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Matthew Elrod Receives Award for
Research on Ozone Depletion

Posted December 22, 1997

          HOLLAND -- Matthew Elrod, assistant professor of
  chemistry at Hope College, has received a "Cottrell College
  Science Award" from Research Corporation in support of his
  on-going research on ozone depletion.
          According to Elrod, the precise nature of the
  chemical reactions leading to ozone depletion is not yet
  fully understood.  One challenge, he noted, is that about
  400 different chemical reactions are occurring in the
  atmosphere simultaneously.
          He explained that to understand how they
  interrelate and eventually lead to depletion of the ozone
  layer, the reactions must be studied one at a time.  The
  individual results can then be compiled and examined
  together, such as through computer modeling.
          Elrod is using the $32,900 grant from Research
  Corporation to study a particular class of reactions
  involving the methyl peroxy radical molecule which are
  suspected to lead to ozone depletion.
          Research Corporation is a foundation for the
  advancement of science.  The "Cottrell College Science
  Program" supports basic research in chemistry, physics and
  astronomy at public and private, predominantly undergraduate
  colleges.
          The projects recognized are judged on the basis of
  originality, significance and feasibility.  The involvement
  of undergraduate students in meaningful ways is also a key
  consideration.  Between three and five Hope students work
  with Elrod on his research, during the school year and
  summer alike.
          Elrod also received support for his research
  through two grants in 1996:  from the Camille and Henry
  Dreyfus Foundation Inc., through the "Camille and Henry
  Dreyfus Faculty Start-up Grant Program for Undergraduate
  Institutions," and from the American Chemical Society
  through its Petroleum Research Fund.
          He joined the Hope faculty in 1996.  He holds a
  bachelor's degree from Grinnell College, and a doctorate
  from the University of California at Berkeley.
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