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Student Group Promotes Greener Chemical Research Practices

Friday, July 31, 2009

CEBC started a new group this summer to promote environmentally beneficial approaches to research.  The group is called Students for Green Chemistry and Engineering. It is open to all students, postdocs, faculty and staff. 

The group includes a growing number of chemistry and chemical engineering students.  The president is Faisal Baksh.  He is supported by an energetic leadership team that includes Mauricio Antezana (vice president), Arely Torres (secretary), Meng Li (treasurer), Griffin Roberts (event manager), and Andrew Spaeth (outreach coordinator).

To promote interaction during the calm summer months, the group has been meeting every other Thursday for “Lunch-and-Learn” sessions.  These informal gatherings help students learn from each other and make new friends.   Students also meet regularly for social events. 

Two tours are scheduled for this August.  One is to visit an algae growing facility at KU.  On August 11, the group will visit Cook Composites and Polymers (CCP) production facility in Kansas City.  CCP, in partnership with Procter & Gamble, won this year’s Presidential Green Chemistry Award for designing greener paints.   

Students will also participate in an outreach event called, "Greening Crimson and Blue." This event will inform new and returning students about education and research opportunities that promote sustainability at the University of Kansas. The event will take place at the KU Student Raingarden on August 20, 2-4 pm.

--Story by Claudia Bode



CEBC Calendar

November 7, Tuesday - CEBC Industry Colloquium
Brandon Emme, Cellulose Team Leader, ICM, Inc.
"From Moonshining to Molecules: How ICM is moving farms to biotech"
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., 1501 Wakarusa Drive, Building B seminar room
10:00 a.m. discussion with students

November 8, Wednesday - Mandatory Lab Safety Meeting
All researchers at 1501 Wakarusa Dr. must attend

9:00 a.m. in Building B seminar room

December 5, Tuesday - CEBC Industry Colloquium
Dr. John Warner, President & Chief Technology Officer, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry
"Title TBA"

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Spahr Auditorium, 2 Eaton Hall, 1520 W. 15th Street

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