Chemistry of Cosmetics: TU to host guest lecturer, Oct. 1

Monday, September 28, 2009

The University of Tulsa Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will host Dr. Ann Nalley, an accomplished chemist, educator and past national president of the American Chemical Society, for her presentation “The Chemistry of Cosmetics” at 5 p.m. on Oct. 1 in the Keplinger Hall M1 lecture hall. 

“The cosmetics industry is a multimillion dollar industry but we seldom think of all the interesting chemical research that lays the foundation for every product,” said Dale Teeters, professor and chair of the department of chemistry and biochemistry. “Dr. Nalley will give some novel examples of her cosmetics research and development efforts."

In addition to the interesting area of cosmetics chemistry, Professor Nalley will discuss her more than 40 years of experience in many different lines of chemistry work with a range of companies. Her research includes new product development and industrial problem solving in the area of cosmetic analysis, nanostructural materials, applied research in the petroleum industry and computer molecular modeling. 

Nalley is a professor of chemistry in the physical science department at Cameron University, a position she has held since 1969. She has held positions as a visiting scientist or professor in the chemistry departments at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas at Dallas, and the Polymer Science Department at the University of Southern Mississippi.

She earned a bachelor of science degree at Northeastern Oklahoma State University, a master's degree in analytical chemistry at Oklahoma State University and a Ph.D. in radiation chemistry from Texas Woman's University.

“The Chemistry of Cosmetics” lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact the department of chemistry and biochemistry at (918) 631-2515.

Amethyst Cavallaro