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Andrews University’s Dwain L. Ford Guest Lecture Begins Next Week

Andrews University hosts a Chemistry Lectures Seminar to showcase well-known scientists in the field. Andrews tells us more:

“The public has the right to know and the duty to ask; scientists have a responsibility to say so. – Anne Sayre (1923 – 1998), American writer; biographer of Rosalind Franklin, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA.

Scientists tell! This is the goal of the seminar program of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Andrews University. Enlightenment and commitment. The department will host nineteen different and dynamic speakers on a wide variety of topics for its 57th annual lecture series. The series was officially renamed the Dwain L Ford Guest Lecture Series seven years ago in honor of
our dear Department Chair and Professor of Organic Chemistry, the late Professor Dwain L Ford, who started our seminar program. Ford also launched the Berrien County Forensic Laboratory on the Andrews University campus.

This year’s series includes five guest speakers in the fall 2022 semester and fourteen in the spring 2023 semester. The presentation will include topics on sunscreens and artificial melanin, development of pathogen therapies, time crystals, emerging ideas about the structure and function of biological cells, the importance of diversity and inclusion in science, the links between theology and neurochemistry, biomedical applications of molecular glues, the use of nanotechnology to solve energy and environmental problems, fundamentals of fermentation chemistry and biotechnology, environmental importance of phosphorus removal and recovery, synthesis of new agrochemicals, new food ingredients and biosensing materials.

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Equally fascinating are the varied backgrounds and biographies of our accomplished guest speakers. For example, our list includes a Nobel laureate in chemistry who has written eight books of poetry, a world-renowned chemical biologist who is a leader in the use of small molecules in biology and medicine, a research collaborator in the development of the Moderna COVID19 vaccine, two young chemists at the start of their professional careers, chairman of the Minority Affairs Committee of the American Chemical Society, and a doctor of molecular biology, theologian and ordained minister of the United Reformed Church. Our speakers come from the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Michigan Technological University, Kalamazoo College, University of Cambridge, North Carolina A&T State University, Corteva Agriscience, University of Winchester (UK), Harvard University, Lancaster University (UK), University of California (Riverside), University of Minnesota, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Cornell
University and McGill University.

This annual series of guest lectures is another way Andrews University, Southwest Michigan’s premier institution of higher education and Andrews University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, seeks to bring education, information and world-class experts, not only to its students but to the surrounding community as a whole. These public science lectures are all Zoom-based at 4:30 p.m. (EST) on Thursdays and are also open to the entire university community. The lecture series is co-sponsored by the Andrews University Office of Research and Creativity and the Andrews University Community Engagement Council. Every week, notifications would go out widely across multiple media platforms, including the Benton Spirit community.
Newspaper (http://bentonspiritnews.com/) providing more specific and detailed information about the upcoming conference, guest speaker and Zoom link.

All are welcome to join our year-long free lecture series. In the past, our online audience has been campus-wide, local, regional, national, and international. All lectures will be recorded, uploaded and publicly available on YouTube. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Desmond Hartwell Murray, series coordinator and associate professor of chemistry at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan ([email protected])

–By Desmond Hartwell Murray

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