'Chemistry without chemicals?' program scheduled

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Eureka College assistant professor of physical chemistry Kevin Stillman will present “Chemistry Without Chemicals? " at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Cerf Center at Eureka College. A reception will follow.

The free, public presentation will initially provide an overview of concepts behind computational molecular orbital theory and then explore the application of one specific methodology, the Fenske-Hall Calculations, to two real-world questions.  Research results from a study on a potentially chemotherapeutic drug and from a study on a proposed new hydrodesulphurization catalyst will be used to demonstrate the similarities and differences in bonding between isolated molecules and solid state structures.

Stillman joined the Eureka College faculty in 2008. He received a bachelor’s degree from Seattle University, a master‘s degree from the University of Utah and a doctorate from the University of Wyoming. His research interests revolve around the applications of computational molecular orbital theory.

The presentation is the first of four Clarence R. Noe Dean’s Lectures by Eureka College faculty members this academic year. Others will be “‘Other-Centered’ Leadership: A Leadership Schema for Innovation” by associate professor of psychology Ann Fulop at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3, “Lost Nature and Painterly Pursuit” by art professor Rhea Edge at 4 p.m. Feb. 16 and “What's So Funny?: Teaching Humor in Creative Writing" by assistant professor of creative writing Zeke Jarvis at 7:30 p.m. March 1.

All of the lectures will be in the Cerf Center.  For more information, call the Provost’s Office at 467-6301.