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UNH Scientist Attends EPA Conference with VP Al Gore and NH Governor Shaheen March 6
NASHUA, N.H. -- University of New Hampshire scientist Barry Rock, along with Vice President Al Gore and New Hampshire Gov. Jeanne Shaheen, will talk tomorrow about environmental protection, what methods work and what they cost.

Friday, March 6, the New England office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hosts a daylong conference, "Implementing an Action Plan for a Sustainable New England: Opportunities for the Environmental Industry and Other Businesses."

The conference's aim is fulfilling the Clinton Administration's goal of providing American citizens and businesses with a system of environmental protection that works better and costs less.

Rock is director of the UNH Complex Systems Research Center, located within the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space. He is internationally known for his research on acid rain and ozone effects on forest growth. His work has taken him to Eastern Europe and Russia, as well as throughout New England.

The associate professor of natural resources also helped establish Forest Watch, an environmental education program that allows New England schoolchildren to play the role of researchers by gauging the effects of ozone damage on white pine in their area.

Rock and Gore are no strangers. In 1994-95, Rock was senior scientist and assistant director of the GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Program, an innovative environmental education project initiated by Gore.

Contact: Carmelle Druchniak, 603-862-1462

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