Auburn hosting professional organization of black chemists and chemical engineers

AUBURN – Auburn University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will host the combined southeast and southwest regional meetings of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers Nov. 11 and 12.

The goals of the meeting include fostering communication and scientific interaction between people of diverse backgrounds and building a community of professional support. A variety of age groups and experience levels will be present at the meeting. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with representatives of industrial and governmental institutions and to explore further educational opportunities. Around 100 participants will attend, including many from historically black colleges and universities in the region.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, along with the organization, will sponsor an open house Friday, Nov. 11, in the Chemistry Building and the Sciences Center Laboratory building from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. featuring tours of the chemistry labs and hands-on demonstrations. The organization’s president, Victor McCrary, will be available for interviews during the open house. McCrary is business executive for science and technology at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, one of the largest defense contractors in the nation.

Other events during the weekend include a teacher workshop and student poster sessions, both on Friday at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. All Saturday events will take place at the Student Center and include oral technical sessions, professional workshops, interactive panel discussions and student presentation awards.

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(Written by Candis Birchfield.)

Contact: Candis Birchfield, College of Sciences and Mathematics, (334) 844-5734 (, or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (