College to Host Ken and Nancy Long Chemistry Lecture Oct. 18

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Westminster College Department of Chemistry will host Dr. Susan Olesik for the fourth annual Ken and Nancy Long Chemistry Lecture Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.  The event is free and open to the public.

Olesik's presentation, "Personalized Medicine through the Development of Nanobiomedical Devices," will discuss the future of personalized medicine and describe some of the contributions of Ohio State University's Center for Affordable Nanoengineering of Polymeric Biomedical Devices (CANPBD) toward impacting the detection and treatment of cancer.

Olesik earned undergraduate degrees from Vincennes University and DePauw University and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She is the Dow professor and chair of Ohio State University's Department of Chemistry; director of the Ohio House of Science and Engineering, a science outreach center; and deputy director of CANPBD.  She has been recognized for her work through many awards, most recently as the recipient of Ohio State University's 2010 Building Bridges Excellence Award.

The lecture series is funded by Dr. Ken Long, Westminster professor of chemistry emeritus, and his wife, Nancy, to invite outstanding chemists to speak to Westminster students. 

Contact Dr. Peter Smith, associate professor of chemistry, at (724) 946-7299 or email for more information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Dr. Susan Olesik