Kent State University chemistry lab

Nobel Laureate to Speak at Honors Week Event

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, in Kent State University's College of the Arts and Sciences, will host its annual Honors Week plenary lecture on Thursday, April 13 at 3:00 p.m. in the Kiva.  This year's speaker is W.E. Moerner, Ph.D., a professor from Stanford University and 2014 Nobel Laureate. Moerner's talk is titled, "What Can You Learn from Watching Single Molecules?  From Super-Resolution Imaging to Nanoscale Probes of 3D Dynamics in Cells."

Moerner is the Harry S. Mosher Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University. He conducts research in physical chemistry and chemical physics of single molecules, single-molecule biophysics, super-resolution imaging and tracking in cells, and trapping of single molecules in solution.  His interests span methods of precise quantitation of single-molecule properties, to strategies for three-dimensional imaging and tracking of single molecules, to applications of single-molecule measurements to understand biological processes in cells, to observations of the photodynamics of single photosynthetic proteins and enzymes.  He has been elected Fellow/Member of the NAS, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, AAAS, ACS, APS, and OSA.  Major awards include the Earle K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy, the Irving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics, the Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award, the Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry, the Wolf Prize in Chemistry, and the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

The Kent State event is open to the public and no registration is required.

The lecture will be followed by a reception at 4:30 p.m. in room 306 ABC of the Kent Student Center, and an awards and scholarship recognition ceremony for chemistry majors at 5:00 p.m. in the same room.