Dr. Eric E. Dueno to Give Lehman’s Annual Arthur Sweeny, Jr. Memorial Lecture

Dr. Eric E. Dueno, associate graduate coordinator and Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Eastern Kentucky University, will deliver Lehman College’s 26th Annual Arthur Sweeny, Jr. Memorial Lecture on Thursday, November 2, at 5 p.m. in the Music Building’s Recital Hall Room 306. The talk is free and open to the public.

The title of this year’s lecture is “Explosives: The Chemistry of Energetic Compounds, a Historical and Synthetic Perspective.” The lecture will address how technology and the sciences are transforming the way people live and work. In his talk, Dr. Dueno will explain how these concerns and trends might be meaningfully integrated into an undergraduate curriculum.

A graduate of Florida State University Dr. Dueno earned his Ph.D. from the University of South Florida. He is a three-time recipient of the Latino Graduate Fellowship award and was twice selected as a scholar of the National Hispanic Foundation. The author of several research articles, Dr. Dueno has published two teaching lab manuals for organic chemistry and he is working on a book about explosives.

Hosted by the Lehman Chemistry Department, the lecture is named in honor of Professor Arthur Sweeny, one of Lehman’s founding faculty members. For 36 years, he taught organic chemistry at Hunter-in-the-Bronx, until it became Lehman College in 1968. Professor Sweeny continued to teach at Lehman for 6 years. As pre-medical advisor first at Hunter and then at Lehman, Prof. Sweeny helped to break the barriers to medical school admission for women from working-class families, as well as for students from various minority groups. Upon his retirement in 1974 he was designated Professor Emeritus and a continuing lecture series was established in his honor. Prof. Sweeny died in 2001 at the age of 94.