George A. Abbott Lectureship
The Abbott Lectureship is designed to bring outstanding chemists to our department and to the area, to provide an opportunity for personal interaction with area students, practicing chemists, and faculty.
We have been fortunate to have some of the most outstanding chemists in the country present these endowed lectures, including Nobel Prize winners in Chemistry.
The George A. Abbott Lectureship was established by gifts from the University of North Dakota Alumni.
2022 Abbott Chemistry Lectures
Featuring Angela K. Wilson, Ph.D., John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Michigan State University and 2022 President of the American Chemical Society.
How Computing is Changing the World and How the World is Changed by Computing: A Perspective from a Chemist
|April 28, 2022, 7 p.m.||
Abbott Hall Room 101
Ramp parking is available after 4 p.m.
Alumni & friends are invited to attend virtually via Zoom.
From Thermodynamics to Spin Trapping: Challenges Across the Periodic Table
|April 29, 2022, 12:20 p.m.||Abbott Hall Room 138|
About Dr. Angela K. Wilson
Dr. Wilson is the John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Michigan State University. She is also the associate dean for strategic initiatives in MSU’s College of Natural Science and director of the MSU Center for Quantum Computing, Science, and Engineering.
Angela earned a Ph.D. in chemical physics from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. in chemistry from Eastern Washington University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in theoretical physical chemistry.
In 2000, she joined the faculty at the University of North Texas where she ultimately became a Regents Professor and the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty and head of UNT’s Office of Faculty Success. She was also the founder and Director of the Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling (CASCaM). From 2016-2018, she served as the Director (head) of the Division of Chemistry at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). At NSF, she was responsible for nearly $1B in investments, and led the strategic direction and national funding priorities in chemistry for NSF.
Her computational/theoretical physical chemistry research spans quantum mechanics and quantum dynamics method development, heavy element chemistry, environmental chemistry, drug development, heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis, thermodynamics, CO2 sequestration and utilization, and modeling of ultrafast phenomena. Her computational chemistry methodologies including ab initio composite methods, Gaussian basis sets, multireference wavefunction diagnostics, and complete basis set strategies are utilized worldwide. These efforts have been enabled by over 150 students and postdoctoral fellows who have worked with Angela.
Among Angela’s national and international honors are Fellow of the American Chemical Society, Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal (ACS), International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Distinguished Woman in Chemistry, and the Wilfred T. Doherty Award (ACS Dallas-Ft. Worth Section). In 2018, she was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. She is on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Physical Chemistry and Cell Reports Physical Chemistry, as well as the editorial board of Scientific Reports. She has served as President of the Division of Physical and Biophysical Chemistry of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), Chair of the Chemistry Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and as Editor for Computational and Theoretical Chemistry. She has edited six books including “Pioneers of Quantum Chemistry”.
Angela is the 2022 President of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society.
Previous Abbott Lectures
|Year||Lecturer and Institution||Lecture Information|
|2021||Dr. X. Chris Le, University of Alberta||2021 Info|
Dr. Christopher Cummins, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Thomas R. Hoye, University of Minnesota
Dr. Jonathan V. Sweedler, University of Illinois, Urbana
Dr. David Yarkony, John Hopkins University
Dr. Donald J. Darensbourg, Texas A&M University
Dr. Bruce Lipshutz, University of California, Santa Barbara
Dr. Debra R. Rolison, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
Dr. Michael Ward, Molecular Design Institute, New York University
Dr. Thomas J. Meyer. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Dr. Michael P. Doyle, University of Maryland
Dr. Richard N. Zare, Stanford University
Dr. Richard J. Saykally, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Catherine Fensealu, University of Maryland
Dr. Malcolm Chisholm, Ohio State University
Dr. Barry K. Carpenter, Cornell University
Dr. William H. Miller. University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Victor J. Hruby, University of Arizona
Dr. Samuel H. Gellman, University of Wisconsin - Madison