October 2012

DSU to Feature Guest Lecture Oct. 9 on Sustainable Chemistry

Jennifer Kmiec, executive director of the Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance. Delaware State University will feature a guest lecture on “Sustainable Chemistry” presented by Jennifer Kmiec, a prominent advocate of environmentally responsible chemistry in Delaware, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9 in the Mishoe Science Center north auditorium (rm. 139) on campus.   The guest lecture is free and open to the public.   Mrs. Kmiec, the executive director of the Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (DESCA), will explain the concept of sustainable chemistry and its importance to Delaware, as well as how the First State is a major player in this environmental endeavor.   She is also the wife of Dr. Eric Kmiec, chair of the DSU Department of Chemistry.   Sustainable chemistry – also known as “green chemistry” – is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. Green chemistry applies to the entire life cycle of a chemical product, including its design, manufacture, and use.   DESCA is dedicated to encouraging sustainable innovation in chemistry throughout the greater Delaware region. Formed in 2010, DESCA's mission is to foster sustainable chemistry innovation among key stakeholders in the public and private sectors.   Working with thought leaders in industry, government and academia, DESCA helps link resources in ways that can both optimize the funding essential for R&D and translate the benefits of new and sustainable discoveries in chemistry into commercial opportunities.   The guest lecture is a part of the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series sponsored by the DSU College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences & Technology. 

Author Thomas Chatterton Williams to Speak at DSU

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Losing My Cool is DSU's selection this academic year for its "One Book, One Campus". This speaker program is a collaboration between the Division of Student Affairs and the Division of Academic Affairs.

Thomas Chatterton Williams' book Losing My Cool is DSU's selection this academic year for its "One Book, One Campus" program, in which the University community -- students, faculty and staff -- are encouraged read and discuss. It is required reading for first-year students in their University Seminar course.

Delaware State University will present an author who is connecting in a big way with this year’s DSU community when it hosts Thomas Chatterton Williams in a guest lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 in the Education & Humanities Theatre on campus.   The event is free and open to the public.   Thomas Chatterton Williams is the author of Losing My Cool, a memoir in which he describes his life growing up as a mixed race youth who always considered – and still does – himself to be black. The book also deals with the lure of the hip-hop culture, Mr. William’s struggle for identity, and the love of family.   Mr. Williams’ book takes an extraordinary look at a subset of culture through his personal experience as well as through anthropological and philosophical discussions. Within the book, the author shares his pointed perspective on hip-hop culture and the obstacles it can be to serious engagement with the world.   Losing My Cool is DSU’s choice this academic year for its annual “One Book, One Campus” program, which selects a book each year for the campus community – students, faculty, staff – to read and discuss. The book is also used as part of DSU’s University Seminar Course for first-year students.   Thomas Chatterton Williams notes in his bio that he “was educated in his father’s study.” He holds a BA in philosophy from Georgetown University and a master’s degree from the Cultural Reporting and Criticism program at New York University. His writings have appeared in the Washington Post and n+1, among other places. He lives in New York City.   At the end of his presentation, Mr. Williams will engage the audience in a question and answer period.