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Beyond the Classroom

Laura Pence



Laura Pence, a professor of chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Hartford, talks about the field of inorganic chemistry; the properties and uses of organic chemicals, particularly as catalysts; the ruthenium and copper complexes she researches; and career paths for chemistry graduates. Pence also discusses the year she spent recently as a Congressional Science Policy Fellow in the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C;, working in Colorado Sen. Michael Bennett's office.

She also talks about the difference between weather and climate; the meaning of "global warming," its connection with wildfires and flooding in Colorado; climate change and land-use management; and the Forest Service and its mission.

Laura Pence
professor of chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences

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