Dixie Forum to explore the future of science

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 [email protected]dixie.edu
  • Dixie forum website

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  • Devon Wilson November 2, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    I wish I could attend! sounds great. C’mon, give a regular working hours person a chance, How about 7-8 P.M ?

  • The Rest Of The Story November 3, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Science is wrong unless it affirms what Heavenly Father has revealed in the Book of Mormon to Joseph Smith by way of magic stones inside a hat.

  • just-another-mormon November 4, 2014 at 3:22 am

    @ “The rest of the story” I’m assuming you not actually a mormon and are just making and off handed comment to ruffel tail feathers and stir things up. If you really are a member of the LDS church then you really should look into the “know your religion” course at the local institute. God is God of all of us and can direct and inspire all people to be aware of what is to come regardless of race color creed or religion.

    “Scientists never truly discover any thing- they are simply uncovering truths God already knew but could not share with limited men with limited understandings”

    • The Rest Of The Story November 4, 2014 at 11:45 am

      Until Joseph Smith came along, who had so much remarkable understanding that God chose to reveal and restore his one and only truth to the world through him, right?

      Set down the kool-aid and walk away. Learn some critical thinking skills. These primitive superstitions and myths of religion are debunked by science, not supported by science.

      And to answer your question, I was LDS for years and extricated myself from the cult in 1984. Freeing my mind from all that garbage and nonsense has been one of the most rewarding and fruitful things I’ve ever done and one of the accomplishments of which I’m most proud.

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