Chemistry Professor Speaks on "Science and Sacrifice"
Los Angeles, CA -- October 19, 1998 -- On Friday, October 30, California State University, Los Angeles will present its annual Lloyd Ferguson Distinguished Lecture entitled "Science and Sacrifice," by Billy Joe Evans, professor of Chemistry at University of Michigan. This lecture is free to the public and will begin 1 p.m. in the Roybal Institute, Salazar Hall C120, on the Cal State L.A. campus.
Dr. Evans earned his B.S. from Morehouse College and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Manitoba and taught at Howard University before accepting a position at the University of Michigan in 1970. He has held research positions at the University of Marburg, The Naval Research Laboratories, and The Ford Motor Company.
Evans has developed a program at the University of Michigan in the chemistry of electronic and magnetic materials. He has more than 90 scientific publications, and recognition of his work has resulted in several plenary lectures at the National Conferences on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, the opening plenary lecture before the International Conference on Magnetism, and invited talks at Gordon Conferences and the NATO Advanced Study Institute, among many others. Evans has received many honors from the University of Michigan including the 1991 Statewide Distinguished Faculty Award. He is also the recipient of the 1995 Manufacturing Chemists Association Catalysts Award, and the 1997 American Chemical Society Camille and Henry Dreyfus Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students in Careers in the Chemical Sciences.
Established in 1995 in honor of Lloyd N. Ferguson, current Cal State L.A. emeritus professor of Chemistry, The Lloyd N. Ferguson Distinguished Lecture brings experts in the field of science to the Cal State L.A. campus. Dr. Ferguson, who retired from an illustrious 21-year career at Cal State L.A. in 1986, has authored more than 50 journal articles and seven textbooks. His research has spanned the areas of cancer chemotherapy, the relationship between structure and biological activity, and the functioning of our sense of taste. He was chairman of the American Chemical Society's Division of Chemical Education, served as director of Cal State L.A.'s Minority Biomedical Research Support program from its inception in 1973 through 1984, and was program director for many National Science Foundation teaching and research participation programs. Before coming to Cal State L.A., he taught in the Chemistry Department at Howard University for 20 years.
Ferguson's numerous distinctions include honorary doctorates, the CSU Outstanding Professor Award, the Chemical Manufacturers Association Award in Chemical Education, and the American Chemical Society Award in Chemical Education. He has served as a role model for many hundreds of minority students who have entered careers in science and technology.
This lecture is sponsored by the School of Natural and Social Sciences and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Cal State L.A. Unless otherwise directed, guests should park in areas with permit dispensers or meters (Parking Structure II, Lot C and Lot G). For more information on the Lloyd N. Ferguson Distinguished Lecture, call (323) 343-2300.
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