2012 Salutes to Excellence Recipients

Organization Honoree Date Description

Puget Sound Local Section

Mike Fuerte

1/9/12

Mike motivated the students at his elementary and middle school to participate in the K-12 NCW contest for three consecutive years. In all three years, at least one of his students won a National Award. We want to recognize his efforts in getting his student body involved in NCW year after year.

Santa Clara Valley Local Section

Dr. Kristin McCaleb

3/1/12

Special service to create the ACS chemist posters for the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

Santa Clara Valley Local Section

Google Corp. & Foundation

3/1/12

Special service to sponsor the International Science and Engineering Fair in May 2010 (over $1,500,000.00) in San José, CA.

Santa Clara Valley Local Section

ISEF 2010 Host Committee San Jose, CA

3/1/12

Organized/financed the 2010 International Science and Engineering Fair in San José, CA in May 2010. Group later raised and donated as the ISEF 2010 legacy about $500,000.00 to San Jose State University for advancing STEM programs.

Division of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry (I&EC)

Dr. Barbara Karn

3/21/12

Outstanding Contribution to Green Nanotechnology

Division of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry (I&EC)

Prof. Stanislaus Wong

3/21/12

Outstanding Contributions to Green Nanotechnology

Santa Clara Valley Local Section

Malta Conferences Foundation (MCF) & MALTA V

4/1/12

To the Officers and Board of Directors of MCF for organizing the MCF organization, raising funds, holding the MALTA V Conference in Dec 2011 in Paris, France at UNESCO Headquarters.

Western Carolinas Local Section

Furman University

4/12/12

In recognition of sustained collaboration with the Western Carolinas Local Section, including hosting the annual Student Awards Ceremony and dinner for more than 10 years, financial support of local High School Chemistry research projects, and being a significant partner in hosting SERMACS 2007 and 1996. Furman University continues to distinguish itself as an outstanding partner in our major outreach events in South Carolina.

North Jersey Local Section

Monica Sekharan

5/14/12

Reactivating the North Jersey Section's Younger Chemists Committee. Monica has transformed a committee of less than five members to an active group of over 200 members. So far, activities for this year include participation in a 3K walk/run hosted by the local Red Cross, Evolution of a Scientists Lecture Series, an annual beer tasting event, a Trivia night, and a mentoring picnic.

Detroit Local Section

Dr. Liz Roberts-Kirchhoff

6/7/12

Dr. Liz Roberts-Kirchhoff operates as a chemistry ambassador to young people. We recognize her for making a generous donation of time and talent to our Girl Scout Chemistry Day organizer as well as to programs in the greater-Detroit community. Dr. Roberts-Kirchhoff is considered to be a science activist, promoting science literacy by giving talks and demonstrations for the purpose of inspiring the community to pay more attention to science and chemistry in particular.

Detroit Local Section

Dr. Mark Benvenuto

6/7/12

Dr. Mark Benvenuto operates as a chemistry ambassador to young people. We recognize him for his generous donation of time and talent to our Central Regional Meeting organizer as well as to programs in the greater-Detroit community. Dr. Benvenuto is considered to be a science activist, promoting science literacy by giving talks and demonstrations for the purpose of inspiring the community to pay more attention to science and chemistry in particular.

Detroit Local Section

Dr. Matt Mio

6/7/12

Dr. Mio operates as a chemistry ambassador to young people. We recognize him for his generous donation of time and talent to our Education programs as well as to programs in the greater-Detroit community. Dr. Mio is considered to be a science activist, promoting science literacy by giving talks and demonstrations for the purpose of inspiring the community to pay more attention to science and chemistry in particular.

Detroit Local Section

Felix Schneider

6/7/12

Felix Schneider operates as sort of a chemistry ambassador to young people. We recognize him for his generous donation of time and talent to our Kids and Chemistry programs as well as to programs in the greater-Detroit community. Felix is considered to be a science activist, promoting science literacy by teaching young students and the inspiring the community to pay more attention to science and chemistry in particular.

Detroit Local Section

Meghann Murray

6/7/12

Meghann has become a valuable volunteer of the Young Chemists Program. Her work has had a positive impact on the Detroit Local Section of the American Chemical Society. Meghann promotes science literacy by providing talks for the purpose of inspiring the community to pay more attention to science and chemistry in particular.

Detroit Local Section

Victoria Hornik-Rosinski

6/7/12

Victoria Hornik-Rosinski operates as a chemistry ambassador to young people. We recognize her for making a generous donation of time and talent to our Girl Scout Chemistry Day organizer as well as to programs in the greater-Detroit community. Victoria Hornik-Rosinski is considered to be a science activist, promoting science literacy by giving talks and demonstrations for the purpose of inspiring the community to pay more attention to science and chemistry in particular.

Santa Clara Valley Local Section

Cosmos Program organizers at UC Santa Cruz (UCSC)

7/1/12

To three individuals who organize the annual COSMOS program at UC Santa Cruz each July. Talented local junior to senior high school students have a 4-6 week immersion summer program in science and engineering on the UCSC campus.

Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs (CEPA)

Dr. Charles Cannon

8/19/12

Commitment and exemplary service to the Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs (CEPA).

Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs (CEPA)

Dr. Patrick Barber

8/19/12

Commitment and exemplary service to the Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs (CEPA).

Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs (CEPA)

Dr. Sonya Strah Playnet

8/19/12

Commitment and exemplary service to the Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs (CEPA).

Division of Chemistry and the Law (CHAL)

Santa Clara University, School of Law

9/25/12

Its intellectual property (patent) law curriculum is rated by U.S. News & World Report as being one of the top ten in the nation. The Salutes to Excellence Award is to recognize the Law Schools commitment of excellence in teaching and research and service to the scientific, engineering, chemistry and technology communities.

Rochester Local Section

Deborah L. Janes

10/1/12

Bringing “Adventures in Chemistry and Physics Program to many children to enrich their exposure to science.”

Rochester Local Section

Dr. Henry Gysling

10/1/12

For Gysling's work to develop and implement the 2008 Rochester Section’s “Chemistry and the Arts Lecture Series”, which highlighted the role of Chemistry in the Arts.

Rochester Local Section

Dr. Nicholas Zumbulyadis

10/1/12

For Zumbulyadis' work to develop and implement the 2008 Rochester Section’s “Chemistry and the Arts Lecture Series”, which highlighted the role of Chemistry in the Arts.

Rochester Local Section

Professor Richard Hartmann

10/1/12

For Hartmann's work to develop and implement the 2008 Rochester Section’s “Chemistry and the Arts Lecture Series”, which highlighted the role of Chemistry in the Arts.

Rochester Local Section

Timothy E. Wilson

10/1/12

Bringing “Adventures in Chemistry and Physics Program to many children to enrich their exposure to science.”

Division of Chemistry and the Law (CHAL)

Dr. Pauline Newman

10/18/12

Dr. Pauline Newman, an ACS member for over 50 years (and former ACS Board of Directors member), became an elected ACS Fellow in August 2012. The ACS Salutes to Excellence award will be to recognize her many and long-term contributions to chemistry and the law.

Southern California Local Section

Dr. Armando Rivera and Dr. Veronica Jaramillo

11/14/12

Professors Armando Rivera and Veronica Jaramillo are honored for their outstanding work with ACS student members. Not only did they and their students plan a trend-setting undergraduate program for the 2011 Western Regional meeting they have been working for years to promote scholarship and service among the students at East Los Angeles College. Veronica has recently moved on to Pasadena City College and we already hear that good progress is being made in forming one of our newest student chapters.

Southern California Local Section

Dr. Rita Boggs

11/14/12

Dr. Rita Boggs is honored for her dedication to chemistry and public affairs through her participation in local government. We recognize and celebrate her tireless efforts in applying her scientific expertise to scientific issues that impact her community and in those in the greater Los Angeles region.

Southern California Local Section

Ms. Barbara Belmont

11/14/12

Barbara Belmont is honored for advancing the involvement and acknowledgement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) members of the American Chemical Society through several innovative initiatives and mentoring activities. In 2010, Barbara was appointed to serve as first chair of the ACS Professional Relations Subdivision for Gay and Transgender Chemists and Allies.

Indiana Local Section

Amy DeBaillie

12/4/12

Amy DeBaillie, of Eli Lilly & Co., is currently Alternate Councilor, WCC Chair, and Grants Chair. The Indiana Section of the American Chemical Society would like to recognize Dr. DeBaillie for her organization and hosting of several informative ACS Leadership courses, including the “Dressing for Success” and “Myth of Work-Life Balance” workshops.

Indiana Local Section

Jason Ribblett

12/4/12

Jason Ribblett, Assistant Professor, Ball State University, has undertaken the task of promoting science education in the often-overlooked Muncie, Indiana area, about 1.5 hours from Indianapolis. Dr. Ribblett has organized Science Day at the Fairgrounds, with the help of his ACS student affiliate chapter, for the past 5 years. This annual event provides a variety of hands-on science activities for area children, and has an attendance of up to 300 children and parents per year.

Indiana Local Section

Linda Osborn

12/4/12

Linda Osborn, of Heritage Environmental Services, was the extraordinary lead volunteer on the Innovative Project Grant for building a Chemistry-Themed Playroom for St. Vincent Health. Through support of this ACS grant, Ms. Osborn was able to collaborate with Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent Health and coordinate volunteer work for building the playroom at a metropolitan Indianapolis Immediate Care Clinic. This science-themed playroom will help introduce area youth to the wonder of science in an outside-class setting, and help improve the children’s experience at a medical clinic.

Indiana Local Section

Robert Pribush

12/4/12

Robert Pribush, Professor, Butler University, has held multiple leadership roles in ACS throughout the years, and is currently serving as our section’s longtime Councilor. Dr. Pribush is passionate about chemistry education, and the Indiana Section ACS would like to recognize his service as organizer of the Indiana Section’s regional competition in the National Chemistry Olympiad for the past 8 years.