Dwain L. Ford Lecture Series

The Dwain L Ford Lecture Series is sponsored by the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry in honor of former Chair and Professor Dwain L Ford on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the seminar program he started. The Series provides students, faculty and the wider community an opportunity to hear guest speakers from academia, industry and government present topics of current interest and importance in chemistry.

Ford earned his Bachelor of Arts in 1949 from Emmanuel Missionary College. He received his PhD in chemistry from Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1962. Ford then joined the Andrews faculty in 1962 and served as Chair of the Department of Chemistry until 1971.

As department Chair, some of Ford’s lasting achievements includes: focusing the department on the preparation of professional chemists; assisting in the planning for the Science Complex; establishing the seminar program in 1965; transitioning the department to offer a BS Chemistry degree and starting the Berrien County Forensic Laboratory.

He was a member of the American Chemical Society and of Sigma Xi. He held several National Science Foundation Fellowships and participated in a steroid training program sponsored by the National Institute of Health.

Ford served as dean of the Andrews University College of Arts & Sciences for ten years, before returning to teaching organic chemistry in 1981. He retired in 1993 but was called back to teach chemistry in the Andrews University Math & Science Center during the 1994–1995 school year.

For 22 years, he served as the administrator and backup analyst for the Berrien County Forensic Laboratory, where drugs are analyzed on behalf of law enforcement officials. He was the first Andrews University ombudsperson and served in that capacity from 1981–1990.

Ford is married to Lorraine Saline Ford. They have three children. David, Diane and Larry.

More information about the lectureship, including the schedule of presenters, is available on the Chemistry Website.


Past Presentations

Below is the list of the 2015-2016 presentations.

DATE TITLE PRESENTER(S) 
August 27, 2015 First Seminar  
September 3, 2015 Chemical & Environmental Impact of Gold Mining Ronald R.H. Cohen, Colorado School of Mines
September 10, 2015 Advances in Drug Discovery & Development Milton L. Brown, Georgetown University Medical Center
September 17, 2015 Organic Synthesis Hosea Nelson, University of California, Los Angeles
September 24, 2015 Biomimetic Materials that ‘Talk’ to the Living! David H. Kohn, University of Michigan
October 1, 2015 Rapid Diagnostic Tests for Sickle Cell Disease A.J. Kumar, Jana Care
October 8, 2015 Science Journalism Deborah Blum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
October 15, 2015 Opportunities at NIST Carlos Gonzalez, National Institute of Science & Technology
October 22, 2015 Advances in Nanoscience Paul S Weiss, University of California, Los Angeles
January 7, 2016 Teaching High School Chemistry Janelle Lynn Ball, Chico High School
January 14, 2016 Therapeutic Opportunities for Lupus J. Michelle Kahlenberg, University of Michigan
January 21, 2016 Building Brighter Probes For Biomedicine Luke D. Lavis, Howard Hughes Medical Institute – Janelia Center
January 28, 2016 Geochemistry of Sinkholes James Kaufmann, U.S. Geological Survey EROS Center
February 4, 2016 Green Catalytic Synthetic Methods Kami Lee Hull, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
February 11, 2016 NanoDiamonds Vadym Mochalin, Drexel University
February 18, 2016 Relevant Chemistry Joseph Fortunak, Howard University
February 25, 2016 GUMBO Research with QCM Technology Isiah M. Warner, Louisiana State University