Spinks Seminar Series

J. W. T. Spinks Lecture Series

These annual lectures, established in 1975, recognize the many contributions Dr. J.W.T. Spinks made to his departments, the university, and the chemical professions, both nationally and internationally. As faculty member, Department Head, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research, University President, and President Emeritus, Dr. Spinks was associated with our University from 1930 until his passing in 1997.

The lecture series brings to the University of Saskatchewan eminent scientists and engineers in the fields of chemistry and chemical engineering to deliver a series of lectures and to share their knowledge and experience with students and staff. This series is run jointly with the Department of Chemical Engineering, which hosts the Spinks lectures every third year.

2018-2019 Spinks Lecture


C. WhiteDr. Chris Chang is the Class of 1942 Chair Professor of Chemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator at University of California, Berkeley, and Faculty Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He was born in Ames, Iowa and completed his B.S./M.S. at Caltech in 1997, working with Harry Gray, Fulbright scholarship in Strasbourg, France with Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Ph.D. at MIT in 2002 with Dan Nocera, and postdoc at MIT with Steve Lippard, before beginning his independent career at UC Berkeley in 2004. Research in the Chang group focuses on the study of metals in biology and energy, with particular interests in neuroscience, metabolism, and artificial photosynthesis. His lab has made fundamental discoveries in inorganic and biological chemistry through developing activity-based sensing probes to open a field of transition metal signaling, exemplified by identifying copper and hydrogen peroxide signals that regulate processes spanning neural activity to fat metabolism. The discovery of copper signaling establishes a new paradigm for metals in biology, expanding the roles of redox transition metals beyond metabolic cofactors. Chang's lab has also advanced artificial photosynthesis through bioinorganic catalyst design. Chang has published over 180 papers with an average of 110 citations per paper, with 10 awarded patents, and has given over 350 invited lectures. His group's research has been honored by Dreyfus, Beckman, Sloan, and Packard Foundations, Amgen, Astra Zeneca, Novartis, AFAR, MIT TR35, ACS (Cope Scholar, Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry, Baekeland Award), RSC (Transition Metal Chemistry), and SBIC. Recent awards include the 2013 Noyce Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2015 Blavatnik Award in Chemistry, 2018 RSC Jeremy Knowles Award, 2019 Sackler Prize in Chemistry, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Chang has mentored over 70 grad students and postdocs, with over 30 group alumni in independent faculty positions across the world.

Research Lecture
Activity-Based Sensing Approaches to Decipher Transition Metal Signaling
Thursday, April 25, 3:45 p.m.
Thorvaldson 105


General Lecture
Bringing Chemistry to Life: The Unending Search for Elemental Harmony
Friday, April 26, 3:45 p.m.
Arts 241

List of Chemistry Lecturers


M.C. White
University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign


P. Kamat
University of Notre Dame


S. I. Stupp
Northwestern University


I. Manners
University of Bristol, UK


M. Lautens
University of Toronto


S. G. Withers
University of British Columbia


D. L. Boger
The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA


J. F. Stoddart
University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA


G.M. Whitesides
Harvard University


P.B. Dervan
California Institute of Technology


R. Breslow
Columbia University, NY, USA


F.S. Rowland
University of California, Irvine, USA


M.A. Fox
University of Texas, Austin, USA


P. von Ragué Schleyer
Universität Erlangen, Germany


B.E. Conway
University of Ottawa


K. Mislow
Princeton University, USA


A.K. Pikaev
Academy of Sciences, USSR


P. Deslongchamps
University of Sherbrooke


H. Taube
Stanford University, USA


P.C. Lauterbur
University of Illinois, USA


G. Herzberg
Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics
National Research Council of Canada


G.A. Ozin
University of Toronto


L.M. Dorfman
The Ohio State University, USA


D. Phillips
Royal Institution of Great Britain


H. Eyring
University of Utah, USA


R.U. Lemieux
University of Alberta


J.C. Polanyi
University of Toronto