May 3, 2004
Annual Bunnett Lecture in Organic Chemistry on
Friday, May 7
By Tim Stephens
Amos B. Smith III, the Rhodes-Thompson Professor of Chemistry at the
University of Pennsylvania, will give the 2004 Joseph F. Bunnett Research
Organic Chemistry Lecture on Friday, May 7, at 4 p.m. in the University
The Bunnett Lecture series is hosted by the Department Chemistry
and Biochemistry in honor of Professor Emeritus Joseph Bunnett.
The title of Smith's talk is "Total Synthesis of Architecturally
Complex Natural and Unnatural Products: Challenges, Excitement, and
Smith's research interests encompass three diverse areas: natural product
synthesis, bioorganic chemistry, and materials science. His laboratory
has prepared more than 75 architecturally complex natural products.
Smith is editor-in-chief of Organic Letters, the first journal
developed through a collaboration between the American Chemical Society
and SPARC (Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition),
which was established with the goal of distributing research results
faster and at significantly less cost. He has received numerous awards
and honors, including most recently the 2003 Yamada Prize from the Japan
Research Foundation for Optically Active Compounds.
The Bunnett Lecture series is hosted by the Department Chemistry and
Biochemistry in honor of Professor Emeritus Joseph Bunnett. For additional
information, call the department at (831) 459-4002.
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