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2011 ChemLuminary Award Winners

American Chemical Society

Award for Volunteer Service to the American Chemical Society

Zaida C. Morales-Martinez

Recipient Zaida C. Morales-Martinez, a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida International University, was recognized for exemplifying the utmost qualities of an ACS volunteer. She is enthusiastic and dedicated, with ideas, a vision, and the ability to transform those ideas and vision into a more integrated and better Society. The keynote address was entitled “Doors Close, Windows Open”.

Committee on Public Relations and Communications

Helen M. Free Award for Public Outreach

Bill Trammell

Established in 1995, the Helen M. Free Award for Public Outreach recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of public outreach by a member of the American Chemical Society. The Committee on Public Relations and Communications selects the recipient annually. This year’s recipient is Bill Trammell, who has been an active volunteer with the National Science Center, a lead for local section NCW and outreach events, and a chemistry demonstrator for audiences of all ages. His contributions include developing the key to the popular “Periodic Table of the Elephants”, and a teaching toolkit of videos and classroom activities on a variety of chemistry topics.

Outstanding Continuing Public Relations Program of a Local Section

Richland Local Section

The award is presented for their "Girls in Science” program, a hands-on investigation inviting more than 100 girls to use critical-thinking and interdisciplinary techniques to solve the question, "Is this an alien attack?”

Best New Public Relations Program of a Local Section

Greater Houston Local Section

This award is presented to the Greater Houston section for its participation in the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Energy Conservation Club kickoff, creating posters to demonstrate patron’s newfound knowledge in water conservation and alternative energies.

Women Chemists Committee

Outstanding Outreach to Girls in Elementary Education

South Carolina Local Section

In collaboration with Claflin University and through their Girls Emulating Maturity, Strength, and Scholarship Program, girls in grades 3-8 were taught to become leaders in science and math by participating in workshops using UV-Vis X-ray fluorescence and spectrometers, and spending a week in Cape Canaveral to learn about robotics, Legos and chemistry.

Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs

Outstanding Local Section Career Program Award – Small to Medium Large Size Category

Virginia Local Section

The Virginia Section's Women Chemists Committee sponsored a chemistry career discussion panel for students. Six chemists representing chemistry careers in teaching, research, business, and the law shared their stories with the 30 participants.

Outstanding Local Section Career Program Award – Large to Very Large Size Category

Georgia Local Section

The Georgia Section’s "Navigating the New Employment Landscape" program provided unemployed and under-employed chemists direct access to Human Resource professionals and recruiters to assist them with managing their job search. This resulted with two of fourteen job seekers being hired immediately.

Younger Chemists Committee

Outstanding or Creative Local Section Younger Chemists Committee Event

Milwaukee Local Section

Presentations representing all areas of chemistry were given at Milwaukee’s Second Annual YCC Poster Mixer. A National Chemistry Week booth at the event provided handouts and a special gift for high school students and teachers. Poster awards were made possible through a grant from the ACS Division of Small Chemical Businesses.

Outstanding Local Section Younger Chemists Committee

North Jersey Local Section

The North Jersey YCC held two movie screenings of "Naturally Obsessed: The Making of a Scientist"; a YCC annual summer picnic; a Fall Happy Hour; and three National Chemistry Week activities integrating common household items and food products with a Ghostbusters theme to make marshmallow men and their own version of "slimer" attracting children, teens and adults.

Outstanding New Local Section Younger Chemists Committee

New York Local Section

The reactivated New York YCC held a social mixer, a Career Panel and Discussion program, a Brooklyn Brewery Tour, and a joint seminar event with the Chemical Marketing & Economics Group.

Committee on Divisional Activities

Recognition of Innovation and Outstanding Service to Members of a Division

Division of Business Development & Management

A BMGT symposium, Chemistry: the Future-Proof Profession, featured 12 chemists, who have parlayed their chemistry skills and talents to unusual roles. The job growth symposium and networking event targeted a local audience, featured a live webcast, and continued a discussion with stakeholders.

