2008 Annual Meeting

May 22, 2008

Symposium to highlight Purdue's regional, international role in analytical instrumentation

A daylong symposium focused on Purdue University's growing regional and international role in analytical instrumentation is planned Wednesday, June 18, at Discovery Park's Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship.

C.N.R. Rao, renowned chemistry professor and researcher and chairman of the Science Advisory Council to the Prime Minister in India, is the keynote speaker and will give a presentation as part of the College of Science Centennial Lecture series. 

Rao, who received his doctorate in philosophy from Purdue in 1958, will give a talk on the chemistry of nanomaterials from 11 a.m. to noon in Burton Morgan, Room 121. Rao is the Linus Pauling Research Professor and Honorary President of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in Bangalore.

A panel discussion from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. will include leading government, industrial and academic leaders in analytical chemistry and instrumentation. 

During the morning session, faculty researchers Paul Bohn of Notre Dame University, Rashid Bashir of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Stephen Jacobson of Indiana University will give presentations that highlight the strengths of analytical instrumentation in the region.

Organizers are R. Graham Cooks, the Henry Bohn Hass Distinguished Professor of Chemistry; Fred Regnier, John H. Law Distinguished Professor of Chemistry; and Pankaj Sharma, associate director and head of Discovery Park's international program.

Later that day, Rao will give a lecture at 3:30 p.m. in the Lawson Computer Science Building, Room 1142, in conjunction with a Discovery Lecture Series event on science, policy and research funding opportunities and challenges between the United States and India.

Analytical chemistry and its instruments provide measurements and quantitative information underlying much of the research and commercial activity in chemistry, biology and medicine.

The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration will be required for those who attend the luncheon. For more information, go to http://www.purdue.edu/dp/caid/.

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