A symposium honoring Professor Lawrence T. Scott on the occasion of his 60th birthday

A one day Symposium on Frontiers in Organic Chemistry was held on Saturday, June 12, 2004 in the Merkert Chemistry Center to honor BC Professor Lawrence T. Scott on the occasion of his 60th birthday. Professor Scott joined the chemistry faculty at Boston College in 1993, after establishing an international reputation in teaching and research at UCLA and the University of Nevada, Reno. He served as department chairman in Nevada and was appointed Foundation Professor there in 1985. Before moving to BC, Professor Scott also taught classes as a visiting professor at Harvard University and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

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Prof. Scott with former research students and postdoctoral fellows, recent BC grad. students and speakers

Many of Professor Scott's former research students and postdoctoral fellows came to Boston for the symposium and the attendant celebration, which included a large birthday party on Friday night and a symposium dinner Saturday night. More than 80 Ph.D. degree students, M.S. degree students, and postdoctoral research fellows have been trained in his laboratories, and more than 50 undergraduate chemistry majors have gotten their first introduction to chemical research working with Professor Scott.

The June 12th symposium centered around five invited lectures by visiting scientists and a display of scientific posters presented by the 9 Ph.D. students and 4 undergraduate research students who are currently working in Professor Scott's laboratories. The speakers included BC's Vanderslice Professor of Chemistry, T. Ross Kelly and one of Professor Scott's first UCLA research students, who now holds an endowed chair at Northwestern University. One of Professor Scott's former colleagues from UCLA, who now holds an endowed chair at Harvard University, also presented a lecture, and the program was rounded out by two of Professor Scott's long time scientific collaborators from overseas.

"Synthesis of Unnatural and Natural Products"
Professor T. Ross Kelly, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

"An Organic Chemist's Journey into Materials Science and Biology"
Professor Samuel I. Stupp, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

"Complexity and the Frontiers of Organic Synthesis"
Professor David A. Evans, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

"From Small Rings to Great Friendship"
Professor Armin de Meijere, Georg August University,
Institute for Organic Chemistry, Goettingen, Germany

"What Can We Learn From the Reduction of Polycyclic Hydrocarbons?"
Professor Mordecai Rabinovitz, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

Additional information about the five symposium speakers can be found at: http://chemserv.bc.edu/Department/Faculty/scott/symposium/lts_files/page0009.htm