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Chemist and Alumnus Karl A. Gschneidner, Jr. Returns to UDM

Karl A. Gschneidner, Jr., one of the world’s foremost authorities on rare earth science, will discuss lanthanide metals and how they work in our everyday life on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 5:15 p.m. at the University of Detroit Mercy McNichols Campus, Chemistry Lecture Hall, Room #114.

As the Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Iowa State University and a Senior Metallurgist of the Ames Laboratory, U. S. Department of Energy, Gschneidner was the founding director of the Rare-Earth Information Center from 1966 to 1996.

With more than 490 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 15 patents (plus 11 pending), he retired in 2011 as the senior editor of the 41-volume series of the “Handbook on the Physics and Chemistry of Rare Earths.”

Gschneidner holds a Bachelor of Science from University of Detroit and a Ph.D. from Iowa State University. He was named University of Detroit Mercy's Science Alumnus of the Year in 2000.

The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Mark Benvenuto, professor of Chemistry, and chairman of the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department at 313-993-1184 or

Release date: April 22, 2012

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UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 17 Mercy institutions of higher education in the United States. For the 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.