BRIC Foundations Lecture Will Feature Distinguished Chemical Physicist

Jan. 19, 2016
Henry Henry "Fritz" Schaefer courtesy photo.

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WACO, Texas (Jan. 19, 2016) – The Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) will host Henry “Fritz” Schaefer, Ph.D., for its next “BRIC Foundations: Perspectives from Leaders in Innovation” lecture series event on Thursday, Jan. 21, and Friday, Jan. 22.

Schaefer serves as Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry and director of the Center for Computational Chemistry at the University of Georgia. Holding degrees from Stanford University and MIT and having written or contributed to more than 1,500 authoritative scientific papers, he is recognized as one of the world’s most widely cited scientists. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards from the American Chemical Society and other professional associations, including the much-esteemed Centenary Medal, the highest award given to a non-British subject by London’s Royal Society of Chemistry.

The BRIC Foundations series was created in 2013 by Truell Hyde, Ph.D., Baylor’s vice provost for research, to bring highly regarded scientists, engineers, executives and other prominent figures to the BRIC twice a year to share their experience and ideas with students.

Previous speakers have included John C. Mather, Ph.D., winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics, and Swiss-born physicist and entrepreneurship expert from the University of Michigan, Thomas H. Zurbuchen, Ph.D., among others.

“Great innovations are always preceded by great ideas,” Hyde said. “Great ideas come from people who are both knowledgeable and experienced in their field but who also think outside the box. One of the ways BRIC promotes such innovation is to bring proven visionaries to town to share their perspectives with the rest of us.”

Both events are free and open to the public. Schaefer’s first lecture, “Life of a Scientist,” will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in Room 3160 of the BRIC. A reception will precede the lecture at 5:30 p.m. in the third-floor landing area. The BRIC is located at 100 Research Parkway.

Schaefer’s second lecture, “From Donor-Acceptor Complexes to Gallium-Nitride Nanotubes,” will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, in the Baylor Sciences Building (BSB), Room D109. The reception will begin at 2 p.m. at the BSB E2 landing area. The BSB is located at 101 Bagby Ave.

For more information, contact Truell Hyde.

by Bethany Harper, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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