Blue Bell Lecture Series: Energy, Innovation, and Sustainability
Join us Monday, October 22, 2012, for the second event in this year’s Blue Bell Lecture Series with a special lecture by BP Chief Bioscientist John Pierce.
October 22, 2012
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
The AgriLife Center
John Pierce joined BP as Chief Bioscientist in April 2010. He is responsible for developing strategies to help position the company to gain maximum benefit from the application of biosciences to BP’s world-wide businesses.
Dr. Pierce received his Ph.D. degree in 1980 from Michigan State University in the areas of carbohydrate chemistry and enzymology. After postdoctoral appointments at Cornell University and University of Wisconsin, he had a long career at DuPont commencing as a research scientist in Central Research and Development and culminating as Vice President for DuPont Applied BioSciences and Director of Biochemical Sciences & Engineering where he had responsibility for DuPont’s biotechnology research and development efforts in the production of fuels, chemicals and materials.
Throughout his career, Dr. Pierce has focused on the integration of biology with chemistry, engineering, and material sciences to create biotechnological applications in agricultural chemistry, plant genetics and industrial chemistry. In addition, he has long been involved in a variety of public policy activities associated with public acceptance and governmental support of biotechnology.