CORVALLIS, Ore. - Susan Solomon, an atmospheric chemist, Antarctic researcher and expert on climate change, will present the 2009 Thomas Condon Lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Oregon State University.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is designed for a non-specialist audience. It is titled "A Tale For Our Times: Something for Everyone About Climate Change and the Reasons for Climate Gridlock."

The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. in Austin Auditorium of the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus. The Condon Lecture, named after a pioneer of Oregon geology, helps to interpret significant scientific research for non-scientists.

Solomon is a senior scientist at the Earth System Research Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colo. She has authored or co-authored 200 scientific articles, received prestigious awards for her research and co-chaired the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that won the Nobel Prize. Among other accomplishments, she was one of the first scientists to propose that chlorofluorocarbons might be causing ozone depletion.

Solomon will also give a more technical presentation on that topic - "Ozone Depletion: The Story of a Successful Global Environmental Agreement, and its Relevance for Climate Change" - in the George Moore Lecture. That event will be Thursday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m. in Gilfillan Auditorium, sponsored by the OSU Department of Geosciences.

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John Dilles, 541-737-1245