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Lecturer to Discuss Medicinal Properties of Pennsylvania Plant Life

Published on March 8, 2010

Note: This event has been postponed until April 29. The new location will be the Degenstein Center Theater.

SELINSGROVE—Geneive Henry, associate professor of chemistry at Susquehanna University, will deliver the annual John C. Horn Lecture March 18 at 4:30 p.m. in the university’s Isaacs Auditorium. The lecture, titled “Medicinal Properties of Pennsylvania Hypericum Plants,” is free and open to the public.

Henry’s lecture will showcase her research in natural product and medicinal chemistry. Her talk will examine the medicinal properties of extracts from Hypericum plants—one variety of which is more commonly known as St. John’s Wort—growing in Pennsylvania.

A Susquehanna faculty member since 2003, Henry has taught courses in organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry and general chemistry concepts. Before coming to Susquehanna, Henry served as a visiting assistant professor of chemistry at Lincoln University from 2001 to 2003. Henry holds a doctorate degree in organic chemistry from the University of the West Indies, Mona, as well as a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the same institution. She completed her postdoctoral work at Harvard and Michigan State universities. Her work has been published in numerous academic journals, including the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry and the Natural Product Communications Journal, among others.

The John C. Horn Distinguished Service Award was established in 1979 by the university’s Board of Directors to honor the late John C. Horn, who served as board chair from 1962 to 1978, and to recognize outstanding faculty scholarship and service. The award is determined by open nominations from the faculty.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 36 states and 13 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial and recreational centers. For more information, visit www.susqu.edu.

Karen M. Jones

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