CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: April 3, 2001
UI hosts distinguished chemist as Ida Beam Lecturer April 9-11
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Karl E. Wieghardt, professor of chemistry and managing
director of the Max Planck Institute for Radiation Chemistry, Mulheim, Germany,
will visit the University of Iowa as an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting
Professor April 9-11.
His free, public lecture on "Essential Ultratrace Elements -- What
Do We Need Them For?" will be presented from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, April
9 in Lecture Room 2 of Van Allen Hall. A reception in Room S401 of the John
Pappajohn Business Building will follow the talk.
He is also scheduled to speak at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 in Room 225
of the Chemistry Building on "Metalloproteins as Blueprints for the Design
of New Homogeneous Catalysts." In addition, he will speak at 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 11 in Room 321 of the Chemistry Building on the subject:
"Does Pentavalent Iron Exist in Biology and Coordination Chemistry?"
Professor Wieghardt is an acknowledged international leader in the field
of bioinorganic chemistry (the role of metals and other elements in biological
chemistry), with numerous successes in the synthesis of coordination compounds
that model the active sites of metal-containing enzymes. His accomplishments
also include characterization of the molecular magnetism in polynuclear transition
metal complexes, of importance in biological and materials chemistries. He
became a member of the Max Planck Society in 1994 and was appointed managing
director in 1997.
His visit is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts department of chemistry
and the Ida Cordelia Beam Visiting Professor Program. Ida Beam, a native of
Vinton, willed her family farm to the UI Foundation in 1977. Her only university
connection was a relative who graduated from the College of Medicine. With
proceeds from the sale of the farm, the UI established a fund to bring a variety
of top scholars to the university for lectures and discussions.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored
events. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation in order to
participate should contact the department of chemistry at 335-1350.