Monday, September 28, 2015
7:00 p.m.


Ruth S. Harley University Center, Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom

America’s Scientific Readiness: Challenges and How We Can Meet Them

Donna J. Nelson, Ph.D.

Donna J. Nelson, Ph.D.

Donna J. Nelson, Ph.D., is a professor at the University of Oklahoma Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and is president-elect of the American Chemical Society. She will discuss America’s scientific readiness. 

Dr. Nelson’s work concerns our national ability to respond to the scientific needs that arise with social, economic or national security issues. She examines our preparedness from a perspective of science education. She and her students routinely review chemistry textbooks to ensure that they are in line with current practice and literature. She has also surveyed the tenured and tenure-track science and engineering departments at a variety of universities to look for racial and gender representation among faculty members. Dr. Nelson was a scientific adviser for the TV series Breaking Bad and has visited the set of the program The Big Bang Theory. In 2011, she organized the “Hollywood Chemistry” symposium to build connections between the scientific and entertainment communities.

Creating links between the ivory tower and the mass media of film and television to ensure a better depiction of scientific practice in popular entertainment is just one part of her readiness program. Dr. Nelson is adept at presenting to her colleagues or, as she will tonight, to a more general audience.

Sponsored by the Jerry March Memorial Lecture

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