Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 11:30 am


GRINNELL, IA—The remarkable properties of water will be the topic of a Scholars’ Convocation by chemist Geraldine Richmond on Thurs., Sept. 30 at 11 a.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell College campus. Richmond, who is the Richard M. and Patricia H. Noyes Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon, will discuss recent studies about the molecular makeup of water and its importance and impact on the environment. Her lecture titled “Going Nonlinear to Understand Environmentally Important Processes at Liquid Surfaces” will use examples such as water’s ability to sculpt rocks, break down metals, and sustain functions in the human body. Richmond’s Oregon lab studies “the environmentally important processes at aqueous surfaces, using laser-based techniques and molecular dynamics simulations.” Richmond is also the chair and founder of COACH, an organization that encourages women involved in careers in science and for which she has won national recognition. Richmond’s Grinnell lecture is part of the college’s ongoing Scholars’ Convocation series. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. If accommodations are needed, please contact the event’s sponsoring organization as soon as possible to make a request.