The Howard Tieckelmann Memorial Lecture

The Howard Tieckelmann Memorial Lecture honors the legacy of Professor Howard Tieckelmann, who served on our faculty from 1948 until his retirement in 1987. Prof. Tieckelmann was an organic chemist with wide-ranging research interests and was a renowned teacher, having been promoted to SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in 1975. In his honor and for his contributions to the Department of Chemistry, UB and science at large, the Tieckelmann family, former students, and friends created the Tieckelmann Lecture Funds to commemorate Professor Howard Tieckelmann.

11th Annual Howard Tieckelmann Memorial Lecture

Friday, May 10, 2019
4:00pm
Student Union Theatre 201, UB North Campus
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Program

  • 4:00-4:05 pm – Welcoming Remarks, David F. Watson, Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry, University at Buffalo
  • 4:05-4:10 pm – Introduction of Tieckelmann Lecturer, SUNY Distinguished Professor Paras N. Prasad, Department of Chemistry, University at Buffalo
  • 4:10-5:10 pm – Howard Tieckelmann Memorial Lecture
George M. Whitesides.

Guest Speaker: George Whitesides, Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Title: “New Kinds of Chemistry”

Abstract:
Chemistry is changing from a field that was almost exclusively concerned with molecules to one that is more expansive in including the uses and functions of molecules:  that is, it is blurring the boundaries between chemistry and materials science, biomedicine, environmental science, and other areas.  This talk will illustrate projects in manipulating information, robotics, and sensing that illustrate this expansion, and that show the value of familiar substances used in unfamiliar ways.

Biography of Professor Whitesides:
George M. Whitesides received his AB degree from Harvard University in 1960 and his PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 1964 (with J.D. Roberts). He began his independent career at M.I.T. and is now the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor at Harvard University.  His current research interests include physical and organic chemistry, materials science, biophysics, water, self-assembly, complexity and simplicity, origin of life, dissipative systems, affordable diagnostics, and soft robotics.

Past Lectures

10th Annual Howard Tiickelmann Memorial Lecture
Friday, May 4, 2018
Guest speaker: Professor Peter J. Stang, Department of Chemistry, The University of Utah
Title: “Abiological Self-Assembly: Predesigned Metallacycles and Metallacages via Coordination”

9th Annual Howard Tiickelmann Memorial Lecture
Friday, May 12, 2017
Guest speaker: Professor David A. Tirrell, Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology
Title: “Reinterpreting the Genetic Code: How To Do It and Why You Might Want To”

8th Annual Howard Tiickelmann Memorial Lecture
April 13, 2016
Guest speaker: Professor Geraldine L. Richmond, Presidential Chair and Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Oregon
Title: “Oil On Water: Calming The Seas But Not The Science”

7th Annual Howard Tiickelmann Memorial LectureApril 17, 2015
Guest speaker: Professor William DeGrado, University of California, San Francisco
Title: “Analysis and Design of Membrane Proteins”

6th Annual Howard Tiickelmann Memorial Lecture
April 11, 2014
Guest speaker: Professor Thomas J. Meyer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title: “Finding the Way to Solar Fuels”

5th Annual Howard Tiickelmann Memorial Lecture
April 22, 2013
Guest speaker: Professor Richard N. Zare, Stanford University
Title: “Desorption Electrospray Ionization for Imaging and for Detection of Reaction Intermediates”

4th Annual Howard Tiickelmann Memorial Lecture
October 19, 2012
Guest speaker: Peter G. Schultz, The Scripps Research Institute
Title: “Synthesis at the Interface of Chemistry and Biology: From Stem Cells to the Genetic Code”

3rd Annual Howard Tiickelmann Memorial Lecture
April 29, 2011
Guest speaker: Professor Roald Hoffmann, Cornell University; 1981 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
Title: “The Chemical Imagination at Work in Very Tight Places”

2nd Annual Howard Tiickelmann Memorial Lecture
April 9, 2010
Guest speaker: Professor Ada Yonath, Weizmann Institute; 2009 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
Title: “Antibiotics Targeting the Ribosome”

1st Annual Howard Tiickelmann Memorial Lecture
April 9, 2010
Guest speaker: Professor Albert Padwa, Emory University
Title: “Cascade Reactions for Alkaloid Synthesis”