Carl Chu, Pharm.D

Monday, September 25

1:45-2:45 p.m.

Carl Chu, Pharm.D.

Pandemic Influenza

(How Antiviral Medications Work)

The recent spread of the avian influenza (H5N1) virus has drawn international attention. Although the timing, nature, and severity of the next influenza pandemic cannot be predicted, adequate planning to mitigate its impact is imperative. Extraordinary and sustained contributions from all sectors of society will help to safeguard our communities and promote Hawaii’s recovery.

Carl Chu works at the Department of Health, Disease Outbreak Control Division. He obtained his B.S. Biochemistry (minor in Psychology) degree from UC Davis and his Pharm.D. from UCSF School of Pharmacy.

Tuesday, October 17

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Robert S.H. Liu, Ph.D.

Can Dogs see Ghosts?

(The Chemistry of Vision)

During his boyhood in Shanghai, China, R. Liu often heard the statement: "Dogs can see ghosts!" Now after more than three decades of research in Vitamin A and visual pigments, he asked himself whether there is scientific basis that "dogs can see ghosts".

Robert S. H. Liu received his Ph.D. degree from California Institute of Technology. After four years as a research chemist at Dupont, he joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Hawaii in 1968. He has been named an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, and received the University of Hawaii’s Regents’ medals for excellence in research and in teaching.

Thursday, October 19

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Engr. Robert A. Webster


(The Chemistry of Combustion)

The combustion of municipal solid waste can generate electricity while reducing landfill problems. Learn how the waste-to-energy process works in the H-Power Plant to meet Oahu’s energy and solid waste management needs.

Robert A. Webster is the Facility manager of Covanta Energy H-Power Plant. He received his BS in Industrial Engineering and Mechanical Tech-nology from Western Illinois University. A member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, he has over 30 years experience in electrical power generation, design, construction, operations and maintenance.

Wednesday, November 8

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Miles Nirei

Chemical Safety at Home

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the average household generates 20 pounds of household hazardous waste per year and stores up to 100 pounds of hazardous waste. Learn to protect your home environment and your family by storing and disposing chemicals safely.

Miles Nirei is the Environmental Health & Safety Specialist in-charge of the community colleges division of the EHSO Office of the UH system.

What is the Community Forum in Chemistry?

• Its goal is to increase learning in chemistry for all students (and community members).

• A practicing professional discusses a chemistry related topic that is relevant to everyday lives.

• During the forum audience participate by asking questions, sharing views and comments.

• Serves as a bridge between classroom and real-world applications.

This project is coordinated by

Leticia U. Colmenares, Ph.D.

Asst. Prof. in Chemistry


Community Forum



Fall 2006 Schedule

Imiloa 111

University of Hawai’i-

Windward Community College

45-720 Kea'ahala Road

Kane'ohe, Hawai’i 96744