President Of American Chemical Society To Speak at Baylor April 29-30

April 29, 2004
News Photo 1903Dr. Charles P. Casey, the Homer B. Adkins Professor of Chemistry and Steenbock Professor in the Physical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and current president of the American Chemical Society.

by Judy Long

Dr. Charles P. Casey, president of the American Chemical Society, will deliver the annual Gooch-Stephens Lectures April 29 and 30 in room 100 of the Marrs McLean science building on the Baylor University campus. Casey will address the topic, "Challenges for Chemists," at 8 p.m. Thursday and "New Hydrogenation Catalysts and New Mechanisms for Hydrogenation" at 4 p.m. Friday. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

As president of ACS, Casey will focus attention on the challenges facing chemists and chemistry, such as the need to develop new energy efficient, environmentally friendly synthetic methods, as well as inexpensive and unlimited energy sources for a sustainable future.

"We need to understand how molecules change and react over shorter and shorter time scales," Casey said. "As we move towards a revolution in nanoscience, we need to understand the structures of materials on a smaller and smaller scale and of single molecules and self-assembled arrays of molecules on a larger and larger scale. We are challenged to develop robust and selective sensors to help protect the nation against disease and terrorism."

The Homer B. Adkins Professor of Chemistry and Steenbock Professor in the Physical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Casey received his bachelor's degree from St. Louis University and his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After postdoctoral work as a National Science Foundation fellow at Harvard University, he joined the department of chemistry at Wisconsin in 1968, serving as department chair from 1998-2001. Casey has published extensively on a variety of organometallic chemistry topics.

Casey is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has received an Alexander von Humboldt Award, a fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award of the ACS, and the ACS Award in Organometallic Chemistry. For more information, contact the department of chemistry at (254) 710-3311.

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