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Nobel-Winning Chemist Sherwood Rowland To Lecture At UVA, And To Craig County High School Via Videoconference

September 20, 2002-- Sherwood Rowland, a Nobel Prize-winning chemist, will discuss scientific and policy advances concerning the effects of chlorofluorocarbons on atmospheric ozone depletion on Oct. 1 and 2 to the University of Virginia community in Charlottesville. The first lecture also will be broadcast live to a group of students and teachers at Craig County High School via videoconferencing technology.

The Oct. 1 policy lecture is, “Four Scientific Campaigns in the Ozone War.” The Oct. 2 scientific lecture is “The 21st Century Atmosphere: Changes and Consequences.” Both lectures will be held in Clark Hall, Room 147, at 4 p.m. and are open to the community.

The Oct. 1 lecture will focus on environmental policy including natural or human-causes of the Antarctic ozone hole. U.Va.'s Science, Careers and Society Forum, the Environmental Science Undergraduate Seminar, and the Tremaine Forum on the Environment will sponsor the lecture.

The second lecture will focus on Rowland’s research. He will discuss important changes in the earth’s atmosphere arising from ozone depletion, warming of the Earth's surface, and surface pollution, particularly in urban areas. The U.Va. chemistry department and the environmental sciences department's Moore Lecture Series will sponsor the lecture.

Craig County High School will receive the Oct. 1 lecture via equipment provided by the telemedicine program at U.Va. through a grant from the Westwind Foundation. The National Science Foundation provides funding for speakers. The initiative was developed at the suggestion of U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher. The telemedicine program allows students in Craig County to take advantage of the resources of the U.Va. Health System and the University community. Teachers in Craig County include guest speakers in lectures that are broadcast addressing contemporary social issues. Additionally, the school nurse has immediate access to U.Va. Health System faculty for clinical consultations.

“It gives us a chance to take advantage of U.Va.’s resources since we do not have a public library,” said Adele Morris, director of the computer lab at Craig County High School.

Rowland was invited to speak at the University by U.Va. chemistry professor Cassandra Fraser. Rowland is a professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of California-Irvine. He received the Nobel Prize in 1995 for his work in atmospheric chemistry specifically on the formation and decomposition of the ozone. He attended Ohio Wesleyan University for his undergraduate work and received his master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He has two grown children and resides with his wife, Joan, in California.

Contact: Fariss Samarrai, (434) 924-3778

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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