The Western Washington University Chemistry Department will hold a two-day symposium on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6, in honor of the late Mark Wicholas, who joined the WWU Chemistry Department in 1967 and served as its chair from 1982 to 2007.
Wicholas, who died last November, earned a national reputation as an inorganic chemist and dedicated mentor, whose advocacy for supporting undergraduate student involvement in scientific research helped launch the careers of countless Western graduates. In his words, “The one-on-one mentoring of students in research is the most important thing we can do in preparing them for future careers in science.”
WWU alumnus and Georgia Tech Associate Professor Jake Soper is the keynote speaker for the symposium. Soper’s presentation is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, in Science Lecture 150. Soper, a former research student of Professor Wicholas, will present “Almost Alchemy: Radical Ligands for Precious Metal-Like C–C Coupling Catalysis at Cobalt.” Soper’s talk is free and open to the public.
The symposium will continue at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 with refreshments and a poster session highlighting the research of current WWU Chemistry students and their faculty mentors. The poster session will be followed by several speakers sharing their remembrances of Professor Wicholas and remarks on his legacy.
For more information about the Mark Wicholas Symposium, contact the WWU Chemistry Department at (360) 650-3070.