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Next academic speaker talks about climate science


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MARTIN, Tenn. – Peter Mahaffey will be the next academic speaker at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 23 in UT Martin’s Humanities Auditorium. The event is sponsored by the UT Martin Honors Program and the Student Members of the American Chemical Society.

His speech is titled “Climate Science, Powering Our Planet and Rare Materials: A Role for Visualization.

Mahaffey is internationally recognized for his deep commitment to helping students, scientists and the general public see the intricate webs that connect chemistry to so many aspects of life.

Mahaffey, a professor of chemistry at the King's University College in Edmonton, also co-directs the King's Centre for Visualization in Science, which provides digital learning resources used by a quarter million students, educators and the public from more than 100 countries each year.

He carries out research in the areas of chemistry education, visualization in science and organic chemistry. In addition, he has strong professional interests and activities related to the interface between chemistry and sustainability, as well as the responsible uses of chemistry. He is co-author of an international first year university chemistry textbook titled, "Chemistry: Human Activity, Chemical Reactivity."

Mahaffey recently completed six years of service as chair of the International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry's (IUPAC) Committee on Chemistry Education (CCE) and membership on IUPAC's Bureau.

In that capacity, he helped to facilitate the process to obtain UN designation of 2011 as an International Year of Chemistry and served on the IYC-2011 Management Committee.

He was a charter member of the International Council of Science (ICSU) Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the Conduct of Science and serves on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) working group on education and outreach and the American Chemical Society (ACS) presidential working group to help professional chemists communicate climate science to the public.

Mahaffey is also the vice chairman of the Province of Alberta's Quality Assurance Agency for universities (Campus Alberta Quality Council).

The event is free and open to the public.


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