Green Chemistry Lecture 9/29/2014 at Gordon College

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Green Chemistry Lecture 9/29/2014 at Gordon College

The Department of Chemistry at Gordon College invites high school educators and their students to its 12th annual Distinguished Green Chemistry Lecture on Monday, September 29 at  4:30 pm
 
Guest Speaker:  Liz Gron, Hendrix College, Conway, AR
"Southern Greens For Healthy Scientists and Citizens"
Gordon College, Wenham MA,  4:30 PM, KOS 104. 
Green things thrive in the south; this is true of both plants and chemistry. Research has proven green plants are good for our diet and green chemistry is good for our planet. While we all “know” this is on an abstract level, applying green in our daily lives is hard when the ever expedient potato-chip, or chlorinated solvent, beckons.
 
Although the importance of green chemistry is clear, it has been over 15 years since Anastas and Warner described the obvious benefits of designing around green chemical principles and this philosophy is still not the standard across industrial fields or in academia. A real barrier to adoption is understanding that adding a green design criteria is an initial investment that results in a superior process or product in the future. Sadly, none of us are good with delayed gratification.
 
This talk will discuss green chemistry from an analytical perspective (the view from the kitchen). While analytical chemists are responsible for acquiring the essential data necessary to assess the health of ourselves and our environment, the greening of standard methods has lagged. This talk will also describe routes to spreading green analytical chemistry into education, and some green hopes and challenges for the future.

 Liz U. Gron is professor of Chemistry and interim Coordinator of Academic Advising with concurrent membership in the Environmental Studies and Chemical Physics Programs at Hendrix College. Gron’s scholarly work includes research papers on organic reactions in high temperature water, green analytical chemistry, undergraduate laboratory development, and undergraduate science education. Gron was raised on Boston history and culture and journeyed westward for her education with stops in the states of New York (Colgate University, B.A.) and Wisconsin (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry). Gron returned to the eastern seaboard for a post-doctoral work (University of Delaware in Chemical Engineering) before settling in the south where green things grow.
Gron joined Hendrix College in 1994 where her teaching areas include general chemistry, analytical and inorganic chemistry. During her tenure at Hendrix, Gron has been a visiting professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT (2000-2001), received the 2007 Pfizer-St. Louis Green Chemistry Research and Education Award, been the conference organizer and chair for the 13th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, Washington, D.C., June 2009, and received the 2010 Arkansas Professor of the Year awarded by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Since 2000 Gron has acquired more than $360 K in competitive grants. Her most recent science education research efforts are supported as co-PI on a $1.1M NSF grant “Noyce-STEM Teacher Education in the Arkansas” with Dionne Jackson (PI), James Jennings (co-PI), and Todd Tinsley(co-PI).