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FAU Frontiers in Science Public Lecture Series Presents ‘Wealth Creation: University-Community Interface’

BOCA RATON, FL (March 13, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will present George R. Newkome, Ph.D. as part of the 2012 Frontiers in Science public lecture series. “Wealth Creation:  University-Community Interface” will take place on Friday, March 16 at 3:30 p.m. in the Charles E. Schmidt Biomedical Science Center, Room 126, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

Newkome is dean of the Graduate School; the James and Vanita Oelschlager Professor of Science and Technology; professor of polymer science and chemistry; and vice president for researchat The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.  He is also president of University of Akron Research Foundation.  According to Newkome, economic development was, for the most part, unknown when universities such as FAU were established, and today the University produces a growing research agenda, as well as a robust science and engineering environment.  In his lecture, Newkome will discuss how research and outreach efforts have fueled the growth of most state universities from offering only undergraduate studies to offering a wide assortment of diverse graduate and professional programs.

“Much has changed over the past 50 years, including the communities in which we live, the university educational systems, industrial manufacturing, the workforce and our roles within this setting,” said Newkome. “How we contribute to our community is based, in part, on our expertise, past history, and most important — what makes us happy or satisfied.  A better understanding of the university-community interface is an interesting starting point to see if, how, when or where one would like to get involved.”

Newkome received his B.S. and Ph.D. in chemistry from Kent State University.  He joined Louisiana State University in 1968, becoming a full professor in 1978 and Distinguished Research Master in 1982.  In 1986, he moved to the University of South Florida as vice president for research and professor of chemistry, becoming a Distinguished Research Professor in 1992.  He has 20 edited and authored books, more than 460 journal publications, and more than 50 patents resulting from research in chemistry and polymer science.  He and his colleagues have helped to start more than 100 companies in Florida and Ohio.  Newkome is a member of the ARCHAngels of Akron, an organization that brings together investors with entrepreneurs.  The network has assisted companies in raising more than $160 million in the past seven years.

This lecture is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and supported by FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society Endowed Professorship in Science.  Printing and mailing of lecture series materials are made possible by a Warren Lloyd Holtzman Seed Grant, a component fund of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley.

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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