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Tuesday, March 25, 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Eric Zencey, Gund Institute of Ecological Economics, University of Vermont,
Title: Ostwald, Energy & Ecological Economics
Moulton Hall 214, Illinois State University
Dr. Zencey holds a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy and the History of Science. His dissertation, titled “Entropy as Root Metaphor,” looked at how the second law of thermodynamics revolutionized the sciences, including physics and biology, and also has found application outside of science in such fields as history, politics, literature and economics. He currently teaches Ecological Economics, a school of economic thought rooted in the perception that economic processes are at the bottom thermodynamic processes. This talk on Ostwald is drawn from Eric’s essay “Energy as Master Resource,” published as a chapter in The State of the World 2013. His most recent book is The Other Road to Serfdom and the Path to Sustainable Democracy, which critically analyzes traditional economic theory for its thermodynamically illiterate, infinite-planet assumptions. A flyer is available here.
Tuesday, April 29, 7:00 p.m.
Prof. Andy Mitchell, Department of Chemistry, Illinois State University
Title: A Surprising Organic Synthesis: Serendipitous Discovery of a Novel Cascade Process
245 Olin Hall, Bradley University
Dr. Mitchell’s research focuses on natural products inspired organic synthesis. Dr. Mitchell earned his Ph.D. at Texas A&M University in 2008 and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania before joining the ISU Chemistry Department in August 2010. One theme of his research program is training next-generation scientists to develop practical synthetic solutions to important scientific problems. Specifically, his group focuses on the development of new reactions, either inspired by or directed toward natural products. Novel cascade reactions utilizing oxidopyrylium-alkene [5+2] cycloadditions are being pursued to construct interesting caged, polycyclic ethers. His group hopes to apply these cascade reactions to the synthesis of natural products or natural product-like molecules with biological activity.
Tuesday, May 20th, 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Steven F. Vaughn, National Center for Agricultural Research (NCAUR), Peoria, IL
Title: Biobased Products Research at the National Center for Agricultural Research (NCAUR)
Room TBA Illinois Wesleyan University
Dr. Vaughn is a plant physiologist whose research has broad interest to chemists and non-chemists. He and Dr. Mark Berhow, a mass spectrometrist and 2013 section speaker, collaborate on a project entitled Discovery and Utilization of Bioactive Components from New Crops and Agricultural Co-Products. One objective is to evaluate and characterize bioactive compounds in co-products and waste products from oil seed processing, corn ethanol production, new or alternate crop production, seeds and plant biomass for use as new health enhancing foods and food additives and for new health enhancing cosmetic products. Dr. Vaughn will discuss both past and mostly present research at the “Ag Lab” as NCAUR is less formally known.
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