American Chemical Society Webinar focuses on inspirational career of chemist David Walt

WASHINGTON, June 10, 2010 — News media and others interested in the chemical sciences are invited to join the next in a series of American Chemical Society (ACS) Webinars™, in which world-renowned chemist David R. Walt, Ph.D., shares his life’s journey and his passion for science and innovation. He is an expert in micro and nanotechnology and an entrepreneur.

Scheduled for Thursday, June 17, from 2 – 3 p.m. EDT, the free ACS Webinar™ will feature Walt, Robinson Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute professor, speaking on “A Life of Innovation – Finding Your Passion.”

ACS Webinars™ connect you with subject experts and global thought leaders in chemical sciences, management and business to address current topics of interest to scientific and engineering professionals. Each webinar includes a short presentation followed by a Q & A session.

News media and scientists can tune into the conference without charge, but must register in advance.

Walt’s topics will include:

  • How chemistry inspired him and how to inspire the next generation
  • How to take an idea from an academic lab to the marketplace
  • What to expect and what not to expect as an academic entrepreneur
  • Rules to help guide your path in balancing multiple aspects of your life

Walt received a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in chemical biology from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook. He is the Scientific Founder and a Director of both Illumina, Inc. and Quanterix Corp. He has received numerous national and international awards and honors for his fundamental and applied work in the field of optical sensors and arrays. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


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