Cameron University hosts presentations by Dr. Betsy Rice, U.S. Army research chemist

The Cameron University Department of Physical Sciences, the student chapter of the American Chemical Society and the Chemistry Club will host two presentations by Cameron alumna Dr. Betsy Rice, a research chemist with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, on Thursday, April 19. At 3 p.m., she will address “Research and STEM Outreach at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory,” a presentation aimed at high school and college students who are considering a career at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. At 7:15 p.m., she will address “Design and Characterization of Advanced Energetic Materials using Computational Chemistry and Physics.” Both presentations will take place in Room 100 of the Sciences Complex and are open to the public at no charge.

A dinner will precede the evening presentation; reservations are required. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for students. To make reservations, call 581-2246.

Dr. Rice earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Cameron in 1984 and was awarded a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Oklahoma State University in 1987.

A research chemist and leader of the Multiscale Reactive Modeling Team in the Energetic Materials Science Branch, Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Dr. Rice is responsible for initiating, planning, and personally performing research investigations to determine microscopic details of the physical and chemical processes of materials of interest to the Army, including energetic materials and materials related to armor/armaments. Her expertise lies in the theoretical chemistry areas of classical molecular simulation and quantum mechanical molecular characterization directed toward advanced modeling of materials that are critical components of several Department of Defense weapons and S&T mission areas.  Dr. Rice also holds the position of Senior Scientist at the High Performance Computing Software Application Institute for Reactive Multiscale Modeling of Insensitive Munitions.

Dr. Rice began her tenure with the Army as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ballistic Research Laboratory (a predecessor component of the Army Research Laboratory) in 1989 and was subsequently hired by the Laboratory in 1990.  She is the author or coauthor of more than 80 open literature publications in journals in the field of theoretical chemical physics and has given more than 80 presentations to professional groups.  In addition, she is the author of nine invited book chapters relating to molecular simulations of energetic materials. 

She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the ARL Associated Achievement Awards for Best Technical Publication (1999 and 2007), Best Technical Papers for sessions in both the 26th and 20th Army Science Conferences, and the Army Research and Development Achievement Awards for 1997, 2003 and 2008.  Additionally, Dr. Rice was named as an Army Research Laboratory Fellow in 2000. 

Dr. Rice’s visit is supported by the Todd and Cindy Sanner Endowed Lectureship in Chemistry.

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April 16, 2012

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