Seminars in Chemistry and Physics

Spring 2017 LeTourneau University Science Seminar Schedule

Departmental seminars are free of charge and open to the public. Home schoolers, high school students, and anyone interested, are welcome to attend.

All seminars will be held in Glaske C101 (Berry Auditorium) on the campus in Longview, TX, from 11:00 to 11:50 a.m. unless otherwise stated.

Lunch with the speaker usually follows the seminar. Lunch will be in the corner cafe either in the stage area or in the Joyce room.

Videos are usually available within a day of the seminar. Click on the (video available) link to access the video.


2 Improving Vaccines and Transplants Using Synthetic Chemistry
Bob Kane, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Institute of Biomedical Studies, Baylor University, Waco, TX

9 The LeTourneau Domes - past, present, and future
(video option 1 available) (video option 2 available) (ppt file available)
Dale Hardy, Joy Global, Longview, TX

16 Forensic Chemistry - real life stories of LeTourneau crime fighters (MSC-3 Little Theater)
Carolyn Hoyt and Vivian Fernand, Department of Chemistry, LeTourneau University, Longview, TX

23 Determining Correlations between the Effects of El Nino and Flooding Along the Red River in Shreveport, Louisianna
video available)

Julianne Glinskas, Department of Chemistry, LeTourneau University, Longview, TX; Mariama Feaster, Jason Hansford, and Davyon Hill, National Weather Service, Shreveport, LA


2 Zapping Reactions and Imagining New Lithium-Ion Batteries: practical and theoretical LeTourneau Chemistry Research (video avaialble)
Darby Ball, Department of Chemistry, LeTourneau University, Longview, TX

9 WHEELS (video available)
Karen Rispin and the Wheelies, Department of Biology, LeTourneau University, Longview, TX

24 Exploring Mars with Curiosity (EDUC, Friday, 7:00 pm) (video available)
Roger Wiens, ChemCam Principal Investigator, Mars Science Laboratory Rover, Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM

30Tabletop Experiments in Nonlinear, Non-equilibrium, and Soft Matter Systems with Undergraduate Researchers (video available by request)
Jeffrey S. Olafsen, Department of Physics, Baylor University, Waco, TX


6 Microbial Roles in Soil Health and Nutrient Cycling (video available)
Cara Case, Research Associate, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Overton, TX

13 Getting Connected with Nature (video available)
Shelby G. Laird, Arthur Temple College of Forestry & Agricculture, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX

20 The use of Geophysical Survey on Spanish Colonial sites in East Texas and Western Louisiana (video not available)
George Avery, Director, Archeology Lab, Department of Anthropology, Geography, and Sociology, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX

27 Pharmacy: A Look Beyond the Counter, Pharmaceuticals and Pharmacies - science, careers, and why your prescriptions are so expensive (video available)
Takova Wallace and Andre Connor, Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy, The University of Texas, Tyler, TX

Any questions or comments regarding the seminar schedule may be directed to Gary DeBoer at GaryDeBoer@letu.edu or 903.233.3363.

Opinions expressed by the speakers at seminar are their own and should not be taken as official positions of LeTourneau University