First-Ever Ken and Nancy Long Chemistry Lecture Featured Kim Renee Dunbar as Guest Speaker

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Across a career spanning decades of research, Kim Renee Dunbar has had a tremendous impact on the international scientific community’s understanding of inorganic chemistry. Recognized for her distinguished contributions to science, Dunbar was asked to be a guest speaker during Westminster College’s first inaugural Ken and Nancy Long Chemistry Lecture.


Over the years, Kim Renee Dunbar has been awarded a number of titles and distinctions for her impactful work in inorganic chemistry, most notably at Texas A&M University in College Station. Among other invitations to top scientific lectures around the world, she was asked to share her insight with the students and faculty of Westminster College for the first-ever Ken and Nancy Long Chemistry Lecture.


Dr. Ken Long, who worked with Dunbar at Westminster, said, “Kim Renee Dunbar was outstanding as a student and has been highly successful as a graduate. We are proud of her accomplishments and are delighted she is the first Ken and Nancy Long Chemistry Lecturer.”


A national leader in educational excellence, guest speakers like Kim Renee Dunbar demonstrate the caliber of professionals they wish to foster through their programs. Dunbar was invited to speak at Westminster College to share her critical insight and research on inorganic chemistry with the assembly, helping uphold the institution’s reputation for excellence. 


The lecture series is funded by Dr. Ken Long, Westminster professor of chemistry emeritus, and his wife, Nancy, to invite outstanding chemists to speak to Westminster students. During the lecture, Dunbar spoke about her research, “Metals in Medicine throughout the Ages: From Ancient Egypt to Victorian England to the 21st Century.”


Westminster College has set the bar for higher education since it first opened in 1852 in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. With an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), they are one of the earliest coeducational colleges in the nation, founded to promote the spirit and values of Christianity while focusing on the development of the individual – intellectually, spiritually, and socially – which still rings true today. 


Westminster is proud of the rich heritage it provides, and highly optimistic about its future. Serving the diverse needs of its students has enabled Westminster to become one of the nation’s finest liberal arts colleges. Today, it is recognized for its high-level presence and is a top-tier liberal arts college as well as a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of “The Best 379 Colleges” by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President’s Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.


Westminster College draws in world-class professionals such as Kim Renee Dunbar to encourage independent thinking and deliver superb education to its student body. Having Dunbar speak at the institution’s first Ken and Nancy Long Chemistry Lecture is testament to their efforts to create an exceptional learning environment for students, alumni, and staff.