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Nobel Laureate who discovered a cause of ozone depletion will lecture at Vassar College, November 21

F. Sherwood Rowland, the first scientist to warn that the manufacturing of household products was a potent cause of atmospheric ozone depletion, will give a lecture on the atmosphere's current state at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 21, in Blodgett Auditorium at Vassar College.

Rowland will be introduced by his colleague Gene Likens, director of the Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook and this year's recipient of the National Medal of Science. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored jointly by the Vassar College Environmental Studies Program, the Vassar College Environmental Sciences Program, the Vassar Chapter of Sigma Xi, and by the Institute of Ecosystem Studies.

Rowland is the current foreign secretary of the National Academy of Sciences. "The 21st Century Atmosphere: Changes and Consequences" is the title of his lecture, which will address three major concerns: the depletion of stratospheric ozone, the Earth's increased warming caused by trapped infrared radiation, and rising population levels.

In 1995 Rowland was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his atmospheric research that recognized the underlying science behind ozone depletion. With colleague Mario Molina, Rowland discovered the causal effects that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) -used in the manufacture of aerosol sprays, packing materials, and refrigerants - have on earth's critical ozone layer.

During the 1970s Rowland's CFC research led to legislation in the United States, Canada and Scandinavia regulating CFC manufacture and use. His work provided the impetus behind the1987 Montreal Protocol of the United Nations Environment Program, the first international agreement for ameliorating damage to the global atmosphere.

Rowland's research group, which has been involved in NASA- and NSF-sponsored projects, operates under the auspices of the University of California, Irvine, where he is the Donald Bren Research Professor of Chemistry. Having received his B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University , and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, Rowland is an experienced chemical kineticist and photochemist.

Rowland is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Science, and the Global 500: Honour Role of the United Nations. He served successive terms as president-elect, president, and chairman of the board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the American Philosophical Society.

In 1983, Rowland and Molina received both the Tyler World Prize in Ecology and Energy and the Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science and Technology of the American Chemical Society. In 1994 Rowland received the Albert Einstein Prize of the World Cultural Council. He has also won the Charles Dana Award for Pioneering Achievements in Health and the Japan Prize in Environmental Science and Technology.

Rowland has more than 330 scientific publications in the fields of atmospheric chemistry, radiochemistry, and chemical kinetics.

For more information, call the Environmental Studies Program at (845) 437-5430 Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cathy Jennings, Office of Campus Activities, (845) 437-5370, as far in advance as possible to request reasonable and appropriate accommodations for the event.

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, November 21, 2002