Coffee: Chemistry and Culture Faculty and FIG Assistant

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FIG Faculty: Christopher Hendon - Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences

Prof. Hendon is a computational chemist with interests in energy materials and coffee extraction. He obtained his BSc. Adv. HONS from Monash University (2011, Australia) and PhD from the University of Bath (2015, United Kingdom). After a two year postdoc at Massachusetts Institute of Technology he joined the University of Oregon as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of chemistry where his research group focuses the chemistry of metal-organic frameworks. Prof. Hendon's interest in coffee began during his PhD, and since then has published several peer-reviewed articles and a book, Water For Coffee. He is known at UO as Dr. Coffee, and he looks forward to enjoying a washed African coffee with you!



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FIG Assistant: Adele Bauer

Hi! I am Adele Bauer, a current junior. I am a biology major with a biochemistry minor in the honors college from Denver, Colorado. I absolutely love skiing and hiking, I have so many recommendations if you ever want one! I am extremely excited to learn more about coffee and hang out with you all!




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Professor Diana Garvin

Prof. Garvin is a culinary historian with interests in coffee farms and caffè architecture. She received her BA from Harvard University (2006) and PhD from Cornell University (2016). After a postdoctoral research year at the American Academy in Rome, she joined the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Oregon as an Assistant Professor of Italian. Professor Garvin's research on the transnational history of Italian coffee has appeared in academic journals, like Modern Italy, and popular food media, like Punch, Saveur, and Eat This Podcast.  Her favorite coffee factoid? "Cappuccino" was named for Capuchin monks – their dark brown robes and bright white hair evoked the colors of espresso topped with frothed milk. 


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Professor Richard Taylor

Richard Taylor is a Professor of Physics, Psychology and Art. He has a Ph.D. in physics and a degree in art theory. Taylor explores nature’s patterns across a diverse range of fields (spanning architecture, art, biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, physics, physiology and psychology) and has published over 300 articles. He has taught 10,000 students and won 5 teaching awards. Taylor uses his interests in nature’s patterns to encourage and promote public awareness of science-art collaborations. His work has been the subject of television documentaries (including ABC’s The Art of Science, PBS’s Hunting the Hidden Dimension and the BBC’s The Code), many popular press articles (for example, in The New York Times and The London Times) and magazine articles (for example, in Scientific American, Time, The New Yorker, New Scientist and Discover). He regularly gives lectures around the world, commissioned by organizations as diverse as the Nobel Foundation, the Royal Society and national art galleries such as the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the Guggenheim Museum in Venice.