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Community Forum in Chemistry, Spring 2013


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Windward Community College
45-720 Kea'ahala Road
Kane'ohe, Hawai‘i 96744

This project is coordinated by Leticia U. Colmenares Ph.D. Associate Professor in Chemistry - 236-9120. The forum is co-sponsored by Windward Community College and the American Chemical Society-Hawaii Section.

picture of  Frank WilliamsReprogramming Life:  Induced Pleuripotent Stem Cells (iPSC)

by Frank Williams, MD

1:00-2:00 pm, Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Hale ‘Imiloa 111 (view map of campus)

Exciting breakthroughs in molecular biology have led to our ability to create stem cells from fully differentiated human cells rather than embryonic tissue. Based on the 2012 Nobel Prize Winning work of Shinya Yamanaka and Sir John Gurdon, we will explore the amazing field of Induced Pleuripotent Stem Cells (iPSC) which will change the future of medicine and our lives by offering future diagnostic and therapeutic tissues, including artificial organs, that will avoid the usual complication of rejection.

Dr. Frank Williams received his medical degree from Howard University and completed his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. He was later certified as a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners and American Board of Internal Medicine. He has served as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine with the John A. Burns School of Medicine at University of Hawaii and was later elected to the American College of Physicians. Dr. Williams was a Certified Instructor in Advanced Cardiac Life Support with The American Heart Association for over 20 years. He is a member of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, American Association for Clinical Chemistry (CASSS) an international separation science society. Dr. Williams is the Executive Editor, Program and Technology Director of The Hawaii Institute of Molecular Education Symposiums.

Picture of Jim NotmanBuilding Efficiency - Helping People Achieve

by Jim Notman, PE

1:00-2:00 pm, Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Hale ‘Imiloa 111 (view map of campus)

There are many ways to be "green". Sustainability and energy conservation cover a broad spectrum of possibilities. Buildings use 72% of all electricity consumed in the U.S. And most people spend the predominant part of their life inside one type of building or another. Designing and retrofitting buildings to be as energy efficient as possible as well as operating with healthy internal environments provides benefits to the individual, the building owner and the larger community. This forum will discuss some of the ways to improve energy efficiency in buildings and their impacts.

Jim Notman is a Market Team Engineering Manager with Johnson Controls. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1985 and M.E. in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in Energy Management from Texas A&M in 1986. He is also currently working on a Sustainable MBA from Green Mountain College. Jim is a registered professional engineer in Texas, New Mexico and Hawaii. He is a certified energy manager (CEM) and is also an accredited LEED professional. LEED is the United States Green Building Council's (USGBC) program for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Jim has 25 years of experience in the design of building heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Building types range from office buildings to college campuses to hospitals. He has also designed multiple chilled water central plants. Energy efficiency and energy management has been a primary interest throughout his career. He has performed energy audits of multiple college campuses and hospitals. With Johnson Controls, Jim is responsible for developing energy performance contract projects. These entail financing the cost of the project with guaranteed energy savings. For the past year and a half he has been working on a project here in Hawaii.



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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Co-sponsored by the American Chemical Society
- Hawaii Section