Society Committee on Education

ACS Student Chapter Interaction Award

Richland Local Section

Nutrition was the focus when ACS student chapter members joined the Richland section in offering a month-long program for talented and gifted students and Saturday Science to children from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla.

Outstanding High School Student Program Award

North Jersey Local Section

Throughout 2010, North Jersey volunteers from industry, academia and local schools focused on bringing high quality programs to high school students. Such programs included: ChemExpo, Project SEED, Chemistry Olympiad and a recognition dinner.

Outstanding Kids & Chemistry Award

Richland Local Section

Members of the Richland Local Section provided a number of high quality programs exposing students to the wonder of chemistry. These included Girls in Science, Saturday Science and nutrition workshops for local students.

Committee on Project SEED

Outstanding Project SEED Program Award

PIttsburgh Local Section

For seven consecutive years, the Pittsburgh Section has hosted a Project SEED program sponsoring a total number of 29 students and 5 scholarships. Most recent successful activities include fundraising and a blog website.

Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs

ACS President’s Award for Local Section Government Affairs

Delaware Local Section

The Delaware Local Section worked with U.S. Senator Ted Kaufman to facilitate a Chemical and Engineering News guest comment on scientific research and education legislation. Delaware leaders also organized a reception for local section members with Senator Kaufman.

Committee on Environmental Improvement

Outstanding Sustainability Activities

Syracuse Local Section

A one-day sustainability fair was held bringing information to the public about the connections among science, engineering and sustainability. More than 600 participants learned about green products and services from 55 vendors and exhibitors, and also attended a symposium on sustainable living and a discussion on personal sustainability options.

Leadership Advisory Board

Outstanding Leader Development Program Award

Red River Valley Local Section

The Red River Valley Local Section sponsored a Developing Communication Strategies Leadership Development Course, underwritten by an ACS grant. The event was held at the Minnesota State University and was considered a huge success.

Committee on Minority Affairs

Best Overall Local Section Minority Affairs Committee

Georgia Local Section

The Georgia Section is recognized for its continuing support of the middle and high school student career fair; the Super Science Saturday event held in partnership with the local NOBCChE chapter; and the Science Fair Academy.

Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board

ChemLuminary Award for Diversity

Richland Local Section

The Richland section held “Saturday Science” at Blue Mountain Community College with 35 middle school students that included many Native Americans. Students conducted hands-on activities revolving around nutrition and closed the event with a magic show.

Committee on Meetings & Expositions

Outstanding Regional Meeting

Southeast Regional Meeting - SERMACS 2009

Over 1300 participants attended the 2009 SERMACS in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The over 750 oral and poster presentations included talks by Nobel Laureates Roald Hoffmann and Sir Harold Kroto. The variety of special events culminated with the 4th annual Festival de Quimica which attracted an additional 500 community participants.

Committee on Community Activities

Outstanding Event for the General Public Using the Yearly Theme

Nashville Local Section

The theme for National Chemistry Week was magical. The science center was turned into a Harry Potter adventure; volunteers dressed as Harry Potter characters; and kids came dressed as Harry Potter himself.

Outstanding Community Involvement in National Chemistry Week

Cincinnati Local Section

The Cincinnati section had chemistry presenters and volunteers at 31 different libraries throughout Indiana and Northern Kentucky. The chemistry demonstrations were also held at local venues such as the Cincinnati Museum Center and local college campuses.

Outstanding Event for a Specific Audience

Richland Local Section

"Girls in Science" in its 9th year continues to draw a large crowd and is the crown of NCW and Diversity and Inclusion activities for the Section. With help from over 60 volunteers, the event served 100+ girls in grades 6-8.

Best High School Event

Syracuse Local Section

The National Chemistry Week celebration was held on Mole Day at East Syracuse Minoa High School with more than 200 visitors and almost 150 volunteers. More than nine rooms were set up for each of the hands-on activities and demonstrations.

Best Student Chapter Event

Georgia Local Section

The Georgia Section expanded on their "Chemistry Teacher NCW Care Packages" program by sending packages to 29 high school and 17 middle school teachers, representing over 7200 students. The packages included National Chemistry Week give-aways and publications.

