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Higher Secondary Kids Interacted with Nobel Laureate
The National Institute of Oceanography had organized an interaction program on 30 January 2007 for higher secondary school students of Goa with Professor Paul Crutzen winner of the Nobel Prize for chemistry (1995). Paul Crutzen was on NIO campus for delivering a special lecture. His visit was utilized to provide an opportunity to the school kids to interact with a genius. Prof. Crutzen is the only Earth Scientist to win this prize, although in chemistry. He is known for his discovery of the mechanism that dictates the formation and destruction of ozone layer in the atmosphere, which protects the life on earth by dangerous ultraviolet radiations. Without this ozone layer life wouldn't have been possible on this planet. Thus his discovery directly contributed to the understanding of the very survival of humankind. Recognizing the importance of his discovery, he was honored with 'Minnie Rosen award for high achievement in service to mankind' by Ross University. In addition to these distinctions, Prof. Crutzen has received over a dozen honorary doctorate degrees by various universities of the world. He has written several books and has published over 350 outstanding scientific papers. Over 300 students participated in this interactive session. Nearly one hundred questions were submitted to him a day before the program by various students. Majority of the questions were about the ozone chemistry, its importance, alternatives, effects of depletion, global warming, impact of human activity etc, clearly indicating the concern of Goan Kids about the future of our environment. Prof. Crutzen replied all such questions in the form of a brief talk on importance of ozone in our atmosphere. He replied several questions raised by the students during open question forum. Ms. Nutan Kamat and Ms. Chandra Kuchadkar of Rosary Higher Secondary School, Dona Paula, and Mr. Yashank Sakhardande of DM's PVSS Kushe Higher secondary School of Assagao were felicitated at his hands for posing three best questions. Dr. Virupaxa Banakar coordinated the program. The Chemistry Teachers Association of Goa collaborated with NIO for conducting this unique program. The students and teachers who attended the program felt that it was a thrilling experience to talk directly to a genius and more programs of such nature should be organized for kids in the future.
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