Piper Promotes: Symposium Honoring the 100th Birthday of Glenn T. Seaborg, April 21, 2012

Glenn T. Seaborg would have celebrated his 100th birthday on April 19, 2012. In honor of his birthday and his career at Berkeley, a symposium will be held in the College of Chemistry on Saturday, April 21, 2012 starting at 8 am. Seaborg, a Chancellor of University of Caliornia, Berkeley, won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1951 for “discoveries in chemistry of the transuranium elements.”

Seaborg is credited with the discovery of ten elements: Plutonium (Pu), Americium (Am), Curium (Cm), Berkelium (Bk), Californium (Cf), Einsteinium (Es), Fermium (Fm), Mendelevium (Md), Nobelium (Nb) and his namesake, Seaborgium (Sg).

He also serves as a role model for all of us to not only achieve in science, but use our achievements for common good. Seaborg advocated funding for scientific research and education, as well as working to limit nuclear arms throughout his career and serving as an advisor to ten United States presidents.

Professor Ken Raymond, an invited lecturer on Saturday and the former Director of the Glenn T. Seaborg Center at LBNL, remembers his first trip to the Faculty Club for the Berkeley Chemisty department Monday lunch in 1968. As a brand new assistant professor, he sat down at an empty table, and “then entered Glenn Seaborg, who sat down next to me, introduced himself and proceeded to ask me about my plans for my research! This was pretty heady stuff for me at the time.”

Invited speakers include Chancellor Robert Birgeneau; Dean of the College of Chemistry Richard Mathies, Chair of the College of Chemistry Daniel Neumark, Director of LBNL Paul Alivisatos, Director of the LBNL Chemical Sciences Division Stephen Leone, and Director of the Glenn T. Seaborg Center, David Shuh.

Dr. Oanh Lam, the Glenn T. Seaborg Post-Doctoral Fellow at LBNL, says, “Undoubtedly, Glenn T. Seaborg has had an immeasurable impact on actinide chemistry, having founded or co-founded 10 transuranic elements. He embodies the scientific ideals of curiosity, innovation, and. not only is he an inspiration to actinide chemists like me, but to all who do science.”

All talks will take place in 120 Latimer Hall in the College of Chemistry at UC Berkeley and all receptions will be held in Bixby Commons South. Starting at 8 am with badging and refreshments, all members of the Berkeley community are invited to attend. For more information, contact Michele Pixa (mmpixa@lbl.gov).

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