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Dr. Robert Greenler to Present
Lecture at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: Oct. 31, 2001
EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Robert Greenler, emeritus professor of physics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will present a lecture titled "Sunlight and Ice Crystals in the Skies of Antarctica" Thursday, Nov. 8, at UW-Eau Claire. The lecture will begin at 8 p.m. in Room 007 of Phillips Science Hall.
Greenler will talk about his experiences traveling to and living and working at the South Pole and Antarctica, where he studied optical effects that result from the interaction of sunlight with tiny ice crystals tumbling through the cold atmosphere. Demonstrations and slides will help explain and illustrate these halo effects and the program will end with a unique time-lapse video record of a spectacular display of ice crystal effects over the South Pole.
Greenler is known for being instrumental in the development of the Laboratory for Surface Studies at Milwaukee, an internationally recognized interdisciplinary laboratory that has been the focus for much of his research effort.
He also is the organizer of "The Science Bag," a series of public science programs that has attracted more than 125,000 participants since it was started in 1973. In recent years, Greenler has produced 24 videotape versions of selected programs for use by teachers.
In 1987, Greenler served as the president of the Optical Society of America, which later presented him, in 1993, with the first Esther Hoffman Beller Award for "extraordinary leadership in advancing the public appreciation and understanding of sciences." In 1988 he received the Millikan Lecture Award of the American Association of Physics Teachers for the "creative teaching of physics."
Greenler also has written several books, including "Rainbows, Halos, and Glories," published in 1980, and his latest, "Chasing the Rainbow: Recurrences in the Life of a Scientist," published in 2000. There will be a book signing after the lecture.
The lecture, which is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, The Forum series and the department of physics and astronomy, is free and open to the public.
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Updated: Oct. 31, 2001