Mysteries of Polymer Chemistry

Nov 25, 2015

(UAMS) - Science Café Little Rock, co-sponsored by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, will hold its next public forum, Mysteries of Polymer Chemistry, on Nov. 24. Panelists will discuss the role of polymers and their impact upon industry and modern culture.

Held from 7-9 p.m. at Afterthought Bistro & Bar in Little Rock’s Hillcrest neighborhood, Science Café is a relaxed opportunity for monthly exchanges with various experts. No reservations are needed, but seating is limited. Admission is free.

This month’s panel will include Jerry Darsey, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock; and Patrick Desrochers, Ph.D., a professor and chairman of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway. Panel moderator Dorothy Graves, Ph.D., is a research assistant professor and director of research and publications in the UAMS College of Medicine’s Division of Hematology and Oncology.

Graves also will host the corresponding live call-in program, “Science Cafe Little Rock,” on National Public Radio-affiliate radio station KUAR FM89. The science talk show, featuring one speaker from the monthly panel of scientists and experts, is aired just prior (6:05-6:30 p.m.) to the live Science Café event. Darsey is this month’s radio guest.

Science Café received a $200 grant from the American Chemical Society’s Division of Polymer Chemistry to put on this month’s forum.

Science Café forums are held the fourth Tuesday of the month, except for July, August and December. Check out the website for information on monthly speakers and topics at For more information on future Science Café events or to suggest topics/speakers, contact Science Café Director Linda Williams, research liaison, UAMS Office of Research, at (501) 686-7418. To join the listserv and receive news on monthly speakers/events, send an email with “subscribe” in the subject field to

Science Café was created in partnership with UAMS, Arkansas Biosciences Institute, Aristotle, KUAR-FM 89.1, and the Afterthought Bistro & Bar.