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Department of Chemistry


Durham Lecture Series 2017

Presented by Professor Marsha Lester, University of Pennsylvania

The Durham Lecture Series 2017 ran from June 19th - 23rd. Professor Lester presented 3 lectures.

Monday June 19

11 am, D110

The Atmosphere’s Detergent


Tuesday June 20

11 am, CG85

Photo-induced dynamics of atmospherically important Criegee intermediates


Thursday June 22

11 am, CG85

Interactions of hydroxyl radicals with molecular partners


Marsha I. Lester has risen through the academic ranks at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is currently the Edmund J. Kahn Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry of the School of Arts & Sciences. She completed a four-year term as Chair of the Department of Chemistry in 2009. Lester has received many honors and awards, including her election to Fellowship in the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the Garvan-Olin Medal of the American Chemical Society, the Bourke Lectureship of the Faraday Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, and the American Physical Society, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and the Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award.

In 2008, Lester was appointed Editor of The Journal of Chemical Physics, the preeminent journal in her field. In the past eight years, she has reinvigorated the Journal with numerous initiatives to attract more of the best papers in the broadly defined field of chemical physics. Lester has consistently devoted a substantial amount of her time to scientific service activities. She has served on the NRC Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications as well as its Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology. She has been engaged in activities of the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy. She is also a founding member of the Penn Forum for Women Faculty.

Lester’s research group has developed innovative methods for stabilizing ‘entrance channel complexes’ and reaction intermediates of environmental significance. Her group has employed novel spectroscopic methods to rigorously characterize these important, yet previously uncharted, regions of chemical reaction pathways.

For more information contact Jeremy Hutson.