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Organically Synthesizing Solutions to Increasing Native American Participation in Chemistry

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Air date: Thursday, November 9, 2017, 10:30:00 AM
Time displayed is Eastern Time, Washington DC Local
Views: Total views: 76, (56 Live, 20 On-demand)
Category: Native American
Runtime: 01:05:38
Description: Native American Heritage Month Scientific Lecture

This lecture honors Native American Heritage Month by featuring a Princeton University tenured professor who will talk about his research and share insights about his career path and success.

Dr. Sorensen’s lecture will cover his research in organic chemistry synthesis and the challenges of increasing Native American participation in chemistry. Further, he will describe his career path from the Onondaga Nation, in central New York State, to his current position as Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Princeton University. In addition to describing aspects of his laboratory’s continued interest in the theme of ‘nature-inspired chemical synthesis,’ he will share his thoughts about the challenges of recruiting Native American students into academic positions at research intensive universities. The severe underrepresentation of Native Americans in academic departments in the STEM fields suggests that this is still a very hard problem to overcome. Dr. Sorensen will conclude with a few recommendations and discussion that could help the NIH with the goal of increasing Native American participation in health research.

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Author: Erik J. Sorensen, PhD., Arthur Allan Patchett Professor in Organic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Princeton University
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