International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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IYC2011 at the University of St. Thomas, Houston TX

Activity by Elmer Ledesma   |   added on Jan 13, 2011   |   United States Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): University of St. Thomas

A lecture to introduce IYC 2011 to the University of St. Thomas community and the general public.

Chemistry is aptly termed the “Central Science”, as its principles and the application of those principles are fundamental in the production of the things we take for granted: medicines, food, fuel, energy, etc.  Chemistry and the chemical sciences in general will thus play a crucial and central role in meeting current and future world challenges.  This presentation will discuss the major IYC 2011 objectives through several examples:

·         Energy is the main driving force behind industrial and economic development.  The rapid population increase in developing nations and their desire to industrialize together with the large energy consumption of the industrialized world bring about an increase in energy demand.  In order for the global community to smoothly transition to a more renewable and sustainable economy, the development of new energy technologies must be conducted in conjunction with the continuing scientific and engineering development on existing traditional sources of energy such as coal and oil.  Current avenues of fuel science and technology research both external and here at the University of St. Thomas (UST) will be discussed to illustrate how an understanding of chemistry is applied to meet the global energy challenge.

·         The UST student affiliates chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is an award-winning student chapter.  At the 241st ACS National Meeting in Anaheim, CA, on March 27, 2011, the UST student chapter will be honored with an “Outstanding Award” for 2010.  The chapter is very active in the greater Houston area by participating in several outreach activities that encourage the interest of young students in chemistry which at the same time generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry.

·         During the last 100 years, women have played major roles in the discoveries made in chemistry.  2011 will mark the 100th anniversary of Madame Curie’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her discovery of the elements radium and polonium.  She was the first woman to win a Noble Prize and the only person to be awarded in two different sciences (she won the Physics Prize in 1903).  In addition to Madame Curie, the work of other notable women in chemistry and the chemical sciences will be discussed.

The presentation will take place on Thursday, March 3, at 2:00 p.m. in Doherty Library at the University of St. Thomas, Houston TX.            

Topic: celebrating chemistry, sustainable and green chemistry, seminars Audience: professors, students, secondary schools students, graduate students, teachers, general public
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