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Date: 10/01/2019

MC’s Duncan to discuss brewing during Oct. 14 “Fireside Chat” at RT Lodge

            Dr. Nathan Duncan, associate professor of chemistry at Maryville College, will discuss brewing during the next “Fireside Chats with Faculty” event on Mon., Oct. 14 from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m. around the firepit at RT Lodge.

            The partnership between Maryville College and RT Lodge includes discussions led by Maryville College faculty members.

            During the Oct. 14 event, Duncan will explain the chemistry that goes into beer making. Duncan teaches those concepts in his “Introduction to Brewing” course, which he teaches every spring at Maryville College.

            “I’ll be bringing different malted grains and hops to aid discussing how each ingredient has a big role in the final product,” Duncan said. “This is a condensed and less formal version of what we do in the introduction to brewing class. I’ll also be talking a little bit about the history of beer, what I look for in a beer, and the things I think about when creating recipes.”

            In addition to tasting beer samples made by Duncan, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase Duncan’s “Professor’s Picks” from RT Lodge’s seasonal beer list.

            Duncan earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, in 2004. He then continued at Baylor in the doctoral program in the lab of Dr. Charles Garner, focusing on organic synthesis of tridentate nitrogen ligands for transition metals. He completed his doctorate in 2009 and began a postdoctoral fellowship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, researching three dimensional self-assembled covalently bonded polymers, as well as contributing to the team of researchers developing the next-generation caustic side cesium extraction process used to decontaminate legacy radioactive waste.

            There is no cost to attend; however, only 25 spots are available, so reservations are required. To RSVP, please visit and complete the registration form.

            Two other “Fireside Chats with Faculty” events will be held this academic year. In January, Dr. Nancy Locklin-Sofer, MC professor of history, will discuss her new historical novel, and March, Dr. Jennifer Oody, assistant professor of exercise science, will discuss the “Exercise is Medicine on Campus” initiative and explain the link between fitness and happiness.