• “Shots of Knowledge: The Science of Whiskey”

    ​​The FDA and the University of Maryland chapters of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, are cosponsoring “Shots of Knowledge: The Science of Whiskey”

    at Milkboy Arthouse on Route 1 in College Park (7416 Baltimore Ave., College Park, MD 20740)

    on Monday, June 10, 2019
    Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
    Lecture begins at 6:30 p.m.

    This is advanced notice:  the website & RSVP system should be finalized by this evening (Wednesday, May 29): 


     Audience: General public or STEM scientists

    Abstract: Whiskey is interesting.  It can serve as a lens through which science, engineering and history can be examined. Whiskey’s creation relies on input from multiple disciplines; from agriculture and forestry to chemical engineering and biochemistry. Whether the discussion centers on bourbon or Scotch, a single malt or Canadian blend, the influences of the great ideas and great thinkers of science and engineering shine through.   Join Dr. Eric Simanek of Texas Christian University on this discussion of one of the world’s treasured spirits.

    Presented by:  Dr. Eric Simanek
                           Robert A. Welch Professor of Chemistry
                           Department of Chemistry
                           Texas Christian University

    Short Biography:  Raised in the farmland of central Illinois, Dr. Simanek grew up surrounded by corn destined for feed or alcohol. After completing a degree in chemistry at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 1991, he pursued graduate work at Harvard University. Following completion of his PhD in 1996 and a post-doctoral stint at The Scripps Research Institute, Dr. Simanek joined the faculty of Texas A&M University in 1998 rising to the rank of full professor and leading the general chemistry program that serviced approximately 4000 students each semester. In 2010, he accepted the Robert A. Welch Chair at Texas Christian University where he now serves as department chair and director of the IdeaFactory. As a synthetic chemist, his research pursues the use of polymers (dendrimers) for drug delivery. His book, Shots of Knowledge: The Science of Whiskey, was published in 2016 and has garnered praise and awards.
    Elisa L. Elliot, Ph.D.—for FDA Chapter of Sigma Xi