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The Naff Symposium

The Department of Chemistry at the University of Kentucky organizes an annual Symposium on Chemistry and Molecular Biology.  This Symposium was established in honor of Anna S. Naff, a University of Kentucky graduate, through the generous support of Dr. Benton Naff of NIH. The Symposium has an interdisciplinary character and is attended by students and faculty from Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Pharmacy, Engineering, Agriculture and Medicine. The Symposium features renowned experts from around the world, including Nobel prize-winning scientists and is attended by faculty and students from colleges and universities in Kentucky and the contiguous States.

Event details for the 2023 Symposium can be found here and photo gallery here.

Details of previous Naff Symposia can be found here.


Poster Competition

Following the Naff Symposium lectures, we host a Poster Competition.

Photo Gallery and Winners for 2023 can be found here.

Poster submissions are open from all fields of science, and prizes will be awarded for the top three presentations.

  • Location: In the hallways of Jacobs Science Building.
  • Set-Up: Participants will each have assigned areas on the wall-mounted rail system to hang posters. Simply find your name and insert the poster next to it.
    • Posters 1 through 16 will be on the second floor and Posters 17 through 29 will be on the third floor.
    • Thumbtacks are prohibited. Tape deemed appropriate for the walls will be available to secure the corners of the poster.
    • Poster dimensions should not exceed 4 feet wide and 5.5 feet tall.

Space will be limited to the first 30 requests. Submissions must be received by April 4, 2023.

Register here!

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About Anna Lea Schoultes Naff

ANNA LEA SCHOULTIES was born on a small farm in Northern Kentucky, November 29, 1920. Her early education and that of a younger brother began at Dale Grade School and continued through Cold Spring High where her favorite subject was mathematics. She was the salutatorian for her high school class.

After finishing high school Anna worked during the summers and studied at Eastern Kentucky University for two years. She worked at Williamson Heater, Cincinnati for a year before transferring to the University of Kentucky’s Department of Home Economics. Her graduation in 1944 was “with DISTINCTION”.

Receipt of a Haggin Fellowship enabled Anna to take up undergraduate and graduate work in Chemistry. She received a Master of Science in 1946 and her thesis was published in 1947.

Anna married Benton Naff in December 1946 in Portland, Oregon. She taught chemistry at the University of Kentucky 1946-47 and at Oregon State University 1947-50.

While her husband was located at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, Anna attended the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and earned a Master of Arts Degree in Library Science. At that time (1953) she began research with the Owens Illinois Glass Company exploring the properties of epoxy resins and silicones. Her investigations resulted in an important practical contribution,--the invention of an organic ink for use on glass; patent issued 1958.

The family moved from Ohio in 1955. Anna continued research but in an academic environment. She assisted her husband in the acquisition of grants and produced a number of chemical research publications (1955-63).

From the Fall of 1964 to the end of the summer of 1965 when her husband was on a Sabbatical, Anna served as a Cataloger in the Main Library at Brown University. A year later she went back to library work, first at the National Bureau of Standards and then at the National Institutes of Health. The work in Acquisition and Cataloging areas provided significant professional advancement and she continued to work at NIH until near the end of her career. Anna died September 21, 1973.