Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Green Chemistry Leadership in Washington, D.C.

The Chemistry Department in the Ken Olsen Science Center is the hub of green chemistry outreach at Gordon and a national leader in green chemistry education. As this week is the 15th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in Washington, D.C., it’s only fitting that Gordon faculty and students take their lessons, methods and research in green chemistry to the nation’s capital and network with the world’s brightest scientific researchers, discussing green solutions to global challenges.

Gordon chemistry major Ben Stewart ’12 of Whitinsville, Massachusetts, is an outreach fellow with the Beyond Benign Foundation and a National Science Foundation fellow—two connections he was able to make as a student at Gordon College through his professor, Irv Levy.

Stewart’s work in Washington this week extends beyond networking; he has been invited to speak. Today at the conference Stewart will give a podium presentation titled “Beyond Benign Outreach Fellows Program: Increasing Green Chemistry Literacy at the College and K–12 level.” His leadership role at the conference continues on Thursday, when he will provide a series of interactive demonstrations that will introduce green chemistry concepts to over 150 middle school children from the D.C. school systems.

But this week’s speaking
and leadership engagements aren’t keeping Stewart far from his favorite passions—outreach activities in green chemistry. Shortly after his arrival in D.C., Stewart hit the streets of Washington for a blackberry solar cell demonstration. As an instructor for the workshop, he shared with passersby, as well as educators, graduate and undergraduate students—some from as far away as India and Japan—an experiment that generates voltage from a photocell using blackberry juice as a photosensitive dye.

This is Stewart’s second time attending this national conference and serving as a leader in green chemistry education at outreach events in the city. The conference is held in partnership with the International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry and features 340 presentations. Topics focus on over 20 areas enhanced by green chemistry and green engineering solutions such as entrepreneurship, environmental health science, green economics and transformative education.

Photo: Junior chemistry major Ben Stewart (blue T-shirt) on the streets of Washington during this week’s Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference. Stewart was selected as a National Science Foundation Scholar—a competitive award that provides his travel costs and conference fees from a grant funded by the foundation.

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