Chemistry Professor Larry Anderson teaches his students
to look at the big picture when it comes to research about
energy and the environment. In a career that's taken him
from industry to academics and Colorado to Kazakhstan,
what is seen as a potential solution may end up causing
"It's a very complicated process," says Anderson,
who has been a professor with the university since 1982.
"Science has almost no impact on public policy. Public
policy is politically driven." Yet research is vitally important
in determining if policies are effective. For Anderson,
research is the best way his chemistry students learn.
"The goal is to get the students to think critically," he
says. "It isn't just science. We're trying to deal with real life.
We need to evaluate the potential problems and look to the
Anderson's work has varied over the years. Since the late
'80S, Anderson's research has focused on air-quality issues