Stevenson Welcomes Renowned Chemist James R. Damewood, Jr. for Third Annual Dell Lecture, March 4

February 20, 2015 7 AM

Stevenson University’s School of the Sciences will host renowned chemist James R. Damewood, Jr., Ph.D., for the School’s third annual Dell Lecture, Wednesday, March 4, 5-6 p.m. in the Inscape Theatre, located on the University’s Greenspring Campus, 1525 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson, MD 21153. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

Damewood, whose talk is titled “A Chemist’s Perspective on Safety by Design,” is Business Liaison and Principal Research Toxicologist for Haskell Global Centers for Health and Environmental Sciences at DuPont. Since 2011, he has worked to bring safety, toxicology, and product stewardship considerations into early central research and development. Damewood served for six years as a member of the National Institutes of Health, Medicinal Chemistry Study Section, and has been a member of the Stevenson University Chemistry Department Advisory Board since its inception.

The event is named in honor of Stevenson Trustee Samuel M. Dell III and his late wife Geraldine Dell, who established the Dell Scholarship for Character and Excellence in the Sciences, which is awarded to outstanding Stevenson rising juniors studying biology, chemistry, and mathematics.

The scholarship is presented annually to a student who possesses strong ethical grounding and work ethic that result in both academic and personal success. Additional selection criteria include being a team contributor; demonstrating the ability to apply theoretical concepts to solve practical problems in the sciences; achieving academic excellence; an appreciation for cultural diversity; and a commitment to personal growth and development. This year’s recipient is junior Abdallah Malik Naanaa, a Chemistry major.

For more information on the 2015 Dell Lecture, contact Kathleen Lageman, Assistant to the Dean of the School of the Sciences at 443-334-2279 or email

Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent undergraduate university in Maryland with more than 4,400 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult bachelor’s programs at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.