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UK Chemistry Department Hosts Naff Symposium


By Kathy Johnson, Sarah Geegan

Three leading chemistry experts from around the country will speak at the University of Kentucky's annual Naff Symposium Friday, May 4, at UK's William T. Young Library auditorium.

Hosted by the UK Department of Chemistry in the College of Arts & Sciences, the Naff Symposium brings the very best chemistry scholars to campus to share their expertise with students and faculty from UK as well as other colleges and universities in Kentucky and nearby states.

The topic of the symposium is "Metals and Proteins" and the featured speakers are Brian Crane, professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Cornell University; Li Yu of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where he is the Jay and Ann Schenck Endowed Professor of Chemistry; and Harry Gray, the Arnold O. Beckman Professor of Chemistry and the founding director of the Beckman Institute at the California Institute of Technology.  UK President Eli Capilouto will welcome attendees Friday morning and a poster session will be held Friday afternoon.

For a full schedule of the symposium visit  The Naff Symposium was established in honor of Anna S. Naff, a UK graduate, through the financial support of Dr. Benton Naff of the National Institutes of Health.

The 2012 Naff Committee members include the following professors from the Department of Chemistry:  Edith Glazer, committee chair; Jason DeRoucheyMark Watson; and Anne-Frances Miller.  Tim Tracy, dean of the College of Pharmacy also serves on the committee.