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ASU Student Chemistry Group Expands Spring Symposium

April 12, 2010

Angelo State University’s student affiliates chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) will host an expanded version of its annual Spring Green Chemistry Fair and Symposium on Saturday, April 17, in the ASU Cavness Science Building, 2460 Dena Drive.

This year’s event is titled “Living Green with Chemistry” and will include a fair of “green” vendors, an undergraduate student research poster presentation and contest, and informational speakers. All activities are open free to the public and light refreshments will be provided.

The vendor fair and poster presentations will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and speaker presentations will begin at 1 p.m. Dr. Bill Carroll, vice president of Occidental Chemical Corporation and former president of the national ACS, will present the keynote address “From Garbage to Stuff: How We Recycle Plastics” at 3 p.m.

Other speakers will include Bruno Antunes of Martifer-Hirschfeld Energy Systems LLC, who will address “What is Wind Power as a Renewable Energy?,” and ASU alum William Rogers of the Tennessee Valley Authority, who will speak about “The Tennessee Valley Authority and the Kingston Ash Event.”

The poster contest will feature entries from colleges and universities throughout the Concho Valley and Permian Basin areas, and the awards presentations will wrap up the symposium starting at 4 p.m.

The purpose of the fair and 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.

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For more information on the fair and symposium, call Kevin Boudreaux, ASU senior chemistry instructor, at 942-2181, ext. 6623, or go online to www.angelo.edu/faculty/kboudrea/symposium.htm.