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Chemist to Discuss Discovery of Revised Chemical Structure of Environmentally Important Molecule

RELEASED: Jan. 13, 2009

Let's Do Lunch postcardEAU CLAIRE — A University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire chemist will describe during an Alumni Association luncheon this month how research carried out at UW-Eau Claire led to a revised chemical structure for an environmentally important molecule.

Dr. Warren Gallagher, associate professor of chemistry, will present "Chemical Detective Work Leads to Molecular Structure Discovery" from noon-1 p.m. Jan. 28 at Sweetwater's Restaurant in Eau Claire. The research he will discuss illustrates the classical scientific method of observation, hypothesis and chemical detective work.

Gallagher will talk about how he and an undergraduate collaborator used two of UW-Eau Claire's state-of-the-art instruments — a time-of-flight mass spectrometer and a high-field nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer — to determine a different chemical structure for the molecule methanobactin.

Gallagher, who earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry and biology at Albion College and a doctorate in biophysics from the University of Pittsburgh, has been a UW-Eau Claire faculty member since 1989.

To discuss Gallagher's presentation or his research, contact him at 715-836-5388 or wgallagh@uwec.edu.

The Jan. 28 presentation is part of the Alumni Association's "Let's Do Lunch" program, which is open to the public. The $10 cost includes the presentation, buffet, beverage, tax and tip. To reserve tickets, contact the Alumni Association at alumni@uwec.edu or 715-836-3266.

The "Let's Do Lunch," slated for Feb. 25, will feature a presentation by Dr. Joseph Hupy, associate professor of geography and anthropology. He will discuss "The Impacts of War on the Contemporary Landscape."

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