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ASU Student Chemistry Group Hosting Annual Spring Symposium

April 12, 2011

Angelo State University’s student chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) will host its fourth annual Spring Green Chemistry Symposium on Saturday, April 16, in the ASU Cavness Science Building, 2460 Dena Drive.

This year’s event will run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Chris Sansone, professor of entomology at Texas A&M University and extension entomologist at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center just north of San Angelo. His presentation, titled “Are Production Agriculture and Green Chemistry Compatible?,” will start at 11 a.m. in Room 200 of the Cavness Building.

Other activities will include a fair of “green” vendors, a research poster presentation by ASU undergraduate students and local students from the Texas Research Institute for Young Scholars (TRYIS), and several hands-on activities directed towards children and families. All activities are open free to the public and light refreshments will be provided.

The purpose of the symposium is to promote to the community the idea of living a greener lifestyle, demonstrate the numerous ways individuals can become more environmentally savvy and demonstrate how chemistry plays a major role in the worldwide “go green” effort.

“Green chemistry” is a movement that encourages the design of processes that reduce the usage of hazardous or environmentally unfriendly substances, encouraging the idea of sustainability in the chemical industry and in research.

For more information on the symposium, call Dr. Edith Osborne at (325) 942-2181, ext. 6629, or send an e-mail to acs@angelo.edu.