URI web chat, Sept. 16

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URI Honors Colloquium coordinators to field questions on global environmental change

during web chat, Sept. 16

KINGSTON, R.I. – September 11, 2008 – University of Rhode Island oceanography professors Steven D’Hondt and Arthur Spivack, two of the coordinators of URI’s 2008 Honors Colloquium, “People and Planet: Global Environmental Change,” will answer questions about global warming and the Honors Colloquium events in an online chat on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 1:30 p.m.

D’Hondt is a geological oceanographer who studies life in extreme environments – especially life in sub-seafloor sediments – and biological controls of ocean chemistry. Spivack is a chemical oceanographer whose research focuses on environmental and marine geochemistry.

The 2008 Honors Colloquium explores human-caused global change, its consequences and potential responses through a series of lectures, films, exhibits and a cabaret.

“Humans have been affecting our environment on a global scale for millennia,” said D’Hondt. “This year’s colloquium is going to examine those changes and outline the kinds of choices people might make collectively to minimize their effects.”

For an up-to-date schedule of Honors Colloquium events and activities, visit the Honors Program website at www.uri.edu/hc.

A service of the URI Division of University Advancement’s electronic communications program, online chats are free and open to the public and are accessible through the URI website.

To enter the chat, go to http://advance.uri.edu/chats for instructions. Participants may submit questions in advance, but the chat will not begin until the scheduled date and time. Thirty minutes is the total time allotted for the chat. A full transcript will be posted to the University’s website once the chat has been completed. Questions about web chats should be directed to the URI Publications Office at 401-874-2075.

URI’s online chats, which began in September 2004, have featured question-and-answer sessions with such alumni as Tom Mulligan, Los Angeles Times senior correspondent discussing the Iraq war, and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ross Kaufman talking about the making of Born into Brothels, as well as with URI administrators, faculty and coaches.

The chats are made possible through the cooperation of the URI Athletics Department and College Sports Online, hosts of the GoRhody.com web site.