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Debenedetti Delivers Smith Lectures at Cornell

On March 25 and 26, Pablo Debenedetti, Class of 1950 Professor and Vice Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, delivered the 2013 Julian C. Smith Lectures in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University.  The lectureship was initiated in 1988 to honor Professor Emeritus Julian C. Smith of Cornell, who is familiar to generations of chemical engineering students worldwide through his McGraw-Hill textbook, “Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering”.  It is awarded each year “to a leader in the field of chemical engineering… to broaden perspectives and help [Cornell’s] School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering remain vigorous and responsive in an ever-changing world”.  Debenedetti’s lectures were entitled “Drying and Hydration of Model and Biological Substrates”, and “Thermodynamic and Kinetic Models of the Emergence of Biological Homochirality”.