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Empowering Global Scientific Engagement

Geraldine Richmond
Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry
University of Oregon

In rural Laos, more than 50 percent of newborns will be stunted by age two due to chronic malnourishment. Worldwide, 161 million children under the age of five—many of them in Africa and Asia—suffered irreversible stunting as of 2013. As recently as 2010, stunting affected 8-9 percent of babies enrolled in U.S. federal food-subsidy programs. Food security is only one of the many complex and interconnected challenges embedded in ensuring a sustainable world in the face of climate change as we approach a population of 9 billion. All such challenges demand a major shift in how we seek innovative ways to co-exist with ever-expanding needs for energy, food, water and a healthy environment. Solutions demand innovative international research collaborations and policies that include talents and perspectives from both the developed and developing world. This presentation will highlight some of the global challenges that we face in the coming years and why international collaborations are essential for progress on a global scale.

Tuesday, April 11, Noon-1 p.m.
Christopher Murphy Auditorium
Keynote Speech, The Eighth Iona Scholars Day
Reception: 1-2 p.m. in Spellman Hall Burke Lounge


About Dr. Richmond

Geraldine (Geri) Richmond is the Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon. Her research using Photo of Geraldine Richmond laser spectroscopy and computational methods focuses on understanding environmentally and technologically important processes that occur at water, semiconductor and mineral surfaces. Richmond is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Physical Society (APS), the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Association for Women in Science.  She has served in leadership roles on many international, national and state governing and advisory boards including as a current member of the National Science Board and most recently as U.S. Science Envoy for the Lower Mekong River countries and President of AAAS.  She is the founder and director of COACh, a grassroots organization that has been assisting in the advancement of women scientists around the globe since 1997.Geraldine Richmond with President Barack Obama Awards for her scientific accomplishments include the National Medal of Science, the American Chemical Society (ACS) Olin-Garvan Medal, the ACS Joel H. Hildebrand Award and the American Physical Society Davisson-Germer Prize. Awards for these education, outreach and science capacity building efforts include the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, the ACS Award for Encouraging Women in the Chemical Sciences and the ACS Charles L. Parsons Award.

She will present a speech titled "Empowering Global Scientific Engagement" on Tuesday, April 11, from Noon-1 p.m. in the Christopher Murphy Auditorium.

She will present a speech titled "Understanding the Love-Hate Relationship between Oil and Water" on Wednesday, April 12 from Noon-1 p.m. in Romita Auditorium.

Learn more about Dr. Richmond.