Rofer ’63 Weighs in on Destroying Chemical Weapons in Syria

Cheryl Rofer '63Cheryl Rofer ’63 has been consulted by numerous news outlets in the past week as the United States weighs military action in Syria. Rofer worked at the Los Alamos national laboratory for 35 years where, amongst other things, she supervised a team developing supercritical water oxidation for destruction of hazardous wastes, including chemical warfare agents. Today she is the CEO of nucleardiner.com, an online forum for discussing all aspects of nuclear energy.

Rofer wrote an Opinion Piece as part of a feature for The New York Times in which experts weighed in the question “Can Syria’s Chemical Arsenal Be Destroyed?” You can read her piece here: “We’ll Need a Ceasefire First”

National Geographic interviewed Rofer in an article titled “How Syria’s Chemical Weapons Could Be Disposed Of,” and she outlined a number of steps necessary in the process of dismantling Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile. Read the article: HERE

Rofer also contributed a piece to Toronto’s Globe and Mail, “The six steps to ridding Syria of chemical weapons,” that can be accessed online: HERE

Rofer was also quoted extensively in a Foreign Policy article on September 10 and appeared on Canadian national network CTV to discuss the challenge and complications at hand.

Rofer will be on the campus of Ripon College this Fall as a guest speaker in Professor Brian Smith’s “Ethics and International Relations” class on Wednesday, October 2 at 11:15 am in East Hall 201, and all are invited to attend the lecture.


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