Graphic for Dr. John Dudek's Faculty Lecture

Hartwick Announce 2016-17 Faculty Lecture Series

September 12, 2016

Hartwick College Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. John Dudek will present “Trying to Figure Out Up There From Down Here,” the first installment of the 2016-17 Faculty Lecture Series. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 14 at 12:30 p.m. in Eaton Lounge, Bresee Hall, on the College campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

An interesting challenge for scientists is to try and understand which molecules exist in space and the role these molecules play in the interstellar medium. In the past 20 years, great progress has been made through national and international collaborations between a variety of scientists, including astronomers, molecular physicists, physical chemists, molecular spectroscopists, and others.

This faculty lecture will explore the role of laboratory science in helping to determine what molecules exist in space. More specifically, Dudek will discuss his sabbatical research on carbon and sulfur clusters performed at the University of Köln, Germany.

Prior to joining the Hartwick College faculty in 2006, Dudek served as a post-doctoral researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA. He later became a lecturer at the University of New Hampshire, where he received a Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (non-tenure track); there he was also a member of the Climate Change Research Center.

Dudek has authored or co-authored numerous peer-reviewed papers, presented at a host of conferences, and worked on nearly 20 senior theses with students. In 2013, he received a National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education Grant.

Dudek received a B.A. in chemistry from Colby College, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. At Hartwick, he teaches physical chemistry, general chemistry, and courses for non-science majors.

Throughout the Faculty Lecture Series, Hartwick professors discuss recent research in their fields, focusing on physics, politics, religion, art, economics, biology, psychology, and more. The presentations take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays throughout the academic year. Upcoming faculty lecture dates, presenters, and titles (subject to change) include:

  • Thursday, October 12, 2016: Professor of Biology Dr. Stan Sessions, “Hopeful Monsters: Working with Human Fish in the Caves of Slovenia”
  • Friday, November 18, 2016: Associate Professor of Art and Art History Joseph Von Stengel, “3D Printing and Higher Education”
  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017: Associate Professor of Education Dr. Elizabeth Bloom, Title TBA
  • Thursday, March 16, 2017: Professor of Economics Dr. Laurence Malone, “Is Student Learning in an Online Introductory Course Comparable to a Traditional Classroom Setting?”
  • Wednesday, April 14, 2017: TBA
  • Thursday, May 3, 2017: TBA

For more information, contact Dr. Eric Cooper, faculty development committee chair, at 607-431-4254 or