Westminster College to Host Ken and Nancy Long Chemistry Lecture Nov. 2

Thursday, October 25, 2012

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Department of Chemistry will host Dr. Charles Taylor for the fifth annual Ken and Nancy Long Chemistry Lecture Friday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Phillips Lecture Hall of the Hoyt Science Building.  The event is free to the public.

Taylor is the director of the Chemistry and Surface Science Division of the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), which is part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Taylor's presentation, "NETL: Where Energy Challenges Converge and Energy Solutions Emerge," will review how the NETL uniquely meets DOE's mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States.

Taylor served as the 2009 Chair of the American Chemical Society's Division of Fuel Chemistry, Secretary of the Division of Fuel Chemistry, and President and Secretary of the Pittsburgh-Cleveland Catalysis Society. He has over 70 publications, six U.S. patents and has made hundreds of presentations. Taylor earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and master's and Ph.D. from Duquesne University.  He has been employed at NETL since 1985.

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 Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 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 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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Dr. Charles Taylor, director of the Chemistry and Surface Science Division of NETL