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‘Fundamentals of Chemistry’ Is Next Class at Peoples’ U.

WHEELING — The third class in the Ohio County Public Library’s new People’s University series “Physical Science, The Joy of Discovery” will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28.

Participants in the Week 3 class — “Fundamentals of Chemistry” — will learn about the physical and chemical properties of matter and the states of matter, including atoms, the building blocks of matter, how atoms combine into molecules, and how molecules interact and react. The instructor will be Dr. Erin Duffy.

With more than 17 years of drug-discovery and problem-solving experinece in the antibiotic arena, Duffy helped to build and sustain a team of researchers at Rib-X Pharmaceuticals (Melinta Therapeutics) that translated the company’s scientific platform into next-generation and novel antibiotics that target the ribosome. Prior to Rib-X, Duffy was the associate director of Innovative Discovery Technologies at Achillion Pharmaceuticals. She began her industrial career at Pfizer Central Research, in Groton, Conn. She earned a bachelor of science degree at Wheeling Jesuit College and her doctorate at Yale University. She is now chief of Research and Development at Carb-X, Boston University.

Duffy has added books to the library’s giveaway at the end of her program.

“These are great for the non-scientist,” she said.

The Ohio County Public Library in partnership with the Wheeling Academy of Law & Science (WALS) Foundation is offering the 31st entry in its People’s University series in this six-class online, livestream presentation.

“Physical Science, The Joy of Discovery” takes attendees on a journey through the philosophical and intellectual development of science as a method of accurately weighing evidence, eliminating bias, finding facts, and acquiring knowledge.

Classes in the series explore, in part, themes such science is not political; science is not magical; science is not faith or belief; science is not based on feelings; it’s not a conspiracy and has no hidden agenda. Science is the earnest pursuit of what is true in terms of the best available, logically generated evidence. Science recognizes that it’s OK to be wrong and to learn from it.

Later classes in the series will explore the history and fundamental building blocks of the pillars of physical science: chemistry and physics. Attendees will learn about what matter and energy are and what laws they obey. Additional cleaasse will explore specific applications of chemistry, namely laser technology as well as combating multi-drug resistant bacteria through drug discovery.

Attendees who “like,” comment, or ask a question will be elibigle to win a door prize at each session. All classes meet on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m.

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