Prominent chemist to speak at Ott Lectureship

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An award-winning chemist and member of the National Science Board will be the featured speaker for the Arnold C. Ott Lectureship in Chemistry at Grand Valley State University.

W. Carl Lineberger, JILA and E.U. Condon Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will give a public lecture on October 29 and a seminar for students and faculty on October 30.

Tuesday, October 29
“Negative Ion Chemistry Research: How it Led to ‘A Positive Look Into Science and Technology Policy’
5 p.m. reception
6 p.m. lecture
Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room, Allendale Campus
 
Wednesday, October 30
“Molecular Reaction Dynamics in Time and Frequency Domains: A Wonderful Playground for Collaboration between Experiment and Theory”
1 p.m. chemistry seminar
Cook DeWitt Center, Allendale Campus

William Carl Lineberger is the E.U. Condon Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Fellow of JILA at the University of Colorado in Boulder. His research centers on the application of lasers to problems in chemical physics, especially those involving gas phase anions. He has won numerous awards such as the H. P. Broida Prize in Chemical Physics and the Earl K. Plyler Prize from the American Physical Society. He received the Bomem-Michelson Prize and the William F. Meggers Prize from the Optical Society of America.
 
Lineberger has served on many advisory committees, chairing the NSF Advisory Committee for Mathematical and Physical Sciences, the National Research Council Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Applications, and the Department of Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee. In 2011, he was nominated by President Obama for membership on the National Science Board, and was subsequently confirmed by the U.S. Senate. He serves as a member of the Executive Committee and chair of the Subcommittee on Facilities of NSB.

The Arnold C. Ott Lectureship in Chemistry was created and endowed by a gift from Arnold C. Ott and Marion Ott. Arnold Ott received his doctorate in 1943 from Michigan State University in chemistry, physics and bacteriology and was a leading chemist and entrepreneur in West Michigan. He was also one of the co-founders of Grand Valley State University and served on the GVSU Board of Trustees for 28 years.

For more information contact Felix Ngassa, GVSU associate professor of chemistry, at (616) 331-3803.