Helen Murray Free Endowment Lecture
Helen Murray Free graduated with a B.A. in chemistry from The College of Wooster in 1945. Her research in clinical chemistry revolutionized diagnostic testing, particularly the "dip-and-read" glucose tests for diabetics, and she was awarded seven patents for her clinical diagnostic test inventions. From 1987 to 1992, she chaired the American Chemical Society's (ACS) National Chemistry Week Task Force, and in 1993 she served as president of the ACS. She and her husband, Alfred, were inducted into the National Inventor's Hall of Fame in 2000, and in 2010, the ACS designated the development of diagnostic test strips as a National Historic Chemical Landmark. That same year, she was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Obama. In 2011, Helen was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY.
Fall 2017 Lecturer -
Bassam Z. Shakhashiri
- Professor of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
- William T. Evjue Distinguished Chair for the Wisconsin Idea
- Director, Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy
- 2012 President, American Chemical Society
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Gault Recital Hall, Scheide Music Center
Technical Lecture (11:00 AM) - Science and Society: Our Opportunities and Responsibilities
We live in the most advanced scientific and technological society in history. New discoveries have led to personal and societal enlightenment, to improvements and benefits in our daily lives, but also to new societal problems. Education is the key to societal progress. In one part of his talk, Professor Shakhashiri will discuss the rationale for enhancing the learning experiences of students and will offer specific suggestions for consideration as we all contemplate ways to improve both our technical skills and judgment. We must showcase science at its best in addressing human needs locally and worldwide. We must aim to promote science literacy. Science literacy is necessary for the democratic process to work. By science literacy Dr. Shakhashiri means an appreciation of science, an understanding of the benefits of technology and the potential rewards and risks associated with advances in both, as well as a recognition of what science is capable of achieving and what it cannot accomplish. Science literacy enlightens and enables people to make informed choices; to be skeptical; to reject shams, quackery, and unproven conjecture; and to avoid being bamboozled into making foolish decisions where matters of science and technology are concerned. Science literacy is for everyone--chemists, artists, humanists, all professionals, the general public, youth and adults alike. The level of science literacy in any society is a measure of what it values and its resolve to put these values into practice.
Public Lecture (7:30 PM) - Science Is Fun and The Joy of Learning
This public talk will include demonstrations to show how science can be communicated to all segments of our society. Come learn about combustion, liquids that glow in the dark, polymers, and other spectacular scientific phenomena. You will sit at the edge of your seat and will see science in action.
Madeleine Jacobs is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents, an organization of presidents, presidents-elect, and recent past presidents of about 60 scientific federations and societies whose combined membership numbers well over 1 million scientists and science educators. Read press release.
Madeleine Jacobs' lectures are available on YouTube. Select the title to link to
Morning Lecture: Ten Lessons of a Lifetime of Science
Evening Lecture: The Two Cultures, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Ned Heindel, H.S. Bunn Chair Professor of Chemistry at Lehigh University and a consultant on drug development for Azevan Pharmaceuticals. Read press release.
Paul Anderson, Retired Senior Vice President of chemical and physical sciences for the DuPont-Merck Pharmaceuticals Company. Read press release.
Susan Solomon, Ellen Swallow Richards Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Read press release.
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Sam Niedbala, Professor of practice in the Chemistry Department at Lehigh University and CEO of DeTect Biosciences LLC. Read press release.
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Catherine Hunt, R&D Director of Innovation Sourcing and Sustainable Technologies at The Dow Chemical Company. Read press release.