FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        Date: April 14, 2003

         Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716


Supramolecular chemist is keynote speaker at 3rd annual UIS Science Research Symposium


SPRINGFIELD Dr. Jerry Atwood, Curator’s Professor and chair of the Chemistry Department at the University of Missouri, will present the keynote address at the third annual UIS Science Research Symposium, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the Health and Sciences Building on the University of Illinois at Springfield campus. Atwood’s presentation, “Supramolecular Chemistry and Biological Self-Organization,” is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in HSB room 302.  The entire symposium is free and open to the public.

Atwood’s research interests -- ranging from classical coordination complexes and catalysts to studying the attractive forces between complexes in order to create larger structures -- has implications for the origins of life.  His address will cap a full day of oral and poster presentations on applied or theoretical research by undergraduate and graduate science students and faculty from UIS and other four-year colleges in the area.  Awards will be given for best student presentations.

Because more and more college students engage in research projects, UIS began hosting Science Research Symposiums in 2001. Goals are to promote community interest in science research, invite nationally recognized scholars to share their research, and encourage scientific dialogue between faculty and students at smaller four-year colleges in central Illinois.  

Sponsors at UIS are the Biology, Chemistry, and Clinical Laboratory Science clubs; the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and UIS Speakers’ Series Fund.  For more information, contact Nada Chang, associate professor of Biology, by phone at (217) 206-7338 or by e-mail at