2016 News Releases

TWU's Richard Sheardy named conference chair for the North American Calorimetry Conference

In recognition of his long-standing contributions to the field of biothermodynamics and dedication to students, Richard D. Sheardy, professor and chair of the department of chemistry and biochemistry at Texas Woman’s University, has been named conference chair for the North American Calorimetry Conference (CALCON).

Since its inception in 1945, CALCON has served as the premier collegial forum for the dissemination of current research and state-of-the-art technological developments in calorimetry and thermodynamics. CALCON participants represent a broad cross-section of international scientists in academia, government and industry whose research interests span a diverse range of disciplines within the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, engineering and emerging frontiers at the interface of core technologies. As conference chair, Sheardy will be responsible for organizing various symposia within the annual conference; managing the nominations, selection and presentation of four awards presented annually; and working with sponsors for the annual conference. Sheardy also will be involved in planning for the joint meeting with the International Conference on Chemical Thermodynamics (ICCT) in 2018, the 75th Anniversary of CALCON in 2020 and the next joint meeting with the Japan Society of Calorimetry and Thermal Analysis (JSCTA) in 2021.

For over 35 years, Sheardy has shared his knowledge and enthusiasm for chemistry with students at Penn State University, Seton Hall University and, since 2006, Texas Woman’s University (TWU). In addition, Sheardy has been recognized as a SENCER Leadership Fellow and TWU Senior Experiential Learning Fellow for his efforts in science education and work with the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE). Sheardy has organized several symposia in the division of chemical education for the national meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). He has published over 50 papers reporting his research on the structural and thermodynamic properties of DNA and, more recently, on his work with civic engagement and science education. Sheardy also edited three books based on ACS symposia. His most recent paper, which was coauthored with a graduate student and three undergraduate students and published this past summer in the Journal of Physical Chemistry, reports results of studies focusing on an unusual but biologically important DNA structure, the i-motif.

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