Community Forum in Chemistry, Spring 2015

 
 

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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 Stuart ScottEconomy vs. Ecology in the Age of Climate Change/strong>

by Stuart Scott

1:00-2:00 pm, Monday, April 6, 2015
Hale ‘Imiloa 111 (view map of campus)

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This presentation is about the under-reported but crucial aspects regarding climate change. In this talk, he will identify and discuss the deepest roots of the problem and offer strategies both for mitigation and adaptation, in the hopes of avoiding the worst of what is coming.

Stuart Scott was the first environmentalist stockbroker on Wall Street in the mid-1970s. He is currently Deputy Director General for the North American Region and Climate Change Issues of the International Ecological Safety Collaborative Organization (IESCO). He completed his BA degree Mathematics at Columbia University in 1969 and an MS in Computer and Information Science at the University of Florida in 1985. He has taught mathematics, statistics and critical thinking (theory of knowledge) at the college level.

The IESCO is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) working with diplomats, governments, and civil society to achieve a greater recognition of anthropogenic threats to human civilization and all of life on planet Earth.

This forum is co-sponsored by Windward Community College and the American Chemical Society-Hawaii Section.


Picture of Peter R. Hoffman, Pd.D.Selenium as a Regulator of the Immune System

by Peter R. Hoffman, PhD.

1:00-2:00 pm, Monday, March 16, 2015
Hale ‘Imiloa 111 (view map of campus)

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Selenium is an essential micronutrient found naturally in many foods and is available as a dietary supplement. Many of the biological effects of dietary selenium are exerted through the actions of a family of proteins called selenoproteins. Human health outcomes involving the immune system are regulated by selenium and selenoproteins. These include allergic asthma, vaccine responses, and immunity against pathogens and infection. One selenoprotein in particular, selenoprotein K (SelK), is required for optimal immune cell activation and function. In this presentation, Dr. Hoffman will talk about his studies linking dietary selenium intake and human diseases involving the immune system, and the role that SelK plays in these processes.

Dr. Peter Hoffman completed his Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbiology at the University of Colorado Health Science Center, Denver, Colorado in 2002. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. He has authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications and his research focuses on dietary selenium.

This forum is co-sponsored by Windward Community College and the American Chemical Society-Hawaii Section.


Picture of Steven Lee MontgomeryUsing Science for Healthy Choices: Getting the Chemistry Right

by Steven Lee Montgomery, PhD.

1:00-2:00 pm, Thursday, Feb 12, 2015
Hale ‘Imiloa 111 (view map of campus)

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Our natural resources exist in a delicate balance and it is important that we all do our part in conserving the native ecosystem. This talk is about fostering a healthy local environment by keeping pesticides out of the food chain, promoting bio-controls of weeds and insect pests, saving farm land and the bees.

Dr. Montgomery completed his MS and PhD in Entomology degrees from the College of Tropical Agriculture, University of Hawai'i, Manoa. Since then, Dr. Montgomery has worked in Hawaii environmental biology, natural history video, bio-politics and honeybee services. He has volunteered with the Hawai'i Natural Area and Land Use Commission, Sierra Club & Ahahui Malama I Ka Lokahi /Hawaiians for the Conservation of Native Ecosystems. He has served as a biological consultant on Hawai'i and the Pacific to landowners and government agencies. He has numerous publications and received several awards in environmental community service.

This forum is co-sponsored by Windward Community College and the American Chemical Society-Hawaii Section.



 

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

 

 
February 5, 2015