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Friends of Oceanography offers lecture on Chinese cities

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Narragansett, RI—September 20, 2004—One of the advantages to being an oceanographer is the myriad of opportunities to travel all over the world as part of the job. URI Graduate School of Oceanography atmospheric chemist Dr. Kenneth Rahn has traveled extensively to China and will share his impressions and beautiful pictures in a presentation sponsored by URI Friends of Oceanography.

"Glimpses of Life in Five Cities of Modern China: An Oceanographer's Perspective" will be held on Thursday, September 30, at 7 p.m. in the Coastal Institute Auditorium on the URI Bay Campus, South Ferry Road, Narragansett.

An optional dinner with an oriental flair will be offered prior to the lecture. Catered by West Bay Gourmet in Narragansett, the dinner will be held at 5:45 pm in the Hazard rooms of the Coastal Institute Building. The cost for the dinner is $12 per person. You do not have to attend the dinner to attend the lecture.

Rahn was in China for five weeks during December 2003 and January 2004, including Christmas, Western New Year, and Chinese New Year (Spring Festival). He visited five cities--Beijing in the North and Xiamen, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, and Guiyang in the South and Southwest. Rahn returned to China in the spring and has brought back amazing pictures and stories.

Rahn received a B.S. in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in meteorology from the University of Michigan. His research interests include atmospheric chemistry, especially long-range aerosol transport, arctic air pollution and elemental tracers.

For information about the lecture or to make reservations for the optional dinner, call 874-6642.