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Press Release for Wednesday, February 20, 2013

UNF Leadership Speakers Bureau Presents NASA Scientist Dr. Timothy Griffin

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 


The University of North Florida Institute for Values, Community and Leadership (IVCL) presents Dr. Timothy Griffin, chief of Kennedy Space Center’s Chemical Analysis Branch, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, in Building 58 West, Student Union Ballroom, Room 3703. Griffin will discuss his experience and knowledge responsible for his success as a leader in the field of science and research. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. 


Griffin led the team in Costa Rica that developed, built and deployed a system to monitor volcanic gas emissions that flew aboard aircraft in an effort to better understand volcanic activity. Currently, he is applying his leadership skills in collaborative team efforts to develop the Lunar Advanced Volatile Analysis (LAVA) subsystem of the Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatile Extraction (RESOLVE) payload. Griffin received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Kansas and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in analytical chemistry, emphasizing mass spectrometry.  


Participants will learn the art and science of mastering a leadership style that empowers them to lead in a highly performing and productive manner. IVCL facilitates the education and development of students on how to become effective, ethical and value-based leaders with a commitment to excellence, accountability, and responsibility to the real world of the workplace and civic/community engagement. 


The Leadership Speakers Bureau offers UNF students unique face-to-face time with leadership-centric speakers with rich experiences, incredible backgrounds, and inspirational stories by attending lectures and question-and-answer segments. This series, consisting of four events each year, brings an expanding variety of high-profile speakers to campus; from leaders in business, government, science, culture and more.  


Previous guest speakers include UNF President John Delaney, “Outcasts United” author Warren St. John, Duval County Judge Angela Cox and the TEDxWomen conference simulcast live from Washington D.C. 


Register for this event online at . For more information, contact Trey Gowdy, IVCL event coordinator, at (904) 620-5934 or at . 


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.