Chemistry Seminars

Weekly Seminars

The chemistry department hosts a weekly seminar, presented by visiting speakers, students who have completed research, and faculty members. Chemistry seminars are open to everyone. Topics range from academic lectures to discussions about careers and research opportunities in chemistry. College members can view an event calendar in GrinnellShare on the Science Division site (login required).

For more information, please contact the department chair.

Danforth Lectureship Series

Since 1979, the Danforth Lectureship has brought a distinguished chemist to Grinnell each year for a seminar or convocation and interactions with students. The Lectureship honors Joseph D. Danforth, who served on the Grinnell chemistry faculty from 1947-79. After earning his doctorate from Purdue University, Danforth was an industrial research chemist for ten years before joining the Grinnell faculty. During his time at the College he taught and mentored scores of students who have become distinguished students in their own right.

Featured Danforth Lecturers

2019 Danforth Lecture Explores Chemistry's Place As "The Central Science"

Jochen Autschbach will provide a personal perspective on why chemistry deserves a central place in science, and provide some important, some entertaining, and some curious facts at 11 a.m. April 30, 2019.

Water Sustainability: Can it be achieved?

Environmental sciences expert Deborah Swackhamer ’76 discusses water sustainability for the Oct. 27, 2016, Scholars’ Convocation.

After Science, There’s Laundry

Internationally respected professor and scientist Judith Klinman presents a Scholars’ Convocation—After Science, There’s Laundry.

Select a decade to view a list of Danforth Lecturers during that time period. 

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