Chemistry conference celebrates its XIII biennial meeting in Hilo June 9-12

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Date: Friday, June 7, 2002
Contact: Judith Fox-Goldstein, (808) 974-7555

For Immediate Release

The "Chemistry for the Protection of the Environment" (CPE) conference, planned in coordination with the University of Hawai`i at Hilo Conference Center, will bring together a gathering of scientists, policy makers and
researchers dedicated to the advancement of environmental science, technology transfer and a broad spectrum of environmental concerns June 9-12, 2002 on the UH Hilo campus.

The meeting will host delegates from Poland, Japan, India, the Netherlands, Russia, Germany, the Philippines, Romania, Slovakia, and throughout the United States. Supplemental support for this conference is being provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health and Safety (NIEHS), and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).

According to Marjorie Auyong Gonzalez, CPE conference chair and LLNL environmental engineer, "This meeting is very special because it marks a quarter century of conferences that have fostered international cooperation in addressing complex environmental challenges. It is also the first time that the conference will be hosted by the United States. As with past CPE conferences, the goal of this CPE conference is to foster dialogue and increase understanding of the scientific and policy issues related to the environment.

"This is a very focused meeting and it provides an opportunity for exchanging international perspectives. CPE facilitates dialogue and encourages those in academia, government, and industry to directly discuss environmental science and policy issues in both formal and informal formats." Chancellor Rose Tseng, who will offer the welcome address, is delighted that UH Hilo is assisting in facilitating the meeting.

"We are excited about hosting and participating in this very prestigious conference, and I'm very proud of our students and faculty who are involved in this effort," Tseng said. "We are committed to supporting scientific conferences. Our strategic location in the Pacific, and UH Hilo's growing strength in research activity makes Hilo the perfect site for scientific meetings. I look forward to meeting the international delegates and I welcome them to our island and to the University."

Gonzalez added, "Hilo was selected as the site for this meeting because of the environmental research and development efforts in agriculture, hydrogeology, air contaminant transport, and oceanography, its natural environmental features, and its small college town ambiance. This setting and the hospitality of the population makes this location perfect for our international meeting."

According to UH Hilo Conference Director Judith Fox-Goldstein, "the journey of planning this particular conference has been intense and very compelling.

"From the onset, the CPE scientific and organizing committees, comprised of senior scientists and managers from the U.S. Environmental Protection and LLNL and academicians from universities throughout the world, strongly supported the efforts of UH Hilo, its faculty and students," Fox-Goldstein added. "It remains an honor and a privilege to host this prestigious meeting."

For additional information, please contact the UH Hilo Conference Center at (808) 974-7555.

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