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Histand will look at what makes chemistry ‘green’

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Gary Histand, associate professor of chemistry at Bethel College, will present the first Faculty Seminar Series lecture for 2007-08 on Monday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel.

Histand’s presentation is titled “Green chemistry” and concerns an emerging field of chemistry that focuses on the creation of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances.

“Twelve principles form the backbone of green chemistry,” Histand said. “These provide a guide that can be used to design or re-design molecules, materials and chemical transformations so that they are safer for humans and the environment. Green chemistry is often referred to as ‘a form of molecular level pollution prevention.’”

Histand reviewed green chemistry work over the summer of 2007 in order to incorporate this field into his teaching at Bethel College. His Faculty Seminar presentation will explore the motivations for green chemistry and the criteria by which processes are labeled “green,” and will explore applications of its practices.

The other Faculty Seminar presentations for 2007-08 are John Thiesen, co-director of libraries and director of the Mennonite Library and Archives, speaking on “What is a Thresher? Remembering Bethel’s symbolic history” on Monday, Nov. 26; Allen Jantz, associate professor of education, on “Appreciative Inquiry (AI)” on Monday, Feb. 18, 2008; and Dwight Krehbiel, professor of psychology, on “The affective science of music” (part of his 2007 sabbatical work), on Monday, March 24, 2008. All presentations are at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel, with no admission charge.

Faculty Seminar provides a forum for presenting the achievements of the Bethel College faculty to the larger campus community. Recent dissertations, books, papers and fine arts productions usually form the core of the presented material. Sessions last approximately 90 minutes and include critical and wide-ranging discussion following each presentation. Students and interested members of the community are welcome at all sessions.

The Bethel College Faculty Seminar series is supported in part by the Earl and Meta Leisy Eymann Endowment. For more information, contact Faculty Seminar co-directors Nathan Bartel at (316) 284-5240 or Sharon Eicher at (316) 284-5319.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the highest ranked Kansas college in the national liberal arts category of U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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