CORVALLIS - F. Sherwood Rowland, a Nobel laureate and one of the world's leading experts on ozone in the atmosphere, will highlight a lecture series featuring several prominent environmental scientists which begins Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Oregon State University.
Titled "The Science of Environmental Controversies," the series is sponsored by OSU's Department of Zoology, the Valley Chairs in Marine Biology, and the Aldo Leopold Leadership program. Each speaker is participating in an OSU graduate seminar course and will present a free public lecture in the evening.
Rowland, the Donald Bren Research Professor at the University of California-Irvine, will speak Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the LaSells Stewart Center on the topic "Two Global Atmospheric Problems: Ozone Depletion in the Stratosphere and Ozone Formation at Earth's Surface."
Both situations with atmospheric ozone are significant concerns, experts say. Stratospheric ozone protects all biological species at the surface, but excess ozone at ground level is harmful. Human activities have caused both a depletion of stratospheric ozone and a buildup of ozone at the surface.
Other speakers during the lecture series include:
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Mary Derr Van Brocklin, 541-737-5363