Cameron University to present Physical Sciences Symposium

Cameron University’s Department of Physical Sciences will feature 12 alumni as guest speakers during “Winnowing the Past to Cultivate the Future: CU Graduates making a Difference,” a symposium set for November 9-10. The event takes place in the Goodyear Lecture Hall, Room 100, of the Sciences Complex. All events are free and open to the public; however, reservations are required for the Friday night banquet. For more information, contact the Department of Physical Sciences at 580-581-2246.

“Graduates from Cameron’s Department of Physical Sciences have gone on to incredibly successful careers and are making a difference in the world,” says Dr. E. Ann Nalley, Professor and organizer of the event. “Holding a degree in physics or chemistry can lead to exciting careers in a variety of fields. This event will honor and celebrate the accomplishments of the many alumni of Cameron’s Department of Physical Sciences who are making a difference all over the world.”

Beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Dr. Stan Zisman, Technical and EHS Manager, Pasadena Platis Complex, Pasadena, Texas, a division of Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP, will present “Legacy, Learnings and Leadership: Applying One’s Strength.” 

He will be followed by Kari Haley, Senior Development Engineer for Pacific Light Technologies in Portland, Ore., who will address “From Biotech to Lighting: Quantum Dots in Action” at 10:45 a.m.

Commander Joseph Lawrence, Director, Department of Defense Pharmacoeconomic Center in San Antonio, Texas, will present “Foundations in Chemistry: The Journey of a Navy Pharmacist” at 11:30 a.m.

Following a lunch break, Dr. Tammy Leighty Spears, Director of Pharmacy Services, Kindred Hospital-Oklahoma City South, and adjunct faculty member, University of Oklahoma, will speak about “Clinical Pharmacy Services in a Specialty Hospital” at 1:15 p.m.

At 2 p.m., Jody Vance, D.D.S., will address “The Chemistry of Dentistry.” Dr. Vance maintains a dental practice in Springfield, Mo.

Dr. Paul West, Director, Bioanalytical Technology, Stemina Biomarker Discovery, Inc. in Madison, Wis., will present “Discovering Biomarkers of Human Disease and Development Using Stem Cells and Metabolomics” at 3 p.m.

Dr. Steve Miller, Staff Surgeon, Cardiovascular Care Center of Southwest Oklahoma and Comanche County Memorial Hospital, will talk about “Cardiovascular Surgery Today” at 3:45 p.m.

Internationally renowned DNA expert Ed Huffine, CEO of Bode Technology, Saudi Arabia/ International Development, Washington, D.C., will speak about "The Increasing Global Role of DNA Testing” at 4:15 p.m.

The keynote speaker for the Friday banquet, which takes place in the Shepler Ballroom, is Dr. Lloyd Sumner, Associate Professor, Plant Biology Division, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore. He will address “Large-scale Biochemical Profiling for Gene Discovery.” The banquet starts with a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Shepler Mezzanine.

The symposium continues on Saturday in the Goodyear Lecture Hall in the Sciences Complex with John Rasinski, Senior Scientist, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Akron, Ohio. Rasinski will present “From a Cowboy to a Chemist” at 10 a.m.

At 10:45 a.m., Sara Kiehn Merchant, Clinical Coordinator, Physical Therapist, Moore Medical Center, Norman Regional Health System, will present “Chemistry Degree to Healthcare.”

Dr. Steve Merchant, Vice President and General Manager, SORBT Technology, Inc, Oklahoma City, will conclude the symposium at 11:30 a.m. He will present “From Cameron University to Vice President and General Manager.”

The symposium, funded through a grant from the Cameron University Lectures and Concerts fund and The Frontiers in Chemistry Endowed Lectureship, is organized by the American Chemical Society Student Chapter, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the Sigma Pi Sigma Student Chapter, and the Department of Physical Sciences.

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November 7, 2012

PR#12-188