Chemical weapons expert to speak April 27

A chemical weapons specialist of a Nobel Peace Prize winning organization will join the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Department of Chemistry Thursday, April 27, to discuss the need for technical input in policy making.

Dr. Jonathan Forman, Science Policy Adviser at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, will present his research,“Science in Multilateral Chemical Disarmament,” at 2 p.m. in the Engineering and Information Technology auditorium.

His research topic addresses the role of science in the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, an international disarmament treaty for weapons of mass destruction. Forman’s work will emphasize the influence of scientist’s work on international diplomacy and analysis the challenges of scientist-policymaker engagement.

Forman has long been an advocate for emerging technologies. After receiving his Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology, he worked to develop molecular diagnostic and bioanalytical assay technologies. His work eventually led him to become an independent consultant for process and product development of chip-based assessment platforms.

For more information about the event, contact Brian Berry, chair of the chemistry department, at bcberry@ualr.edu.

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