Outstanding On-Going National Chemistry Week Event

Pittsburgh Local Section

For the 12th consecutive year, the Section’s National Chemistry Week celebration consisted of a two-day event with 335 volunteers representing 31 groups helping to conduct hands-on activities related to the National Chemistry Week theme. Attendance for the event was 4,363.

Most Creative National Chemistry Week Demonstration Using the Yearly Theme

Cleveland Local Section

In a hands-on program, over 2500 students and 150 adults were invited to go "behind the scenes" to find out how science and chemistry goes into the "mystery and magic" of a movie set. Volunteers prepared self-contained kits with sufficient materials for students to participate in five individual experiments and two group experiments.

Outstanding Teacher Program

Santa Clara Valley Local Section

Celebrating the National Chemistry Week 2010 theme, the "Teach the Teachers" workshop for middle and elementary school teachers was held where teachers performed experiments such as pH color changes and demonstrated the chemistry behind slime, fake blood, and magic writing.

Committee on Local Section Activities

Best Activity or Program in a Local Section Stimulating Membership Involvement

Syracuse Local Section

The Syracuse Section’s Sustainability Fair attracted over 600 people, provided seminars and promoted green products and services. The event was a networking opportunity bringing together businesses and vendors working toward sustainability and highlighting a new coalition, the Sustainable Upstate Network. 

Most Innovative New Activity or Program in a Local Section

Richland Local Section

Richland Section student members and Eastern Oregon University faculty hosted a weekly group of talented and gifted students over one month exploring chemistry and nutrition; relating to fats, proteins and carbohydrates; and learning about nutritional labels. The program concluded with a poster of a macromolecule that presented their findings to classmates.

Local Section Partnership Award

Brazosport Local Section

Along with their partners, the Brazosport section provided science activities for 5,000 Cub Scouts. The celebration was sponsored by the Sam Houston Area Council with over 26,000 Scouts and families in attendance.

Outstanding Performance by a Local Section – Small Size Category Award

Alaska Local Section

For the first time, Alaska participated in the Project SEED program in Fairbanks and received media coverage through efforts of their Public Relations committee. They also cosponsored a highly successful Earth Day celebration and Science Cafe in Fairbanks, and a science fair in Juneau.

Outstanding Performance by a Local Section – Medium Small Size Category Award

Savannah River Local Section

Savannah River participated in many community outreach events including Adopt a Highway; the Business, Innovation, and Technology Expo; and College Night for high school students. A Green Chemistry award was sponsored for middle school students. Local 5th graders also performed a National Lab Day activity.

Outstanding Performance by a Local Section – Medium Size Category Award

Midland Local Section

2010 activities included SciFest, attended by 1000 people, and highlighted 35 science exhibits and a science camp for children. Earth Day featured 13 exhibitors at the Midland Center for the Arts attracting 500 people, and the accomplishments of local academic members and technicians were recognized at the Spring banquet.

Outstanding Performance by a Local Section – Medium Large Size Category Award

Indiana Local Section

Activating many new local section volunteers, Indiana sponsored 14 events including 3 new ones, and prepared for the 2011 regional meeting. Their community outreach event targeted high school and college students interested in chemistry careers. And their National Chemistry Week event had over 5,000 attend where local companies and universities hosted booths with activities promoting chemistry.

Outstanding Performance by a Local Section – Large Size Category Award

San Diego Local Section

San Diego’s 18 special events in 2010 included undergraduate poster sessions at 8 section meetings, a series of seminars on chemistry legal issues and career management, participation in the 56th Annual Greater San Diego Science & Engineering Fair, and the distribution of 210 Merck Indices.

Outstanding Performance by a Local Section – Very Large Size Category Award

Northeastern Local Section

The Northeastern section activities included the 10th anniversary of an Exchange Program with Germany, a lecture and demonstrations with the Museum of Science for high school students, and a panel discussion with the ACS President resulting in industry participation, press coverage, and increased member involvement for a winter function.

Congratulations to all the Local Sections and Divisions who were selected as finalists for the 2011 ChemLuminary Awards. This year, all finalists were invited to display a poster to highlight the outstanding accomplishments that got them recognized.