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Nobel Laureate to encourage local action at climate change conference


EVENT: UC Irvine Nobel laureate F. Sherwood Rowland will give the keynote talk at the Newkirk Center for Science and Society’s annual conference, “Cities and Global Climate Change.” Rowland will join climate scientists and city leaders from throughout the nation to discuss how local officials can address global climate change. Chancellor Michael V. Drake will give opening remarks, and Scott Samuelsen, director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center at UCI, will give a presentation on vehicles that run on alternative fuel. Irvine Mayor Beth Krom will lead a session on confronting climate change at the local government level.

DATE: Friday, April 27, 2007
TIME: 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, 100 Academy, Irvine

BACKGROUND: F. Sherwood Rowland received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery that linked chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, to the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer. Initially controversial, the finding ultimately led to a world ban on CFCs. Rowland, now the Donald Bren Research Professor of Chemistry and Earth System Science at UCI, advises world leaders on the impact and dangers of ozone depletion and global warming.

The Newkirk Center for Science and Society was established in May 2001 with a generous endowment by Martha and James Newkirk, frequent benefactors to the University of California. The center’s goals are to make science more responsive to community needs and to facilitate the use of scientific results for the benefit of society. For more information, visit


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