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Chemistry building groundbreaking March 27 (Released: 3/20/97)

by David Pesci, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- The official groundbreaking ceremony for the University of Connecticut's new chemistry building is set for March 27 on the Storrs campus.

The ceremony, titled "Foundations of Chemistry," will run throughout the afternoon, beginning at 1:45. The schedule includes high school students performing chemistry experiments, a formal brick-laying ceremony, a reception that includes a graduate student research poster session, and a keynote speech by Susan Solomon.

Solomon, a scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is the researcher who determined that the hole in the ozone over Antarctica was caused by chloroflurocarbons. She has served as head project scientist of the National Ozone Expedition at McMurdo Station in Antarctica and is widely considered to be one of the world's leading experts on ozone issues.

The chemistry building, which has yet to be named, is the first major building project with its construction completely funded by the UConn 2000 initiative. The building will be completed in July 1998.

Groundbreaking Plans

  • 1:45-2:15 - Brief lecture by Susan Solomon followed by experiments by high school students at the building site.

  • 2:15 - 3:00 - Formal "Foundations of Chemistry" Ceremony and brick-laying at the building site.

  • 3:15-3:45 - Reception and viewing of graduate student research poster session in the Waring Building.

  • 4:00 - Lecture by Solomon in the Waring Building Auditorium titled, "The Making and Breaking of Ozone Depletion Theories."