Atmospheric chemistry scientist to lecture May 9-10


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Atmospheric chemist Joseph Francisco, a former American Chemical Society president, will speak May 9-10 at the University of Louisville.

     Francisco’s free, public, general-interest talk, “From Earth’s Atmosphere to Planetary Engineering of Mars: An Adventure in Chemistry,” will begin at 12:30 p.m. May 10 in Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium on the Belknap Campus.

    UofL’s Chemistry Graduate Student Association sponsors the annual distinguished lecturer series with Clariant, a Switzerland-based chemical company with operations in Louisville.

    Francisco is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Elmer H. and Ruby M. Cordes chair in chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a member of the National Academy of Science and was appointed by President Barack Obama as a member of the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science. He served as American Chemical Society president in 2010 and as president of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers in 2005-2007. He also has served on the boards of the American Chemical Society and the Council for Chemical Research.

    Francisco’s more technical talk, “Structure and Reactivity of Radical-Molecule Complexes: New Frontier in Atmospheric Chemistry,” will begin at 1:30 p.m. May 9, also in Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium.

    For more information, contact Kelsey Sparks at 859-630-3781 or


    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.