Community Forum in Chemistry
Spring 2007 Schedule

Hale Imiloa 111 (view map of campus)
University of Hawai’i - Windward Community College
45-720 Kea'ahala Road
Kane'ohe, Hawai’i 96744

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Monday, January 29
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Michael J. Cooney, Ph.D

Chemistry in Energy

Energy has been dubbed as chemistry’s “grand challenge.” Learn the fundamentals of energy (oil based and renewable) and how chemistry relates to new energy technologies, engineering and science education.

Michael J. Cooney obtained his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of California at Davis. He is Associate Researcher at the University of Hawaii- Hawaii Natural Energy Institute.


Wednesday, February 21
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Wayne T. Iwaoka, Ph.D.

Food and Health

Do you know the science behind the food you consume? Find out how everything you observe, smell, and taste during the harvesting, processing, cooking, and eating of foods are related to chemistry and chemical reactions. Discover their practical applications to health.

Wayne T. Iwaoka, Ph.D. is Professor of Food Science in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources of the University of Hawaii.


Tuesday, March 6
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Alfred E. Asato, Ph.D.

The Mystery of Poisons

Historically, poison is the method of choice of royal assassins. What makes poison toxic and deadly? This forum will discuss the mechanism of action of poisons and nerve agents. Find out how to recognize signs and symptoms of poisoning, and identify applicable treatment..

Alfred E. Asato obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. He is the Hawaii State Department of Health Chemical Terrorism Response Laboratory Coordinator.

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Thursday, April 19
1:45-2:45 p.m.
Chris I. Measures, Ph.D.

Trace Metals in the Ocean and its Biological & Climatic Effects

The amount of dissolved iron (Fe) in the ocean affect biological production. During the last ice age it is believed that increased atmospheric dust brought greater quantities of Fe that increased phytoplankton production. This used up carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas) and caused global cooling. A new global oceanographic sampling program, CLIVAR is providing new information to understand climate change.

Christopher I. Measures (Ph.D., University of Southampton) is a Professor of Oceanography at the University of Hawaii.

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What is the Community Forum in Chemistry?  

• Its goal is to increase learning in chemistry for all students (and community members).

• A practicing professional discusses a chemistry related topic that is relevant to everyday lives.

• During the forum audience participate by asking questions, sharing views and comments.

• Serves as a bridge between classroom and real-world applications.

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This project is coordinated by Leticia U. Colmenares
, Assistant Professor in Chemistry - 236-9120

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Co-sponsored by the
American Chemical Society - Hawaii Section