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Van der Voo to deliver Sokol Lecture

Rob Van der Voo, the Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Geological Sciences, will deliver the annual Margaret and Herman Sokol Faculty Lecture in the Sciences at 4 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Rackham Amphitheatre.

The Sokol Faculty Award recognizes substantial contributions to graduate education by faculty in the sciences. Van der Voo is scheduled to lecture on "Paleomagnetism, Pangea, and Partnership." A reception will follow.

Van der Voo was educated at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, where he earned degrees including a doctorate in geology and geophysics. He has served on the faculty in U-M's Department of Geological Sciences for over 30 years. Van der Voo is recognized internationally as a pioneer in the theory of plate tectonics. Colleagues say his work has revolutionized our understanding of the earth and its history, and his work as an educator, mentor and scholar have helped ensure that the Department of Geological Sciences is ranked among the best in the nation.

In 1983 Margaret Sokol, along with her husband, Herman, who graduated from U-M in 1940, established an annual fellowship for graduate students in chemistry. After Herman Sokol's death in 1985, Margaret Sokol established additional awards to recognize renowned faculty and support postdoctoral fellows and students. After her death in June 2006, a generous gift from her estate will continue the couple's legacy at the University.

Initiative addresses climate change

Global Climate Change: From Kyoto to Ann Arbor will be presented by The President's Ethics in Public Life Initiative and the Erb Institute from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Pendleton Room in the Michigan Union.

The forum will examine the Kyoto Treaty on controlling greenhouse gases, a global approach to environmental problems dependent on actions by corporations, government and others.

Participants will focus on what these actors are doing, what motivates them to act and the ethical and other responsibilities that motivate their actions and challenges. There also will be a panel presentation. For more information go to or call 615-6275.

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