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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.