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NMSU Gerald Thomas Chair to give lecture

Thomas Schmugge, the New Mexico State University College of Agriculture and Home Economics Gerald Thomas Chair, will present a seminar Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. in Wooten Hall Room 105.



Thomas Schmugge, New Mexico State University College of Agriculture and Home Economics Gerald Thomas Chair. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

The lecture is titled "Discovery of and Physical Basis for Global Warming" and will cover the early studies of the effects of increased carbon dioxide on the Earth's temperature and some current observations. A small reception will follow.

Chairs hold their offices for a particular length of time and receive funds from grants or other sources to conduct research. Schmugge's research as the Gerald Thomas Chair has focused on using space observations to study the Earth's surface. Before coming to NMSU, Schmugge worked at NASA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. His term as the chair ends March 1.

"It is a great honor to be the Gerald Thomas Chair. This lecture is an opportunity for me to thank and give back to the university and the college," Schmugge said.

The search for a new Gerald Thomas Chair has started and is expected to be completed by April 1. The chair was named after NMSU President Emeritus Gerald Thomas.

Thomas and Leroy Daugherty, associate dean and director of the Agricultural Experiment Center, will attend the event.