Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society

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Harmon Lectures

Monday 24 November 2014

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Chemistry Building
Western Michigan University
2:00 pm - Integrative Systems Approaches to Rational Molecular and Synthetic Design
4:10 pm - Reception
5:00 pm - Green Chemistry and Transformative Innovation

The Department of Chemistry at Western Michigan University hosted members of the Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society to attend the 2014 Harmon Lecture and Visiting Scholar and Artists Program (VSAP). The speaker was Professor Paul Anastas of Yale University, a pioneer in Green Chemistry.

Paul Anastas headshot

Prof. Anastas is the Teresa and H. John Heinz III Chair of Chemistry for the Environment at Yale University. Dr. Anastas serves as the Director of the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale. Prof. Anastas returned to Yale in 2012 after serving as the Assistant Administrator for Research and Development and the Science Advisor at the Environmental Protection Agency after being appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009. From 2004 -2006, Paul Anastas served as Director of the Green Chemistry Institute in Washington, D.C. He was previously the Assistant Director for the Environment in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he worked from 1999-2004. Trained as a synthetic organic chemist, Dr. Anastas received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University. He is credited with establishing the field of green chemistry during his time working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the Chief of the Industrial Chemistry Branch and as the Director of the U.S. Green Chemistry Program. He has been awarded the German Chemical Society‚Äôs Wöhler Prize for his contributions to the design, discovery, and development of new chemistries and conceptual frameworks for advancing sustainability. He also holds prizes from the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (Leadership in Science Award).

The first lecture was titled Integrative Systems Approaches to Rational Molecular and Synthetic Design and was held at 2:00 pm in Room 1220 of the Chemistry Building.

The second lecture was titled Green Chemistry and Transformative Innovation and was held at 5:00 pm in Room 1720 of the Chemistry Building.

There was also be a reception in the atrium of the Chemistry Building at 4:10 - 4:50 pm. This served as an excellent opportunity to meet with the speaker.

Please feel free to contact Sherine Obare at sherine.obare@wmich.edu if you have any questions.