Kim Renee Dunbar Speaks at Inaugural Ken and Nancy Long Chemistry Lecture

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Known around the world for her breakthroughs in inorganic chemistry, Kim Renee Dunbar has helped improve the scientific understanding and application of the subject for decades. Among many other prestigious awards and titles, Dunbar was invited to be a guest speaker at the first-ever Ken and Nancy Long Chemistry Lecture at Westminster College. 


Westminster College has garnered a reputation for educational excellence over the years, most notably in areas of chemistry and other applied sciences. When it came time for the inaugural Ken and Nancy Long Chemistry Lecture, the institution was careful to select someone who has had a tremendous impact on the field and who continues paving the way for future scientists. 


They chose Kim Renee Dunbar to present during the lecture, demonstrating the caliber of professionals and of the research they hope to foster in their own 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 through enlightening topics.


The lecture series was initially funded by Dr. Ken Long, who is the Westminster professor of chemistry emeritus, and his wife, Nancy. It was created to invite outstanding chemists to speak to Westminster students, share the work they’ve conducted, and inspire future leaders through superb education. During the lecture, Dunbar spoke about the potentials in the field of medicine, as well as shared insight to her own research, “Metals in Medicine throughout the Ages: From Ancient Egypt to Victorian England to the 21st Century.” 


In her decades-long career, Kim Renee Dunbar has made strides in our understanding of new and improved applications in chemistry, especially inorganic chemistry. For her impactful work, she has been awarded a variety of distinctions and granted fellowships with respected facilities, most notably for her work conducted at Texas A&M University in College Station. She’s often invited to speak to students of science, serving as a role model and demonstrating what can still be achieved in the field of chemistry. 


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.”


Westminster College has set the bar for higher education since it first opened its doors to students. Here, world-class scientific programs set many students on track for their own applied research and breakthroughs in a number of subfields, such as chemistry and inorganic chemistry. Ultimately, Kim Renee Dunbar embodies the success the institution hopes for all the future scientists enrolled in its programs.