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AMOS Ask a Scientist Series

April 17 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join AMOS for a Facebook Live conversation with our featured scientist this week is Dr. George Heard, a professor of chemistry at UNC Asheville, who will guide us into conversation about Protecting our Planet through Chemistry!

We want to hear from you!

Send in your questions this week or tune in.
To ask a question, email us at edu@ashevillescience.org or post your questions to our social media!

In addition to your questions, send us pictures or stories from your week of chemistry and environmental education by emailing us or tag us on social media!


headshot of Dr. George Heard


Dr George Heard has a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Chemistry from the University of Melbourne and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Tasmania. He has been living in Asheville since 1999, where he is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina Asheville. George’s research interests are in quantum chemistry and the theoretical modeling of structures, catalysts and reactivity of pollutants, and he has over 40 peer-reviewed publications. At UNC Asheville he has a recipient of the award for outstanding teaching in the Natural Sciences and has been awarded the Feldman Professorship. His undergraduate research students have gone on to successful careers in education at all levels, chemical industry and small chemical businesses.

George has always been interested in outreach, and has coordinated hands-on activities locally for The Health Adventure, the Colburn Earth Sciences Museum and AMOS. He has run workshops for middle school and high school teachers on incorporating hands-on activities in science learning through the Asheville City Schools Teacher Professional Day.  He has introduced students to Service Learning through partnerships with IHAD, and the Asheville City Schools Foundation and AMOS, and at the 2014 International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry International Education conference in Toronto, chaired the symposium Chemistry For All Citizens of Planet Earth.  George is the regional director for the North Carolina Science, the US National Chemistry Olympiad, Earth Week and National Chemistry Week.

When not teaching and volunteering for chemistry, George enjoys puzzles, playing golf badly and is involved in the Asheville theater scene.

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April 17
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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