Policy leader from India will talk about global cooperation in science, education

April 3, 2012

C.N.R. Rao

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A scientist and policy leader from India will speak at April 18 at Purdue University about global outreach and collaboration between the United States and India.

C.N.R. Rao, a Purdue alumnus, professor of chemistry and chairman of the Scientific Advisory Council to the prime minister in India, will present "Global Collaboration in Scientific Research and Higher Education and the Future of Mankind" at 7 p.m. in Krannert Auditorium. The talk is the inaugural C.N.R. Rao Global Science Policy Leadership Lecture, which is sponsored by the Global Policy Research Institute. The lecture is free and open to the public and also will be webcast at mms://video1.itap.purdue.edu/GPRI

"Professor Rao's experience and expertise in merging science, technology and policy has inspired the Global Policy Research Institute to launch an annual lecture in his honor," said Arden L. Bement Jr., the institute's director. "In this talk, Rao, who is a member of all the major science academies in the world, will discuss the role of global outreach and collaboration related to science and higher education, specifically related to India and the United States."

Rao is the national research professor as well as honorary president and Linus Pauling Research Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research. He also is immediate past president of The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, a member of the Atomic Energy Commission of India and an honorary professor at the Indian Institute of Science. Rao, whose research interests are in solid state and materials chemistry, has authored more than 1,400 research papers and 41 books. He received his doctorate in chemistry from Purdue in 1958 and an honorary degree from Purdue in 1982.

The lecture will be part of the institute's Global Connections Lecture Series. It follows the Global Policy Research Institute's Grand Challenge conference that is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 18. More information about the conference is available online at http://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/events/2012/120402BementChallenge.html

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Source: Arden L. Bement Jr., 765-496-6713, bement@purdue.edu