ST. GEORGE– While there may not be a scientific method to predict the future, it is possible to forecast what advancements the future of science may bring by looking at the direction in which current research is heading. The next lecture in Dixie State University’s “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” series will hit on exactly this, as Rico Del Sesto, DSU assistant professor of chemistry, presents “The Future of Science.”
Del Sesto will talk about developments that may come from the fields of science, technology and medicine in the next 10 to 20 years when he presents from noon to 12:50 p.m. Tuesday in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSU campus. Admission is free, and all community members and DSU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.
Del Sesto earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Colby College and a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Utah. For nearly 20 years, he has been performing research at the interface of organic, material and analytical chemistry. He has worked as a scientist at the U.S. Air Force Academy and Los Alamos National Laboratory and has been an assistant professor at Dixie State since 2012.
Del Sesto has mentored eight postdoctoral scientists and more than 20 undergraduate students. Currently, he is developing materials that are capable of enhanced extraction for analytical method development, materials that enhance the efficacy of antibiotics and unique materials with interesting optical and magnetic behavior. His research has led to 50 peer-reviewed publications and more than 1,000 citations.
Dixie Forum will be on recess Nov. 11, as DSU students will be participating in Career Day, but the series will continue at noon Nov. 18, when J. Kirk Richards will present “Fine Art Painting and Sculpture” in the Dunford Auditorium.
Dixie Forum is designed to introduce the St. George community and DSU students, faculty and staff to diverse ideas and personalities while widening their worldviews via a 50-minute presentation. Dixie State students can earn one college credit by signing up for HUM 1000, attending lectures regularly, carefully considering the ideas expressed and writing about the presentations.
|Nov. 4||Rico Del Sesto, DSU assistant professor of chemistry||“The Future of Science”|
|Nov. 11||No Forum – DSU Career Day|
|Nov. 18||J. Kirk Richards||“Fine Art Painting and Sculpture”|
|Nov. 25||No Forum – Thanksgiving Break|
|Dec. 2||Del Parson, DSU art professor||Fine Art Painting|
|Dec. 9||Lin Alder||Energy Efficiency|
Event details and resources
- What: “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World”
- When: Tuesday, Nov. 4 at noon
- Where: Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center, Dixie State University campus, 225 South 700 East, St. George, Utah
- Contact: DSU Forum coordinator John Burns at 435-879-4712 or burns@
- Dixie forum website
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