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Chemist to lecture Dec. 9 about unusual DNA properties

November 29, 2011 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- A free public lecture about some unusual properties of DNA found in biology and biomaterials will be given on Friday, Dec. 9, at Montana State University.

George C. Schatz, the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor of Chemistry and of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Northwestern University, will present "New Twists on DNA in Materials and Biology" at 3:10 p.m. in the Procrastinator Theater in the Strand Union Building.

Schatz has published three books and more than 600 papers. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the International Academy of Quantum Molecular Sciences. He has been editor-in-chief of the "Journal of Physical Chemistry" since 2005. His many awards include Sloan and Dreyfus Fellowships, the Fresenius Award of Phi Lambda Upsilon, the Max Planck Research Award, the Bourke Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Ver Steeg Fellowship of Northwestern University, the Feynman Prize of the Foresight Institute, the Herschbach Medal and the Debye Award of the American Chemical Society. He recently appeared on the "Times Higher Education list of Top 100 Chemists of the Past Decade."

Schatz's lecture is sponsored by MSU's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and is presented by the College of Letters and Science's Distinguished Speakers Series. The series, which began in the spring of 2011, brings distinguished scholars to MSU to give a public talk and to meet with faculty and students to enrich the intellectual life on campus and to enhance the research connections.

For more information about this and other lectures in the Letters and Science Distinguished Speakers Series, visit or call (406) 994-4288.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or