Gagliardi Family Distinguished Seminar Series

Through The Gagliardi Family Distinguished Seminar Series the Chemistry Department has been able to invite prominent scientists to spend a day on our campus, interacting with our faculty and students alike.

Spring 2018

Sam Kean

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

photo of Sam Kean

Sam Kean spent years collecting mercury from broken thermometers as a kid, and now he’s a writer in Washington, D.C. His stories have appeared in The Best American Science and Nature Writing, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, and Psychology Today, among other places, and his work has been featured on “Radiolab” and NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Science Friday,” among other shows. His books The Disappearing Spoon and The Violinist’s Thumb were national bestsellers, and both were named an Amazon “Top 5” science books of the year. The Disappearing Spoon was nominated by the Royal Society for one of the top science books of 2010, while both The Violinist’s Thumb and The Dueling Neurosurgeons were nominated for PEN’s literary science writing award.

[from Sam Kean's official website]




Fall 2017

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Dr. Andreas Andersson
Assoc. Prof. of Oceanography
Scripps Institution of Oceanography



 "The Effects of Climate Change and Ocean Acidification on Coral Reef Biogeochemistry: What Does the Present Tell Us About the Future?"

October 25, 2017

RWU students with Dr. Andersson
RWU students enjoyed meeting with Dr. Andersson during his visit in October 2017


Previous Gagliardi Family Distinguished Seminars

Dr. Lynn Rothschild

Distinguished NASA Astrobiologist

NASA Ames Research Center

Synthetic Biology and the
Search for Life in the Universe

NASA logo
photo of Dr. Lynn Rothschild

Dr. Susan Solomon

Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry

Massachusetts Institute
of Technology

Key Aspects of Climate Change and Getting to a Sustainable Future

photo of Dr. Susan Solomon