Nobel Laureate Sir Harold W. Kroto to speak at FSC chemistry symposium
LAKELAND, Fla. (Jan. 4, 2006) — Florida Southern College welcomes scientist Sir Harold W. Kroto as keynote speaker for the high school teacher symposium “Great Ideas in Chemistry: A Day of Sharing” Jan. 14 at 3 p.m. in room 152 of the Polk County Science Building (PS) on campus. Kroto’s lecture, “The Internet: The Second Education Revolution,” and the reception to follow in the Eleanor Searle Drawing are free and open to the public. The symposium, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Polk County Science Building, is free to registered high school teachers.
Kroto received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for the co-discovery of C60 Buckminsterfullerene (“buckyballs”). These clusters of 60 carbon atoms have the spheroid structure of a European football and are of great theoretical and practical significance to chemists. Kroto named the molecule after the late architect/inventor R. Buckminster Fuller as its configuration reminded him of Fuller’s geodesic dome. A Frances Eppes Professor in the chemistry and biochemistry department at The Florida State University, Kroto taught at the University of Sussex, UK, for 37 years. He has received several other scientific awards, fellowships and honorary degrees, was knighted for his contributions to chemistry in 1996 and won the Royal Society’s prestigious 2001 Michael Faraday Award for furthering public communication of science in the United Kingdom. An ardent advocate for science education, Kroto gives a popular series of public lectures, visits area schools and founded the Vega Science Trust, which broadcasts science programs over the internet.
The symposium, hosted by FSC chemistry professor Carmen Gauthier, George Sellers of the Vanguard School and Cheryl Pierce of Lakeland High School in association with the Florida Local Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS), is designed to provide high school teachers with tools to teach chemistry more effectively. Registration is at 9 a.m. Teachers can make reservations online at http://membership.acs.org/F/Florida. For more information please email email@example.com. Discussions and workshops will take place in the sessions below.
9:35 a.m. “Introduction to the Chemistry Teacher Connection and Other ACS Programs for High School Teachers” Dr. Diane Mason, The University of North Texas (PS 152)
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