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2011 Kilpatrick Lecture: A Chemistry Renaissance featuring George Whitesides

Activity by Aditya Unni   |   added on Aug 31, 2011   |   United States Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): Illinois Institute of Technology College of Science and Letters; Biological and Chemical Sciences Department; Chemistry Division

George Whitesides (Harvard University) a world renowned scientist and advocate for chemistry as a solution to global health and energy needs will give a technical lecture "Reinventing Chemistry" and lead a panel discussion "Solving Problems or Satisfying Curiousity." A student poster session will be held.

George Whitesides, Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor (Harvard University), a world renowned scientist and advocate for chemistry as a solution to global health and energy needs will give a technical lecture "Reinventing Chemistry" and lead a panel discussion "Solving Problems or Satisfying Curiousity." A student poster session is part of the days events.

Event Information

The McCormick Tribune Campus Center, IIT Main Campus
33rd and State Street, Chicago, IL

Friday, September 23, 2011

10 a.m. Lecture, "Reinventing Chemistry" —Auditorium
2 p.m. Student Poster Session —Ballroom
3 p.m. Panel Discussion, "Solving Problems or Satisfying Curiosity?" —Auditorium

Session will focus on Whitesides's January 2011 Nature article, "Let's Get Practical," advocating for the reinvention of chemistry for continuing relevance and survival of the discipline.

Please RSVP to or click here to register online by September 16.

"Some of the most interesting problems in science, and many of the most important facing society, need chemistry for their solution. Examples include: understanding life as a network of chemical reactions; interpreting the molecular basis of disease; global stewardship; the production, storage, and conservation of energy and water; and the management of carbon dioxide."

"Chemistry must reorganize to try to solve problems that are important and recognizable to the society that is paying for the research, especially those to do with water, food, health, energy, and environment."

"Many of chemistry's fundamental discoveries were made in the course of developing practical technologies...catalysis, and polymer science, for instance, had their origin in industry."

"Reinvention is essential for the continuing relevance and survival of the discipline."

—George Whitesides (along with John Deutch), Nature, January 6, 2011

About the Martin and Mary Kilpatrick Lecture Series

IIT's annual Kilpatrick Lecture honors Martin and Mary Kilpatrick, who were outstanding researchers and educators. Martin served as chair of IIT's Department of Chemistry from 1947–1960, leading the department to national prominence in both undergraduate and graduate instruction and research. As a scientist, Martin made his mark in fundamental chemical research in areas of physical and inorganic chemistry, and material science. Mary was a chemistry faculty member from 1947–1964. 

The Kilpatricks devoted their lives to the critical and creative study of chemistry, particularly chemical kinetics, acid-based reactions, and electrolyte chemistry. Before coming to IIT in 1947, Martin was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and assisted Harold Urey in the Manhattan Project at Columbia University. Both Kilpatricks were Fulbright research scholars who studied in Denmark under the legendary J. N. Bronsted.

As chair at IIT, Martin guided the department during a period of vigorous growth and development in both teaching and research. Initially, the department occupied all of Wishnick Hall—one of the three new buildings by Mies van der Rohe that marked the beginning of today's modern Main Campus.

In recognition of the Kilpatricks's achievements at IIT, Martin's successor, Arthur E. Martell, and faculty colleagues instituted the now permanently endowed Kilpatrick Lecture Series.

IIT Chemistry

IIT's chemistry program spans the traditional areas of research in physical, organic, inorganic, and biological chemistry. Furthermore, there are multidisciplinary projects that combine different areas of science to solve real-world problems in catalysis, pharmaceuticals, therapeutics, materials, and sustainable energy.

The chemistry program at IIT provides rigorous education in the fundamental areas of chemical theory and chemical experimentation. This solid foundation in the chemical sciences competitively prepares our students for careers in academia, industry, and government.

The flexible curriculum offers students the opportunity to specialize beyond the traditional areas with one of six options: biological, pharmaceutical, polymer, or materials chemistry; chemical physics; or chemistry education (combined bachelor's/teaching certificate). Also possible are dual-degree, major plus minor, combined bachelor's/master's, premedical, or honors law options.

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