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Founding Chemistry Faculty Endowment

With the assistance of many generous donors, the Department of Chemistry is proud to announce that the Founding Chemistry Faculty Endowment has been established in the UWF Foundation. The endowment was created to award scholarships in honor of the founding Department of Chemistry faculty – Drs. Birdwhistell, Chang, Chiu, Gurst, Halpern, and Tanner. As most of you know, these inspirational chemists were the original faculty members who were hired shortly after UWF opened its doors in 1967. Each of the six stayed at UWF for at least 30 years before retirement. During their time at UWF, they mentored hundreds of students who went on to be scientists, physicians, educators, and more. This endowment will ensure their dedication to UWF and its students will always be remembered. With an initial balance of $25,000+, we anticipate awarding the first Founding Chemistry Faculty scholarship in the fall 2012 to a deserving chemistry student.

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William D. Smart Seminar Series in Chemistry Receives Additional Donation

Mrs. Mary Smart, widow of the late Bill Smart, has given an additional $10,000 to the Smart Seminar Series in Chemistry. This endowment has enabled the Department of Chemistry to offer a seminar series which brings distinguished chemical scientists to campus to present and discuss cutting-edge scientific research as well as issues of interest to an educated public. The new gift will allow for expansion of the seminar series to include additional speakers, international scientists, and much more.