Provost Jim Garrett invites you to celebrate the Dickson Prize recipient for 2019 with an award ceremony, lecture, and reception.

The 2019 recipient of the Dickson Prize is Geraldine Richmond, Presidential Chair in Science and professor of chemistry at the University of Oregon.

CMU’s Dickson Prize in Science was established in 1969 by the late Pittsburgh Physician Joseph Z. Dickson and his wife, Agnes Fisher Dickson. One of the most prestigious awards bestowed by Carnegie Mellon, it is awarded annually to the person who has been judged by the university to have made the most progress in the scientific field that year. A complete list of previous winners can be found on the Dickson Prize website.

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Title: “Surf, Sink, or Swim: Understanding Environmentally Important Processes at Water Surfaces.”

Although the special properties of water have been valued and appreciated for centuries, as scientists we continue to be perplexed by the molecular make-up of water in all its forms. Equally perplexing is the surface of the water, the entry gate for anything going into our water. This presentation will highlight what we have learned in our laser and theoretical studies about the intriguing molecular characteristics of a water surface and how its behaviors play a role in environmentally important processes.

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