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    CANCELED: 2020 3M/Ronald A. Mitsch Lecture in Chemistry

    On Transformation of the Drug Discovery Process: A Talk in Three Parts

    This lecture has been canceled. Please contact the chemistry department for more information.

  • About the Mitsch Lectures in Chemistry

    The 3M/Ronald A. Mitsch Lectures in Chemistry are part of the 3M/Ronald A. Mitsch Endowed Fund in Chemistry, established in 1998 by the 3M Foundation in recognition and appreciation of Dr. Mitsch. The fund is intended to promote new connections and pioneering efforts between education and industry as an essential basis for the education of chemists who are prepared to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century and beyond. Dr. Mitsch, a 1956 graduate of Hamline University’s College of Liberal Arts, began his career at 3M in 1960 as a research chemist. He earned 19 patents.

    In 1998, he retired from 3M as vice chairman of the board and executive vice president of the Industrial and Consumer Sector, Corporate Services. He is a Hamline University life trustee.

  • Past Lectures

    2019

    "Male Contraception: A Quest." Dr. Gunda I. Georg, University of Minnesota

    2018

    "Illuminating Sugars, the 'Dark Matter' of the Cell Surface." Dr. Carolyn R. Bertozzi, Stanford University

    2017

    "Meeting the Clean Energy Demand with Nanotechnology." Prashant V. Kamat, University of Norte Dame

    2016

    "New Chemical Probe Technologies: Applications to Cancer Imaging and Drug Discovery." Matthew Bogyo, Stanford University School of Medicine

    2015

    "Got Fakes? New Ways to Detect Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals." Dr. Marya Lieberman, University of Notre Dame

    2014

    "Biological and Ecological Toxicity of Engineered Nanomaterials." Dr. Christy L. Haynes, University of Minnesota

    2013

    "Recent Developments in the Peaceful Use of Chemistry: Eliminating the Chemical Weapons Threat." Ambassador Robert Mikulak '64 

    2012

    "From Toxicology Mechanisms to Translational Medicine: Paracelsus Meets Sarandib." Dr. Daniel G. Baden, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

    2009

    “The Aging Brain and What We are Trying To Do About It.” Dr. Gregory A. Petsko, Brandeis University

    2008

     "The Golden Age of Pharmaceuticals." Dr. Cynthia A. Maryanoff, Stanford University

    2007

    Dr. Richard N. Zare, Stanford University

    2006

    "Applications of Olefin Metathesis Catalysts: Fundamental Research to Commercial Products." Dr. Robert H. Grubbs, California Institute of Technology

    2005

    Dr. JoAnne Stubbe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    2004

    Chemical Studies of Violence, Sex and Drugs in the Insect World. " Dr. Jerrold Meinwald, Cornell University