HAZLETON, Pa. — Roger Egolf, associate professor of chemistry at Penn State Lehigh Valley, will lead a lecture about the Morrill Land-Grant College Act of 1862 at 12:10 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, in Room 4 of the Mary M. and Bertil E. Lofstrom Library at Penn State Hazleton. The event is free and open to the public. It also will be livestreamed via Zoom.
Egolf’s lecture, sponsored by the Penn State Hazleton Lectures and Cultural Events committee, will focus on the grant and the profound impact it had on chemistry education in the U.S.
The grant was a breakthrough in public higher education, as it provided a means to fund institutions that would go on to educate the working class in fields like agriculture, science, military science and engineering.
Egolf, a member of the Penn State Lehigh Valley faculty since 1988, specializes in organic chemistry and has performed research in the areas of synthesis and evaluation of biologically active compounds, targeted drug delivery, and protein isolation and characterization.
He also is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of College Chemistry Teachers, the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemists, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.