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SLOC AL/S T ATEThe Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 13, 2000 - 5
.Gomberg award given to chemistry professor at lecture

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Dy Jacquelyn Nixon
Daily Staff Reporter
The mirror image was the subject of Prof.
Edwin Vedejs' chemistry lecture held yesterday
afternoon in Rackham Amphitheatre to a group
of about 100 people.
Preceding the lecture titled "Mirror Images in
*'hemistry: Real and Almost Real," Vedejs
recently was named the Moses Gomberg Colle-
giate Professor of Chemistry.
"It's a special privilege as a graduate of the

University of Michigan to be holding the posi-
tion of Moses Gomberg," Vedejs said.
Chemistry Department Chairman Joseph
Marino presented Vedejs with the official Moses
Gomberg plaque.
"As an organic chemist, I can't think of some-
one better to receive this commemorative plaque
than Vedejs," Marino said.
LSA Dean Shirley Neuman spoke about
Gomberg, who was a 1890 graduate with a bach-
elor of science and a professor at the University
until his retirement in 1936. From his study of

hexaphenylethane, he was known as the "father
of free, radical chemistry," she said. "He was a
great teacher and scholar who inspired students."
Vedejs earned his doctoral degree at the Uni-
versity of Wisconsin and was a postdoctoral fel-
low at Harvard University before joining the
University of Michigan faculty as an organic
chemistry professor last year. He has published
170 papers and in 1996 won the Upjohn Teach-
ing Award from his colleagues.
This semester, Vedejs teaches Chemistry 215.
"He is one of the main reasons why the Uni-

versity of Wisconsin has a wonderful reputation.
His research is innovative;' Neuman said.
Vedejs' lecture discussed the experiments of
his Boron and Kinetic Resolution projects on
which he has been working in cooperation with
colleagues. His main focus is the importance of
mirror image forms called isomers and the prob-
lems that could arise from them.
Vedejs referred to mathematician Charles
Dodgson, who said that "perhaps looking-glass
milk isn't good to drink."
"The mirror image of lactose would be trou-

blesome for the stomach," Vedejs said.
The mirror image can be solved by "using two
simultaneously. We can control properties to
make reactants separate," he said.
LSA freshman Manish Patel said, "I thought
he incorporated the various aspects of geological
and biological aspects well, not just chemistry."
Many of the chemistry students in attendance
said they found the lecture fundamental to their
interests.
"It was simple enough for Chem 215 students
to understand," LSA freshman Paul Pagano said.

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