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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

March 4, Thursday - Industry Colloquium 
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Allyn Kaufmann, US Whitespace & Innovation Lead
"Serial Innovation in Consumer Heathcare - Intersection of Chemistry and the Consumer"

March 10, Wednesday - Mandatory Safety Meeting 
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Mandatory for all CEBC researchers working at 1501 Wakarusa

March 25, Thursday - Industry Colloquium 
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Nikola Juhasz, Global Technical Director, Sustainability
Sun Chemical Corporation, Carlstadt, NJ
"Sustainability of Packaging Industry"

April 1, Thursday - Industry Colloquium 
9:00 a.m., via Zoom
Sagar Sarsani, Project Leader
Sabic, Sugarland, TX
"Chemical Industry R&D Career Pathways"

April 12 & 13, Monday & Tuesday - Spring Advisory Boards Meeting
& Project Evaluations

1:00-3:00 p.m. each day, via Zoom
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