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Obesity, Herbal Remedies and Fuel Cell Tech at Santa Monica College  

By Lookout Staff

September 16, 2010 -- Ever wonder if that plush couch in front of the big flat screen is making you even fatter, check out the first talk in Santa Monica College's Distinguished Scientists Lecture Series.

On Tuesday, September 21, Dr. Deborah Cohen, senior natural scientist at the RAND Corp., will discuss her research on the effects of the built environment on health in her lecture "How the Environment Causes Obesity & What We Can Do About It."

The lecture series will resume Tuesday, October 5 when UCLA chemistry professor Dr. Craig Merlic discusses his inventions and the strides made in the development of drugs and herbal

remedies in "From Herbal Remedies to Modern Medicinal Chemistry: Developing Drugs to Combat Disease." Craig has invented several processes to catalyze and synthesize new chemotherapeutic agents.

The lecture series ends Tuesday, November 4 with "Fuel Cell Technology in the 21st Century,"

a lecture by Dr. Ethan Gallogly, an SMC chemistry professor who recently returned

from a sabbatical researching fuel cell technology at Sichuan University in China. He will discuss his research and advances being made in fuel cell technology.

All talks -- designed for lay audiences -- are free and are held at 11:15 a.m. in Science Lecture Hall 140 on the main campus at 1900 Pico Blvd.

The lecture series is sponsored by the SMC Physical Science and Life Science departments and the SMC Associates, a private organization that funds speakers and special events on campus. Seating is on a first-arrival basis. For information, call (310) 434-4303 or go to


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