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Environmental geochemist to present Ford lecture Sept. 19

Environmental advances

Environmental geochemist George Helz will discuss advances in environmental chemistry during the 22nd annual Leonard A. Ford Lectureship Monday, Sept. 19.

2011-09-20
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [9-6-11]

Environmental geochemist George Helz will discuss advances in environmental chemistry during the 22nd annual Leonard A. Ford Lectureship Monday, Sept. 19, at Minnesota State Mankato.

His talk, “Environmental Chemistry in the Half Century since Silent Spring,” will be at 7:30 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium of Centennial Student Union. It is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public.

Helz, chemistry/biochemistry professor emeritus at the University of Maryland, also will discuss how scientists can improve the treatment of wastewater in a technical talk for students and faculty, “Making Chlorine Greener,” at 11 a.m. in Ostrander Auditorium.

The annual Ford lecture is sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Chemistry & Geology.

Publication of Rachael Carson’s Silent Spring in 1962 catalyzed changes in public attitudes toward the human environment. In his lecture Helz will review some of the victories, surprises, non-intuitive outcomes and defeats in environmental chemistry over the last 50 years.

Those who want more information about the event may contact Christine Cords at (507) 389-1963 or email christine.cords@mnsu.edu.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive, doctoral university, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 institutions across the state.

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