Dean E. Wilcox, PhD, BHS Class of 1971, spent October 15 at Bexley High School as the Bexley Education Foundation’s 2014-2015 Dr. Judah Folkman Scientist-in-Residence. Dr. Wilcox had lunch with a small group of BHS students and science faculty, then made a presentation at an all-school assembly, followed by a smaller classroom demonstration. His topic was how curiosity about our natural world motivates scientific investigation. He gave examples of insights gained into insulin (the good) and arsenic (the bad).
Dr. Wilcox completed his BS and MS degrees in Chemistry at U.C. Riverside, began his graduate studies at MIT and completed his PhD in chemistry at Stanford. In his 30 years at Dartmouth he has taught introductory chemistry to thousands of students and taught a variety of courses in his area of expertise, which spans inorganic, physical and biological chemistry. His research in the field of inorganic biochemistry has been supported by funds from NSF, NIH and USDA, and he is recognized as an expert in determining the thermodynamics of metal ions binding to proteins.The annual Scientist-in-Residence Program, which is supported by the Dr. Judah Folkman (Class of 1950) Science Endowment Fund at the Bexley Education Foundation, aims to inspire Bexley High School students about the many career opportunities available in the sciences by bringing a highly-regarded scientist into high school classrooms to speak about his/her special area of expertise.