Larsen Lecture Series commences March 25

tropical forest of Southwest ChinaThe Larsen Lecture Committee proudly announces the first installment in the 2004 endowed Larsen Lecture Series, to be presented March 25. Dr. Bradley M. Baker of the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, will be the featured guest speaker. His presentation: "Cutting through the smog: Emissions of volatile organic compounds from plants and trees," will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Cabot 085.

In this seminar, Dr. Baker will take his audience to the tropical forests of Southwest China to explore how scientists study the release of reactive organic compounds and their impact on the earth's atmosphere. The entire Norwich Community is invited and encouraged to attend.

The second and third lectures in the series will be presented by a husband and wife team from the geology department at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. On April 15, at 4:30 p.m., Dr. Ray Rogers will speak on cannibalism by dinosaurs, and in the evening Dr. Kristy Curry Rogers will discuss the histology of dinosaur bones. Two more lectures are planned for the fall.

The Larsen Fund was established in 1998 for the purpose of supporting a lecture series in the four basic sciences. Initiated by Thomas Rogan '65, it honors Dr. Frederick D. Larsen, Emeritus Dana Professor of Geology from 1957-2000. Thanks to the fund's many contributors over the years, it has since become the endowed Larsen Lecture Series in the four basic sciences.

The funds are administered by a committee of representatives from the four science departments/programs and currently chaired by Chico Hernandez, Head of the Division of Math and Science. Members of the 2004 committee are Dr. Scott Page, Biology; Dr. Allison Fisher, Chemistry; Dr. Richard Dunn, Geology; and Dr. Gary Parker, Physics.

Those interested in contributing to the Larsen Lecture Series may contact Tom Rogan at, March 2004

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