The OLLI at UNT Podcast gives a deeper look into the professional and personal lives of various members of our community. In each episode, host Susan Supak showcases her talent for bringing out interesting facts about fellow members and faculty who volunteer to teach their courses.
It's National Chemistry Week, which makes it a perfect time to hear from OLLI at UNT's resident chemistry expert, Dr. Diana Mason. Professor Emeritus of the UNT Chemistry Department, Dr. Mason has crossed the globe as an advocate for the sciences, inspiring audiences of all ages with her explosive live demonstrations. Since retiring from her faculty position at UNT, Dr. Mason has remained active in the field of chemical education. Her current research focuses on the correlation between students' basic arithmetic skills and their success in general chemistry courses. As she explains to Susan in this week's episode, this research was inspired by the needs of the U.S. Naval Academy. It's fitting that her passion for our state inspired Governor Abbott to commission her as an Admiral in the Texas Navy. Dr. Mason's service to our community goes beyond her volunteer activities with OLLI, where she has taught many courses highlighting the scientific advances that have come from Texas. She is also an active member of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which regularly undertakes important community projects.
Stream the podcast episode at: https://soundcloud.com/ollipod/episode-54-lone-star-chemistry-with-dr-diana-mason
To watch some clips of the science demos that Dr. Mason presented for the Grandparents University program, go to youtu.be/_SwR_17bw6E
To learn more about the UNT Chemistry Department's faculty and programs, visit chemistry.unt.edu