UW Graduate School

Donna Nelson

donna-nelsonMary Ann and John D. Mangels Lecturer

  • Professor of Chemistry, University of Oklahoma

January 10, 2018  |  7:30 p.m.
Kane Hall, Room 120

  • This public lecture is full. Due to the high level of interest in this event, empty seats will be released to standby guests at 7:15 p.m. To join the standby line, please arrive at Kane Hall prior to 7:15 p.m. Please note: standby entrance is based on seat availability and there is no guarantee of admittance to the public lecture.
  • This event is free and open to the public.

The Science of Breaking Bad: A look behind the Hollywood screen

As science advisor of the hit TV series Breaking Bad Nelson will speak about her experiences in Hollywood and how the world of science and film connect.  She will reveal how the science and science-related information behind the show was crafted in order to support the actors and engage the public.  Nelson also will discuss initiation of and interactions in the work with script writers, providing key insight in the world of chemistry.

About Donna Nelson

Donna J. Nelson is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oklahoma. Nelson specializes in organic chemistry, which she both researches and teaches. Nelson’s career has focused on five primary topics of research generally categorized in two areas, Scientific Research and America’s Scientific Readiness. Within Scientific Research, Nelson’s topics have been on mechanistic patterns in alkene addition reactions and on Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube (SWCNT) functionalization and analysis. Under America’s Scientific Readiness, she focuses on science education, which includes classroom innovations and correcting organic chemistry textbook inaccuracies, on ethnic and gender diversity among highly ranked science departments of research universities, and on improving the image and presentation of science and scientists to the public. Nelson has also served as a science advisor to the AMC television show Breaking Bad. She is the 2016 President of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

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Sponsoring Departments:

  • UW Graduate School
  • UW Alumni Association
  • Women in the Chemical Sciences
  • Clean Energy Institute
  • Department of Gender, Women, and Sexual Studies
  • ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change