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Distinguished Research Medal and Carl Smith Medal Lectures

Distinguished Research Medal Professor: Keith Gordon "Using light to unpick complex materials; from solar cells to krill oil"

About Keith Gordon's research:

Keith Gordon received his BSc Hons (I) in 1986 and PhD in 1989 in chemistry from Queens University, Belfast, UK.

His PhD research, under the direction of Professor John J McGarvey, focused on laser spectroscopy of solar energy compounds.

He was awarded a Director’s Fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratories, USA, and worked with Professor W H Woodruff from 1989–1992 on ultrafast laser spectroscopy of biological systems and solar energy materials.

In 1993 Keith took up a lecturing post in the Chemistry Department at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, becoming Professor in 2009 in that department; he is currently Head of the Department.

Keith was President of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry in 2006 and is a founding Principal Investigator in the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and the Dodd-Walls Centre for photonic and quantum technologies.

Keith is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry.

Keith’s research interests focus on the understanding the properties of conducting polymers, nanostructured electromaterials, such as found in organic solar cells, dairy products and pharmaceuticals using spectroscopy and computational chemistry.

Carl Smith Medal: Professor Ben Schonthal "Rethinking Religion and the Rules of Law"

About Ben Schonthal's research:

Ben Schonthal is Professor of Buddhism and Asian Religions and co-director of the Otago Centre for Law and Society.

His research investigates the intersections of religion, law and politics with a special focus on Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia.

Carl Smith Medal: Associate Professor John Shaver "The Promise of a Scientific Social Science"

About John Shaver's research:

John Shaver is Associate Professor in the Anthropology of Religion and Head of the Religion Programme.

His research attempts to understand human behaviour and cognition from a biocultural perspective, and most of his work to date has investigated the dynamics between inequality, conflict and cooperation at various levels of social organization.

He has conducted research in the Czech Republic, Fiji, Mauritius, New Zealand and the United States, and his work has appeared in anthropology, biology, neuroscience, religion, psychology and general science journals.

Streaming information

Video streaming for Distinguished Research Medal and Carl Smith Medal Lectures

Date Thursday, 18 November 2021
Time 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Audience Public,Undergraduate students,Postgraduate students,Staff,Alumni
Event Type Lecture
DepartmentChemistry, Religious Studies
LocationVia Zoom, Dunedin
Contact NameKirsten Forsyth
Contact Phone+64 3 479 4301

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