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April 29, 2003
OSWEGO -- An executive from BP Amoco Chemical Co. will deliver the inaugural lecture in the Augustine Silveira Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series at SUNY Oswego at 3 p.m. Friday, May 9, in Room 127 of Snygg Hall on campus.
Dr. Thomas Weil, a 1966 graduate of SUNY Oswego in chemistry and business technology manager at BP Amoco, will talk about petrochemicals and polymers in his lecture, "From the Chemistry Lab to the Shopping Cart." The lecture will be open to all free of charge. A reception will follow.
Weil earned his doctorate at the University of Cincinnati and then went on to post-doctoral work. As a National Science Foundation research fellow in 1974, he was one of five American exchange scientists working with the Institute of Organo-Element Chemistry in Moscow. He holds five U.S. patents and has received an honorary doctorate from SUNY Oswego.
Silveira, a distinguished teaching professor emeritus and former chair of the chemistry department, retired in 2000. Weil and his wife, Barbara Weil, endowed the Augustine Silveira Jr. Fund the following year for the benefit of Oswego chemistry students.
"I really want to give something back to Oswego and specifically give to Gus the recognition he deserves," Weil said, noting that Silveira had a "tremendous influence" on his life.
For more information on the Silveira Distinguished Lecture Series, call the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at 312-2258.
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