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09-29-2014

Clarkson University Alumna to Deliver Egon Matijevic Lecture: Journey of Learning & Working, Oct. 15

Clarkson University alumna Abeer Al Bawab, dean of scientific academic research at the University of Jordan, will deliver the third Egon Matijevic Lecture on Wednesday, October 15.

Abeer Al BawabAl Bawab's lecture, which will take place at 3:30 p.m. in Bertrand H. Snell Hall Room 213 (#20 on the map at http://www.clarkson.edu/about/clarkson_map.pdf ), is titled "Journey of Learning & Working: Toward More Achievements & Success" and will focus on the impact her education at Clarkson has had on her successful career. Light refreshments will be served at 3 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Al Bawab will present on her impression of how her Clarkson University education has helped her achieve as a professional. As with previous speakers in the series, she will focus on sharing her experiences with Clarkson undergraduates at all levels for them to be more aware that they are attending a university where many graduates become leaders in their fields.

"During my professional life as a chemist, educator, researcher and administrator and my personal life as a mother, wife and daughter -- among many other roles in life -- Clarkson University had (and still has) a huge impact on my scientific and personal life by developing my research capacity, enhancing my problem solving ability, and improving my interaction and conservation skills," says Al Bawab. "In this short lecture, I want to share  with you my exciting career journey, discuss the real-world value of international education and emphasize the huge connection scientists have (and should have) through teaching, research and collaboration and, above all, through interaction."

Al Bawab, a professor of applied physical chemistry, previously served as director of the university's Hamdi Mango Center for Scientific Research. She has 17 years of academic experience in research and teaching, including six years in administration.

Al Bawab earned her master of science degree in chemistry from Clarkson in 1996 and her Ph.D. in applied physical chemistry from Clarkson in 1997, mentored by now Professor Emeritus Stig Friberg. She received her bachelor of science degree in chemistry in 1991 from the University of Jordan.

In 2014, Al Bawab was named to the Women in Science Hall of Fame by the U.S. Embassy in Jordan. The U.S. State Department Environment, Science, Technology, and Health Hub for the Middle East and North Africa created the Hall of Fame initiative to honor outstanding women scientists in the region, who serve as role models for the next generation of women scientists.

She was the first woman elected to the presidency of the Jordanian Chemical Society in 2013 and was also awarded the Women in Science and Technology for Development Award in 2011 by the Arab Women Organization.

Al Bawab's main research interests are in the chemistry of nanoscience in the field of the environment & water and in the application of colloid  chemistry in nature by studying colloidal solution stability and associated structure of surfactant systems in different environments, such as emulsions, microemulsions, liquid crystals, micelles and   foams, fragrances and flavors systems.

She has been involved in a number of research projects granted institutional, governmentally, and internationally, and is the author or coauthor of approximately 50 scientific papers in international journals.

The presentation is the third in a lectureship series endowed by Clarkson Senior University Professor Richard E. Partch and his wife, JoAnne, in recognition of Egon Matijevic's outstanding teaching and research with Clarkson students for more than 50 years, and his internationally recognized achievements in colloid and surface chemistry. Matijevic is the Victor K. LaMer Professor of Colloid and Surface Science and Distinguished University Professor at Clarkson.

For more information about the lecture, please contact Richard Partch at 315-268-2351 or partch@clarkson.edu.

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