Saint Martin’s to host talk on the hydrogen economy

February 5, 2010

Lacey, Washington —On Monday, February 8, Saint Martin’s University will host Dr. E. Gerald Meyer, professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Wyoming, for a presentation on “The Hydrogen Economy: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.” Dr. Meyer’s presentation, sponsored by the Puget Sound Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is open to the public and will take place at 7 p.m. in Harned Hall Room 110 on the University’s Lacey campus.

Much has been written about the “hydrogen economy” with the theme that with the substitution of hydrogen for gasoline the nation can (a) reduce its dependence on foreign oil, and (b) have a pollution-free transportation fuel. There is, however, the matter of transporting, distributing and storing. This presentation will look at the both the opportunities and challenges of a hydrogen-centric economy.

Dr. Meyer was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, and his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. He was a laboratory chemist for the U.S. Bureau of Mines, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (as a naval officer during WWII), and the Research Division of New Mexico Tech before returning to complete his graduate work. He was on the faculty of the University of Albuquerque and New Mexico Highlands University where he was successively department head, and dean of graduate studies and research. In 1963, he was appointed professor and dean of arts and sciences at the University of Wyoming, and in 1976, vice president for research. In 1990, he retired and is currently emeritus professor and dean. Dr. Meyer has served as State Science Advisor, as president of Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences, of the Associated Western Universities, and the Laramie Regional Airport Board. He chairs the ACS Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting, is past president of the American Institute of Chemists, is past chair and councilor of the of ACS Wyoming Section and continues to serve on the ACS national committees.

“Chemistry is an extremely diverse field, and so bringing in guest speakers gives our students a window into some different kinds of chemistry than what they would hear or see from our faculty,” says Arwyn Smalley, an assistant professor of chemistry at Saint Martin’s. “The ACS tour speakers, such as Dr. Meyer, give presentations that accessible to all audiences and are often interdisciplinary in nature.”

For more information about this event, please contact Arwyn Smalley at Also, the Saint Martin’s chemistry faculty will be taking Dr. Meyer out for dinner before the presentation. For anyone interested in joining them or wanting more information about where and when the dinner will be held, please contact Arwyn Smalley at

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Olympic College, Centralia College, and Tacoma Community College.

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Genevieve Canceko Chan
Director of communications & marketing
Saint Martin’s University