Lectures to explore opportunities, programs in chemistry

March 29, 2010 | Events, UToday
By Jeffrey Romagni

The UT Chemistry Department will hold two lectures next week that are part of its Program for Academic Excellence titled “Leaders of the Global Scientific Community.”

Dr. Luis Echegoyen, director of the Division of Chemistry at the National Science Foundation (NSF), will talk about “NSF Chemistry Division: Programs and Opportunities” Wednesday, March 31, at 4 p.m. in Bowman-Oddy Laboratories Room 1059 on Main Campus.

“The Chemistry Department faculty have in recent years received six prestigious NSF Career Awards and three major instrumentation grants,” said Dr. Jon Kirchhoff, UT professor and associate chair of chemistry. “Dr. Echegoyen’s visit is a great opportunity to show him firsthand the excellent research being conducted in our laboratories and the positive impact that NSF support has had on our undergraduate and graduate programs.”

The National Science Foundation, an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950, is the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all government-supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities.

Dr. Bradley Miller, director of the Office of International Activities at the American Chemical Society, will discuss “U.S. Efforts to Celebrate the 2011 International Year of Chemistry” Thursday, April 1, at 4 p.m. in Bowman-Oddy Laboratories Room 1059.

His presentation will outline the origins, purposes and planned domestic and global activities of the 2011 International Year of Chemistry and the opportunities it creates to excite and capture the public’s imagination as to chemistry’s role in everyday life, its potential solutions to addressing global challenges, and help in achieving the United Nation’s millennium development goals.

For more information on the free, public lectures, contact Kirchhoff at jon.kirchhoff@utoledo.edu or 419.530.1515.

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