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Series of chemistry seminars scheduled

The Texas Woman’s University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will offer seminars on various topics on select Fridays this spring.

The presentations will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 251 of the Ann Stuart Science Complex, located off Pioneer Circle . The seminar series is free and open to the public.

Guest speakers, topics and dates for the series include:

• Weston Borden, professor of chemistry at the University of North Texas, speaking on “Calculations on Tunneling by Carbon Tell Experimentalists — Where to Look and What to Look For,” Friday.

•  Joseph Ready, professor of biochemistry at UT Southwestern Medical Center, speaking on “The Search for Neuroprotective Small Molecules to Treat Neurodegenerative Disorders,” Feb. 1.

•  Tracy Hanna, professor of inorganic and organometallic chemistry at Texas Christian University, speaking on “Building Bifunctionality on the Calixarene Lower Rim,” Feb. 22.

•  W. David Wilson, professor of biophysical chemistry at Georgia State University, speaking on “One DNA Minor Groove — Many Possibilities: From Basics of Recognition to Therapeutics,” March 1.

•  Brian Zoltowsky, professor of chemistry at Southern Methodist University, speaking on “Tuning of Reaction Mechanisms in Circadian Clock Photoreceptors,” April 12.

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EMBA information sessions set

Texas Woman’s University will conduct information sessions showcasing its Executive MBA program Feb. 7 in Plano, Feb. 9 in Fort Worth and Feb. 16 in Dallas.

The Plano session will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Austin Room at the Sockwell Center, 6301 Chapel Hill Blvd.

The Fort Worth session will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Feb. 9 in Conference Room 3 of the Region XI Education Service Center, 3001 North Freeway.

The Dallas session will be from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 16 in Room 2707 at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences–Dallas Center, 5500 Southwestern Medical Ave.

TWU’s Executive MBA program is designed for middle- and senior-level managers who want to enhance their career skills. Classes are open to men and women. Students will be able to earn their degree in 15 months by taking courses online and on selected Saturdays. Students pay regular TWU tuition and fees.

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Vanderkooi Endowed Lectureship scheduled

Examining how to use current knowledge to provide best practices in occupational therapy is the focus of the 2013 Vanderkooi Endowed Lectureship, scheduled Feb. 8 at the Texas Woman’s University T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center, 5500 Southwestern Medical Ave.

Registration for the event ranges in cost from $115 to $159, which includes lunch and refreshments.

The event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information or to register, visit or call 940-898-3556.

Twenty-one additional education sessions relevant to school, clinic and community-based practice also will be offered during the lectureship. Participants can earn up to 1.20 continuing education units (CEUs).

Mary Law, a professor in the School of Rehabilitation at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, will present the keynote lecture at 8:30 a.m.

Law is the lead author of the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure, a client-centered outcome measure for occupational therapy, and has written books on client-centered occupational therapy and evidence-based rehabilitation and measurement of occupational performance. She has served as chairwoman of the U.S. National Institutes of Health Rehabilitation Research Committee and was co-editor of the journal Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics. She also has been recognized with the top award in Canadian Occupational Therapy and is an American Occupational Therapy Foundation Academy of Research Fellow.

The Vanderkooi Endowed Lectureship was founded in 1993 to recognize Fanny B. Vanderkooi, the first chairwoman of TWU’s occupational therapy program.