Squibb Lectures

The 22nd Annual S. Dexter Squibb Lecture Series in Chemistry took place October 3, 2019 with the theme “Understanding Air Quality and Climate Change.”

This year’s lecturer was Dr. Kerri Pratt, the Seyhan N. Eğe Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Earth & Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan. Dr. Pratt uses novel mass spectrometry techniques to understand the chemistry governing atmospheric trace gases, particles, clouds, and snow in remote, snow-covered, and polar regions.

On October 3, Dr. Pratt gave two lectures in Highsmith Student Union.

“Chemistry on Ice: Shedding Light on Arctic Halogen Photochemistry”

October 3, 11:45 am

Blue Ridge Room, Highsmith Student Union


“How Is the Rapidly Warming Arctic Changing the Atmosphere?”

October 3, 7:00 pm

Alumni Hall, Highsmith Student Union


About the Speaker

The recipient of the 2018 Department of Energy Early Career Award and the 2018 James J. Morgan Environmental Science & Technology Early Career Award, Dr. Pratt is head of the Pratt Lab in Environmental and Analytical Chemistry at the University of Michigan. The Pratt Lab studies the chemical interactions between atmospheric trace gases, particles, clouds and snow with the biosphere and cryosphere to understand processes associated with air quality and climate change. Dr. Pratt has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego, a B.S. in Chemistry from Pennsylvania State University, and has done post-doctoral work at Purdue University.

Select Awards

Department of Energy Early Career Award (2018)
American Chemical Society James J. Morgan ES&T Early Career Award Lectureship (2018)
Eastern Analytical Symposium Young Investigator Award (2018)
Sloan Research Fellowship in Chemistry (2017)
American Geophysical Union Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Eos (2017)
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Individual Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education (2017)
National Academy of Sciences Gulf Research Program Early-Career Research Fellowship (2016)
Department of Chemistry Seyhan Ege Junior Faculty Award (2016)
American Society for Mass Spectrometry Research Award (2014)
Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh Starter Grant Award (2014)
NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Polar Regions Research (2011)
NOAA Climate & Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship (2009)
NSF Graduate Fellowship (2005)
EPA STAR Graduate Fellowship (2005)