Dr. George Su will present "A Career in Environmental Science" at Hope College on Friday, April 14, at 4 p.m. in room B50 of the Peale Science Center.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
Su will be speaking through the James and Jeanette
Neckers Lectureship in Chemistry at Hope. Now retired and
living in Oregon, he is former director of the Michigan
Department of Environmental Quality State Environmental
Su graduated from Hope in 1962 with a chemistry
major. While at the college, he studied ferrocenes with Dr.
Irwin Brink of the Hope faculty.
He subsequently received his master's and
doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of
Illinois. He next worked as a research chemist in the
plastics department at Du Pont for three years, receiving a
patent on injection moldable polyimides.
In 1969, Su did postdoctoral work at Michigan
State University in biochemistry and at the Pesticide
Research Center. From Michigan State he went to work for
the State of Michigan, first as a chemist, next as chief of
technical services for the Air Quality Division and then as
director of the Environmental Lab.
The James and Jeanette Chemistry Lectureship and
Student Assistance Fund through which Su is speaking was
established in 1984 by Dr. James W. and Jeanette Hoffman
Neckers, both members of the college's Class of '23, to
support annual lectureships in chemistry. Additional gifts
to the fund have made it possible to expand the uses to
student summer research stipends and student scholarships.
Jeanette Neckers died on June 10, 1992. Dr.
Neckers, who lives in Carbondale, Ill., was chair of the
Department of Chemistry at Southern Illinois University at
Carbondale for 37 of his 40 years at the university. Under
his leadership, the department grew from a three-year
offering of chemistry to one leading to the doctorate, with
a senior faculty that grew from three to 23.