Prized Science

How the science behind ACS awards impacts your life.

Prized Science is a video series featuring the work and contributions of recipients who won ACS awards. Watch, listen, and discover how the chemistry behind ACS’ awards transforms our lives.

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Latest Episode

Ep. 7: “Stephen J. Lippard - Winner of the 2014 Priestley Medal"

Stephen J. Lippard is the winner of the 2014 American Chemical Society Priestley Medal, the highest honor given by ACS. Lippard helped create the field of bioinorganic chemistry, which explores the crucial role of metals in biology. His work also led to a better understanding of the mechanism of cisplatin — sometimes termed "the penicillin of cancer" for its wide-ranging effects — and opened the door to efforts to develop more effective anti-cancer medications.


Past Episodes

Ep. 1: “Peter Stang: Building Molecules”

Peter Stang is the winner of the 2013 American Chemical Society Priestley Medal, the highest honor given by ACS, for his work building new molecules via “self-assembly," an approach inspired by nature. The molecules created by Stang's group could being used in medicines that exclusively target cancer cells, in chemical sensors that detect explosives and other promising applications.

Ep. 2: "Tim Swager: The World's Most Sensitive Bomb Detector"

Tim M. Swager is the 2013 winner of the ACS Award for Creative Invention for his work on the world’s most sensitive explosive detector to date. Known as FIDO, the handheld detector has been used to detect roadside bombs in Iraq, as well as homeland security operations and in airport security.

Ep. 3: "Greg Robinson: Chemical Detectives - Preparing New Matter in the Universe"

Imagine creating something completely new — something improbable and provocative that has never existed on Earth before. This kind of unconventional science is the focus of Gregory H. Robinson, Ph.D., winner of the 2013 F. Albert Cotton Award in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry. The Cotton Award recognizes Robinson’s success harnessing finicky, unstable elements.

Ep. 4: "Shirley O. Corriher: Chemistry and Cooking"

One of Shirley O. Corriher’s first lessons on how chemistry meets cooking came in the form of scrambled eggs stuck to a frying pan. That experience set the former biochemist on a journey to become an award-winning food writer. For her success in bringing science in the home, Corriher was awarded this year's James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public.

Ep. 5: "Isiah Warner: New Orleans Nanotech - "GUMBOS" promise new drugs and electronics"

A group of nanoparticles called “GUMBOS” is as varied as their culinary namesake implies, with a wide range of potential applications from cancer therapy tosensors. Isiah Warner, Ph.D., won the ACS Award in Analytical Chemistry for his work on GUMBOS and other innovative research.

Ep. 6: "Esther S. Takeuchi - Building life-saving batteries"

The engineering feat that enables a device to jolt a dangerously misbehaving heart back to its normal rhythm and save millions of lives is featured in our last Prized Science episode of 2013. Renowned inventor Esther S. Takeuchi, Ph.D., won this year’s E. V. Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry for her work on the battery that powers implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs). When heartbeats go haywire, ICDs can deliver a life-saving shock to help the heart resume a normal rhythm.