West Virginia State University to Celebrate “Marvelous Metals” During National Chemistry Week Seminar October 22

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Oct. 15, 2019
West Virginia State University to Celebrate “Marvelous Metals”
During National Chemistry Week Seminar October 22
INSTITUTE, W.Va. –What do a rainbow, satellite communications, a New York City jazz club and dinosaurs have in common? That question will be answered during a free seminar at West Virginia State University (WVSU) entitled “Those Marvelous Metals - At Least Some of Them” Tuesday, October 22, at 12:30 p.m. The free event is part of the University’s National Chemistry Week celebration.

Dr. Joseph S. Merola, professor of chemistry at Virginia Tech, will lead the seminar, which will showcase some of the “tricks” that marvelous metals can do.

The event is part of WVSU’s American Chemical Society (ACS) student chapter’s National Chemistry Week celebration. National Chemistry Week is a public awareness campaign that promotes the value of chemistry in everyday life. ACS members and chemistry enthusiasts celebrate by coordinating events and communicating the importance of chemistry.

Merola received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Carnegie-Mellon University, in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He went on to receive his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from M.I.T. He later joined the Corporate Research Labs of Exxon. In 1987, he joined the chemistry department at Virginia Tech, rising to the rank of full professor, and served many roles including that of chemistry department chair. He has been inducted into the Virginia Tech Academies of Teaching Excellence, Faculty Service and Faculty Leadership. He is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

National Chemistry Week is celebrated October 20-26. The “Marvelous Metals - At Least Some of Them” seminar is free and open to the public.

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