Kotz to present Estee Lecture Oct. 15 at USD John C. Kotz, Distinguished Teaching Professor at the State University of New York (SUNY), Oneonta, will present the 1998 Estee Lecture at The University of South Dakota. His lecture, entitled "Are Textbooks and Universities Dead?'' will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 15 in Churchill Haines Laboratories, Room 118.
A reception will follow the lecture, which is open to the public.
Kotz, who teaches general chemistry and inorganic chemistry, is the director of Educational Technology for SUNY-Oneonta. He recently initiated a program for University Access to Computing for Students. Kotz has received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (1979), and was promoted to Distinguished Teaching Professor in 1986. In 1992, he received a National Catalyst Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Chemical Manufacturers Association. He also received an Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology in 1996.
Co-author of two text books for inorganic chemistry and four editions of a general chemistry book Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity, Kotz has also co-authored the Sanders Interactive General Chemistry CD-ROM and The Chemical World: Concepts and Applications.
He received his Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1963 and held National Institutes of Health postdoctoral appointments in England at the University of Manchester College of Science and Technology as well as at Indiana University. He was a Fulbright Senior Fellow in Lisbon, Portugal, and has served on committees for the Fulbright program. He will be a visiting professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 1999.
During the 1990s, Kotz has presented over 60 talks on chemical education to students and faculty in colleges and universities and abroad. He has also published a number of research papers and review articles on organometallic chemistry, mostly with undergraduate co-authors.
Established in 1991, the Estee Lecture Series is named in honor of distinguished Professor Emeritus Charles Remington Estee, a USD faculty member for 48 years. Estee served as chair of the chemistry department of 32 years, organized and taught years of summer institutes for high school teachers, and continues a long and productive association with USD and the National Science Foundation.