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The Politics of Climate Change
As part of the International Year of Chemistry, magazine writer Ryan Lizza shared his insights into how and why Congress and the White House failed to reach agreement on breakthrough energy legislation.
The Department of Chemistry invited 1995 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Mario J. Molina to deliver a lecture on “Chemistry and Climate Change” as part of special ceremonies at which he also received the honorary degree, Doctor of Science. During the ceremonies celebrating the International Year of Chemistry, Professor Anne Marteel-Parrish was installed as the first holder of the Frank J. Creegan Chair in Green Chemistry, established in honor of the man who taught at the College for 40 years. During the post-ceremony reception in the Underwood Lobby, the public viewed a collection of heirlooms from the estate of William O. Baker ‘35, the College’s most distinguished Chemistry alumnus. The collection, which includes the Joseph Priestley Medal, the American Chemical Society’s highest honor and letters of commendation from Presidents Nixon and Reagan, was donated to the College by Joseph Baker, the son of William O. Baker.
“Ahhhh, Strontium!”Pyrotechnics expert John Conking ‘65, an adjunct professor of chemistry, offered a talk on the Chemistry of Fireworks Saturday afternoon. Professor Conkling explained the chemical compounds and methods used to produce the various colors and special effects of fireworks displays.Conkling and Chris Mocella ‘01, a chemist with US Customs & Border Protection, collaborated on the second edition of Conkling’s book, The Chemistry of Fireworks, published in January 2011. The lecture was part of the College’s celebration of the 2011 International Year of Chemistry.
The Student Environmental Alliance planted over 400 green flags in the median between Bunting Hall and Larabee Arts Center representing those individuals who have signed the green pledge for campus sustainability.To help increase campus awareness of climate change, SEA members drew a chalk line around the perimeter of the Toll Science Center to illustrate the anticipated global sea level rise by the end of the 21st century. Alumni networked with students and community members in the McLain Atrium prior to a panel discussion on environmental careers moderated by Interim Director of the Center for the Environment and Society John Seidel. The EnviroPanel featured a mix of alumni from conservation organizations, academia, government, and business: Bruce Alexander ‘94 M’00, Katy Bishop ‘04, Thomas Hopkins ‘86, Andrew McCown ‘77, and Michael Scozzafava ‘02.