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(Longview, Texas)— LeTourneau University is hosting free science seminars on Thursdays throughout the spring semester on a variety of topics as part of its Spring 2014 Science Seminar schedule.

The public is invited to attend the one-hour seminars which all begin at 11 a.m. in Berry Auditorium in the Paul E. Glaske Engineering and Science Building on the LETU campus at 2100 S. Mobberly Ave., unless otherwise noted.

 “Science is about sharing knowledge in the search for more knowledge, and seminars are a means to that end while also allowing us to celebrate the small accomplishments along the way,” said Gary DeBoer, chemistry professor and seminar series coordinator.

“These seminars allow a forum for our LeTourneau students and faculty to share their research efforts, and for us to interface with the larger scientific community outside our immediate LeTourneau community as we host speakers from other academic and government institutions.”

Upcoming Thursday seminar topics include:

Spring 2014 LeTourneau University Science Seminar Schedule


16  Topless Dancing Girls and Naked Boys Running on the Beach:  the Peace Corps experience of Gary DeBoer  (7pm)

Gary DeBoer, Department of Chemistry and Physics, LeTourneau University, Longview, Texas    

23 Analytical Chemistry

LeRoy Richardson, P.E., Corporate Scientist, AnaLab, Kilgore, Texas 


6  Life as an Astronaut

Byron Lichtenberg, Department of Engineering, LeTourneau University, Longview, Texas 

13 Loco Loci

Steve Armstrong, Department of Mathematics, LeTourneau University, Longview, Texas  

20  Colors of Life: Molecules of Life

Francis d'Souza, Department of Chemistry, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas 

27 Interstellar Flight:  From Imagination to Reality

Richard K. Obousy, Director Icarus Interstellar, Longview, Texas 


Microflidic Paper Sensors for Controlled Substances

Melinda Hoyt, department of chemistry, LeTourneau University, Longview, Texas 

20  Ions, asymmetric organic synthesis, and molecular modeling.

Alan Headley, department of chemistry, Texas A & M, Commerce, Texas 

27  The National Ignition Facility-bringing star power to earth

Valerie Roberts, Deputy Principal Associate Director of the National Ignition Facility and Photon Science at Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Livermore, Calif. 


Life at Langley

Samuel Walker, department of chemistry and physics, LeTourneau University, Longview, Texas   

10  Excellence in Science Teaching

John T. Moore, Director, Teaching Excellence Center, department of chemistry and biochemistry, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas 

24  Slicing and Dicing DNA

Andree Elliott, department of biology, LeTourneau University, Longview, Texas


Opinions expressed by the speakers at seminar are their own and should not be taken as official positions of LeTourneau University.  For more information and possible schedule changes, go to www.letu.edu/chemphys and use the seminar link to see more specific abstracts and titles.   


About LeTourneau University

LeTourneau University is a Christ-centered, interdenominational institute of higher learning offering more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a range of academic disciplines and delivery models. Students are enrolled in programs on ground at LETU’s residential campus in Longview, Texas, as well as hybrid and fully online options at educational centers in Dallas and Houston.


Academic majors include aviation, business, communication, computer science, criminal justice, education, engineering, health care administration, health science-nursing, human services, kinesiology, the liberal arts, psychology, the sciences and theology.


Claiming every workplace in every nation as its mission field, LeTourneau University graduates are professionals of ingenuity and Christ-like character who see life’s work as a holy calling with eternal impact. For additional information, visit www.letu.edu.

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