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The Quest for Molecular Gyroscopes Topic of A&M-Kingsville Garland Lecture April 24

KINGSVILLE - April 14, 2009

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4143

Public invited to free annual chemistry lecture at 1:30 p.m. in Peacock Auditorium

Dr. John A. Gladysz, Dow Chair in Chemical Invention and Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Texas A&M University, has been selected to give the 29th annual Garland Lecture in Chemistry at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, in the J. Talmer Peacock Auditorium of the Biology-Earth Sciences building. Gladysz will speak about “Alkaline Metathesis in Metal Coordination: The Quest for Molecular Gyroscopes.”

The talk will focus on the syntheses of the first molecules that duplicate the connectivity, symmetry and rotational ability of a gyroscope—which commonly consists of a rotating axis and disk, and two to four static spokes that connect to the termini of the axis.

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. John A. Gladysz

Gladysz earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. He earned his doctorate from Stanford University with E.E. van Tamelen. He subsequently held appointments at UCLA and the University of Utah. He then accepted the chair of organic chemistry at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he succeeded Paul von Rague Schleyer. In 2007, he became the Dow Chair in Chemical Invention at Texas A&M University.

Gladysz is a fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and is a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Grant recipient. He received an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award in 1988, the University of Utah Distinguished Research Award in 1992, the American Chemical Society Award in Organometallic Chemistry in 1994 and a von Humboldt Foundation Research Award for Senior Scientists in 1995.

Since 1984, he has been associate editor of Chemical Reviews. He has authored more than 400 papers and patents, and his research spans a wide range of problems in the general areas of synthetic and mechanistic organometallic chemistry and catalysis.

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