife.

Norton received his bachelor's degree with distinction and honors in political science from the University of Michigan in 1966 and his doctoral degree in philosophy from the same institution in 1970.