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Visiting Phi Beta Kappa Scholar
To Present Science Lectures

Posted March 15, 2004

HOLLAND – Dr. Graham R. Fleming of the University of California, Berkeley will deliver two lectures at Hope College on Wednesday-Thursday, March 24-25, through the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program.

He will present “Watching Molecules Move in Real Time and Making Time Go Backwards to Reveal Molecular Dynamics” on Wednesday, March 24, at 4 p.m. He will deliver “Photons and Femtoseconds: How Nature Converts Sunlight into Chemical Energy” on Thursday, March 25, at 4 p.m. Both lectures will take place in room 1000 of the college’s new science center.

In addition, Fleming will be featured during a community tea time on Thursday, March 25, at 3 p.m. in the new science center.

The public is invited to all three events. Admission is free.

Fleming is the Melvin Calvin Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and director of the Physical Bioscience Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Before coming to Berkeley in 1997, he was a member of the faculty at the University of Chicago, the last 10 years as the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor.

A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Royal Society of London, Fleming is the recipient of three awards from the American Chemical Society, including the Debye Award in Physical Chemistry and the Nobel Laureate Signature Award in graduate education, as well as of the Centenary Lecture and Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Inter-American Photochemical Society Award and the Plyler Award of the American Physical Society.

His research involves ultrafast laser studies of elementary chemical and biological processes. The focus of his recent work has been on uncovering design principles underlying the efficient first steps of photosynthesis—ultrafast energy and electron transfer. He has also developed new experimental techniques and new methods of calculation to probe the processes as well as other complex processes.

The Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program makes available each year 12 or more distinguished scholars who visit 100 colleges and universities with chapters of Phi Beta Kappa. They spend two days on each campus, meeting informally with students and faculty members, taking part in classroom discussions and giving public presentations. The purpose of the program is to contribute to the academic life of the institution by making possible an exchange of ideas between the Visiting Scholars and the resident faculty and students.

While he is at Hope, Fleming will also meet with two classes, have lunch with science students and meet with members of the faculty.

Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society. It has chapters at 270 colleges and universities, and more than 500,000 members. Hope’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was chartered in 1971.

The college’s new science center is located north of 12th Street between Central and College avenues.

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