Posted on February 12, 2016, BY Matthew Beltz

Rigoberto Hernandez, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Georgia Tech, will deliver two lectures at Bucknell University on Monday, Feb. 22, and Tuesday, Feb. 23, as part of the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars Program.

The Monday lecture, titled "Transitions & Janus Particles," will take place at 7 p.m. in Olin Science Building 268 and is free and open to the public. Tuesday's lecture, titled "Digitally Pulling Proteins Apart," will take place at noon in Rooke Chemistry 116. That lecture is aimed primarily at scientists but is also free and open to the public.

Hernandez is the co-director of the Center for Computational Molecular Science & Technology as well as the director of the Open Chemistry Collaborative in Diversity Equity (OXIDE), both at Georgia Tech. He is also a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Chemical Society, from which he received a 2014 Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences.  

The Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program has been offering undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of the country's most distinguished scholars since 1956. Scholars visit member campuses for two days each and meet informally with students and faculty, participate in classroom discussions and seminars and give lectures open to the university community and general public. In total, 636 scholars have made 5,188 two-day visits as the program enters its 60th year.

These lectures are also sponsored by the dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, the associate provost for diversity, the Department of Physics & Astronomy, the Department of Chemistry and the Phi Beta Kappa, Mu Chapter of Pennsylvania (Bucknell University).


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