Posted: September 23, 2008

'Molecules That Matter' lecture series

(Nanowerk News) In conjunction with the opening of its new museum and conference center, the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) announces the launch of the Molecules That Matter Lecture Series. The series complements the museum's first changing exhibition, Molecules That Matter, which showcases scientific objects and artistic reactions to ten organic molecules that transformed the twentieth century. The exhibition, developed in collaboration with the Francis Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, will feature creative responses to aspirin, isooctane, penicillin G, polyethylene, nylon, DNA, progestin, DDT, Prozac and buckminsterfullerene. These molecules-ranging from pharmaceuticals to consumer industrial polymers-have revolutionized housing, clothing, fuel and healthcare.
The Molecules That Matter lecture series, according to CHF president and CEO Thomas R. Tritton, "will welcome speakers who will present their perspectives on the building blocks of matter and how they relate to the science in our daily lives, including the promises and perils of discovery and innovation."
The lecture series commences on September 25 and concludes on December 9; tickets for each lecture in the Molecules That Matter series are $15. Alternatively, an all-lecture pass may be purchased for $45. Students will be admitted free with a valid student ID. Tickets may be purchased in advance at All lectures in the series are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. EST with a reception following. Doors will open one hour before the start of each event.
Lecture Series Schedule: Thursday, September 25 Robert S. Langer "Biomaterials and How They Will Change Our Lives" Tuesday, October 7 Eric Roston "The Beauty of Science and the Science of Beauty" Tuesday, October 21 Chrissy Conant "An Artist Hijacks the Biochemistry of Life" Tuesday, November 11 Sandra Steingraber "The Many Faces of DDT" Tuesday, December 9 Dawn A. Bonnell "Linking Proteins, Wires, Dots, and Molecules into Useful Devices"
Lecturers' Bios
A widely celebrated chemical and biomedical engineer, Robert S. Langer is an Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Langer is a pioneer of many new technologies, notably including transdermal delivery systems, which allow the administration of drugs through the skin without needles or other invasive methods. Eric Roston is senior associate in the Washington, D.C. office of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University and a former TIME Magazine writer. His recent book, The Carbon Age: How Life's Core Element Has Become Civilization's Greatest Threat, examines the science of carbon and its seminal impact on human life.
New York-based artist Chrissy Conant's Chrissy Caviar project is displayed in Molecules That Matter. Conant's work portrays deeply personal struggles; Caviar addresses the emotional and physical pressures that the prospect of reproduction places on women in their late thirties.
Heralded as the "new Rachel Carson" by the Sierra Club, Sandra Steingraber is an internationally respected expert on the environmental links to cancer and reproductive health. Her acclaimed book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist Looks at Cancer and the Environment, presents cancer as a human rights issue.
Dawn A. Bonnell is the Trustee Professor of Materials Science and director of the Nano/Bio Interface Center at the University of Pennsylvania. She leads the center's Small Times Journal, which is ranked number one in nanotechnology research in the nation.
Source: Chemical Heritage Foundation
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