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Professor Richard N. Zare Presented Shipley Distinguished Lectures at Clarkson


From left: Distinguished University Professor and CAMP Director S.V. Babu, Professor Richard N. Zare (the Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor in Natural Science at Stanford University), Distinguished University Professor Egon Matijevic' (the Victor K. LaMer Chair of Colloid and Surface Science at Clarkson University), and Clarkson University President Anthony Collins.

Professor Richard N. Zare presented the two lectures of Clarkson University's 18th Annual Shipley Distinguished Lectureship on April 18 and 19. He is the Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor in Natural Science at Stanford University in Stanford, California.

Professor Zare’s talks were titled “The Chemistry of Drink” and “Cavity Ring-Down Spectroscopy: A New Way to Make Ultra Sensitive Absorption Measurements.” His first lecture was filled with demonstrations illustrating the world of bubbles, answering questions like “Why do bubbles in a carbonated beverage grow in size when they rise?” and “Do all bubbles in a carbonated beverage rise upward?” In his second lecture he reviewed the physical basis of a cavity-enhanced absorption technique called cavity ring-down spectroscopy and presented some striking applications, including the measurement of stable isotope ratios without the use of mass spectrometers.

Professor Zare is a graduate of Harvard University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry and physics in 1961 and his Ph.D. in chemical physics in 1964. He taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Colorado and Columbia University. Then he moved to Stanford University in 1977. Zare was named chair of the Department of Chemistry in 2005 and in 2006 was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Professor. He is renowned for his research in laser chemistry, resulting in a greater understanding of chemical reactions at the molecular level.

This special event was sponsored by the Shipley Family Foundation with support from Clarkson's Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP).


The CAMP newsletter is published four times per year by the Center for Advanced Materials Processing, a NYSTAR-designated Center for Advanced Technology located at Clarkson University.

Editor: Dana M. Barry, Ph.D.

Equal Opportunity Policy.  Clarkson University does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status in provision of educational opportunity or employment opportunities and benefits.


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CAMP’s Eighteenth International Symposium on Chemical-Mechanical Planarization (CMP)

Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club
Lake Placid, New York

August 11-14, 2013

CAMP's Fall Meeting

Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York

October 14-15, 2013

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Information, on these and other CAMP events, is available at the CAMP website at