UND Chemistry Department to dedicate student-inspired mural of the Periodic Table on Oct. 10 at Abbott Hall on campus


Amy Halvorson

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Celebration will follow annual Chemistry Department Homecoming Lecture, this year, by UND alumnus James Morley of Takeda Pharmaceutical

The University of North Dakota Undergraduate Chemistry Club, with help from the UND Chemistry and Art & Design Departments, has completed a Periodic Table of Elements mural across the walls outside of Abbott Hall's largest classroom, 101. A dedication ceremony will take place Friday, Oct. 10, following the Chemistry Department's Annual Homecoming Lecture.

The Homecoming lecturer, this year, is UND alumnus James Morley, general manager of Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control Center at Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. His lecture is titled "Concrete Chemistry: Opportunities for an Organic Chemist" and will begin at 4 p.m., in Room 101 of Abbott Hall.

Refreshments will be served after the dedication, featuring cookies decorated in the formation of the periodic table.

About the Periodic Table mural:

The mural is an artistic representation of the Periodic Table from the perspectives of science and popular culture. It is a part of UND's Art Collections "The Living Museum across the campus and beyond."

In keeping with one of University's "Exceptional UND" initiatives, the mural project is a collaborative effort of many students, faculty, University and community members.

The images were printed using an "MZ" ceramic pigment printing system. The tiles were then fired at the ceramics facilities of the Department of Art & Design.

The co-curators are Wesley Smith, associate professor in the Department of Art & Design, and Julie Abrahamson, assistant professor of chemistry.

This project was supported by contributions from the UND Chemistry Department and its alumni, the UND Department of Art & Design and the Myers Foundations.

About Morley

As general manager, his responsibilities include the leadership of global CMCC operations at eight sites, including three in Japan, three in the United States and two in the European Union, as well as oversight of activities in support of the company's mid-range and long-term strategic plans.

Under Dr. Morley's guidance, CMCC strives to be at the leading edge in all aspects of CMC technology, including the manufacture and supply of all drug substance and drug product necessary to support clinical and non-clinical development and technical transfer to commercial manufacturing operations.

Prior to his current position at Takeda, Morley held various positions of increasing responsibility in pharmaceutical development within Takeda's U.S. operations and within CMCC supporting multiple Takeda affiliates.

Morley started his career at Abbott Laboratories, where he held various positions in analytical and physical chemistry research, including membership in Abbott's Volwiler Society as an associate research fellow. While at Abbott, his responsibilities included the development of analytical methodology for investigational drug candidates, intermediates and drug products; physiochemical characterization of drug candidates as well as supervising method development and the routine test efforts for multiple projects.

Morley is a long-time member of several industry organizations. He is the holder of three patents and has been published 13 times in various industry journals. His leadership and performance excellence have earned him various awards in the industry, including Abbott's Chairman's Award and several Takeda's Circle Awards.

Morley graduated from UND in 1991 with a doctorate in organic chemistry. He and his wife of 30 years, Renee, live in Kobe, Japan.