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  Focus on Faculty - Daniel W. Armstrong - Performance Enhancing Drugs  

Focus on Faculty
January 23, 2013
12 - 1:30pm
Central Library sixth floor parlor

Testing for Performance Enhancing Drugs: The Case of a Chiral Stimulant
Daniel W. Armstrong, professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry

In the midst of the media excitement surrounding the Lance Armstrong/Oprah interview, have you ever wondered about who else has been using performance enhancement (PED) drugs? And how? Or how the types of doping they might use? Or how it is detected? Dr. Armstrong will give listeners an overview of PEDs going back farther than you might think!

The use of performance enhancing drugs (PED) has a long history in sports and combat, and only in the last several decades has become an area of concern. This is because issues of health, safety and fairness have come to the forefront. Further, the regulation and control of these substances and those who would use them is an effective way for large regulation-based organizations to acquire power, funds, etc. Also the use of PEDs has extended from world-class athletes and military uses to recreational sports and other venues. A brief history of PEDs will be given, along with an overview of their types and effects. Finally we will take a specific look at a recently banned stimulant that was a constituent of one of the largest selling nutritional supplements in the world.

Armstrong received the UTA 2012 Distinguished Record of Research or Creative Activity award and has over 530 publications, including 29 book chapters, one book, and 14 patents. He has been named by the Scientific Citation Index as one of the world's most highly cited scientists, and is considered the "Father" of micelle and cyclodextrin-based separations.

Armstrong received his B.Sc., Washington & Lee University, 1972; M.S., Texas A&M University, 1974, Ph.D., 1977 and was the Caldwell Distinguished Professor, Iowa State University (2000-2005).

Awards include the 2012 Distinguished Record of Research or Creative Activity at UTA, the 2005 Dal Nogare Award for Separation Science, the 1999 American Chemical Society Award in Chromatogrpaphy, and the 1991 Great Britain Martin Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Chromatography.

Focus on Faculty is a Speakers' Series for UT Arlington faculty, begun during 2002-2003 to provide a forum for outstanding faculty to share their research and achievements with students, faculty and staff of this campus and with the citizens of Arlington. Speakers are invited who have received major awards for research, teaching or service. Six speakers are scheduled each year. A light dessert reception is served.
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Location: Central Library sixth floor parlor
Price: free and open to all
Sponsor: University of Arlington Library
Contact: Maggie Dwyer
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