April 14, 2006

Nobel Laureate Mario Molina to speak at National Hispanic Cultural Center Wednesday

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Professor Mario Molina, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, will speak April 19 to students participating in Sandia National Laboratories’ MANOS program about their important role in the future of science and technology during a dinner at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (4th St. and Avenida César Chávez).

Sponsored by Sandia’s Hispanic Outreach Leadership Committee, the MANOS program is designed to introduce mid-school students to science and engineering.                       

Professor Molina has been involved in developing an improved scientific understanding of the chemistry of the stratospheric ozone layer and its susceptibility to human-made perturbations. He is currently a Professor at the University of California, San Diego, with a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Members of the news media are invited to a pre-talk news conference on the patio of the Center from 5-5:30 p.m. If you plan to attend, please call Iris Aboytes at 844-2282.

At the news conference, Fred Mondragon, on behalf of Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez, plans to offer a proclamation making April 19 “Mario Molina Day” as part of the Tricentennial festivities.

On April 20 Professor Molina will speak at Sandia’s Earth Day celebration.  He will talk about the impact of human activities on the atmosphere.

Professor Molina has received numerous awards for his scientific work, including the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the UNEP-Sasakawa Award in 1999, and the Tyler Ecology and Energy Prize in 1983.

Sponsors of the event are Sandia/Lockheed Martin Corporation, the Annual Iberoamerican Research and Development Summit, the City of Albuquerque, and the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation.

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Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies, and economic competitiveness.

Sandia media contact: Iris Aboytes,, 505-844-2282