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AMES, Iowa -- Nobel Laureate Henry Kendall will speak on global environmental problems at 8 p.m., March 12, in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union.

Kendall, who took part in last October's White House Initiative on Global Climate Change, will speak on "Global Environmental Problems: The Next 50 Years." His presentation is part of the ISU Presidential Lecture series "Science and Technology for Sustainable Development."

Kendall is the J.A. Stratton Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also is the Chairman of the Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a position he has held since 1974, and is a founding member of the organization. The organization advocates a secure and sustainable world today without sacrificing the environment of tomorrow.

A particle physicist, Kendall, along with Jerome Friedman of MIT and Richard Taylor of Stanford, won the 1990 Nobel Prize in physics for their pioneering investigations on deep inelastic scattering of electrons on protons and bound neutrons. These studies were important to the development of the quark model in particle physics.

Kendall has been active in U.S. energy and defense issues, and in the global issues of environmental pressures, resource management and population growth. His contributions to the White House's Global Change Initiative focused on disruptions of climate and world food production. He is the co-author of numerous books on the arms race, nuclear power and renewable energy.

Kendall has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense, he was Panel Chair of the U.S. Secretary of Energy's Task Force on Alternative Fuels for the National Laboratories, and was a member of the National Academy of Science's Panel on Inertial Confinement Fusion. He has testified before Congress numerous times on the threat of nuclear war, energy policy, nuclear power and other issues. Kendall is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

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