Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Emerging Biological, Environmental Technologies Topic Of Garland Lecture

KINGSVILLE - April 01, 2008

Contact: Julie Navejar
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Dr. Touradj Solouki, associate professor of chemistry at University of Maine, has been selected to give the 28th annual Garland Lecture in Chemistry at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in room 100 of the Biology Earth Sciences building. Solouki will speak about Emerging Biological and Environmental FT-ICR MS (Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer) Technologies: Analytical Challenges in Modern Biomedical and X-omic Research.

The talk will focus on the emerging areas of environmental and biomedical research which require an integrated approach as exemplified by x-omics which is where separation science, which involves chromatographic and electrophoretic separation methods; computer-based informatics; instrument automation and mass spectrometry combine to generate global trends. An x-omic approach can be used for analyzing complex sample mixtures and identifying biomarkers. This approach encompasses many individual disciplines – for example, in new instrument design or methodology to positively impact on rapid disease detection/diagnosis and address emerging environmental, forensic and national security related endeavors.

The first Garland Lecture was held in 1981 to honor Dr. Fred M. Garland, who chaired the chemistry department at A&M-Kingsville from 1950 to 1975. Garland received the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation Award for distinguished teaching on the college level in 1977. In that same year, the Fred M. Garland Endowment Fund was created from the donations of former students and colleagues.

It was thanks to Garland’s persistence and leadership that the chemistry department first received certification from the American Chemical Society. The department has continued to earn certification up to the present.

The Garland Lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 361-593-2914.

About Dr. Touradj Solouki

Solouki earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from University of Texas at Tyler. He conducted his undergraduate research in physical/electrochemistry at Baylor University generating two published papers in Journal of the Electrochemical Society. During his undergraduate studies, Solouki worked in the chemical industry for five years.

He earned his doctorate in analytical chemistry at Texas A&M University in College Station. He was a research fellow at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee. Prior to joining the chemistry department at University of Maine, Solouki was a senior scientist at the Illinois Institute of Technology and Research Institute and served as director of the Chemical and Biological Defense/Security Laboratory.

Solouki has championed the accessibility of mass spectrometry to the next generation of students and is past chair of the Young Mass Spectrometrists-American Society for Mass Spectrometrists.

He has pioneered the use of gas chromatography and modern ion traps for the detection of small molecules and biomarkers and has developed several popular courses aimed at undergraduate students. Solouki has co-authored three book chapters and has published in some of the top ranked journals in the world including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Analytical Chemistry, Applied Spetroscopy, Energy & Fuels and Environmental Science and Technology.

Solouki is a member of the editorial board of The Open Spectroscopy Journal, serves as a member and co-chair of the Sanibel Conference organizing committee for the American Society for Mass Spectrometry and is chair of the University of Maine’s senate Research and Scholarship Committee.

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