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Michael M. Szwarc to be Honored

Colloquium and Polymer Institute Dedication June 6


SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The late Michael M. Szwarc, who taught at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) for 27 years, will be the focus of a colloquium and memorial celebration to be held Thursday, June 6, on the ESF campus.

Szwarc, who died in 2000 at the age of 91, founded the college's Polymer Research Institute. In recognition of his accomplishments, the college board of trustees voted to rename the institute as the Michael M. Szwarc Polymer Research Institute at SUNY-ESF.

His family has established a $100,000 endowment to fund a graduate fellowship in physical chemistry.

Next week’s event includes a colloquium from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 5, Illick Hall, on the ESF campus. Speakers will include Moshe Levy of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel; Stanislaw Penczek of the Polish Academy of Sciences; and Marcel Van Beylen of the University of Leuven, Belgium. Other speakers will represent ESF and SUNY at Albany.

The Polymer Research Institute will be dedicated in Szwarc's honor from 3 to 4 p.m. in Marshall Auditorium, Marshall Hall, on the ESF campus. A reception and dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Pascale Wine Bar & Restaurant, Fayette and South Clinton streets, Syracuse.

Anyone wishing to obtain further information may contact Dr. Israel Cabasso at 470-4767, or send an e-mail to phammel@syr.edu.