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04-29-2016

Kimberly Prather to Deliver Keynote at Inaugural Hopke Lectureship Series on May 6

Kimberly Prather, distinguished chair in atmospheric chemistry at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), will deliver the inaugural Hopke Lectureship Series presentation on Friday, May 6.
 
Kimberly PratherSponsored by the Philip K. and Eleanor F. Hopke Endowment for the Institute for a Sustainable Environment at Clarkson University, the lecture will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Bertrand H. Snell Hall, Room 214 (#20 on the map at http://www.clarkson.edu/about/clarkson_map.pdf).

A reception will take place immediately after the lecture in the Technology Advancement Center (#17 on the map at http://www.clarkson.edu/about/clarkson_map.pdf).

The event is free and open to the public.

Prather's lecture is titled "Flying Through the Clouds: How Does Mother Nature Control Clouds, Climate and Weather?"
 
The Prather Group at UCSD states that the impacts of atmospheric aerosol particles represent the largest uncertainty in scientific understanding of the Earth’s climate. Prather and her team of researchers study the chemistry of these particles amid hopes to learn more about their impacts on the planet’s energy budget and on the formation of clouds.
 
Prather’s research focuses on understanding the impact of atmospheric aerosols and their impacts on clouds and climate. Early in her career, she developed a technique known as aerosol time-of-flight mass spectrometry that is widely used in atmospheric field studies around the globe to determine the origin and chemistry of aerosols.  A major focus of her research involves understanding how aerosols impact climate, with a major focus on their role in modifying clouds and precipitation processes.
 
Prather received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. She was a postdoctoral fellow at University of California, Berkeley working with Nobel Laureate, Yuan T. Lee. She became an assistant professor at University of California, Riverside and then moved to University of California, San Diego as a professor in 2001.
 
Prather has authored or co-authored 154 articles in high level scientific journals. She is the recipient of the American Chemical Society Analytical Chemistry Arthur F. Findeis Award, the Kenneth Whitby Award, the GAeF Smoluchowski Award, the National Science Foundation Special Creativity Award, the American Society for Mass Spectrometry Award, and the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, and the Distinguished Scientist Award from the San Diego section of the American Chemical Society. Prather is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and American Geophysical Union.
 
For more information on the lectureship or to RSVP to the reception, contact Theresa Ferero at tferero@clarkson.edu .

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Photo caption: Kimberly Prather, distinguished chair in atmospheric chemistry at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), will deliver the inaugural Hopke Lectureship Series presentation on Friday, May 6. (Photo courtesy Erik Jepsen / UCSD Publications.)
 
[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/kprather.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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