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Oct. 27, 2006 - Dr.
an expert on medicinal plants, biopesticides, and biotechnology in
Latin American and the Caribbean, will visit ASU next week to lead two
is director of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Division of
Metropolitan Autonomous University, Cuajimalpa, a new campus of one of the
largest universities in Mexico City. He also is a national
investigator, level three, of the National Research System of Mexico.
Until recently he was in charge of the Biotechnology Program of the
Mexican Institute of Oil.
ASU sponsors for his visit are the
Arkansas Biosciences Institute, the Office of Research and
Technology Transfer, the Colleges of Agriculture and
Sciences and Mathematics, the Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry and Physics, and the Environmental Sciences
He will present the “Biotechnology of Petroleum,” with
emphasis in "phytoremediation and bioremediation," in ABI Room 107 at 4
p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2.
The second presentation,
“Biotechnology of Medicinal Plants,” will begin at 10 a.m. Friday,
Nov. 3, in the
Student Union Auditorium.
While in Jonesboro,
he also will discuss collaboration opportunities between ABI and ASU.
Dr. Argelia Lorence, assistant professor of metabolic engineering at ASU, who
is coordinating his visit, worked with him at the United
Nations when he was director of the Biotechnology Program for Latin
America and the Caribbean.
a member of the New York Academy of Sciences, the International
Society of Environmental Biotechnology and the Mexican Academy of
Engineering, among other distinguished scientific societies. He is in high
demand internationally, as evidenced by more than 400 conferences he has
conducted in 30 countries. Among his career achievements, he has produced
more than 250 scientific papers and won several prestigious awards in the
He earned his master's in chemical engineering at Massachusetts Institute
of Technology and his doctorate in chemical engineering at the University
of Manchester, Institute of Science and Technology.
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