News Releases 2008

LETU Hosts Spring 2008 Science Seminars

Fri, Jan 25 2008

(LONGVIEW, Texas) – LeTourneau University will host a series of free, one-hour science-related seminars that are open to the public on Thursday mornings through the coming months. All seminars will begin at 11 a.m. in Room C-101 of the university’s Glaske Center. Anyone interested in more information can visit the Web site at www.letu.edu/chemphys or call (903) 233-3950.

            “These seminars give an exciting look at the frontiers of science, in terms of student research and regional experts,” said Dr. Gary DeBoer, associate professor of chemistry and science seminar coordinator.  “We hope the community joins us to hear these research presentations.”

  • On Jan. 31, LeTourneau University students who participated in an overseas venture to build water wells for use in Ethiopia will discuss their work, known as Project Ethiopia.
  • On Feb. 7, representatives from Ana-lab in Kilgore, Texas will discuss scientific analytical methods applied to environmental chemistry as it relates to water quality and soil testing.
  • On Feb. 21, LeTourneau University biology students will discuss their work in rehabilitation efforts with the LeTourneau Engineering Global Solutions or LEGS project to provide amputees in developing countries with low-cost, durable prosthetic limbs.
  • On Feb. 28, LeTourneau University biology students will discuss their undergraduate research on the anterior cruciate ligament or ACL project.
  • On March 20, Dr. Buka Samten from the University of Texas Health Center in Tyler will speak about his research into tuberculosis and immunity.  UTHCT is a national leader in tuberculosis and pulmonary function research.
  • On March 27, Dr. Bruce Gnade of the University of Texas at Dallas will look into the future of nanoscience and will discuss new materials and processes for flexible electronics.
  • On April 3, Dr. Steve Ball of LeTourneau University will discuss high energy physics and present postdoctoral work he performed with a supercollider in Germany.
  • On April 17, Dr. Anna Kurdowska of the University of Texas Health Center of Tyler will present her research into inflammatory responses in lung disease with her presentation titled, “The molecular mechanism of the severe lung inflammation: from men to mice.”& amp; #160;
  • On April 24, LeTourneau University computer science student Phillip Kreiss will discuss Linux clusters for computational chemistry and how small, old computers can be linked to talk to each other in a way that allows them to become as powerful as a much larger computer at a fraction of the cost.