Science Inspires Series

  • The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics’ Science Inspires Series is offered in collaboration with IUP’s Sigma Xi chapter, an honor society of scientists and engineers that rewards excellence in scientific research and encourages a sense of companionship and cooperation among scientists in all fields.

    SIS presents lectures by prominent researchers on topics interdisciplinary in nature and of interest to faculty and students from a variety of academic fields and to the general public. Every semester, the series schedules two talks by NSM researchers and one renowned speaker.

    The second spring 2018 Science Inspires Series talk will be held on March 8, 2018.

    “World in Crisis: Is Chemistry Our Only Hope?”

    Globalizing economies, rapidly growing consumer demand, and undeniable environmental decay have set the stage for nearly insurmountable obstacles for the next generation of scientists. Our research focuses on merging chemistry and biology for their application to environmentally benign production materials such as biodegradable plastics, recyclable oxidation catalysts, and even simple oxidation methods.