Procter and Gamble Lecture Series
To honor the support of the Procter & Gamble Co. for the Wright State Chemistry program, In 2003, the Chemistry Department established a Procter & Gamble Lectureship Series to bring eminent chemists to the Wright State Campus.
The first P&G Lecturer was Prof. Jean M. J. Fréchet from the University of California, Berkeley. Prof. Fréchet presented his inaugural seminar on the topic "Functional Macromolecules: From Design to Application in Chemistry and Medicine" on Friday, October 23, 2003, in the WSU Health Sciences Auditorium. The talk was a tour de force of creative applications of polymer, and especially dendrimer, chemistry.
in 2004, we were delighted to welcome Professor Ronald Breslow, the S.L. Mitchell Professor of Chemistry and University Professor at Columbia University, who presented his seminar on the topic "Polymers as Enzyme Mimics" on Friday, October 22, 2004, in the Medical School Auditorium. The talk was in two parts, the first as per the title, and the second describing a novel type of anticancer compound. Both topics were quite fascinating and were very well received.
May 19, 2006, the Procter and Gamble Lecture Series brought a world leader in materials' chemistry, viz., Professor Craig Hawker from UC Santa Barbara, to the department. Professor Hawker presented an exciting talk entitled "Commercial Exploitation of Nanostructures: Studies at the Interface of Organic and Materials Chemistry" and he was a delightful, inspiring visitor.
In mid-October 2008, the fourth iteration of our signature Procter and Gamble Lecture brought to the Department a world leader in bioorganic chemistry, viz. Professor Jacqueline Barton from the California Institute of Technology. Professor Barton presented an exciting talk entitled "DNA-mediated Signaling", which attracted an audience from across the CoSM disciplines as well as the Provost (a chemist), the Vice-President for Research (a biologist) and the CoSM Dean (a biologist).
The fifth of the Procter and Gamble Lecture Series, sponsored by the Department of Chemistry, invited Dr. Nathan Lewis, the George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry, at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Lewis spoke on Oct. 8, 2010 to the University community. His talk was titled "Global Energy Perspective: Challenges of Renewable Energy Technologies".