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UW-Eau Claire Atmospheric Chemist Discusses Global Climate Change

RELEASED: March 14, 2008

postcard for Let's Do LunchEAU CLAIRE — An atmospheric chemist at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will discuss current scientific thoughts on global climate change during an Alumni Association luncheon this month.

Dr. James Boulter's presentation, titled "Climate Change: A Scientist's Perspective," will run from noon-1 p.m. March 26 at Sweetwater's Restaurant in Eau Claire.

Boulter will challenge some of the public and media's misconceptions about global climate change and discuss his research relating to the global climate.

"While many people have recently gained a real interest in and awareness of climate change, a lot of misconceptions remain," said Boulter, an assistant professor of chemistry. "The best source for this information — a sort of state-of-the-climate address — the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that comes out every three to five years, is pretty technical. If that report were more accessible, then I think people would have a better sense of what is going on with the Earth's climate. One of my goals for this presentation is to give the audience a sense of the most up-to-date understanding of the climate system and humankind's effects on it."

Boulter's ongoing research, in collaboration with undergraduate students, applies fundamental chemical experimental techniques and understanding to current questions related to terrestrial and planetary atmospheric particulate matter.

Boulter has taught courses in general, analytical and environmental chemistry since 2004. He received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University, a Ph.D. in analytical and atmospheric chemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2002, and performed National Science Foundation-sponsored postdoctoral research at SRI International.

The March 26 presentation is part of the Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch" program.

To discuss Boulter's presentation or his research, contact Boulter at 715-836-4175 or boulteje@uwec.edu.

Other upcoming "Let's Do Lunch" programs include: Dr Eric Jamelske, assistant professor of economics, April 30, "Characterizing the Landscape of Local Foods "; and Dr. Garry Running, associate professor of geography and anthropology, and Dr. Sean Hartnett, professor, of geography and anthropology, May 28, "Sand Dunes in the Lower Chippewa River Valley?"

The speaker series is open to the public. The cost is $10 per session and includes the presentation, buffet, beverage, tax and tip. To reserve tickets, send e-mail to alumni@uwec.edu or call 715-836-3266 for more information.

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