SECWAC Event: 'Light from the Andes: Strategic, Economic, and Ecological Dimensions of Lithium'

Pieter Visscher, University of Connecticut Presents: "Light from the Andes: Strategic, Economic and Ecological Dimensions of Lithium"
We hope you can join us for this month's meeting.

When: March 21, 2017, 5:30pm reception, 6:00pm presentation
Where: Old Lyme Middle School, 53 Lyme St, Old Lyme
The Topic: Light from the Andes: Strategic, Economic and Ecological Dimensions of Lithium
Presenter: Pieter Visscher, University of Connecticut

Dinner: Following the presentation, join Pieter, guests, and fellow members for a delicious meal at the Old Lyme Country Club, 40 McCurdy Rd, Old Lyme.  $35/person.

A reservation is required by Friday, March 17 to attend the dinner; please call 860-912-5718 or email to make your reservation (vegetarian option available if reserved in advance). Checks payable to SECWAC (or credit card payment) are accepted before the meeting by Courtney Assad.

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Pieter Visscher was born in The Netherlands and acquired graduate degrees in chemistry, environmental law and microbiology at the University of Groningen. He worked at the Oceanic Institute’s Tropical Aquaculture in Hawaii, the Rosenstiel School of the University of Miami and the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA, before settling at the UConn’s Department of Marine Sciences. His research has been funded by agencies, such NASA, NSF, NIH, the EPA and the DoE.  Visscher is a founding member of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute and has been involved with NASA missions. His current research focuses on biosignatures, which are changes in the composition of the atmosphere and rocks that can be used as evidence for life. Visscher has published his work in over 110 peer-reviewed scientific papers.

He lives in Mystic with his wife Linda Thacher.  He is currently a Fulbright Specialist, and travels extensively to Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile, where he is involved in conservation issues.

Coming up:  Join us April 19 for a presentation by Eric Trager of The Washington Institue for Near East Policy.  He will speak on “How the Muslim Brotherhood Lost Egypt” at Blaustein Hall, Connecticut College.  Signing of his book, Arab Fall, will follow the presentation.