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First Izatt-Christensen Lecture Series at BYU Nov. 15-16

Featuring Sir J. Fraser Stoddart of Northwestern University

Sir J. Fraser Stoddart of Northwestern University will present two lectures during Brigham Young University’s first annual Izatt-Christensen Lecture series sponsored by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Thursday and Friday, Nov. 15-16.

Admission to these lectures is free and the public is invited to attend. Students are especially encouraged to come.

The topic of Sir Fraser’s first lecture will be “Mingling of Art with Science” and will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. in 2254 Harman Building. His second lecture, “Chemistry and Nanotechnology in Tomorrow’s World,” will be held Friday at 4 p.m. in W170 Ezra Taft Benson Building. Refreshments will be offered at receptions beginning 30 minutes before each lecture.

Sir Fraser is a pioneer in nanoscience and organic chemistry. He has received many prestigious awards for his work, including the International Izatt-Christensen Award in Macrocyclic Chemistry, the Nagoya Gold Medal in Organic Chemistry, the King Faisal International Prize in Science and several awards from the American Chemical Society.

He occupies the Fred Kavli Chair in NanoSystems Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, directs the California Nanosystems Institute and recently joined the faculty at Northwestern University, where he will direct the Center for the Chemistry of Integrated Systems.

An alumnus of Scotland’s Edinburgh University, Sir Fraser also holds honorary doctorates from BYU, Birmingham University and The Netherlands’ University of Twente. This year, Queen Elizabeth II appointed him as a Knight Bachelor for his services to chemistry and molecular nanotechnology.

The lecture series is named for Reed M. Izatt and James J. Christensen, the initiators of BYU’s internationally recognized joint research program in chemical thermodynamics and chemical separations. During their careers, these scientists authored or coauthored nearly 900 books, book chapters and peer reviewed articles. They also hold many U.S. and foreign patents.

This endowed lecture is made possible by the generous donations from the scientists’ family members, associates and former students.

For more information, call the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at (801) 422-3667.

Writer: Marissa Ballantyne

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