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February 21, 2002

Weapons expert to speak Tuesday

Milton Blackwood, a national expert on chemical and biological weapons, will speak at Purdue University at 7 p.m. Tuesday (2/26) in Room 172 of Wetherill Hall. Blackwood, a member of the Chemical and Biological Arms Control Program of the Federation of American Scientists, is involved with efforts to prevent and respond to uses of these weapons. He coordinates an effort to educate biological scientists and engineers around the world about the potential for dangerous exploitation of biotechnology.

The talk is free and open to the public and will be immediately followed by an informal reception, also open to the public, during which Blackwood will be available for media interviews. The events are co-sponsored by the Purdue Department of Chemistry and Purdue Student Pugwash.

The Federation of American Scientists is an organization based in a Washington D.C. that conducts analysis and advocacy on several issues relating to science, technology and public policy. Much of its work has been in the areas of nuclear arms control and disarmament. Purdue Student Pugwash is part of a global network of student groups committed to promoting the socially responsible application of science and technology. It is affiliated with the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, an organization concerned with reducing the danger of armed conflict and seeking cooperative solutions to global problems. More information about the event is available on the web.

CONTACTS: Ashwin Kumar,, (765) 495-6851; Roger Hoover,, (765) 743-3206; and Professor Normand Laurendeau, (765) 494-2713,