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    World-Renowned Scientist to Discuss Sustainability

    Sep 2, 2010

    Richard N. Zare, a world-renowned scientist who has won almost every major chemistry award except for the Nobel, will discuss "The Challenge of Sustainability" at University of the Pacific. He will talk to faculty and students at 11 a.m. Sept. 7 in Classroom Building Room 170. The talk is free and open to the public.

    Chemistry Professor Richard ZareHe will discuss human sustainability on Earth and will emphasize the need to produce more energy without compromising the ability of future generations to survive.

    "Dr. Zare is one of the biggest names in the world of chemistry," said Professor Balint Sztaray who invited Zare to the inaugural "Tiger Talks Chemistry" lecture, part of the weekly research seminars in the Chemistry Department. "He offered to talk about sustainability from a chemist's point of view, and we know he will offer up insights that we normally don't hear in the current debate about the environment. He is also a terrific speaker."

    Zare is a professor of natural science at Stanford University. His principal research interest is in lasers applied to chemical reactions and chemical analysis. His research is widely credited with increasing the knowledge of chemical reactions at the molecular level. Besides being the author of a textbook on angular momentum ("Angular Momentum: Understanding Spatial Aspects in Chemistry and Physics"), Professor Zare is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and numerous other distinguished scientific societies. He has served on the National Science Board, the policy-setting body of the National Science Foundation, as its chair. Zare has won numerous awards over the years, including the Welch Award in Chemistry, the Wolf Prize in Chemistry and the Priestley Medal of the American Chemical Society. However, the prize he said he is most proud of receiving is Stanford's university-wide highest award for undergraduate teaching.

    The Classroom Building is located on the south side of the Stockton Campus at the intersection of Kensington Way and Mendocino Avenue. A map of the campus can be found online at http://www.pacific.edu/x4284.xml.