UMass Amherst Establishes Annual Seminar in Polymer Chemistry with Bayer Corp.

AMHERST, Mass. - Company officials from Bayer Corp. will visit the University of Massachusetts department of chemistry on Thurs. Feb. 13, to deliver a check supporting the newly established "Richard Stein-Bayer Corporation Honorary Seminar in Polymer Chemistry." The annual seminar will honor the scientific achievements of UMass chemistry professor emeritus Richard Stein, a world-renowned leader in polymer physical chemistry.

The $9,000 grant will help to bring leading polymer scientists to UMass over the next three years. Bayer Corp. officials will present the check at 11:15 a.m. in the Lederle Graduate Research Tower, room 1634. The Bayer Corp. representatives will include Wolfgang Herrig, vice president of plastics technology, from Springfield, and Gordon McCarty, manager of university relations for Bayer, from Pittsburgh, Pa. McCarty will deliver the check to professor Scott Auerbach, chemistry department seminar chair.

The honorary seminar will cover topics pertaining to polymer chemistry, such as how to build large molecules from small ones - or, using scientific terms, building macromolecules from monomers.

Bayer’s sponsorship is part of an ongoing effort to support higher education in the Pioneer Valley. At the same time, the chemistry department at UMass is emphasizing the development of new relationships with local corporate partners.