Prized Science 2010 Episodes

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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Ep. 1: “Exploring Life on Mars”

The premiere episode features the research of Richard Zare, Ph.D., winner of the 2010 Priestley Medal, highest honor bestowed by ACS. The video highlights Zare’s work on the possibility that life existed on Mars; in developing the technology that helped scientists decode the human genome; and in pioneering efforts to enlist nanoparticles in medicine.

Ep. 2: “Green Gasoline”

Green chemistry is the driving force behind many eco-friendly products & could play an important role in fostering sustainability. Three scientists, Vincent Vincent D’Amico, Ph.D. (left), Emiel van Broekhoven, Ph.D. (center), and Juha Jakkula, Ph.D. (right), invented an environmentally friendly process for making a key ingredient in the production of green gasoline. The American Chemical Society selected those three scientists as the 2010 winners of its Award for Affordable Green Chemistry.

Ep. 3: “Shrinking the Computer Chip”

Robert Miller, Ph.D., winner of the 2010 ACS Award for Chemistry of Materials, who helped develop materials that shrunk the size and boost the power of computer chips.

Ep. 4: “Taming the Red Tides”

The fourth episode in the Prized Science video series focuses on the quest to cure a terrible form of food poisoning. Caused by population explosions of algae that stain the water red and produce a potent toxin, red tides sicken people, kill millions of fish, and cause billions of dollars in losses to the global commercial fishing industry. The video features Michael Crimmins, Ph.D., winner of the 2010 Ernest Guenther Award in the Chemistry of Natural Products.