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MacArthur Fellow Tami Bond to speak of A Tale of Fire, Smoke, Time, and Power

An image of the spread of black carbon, also known as soot, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

An image of the spread of black carbon, also known as soot, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Environmental engineer and MacArthur Foundation Fellow Tami Bond will give a talk titled “Energy in the Anthropocene Era: A Tale of Fire, Smoke, Time, and Power” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, October 13, in Moulton Hall, room 214.

Bond, a Nathan Newmark Distinguished Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Illinois, studies the global impact of black carbon, also known as soot. She works at the interface of engineering and public policy to unravel the global effects of black carbon emissions on climate and human health.

Though black carbon is a prevalent byproduct of everything from diesel engines and agricultural burning to home heating and cooking, scientists have found it difficult to factor it into climate models. Bond is integrating black carbon into a global framework, including standardization of how observations of black carbon emissions are made and interpreted.

Bond received a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, and was a postdoctoral associate at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratories. She was also a visiting scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research before joining the faculty of U of I.

The event is free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Department of Physics. For accommodation requests or more information on the colloquium series, contact the department at 438-8756 or email Kerry Stewart at krstewa@ilstu.edu.