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Makoto Kelp came to us from Reed College. His hometown is Bellevue, Washington.

"This summer I worked with Professor Emily Fischer at CMMAP evaluating the importance of the degradation of monoterpenes, a species of organic compounds emitted from vegetation, for the global acetone budget.

"When many people hear the compound 'acetone' they think of a nail polish remover or of a solvent used for cleaning especially in industrial settings. However, in the atmosphere acetone is an important source of PAN, a reservoir species for reactive nitrogen (NOx) that leads to the production of ozone, and for HOx in the upper troposphere, which produces the dominant atmospheric oxidant OH. On a global scale, acetone is primarily produced from the biosphere, and monoterpenes are thought to be an important source.

"I used the chemical transport model GEOS-Chem to investigate how sensitive monoterepene emissions are to the production of global acetone.

"I will be a senior this year at Reed College in Portland, Oregon studying chemistry with a focus on atmospheric chemistry, specifically oxidative chemistry of the troposphere." Makoto's research poster was Evaluating the Potential Importance of Monoterpene Degradation for Global Acetone Production.

He writes, "I enjoyed my time in Fort Collins hiking in the Rocky Mountains, walking around Old Town, and visiting coffee shops and bookstores."

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