The official academic bio page for Dean William E. Easterling, at Pennsylvania State University, bears the photograph above. It shows the Dean holding a certificate manufactured by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The certificate reads, in part, “Presented to William Easterling for contributing to the award of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 to the IPCC” (italics added).
Here’s a larger version of the certificate, which was presented to another individual (click to enlarge):
The top half features a reproduction of the diploma the IPCC received from the Nobel organization. The bottom half was designed in-house. The certificate is signed by Rajendra Pachauri, the chairman of the IPCC, as well as by another IPCC official. It did not come from the Nobel organization.
Nevertheless, on page four of his CV, Easterling says he was an IPCC lead author and that “Lead Authors were co-awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore.”
This is incorrect. The IPCC, as a whole, was co-awarded the Peace Prize. It received a diploma from the Nobel committee and prize money. So did Al Gore. The only thing Dean Easterling received was an IPCC-manufactured certificate.
In a statement on its own website, the IPCC says it is improper for any IPCC-affiliated individual to claim to have been awarded the Peace Prize.
How long will it take the Dean to correct the record?