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The Science Lecture Series at Otterbein University was established in 1987 under the leadership of Dr. Philip Barnhart, Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Dr. Jerry Jenkins, Chair of the Department of Chemistry. The George W. and Mildred K. White Science Seminar Fund sponsors the annual scientific seminars. Through these seminars, national leaders in science and technology share their insights about the future of scientific endeavor. 

The Science Lecture Series is coordinated by a committee, chaired by the Office of Academic Affairs and comprised of the Science Outreach Coordinator and representatives from the Science Division, including the departments of Chemistry, Equine Science, Psychology, Nursing, Physics and Astronomy, Life and Earth Sciences, and Mathematical and Computer Sciences.

2019 Science Lecture Series: 
A Life Shaped by Diseases and Medicines in Sub-Saharan Africa

The George W. and Mildred K. White Science Lecture Series at Otterbein University will present a free public lecture byRichmond Sarpong, Ph.D. from the Department of Chemistry at the University of California.

6:00 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019
Riley Auditorium

In February, Otterbein will welcome Professor Richmond Sarpong of the University of California, Berkeley, as the 2019 speaker for our annual Science Lecture Series.  Dr. Sarpong has a wide variety of research interests focused in organic synthesis: developing new chemical reactions and methods to make carbon-containing compounds.  He and his research group have published the synthesis of many complex molecules of medicinal interest such as Lyconadin A, an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, and Stephacidin B an anti-parasitic.   He is renowned for both his research acumen and his teaching ability, and we will be very pleased to welcome him.

Dr. Sarpong completed his undergraduate degree at Macalester College in Minnesota. He then began his graduate studies at Princeton University, where he completed his Ph.D. while studying with Professor Martin Semmelhack. After completing his doctoral work he was a UNCF-Pfizer postdoctoral fellow at The California Institute of Technology, studying under Professor Brian Stoltz. Professor Sarpong completed his postdoctoral work and joined the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley in 2004.

Science Lecture Series Past Lectures

  • 1987 – The Information Revolution

  • 1988 – The Three-Pound Universe

  • 1989 – Longevity: The Myths and Realities of Aging

  • 1990 – The Origins of Life

  • 1991 – Genetic Medicine: Accomplishments, Prospects, and Bioethics

  • 1993 – Backyard Biosphere: Environmental Technology and Ethics in Everyday Life

  • 1994 – Health Care 2000: American Through the Looking Glass

  • 1995 – Cosmology: the Universe Around Us

  • 1996 – Nature’s Mind and the Human Body: Darwin in Contemporary Psychology

  • 1997 – Educating for Community: Science and the Community

  • 1998 – Animals in Society: Exploring the Human-Animal Bond

  • 1999 – DNA Microchips: A Revolution in Nucleic Acid Diagnostics

  • 2000 – Women in Science: Lessons in Leadership

  • 2001 – NASA: Experimentation and Exploration in Space

  • 2002 – Nature and Nurture in Child Development

  • 2003 – G3: Gratifying the Globe Through Green Chemistry

  • 2004 – Got Nano? The Next Big Thing is Small

  • 2005 – Big Bang Boom: Einstein’s Universe

  • 2008 – Through the Looking Glass: The Meaning of Quantum Mechanics

  • 2009 – Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species

  • 2011- The Galactic Center - Uncovering the Pulse of our Galaxy

  • 2012 - A History of Violence

  • 2013 - Flipping the switch: how cells use RNA to regulate gene expression

  • 2014 - Green Chemistry: Lessons from catalysis

  • 2015 - Do Animals Lie?

  • 2016 - Time, Einstein and the coolest stuff in the universe.

  • 2017 The Animal Guide to Finding Love and Raising Kids

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Diane Nance
Director of Grants and Sponsored Programs
p/ 614.823.1846
e/ dnance@otterbein.edu