2013 ChemLuminary Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2013 ChemLuminary award winners! Thanks to their exceptional volunteer efforts, these Local Sections, Divisions, Regional Meetings and Committees are being recognized for their work promoting chemistry and the chemical sciences.
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American Chemical Society

Award for Volunteer Service to the American Chemical Society

William H. (Jack) Breazeale, Jr.

Dr. Breazeale is recognized for outstanding service at the national and local levels that has furthered chemical safety, outreach to the community, and the work of the society.

Committee on Public Relations and Communications

2013 Helen M. Free Award for Public Outreach

Ruth Ann Woodall

The Helen M. Free Award is presented to Ruth Ann Woodall who joined the ACS 21 years ago to become a Volunteer in Public Outreach.  She has now given more than 10,000 hours of volunteer service to the ACS.  Ruth has been a tireless ambassador for chemistry and has made chemistry accessible to people of all ages through workshops and community events; engaging with TV, radio and newspapers; and writing for the ACS inChemistry magazine, and NCW publications.  She has personally delivered messages about chemistry to everyone from members of her church congregation to policy makers at the local, state, and national levels.  And if you Google Ruth Woodall, Tennessee, you will find more than half a million references - many of which speak to her outreach efforts.

Outstanding Continuing Public Relations Program of a Local Section

Georgia Local Section

The Georgia Local Section is recognized for creating and supplying displays and handouts at 19 outreach events for K-12 students, teachers, and the general public.  Through these outreach projects, contact was made with over 65,000 members of their community, sharing with them the excitement of chemistry.

Best New Public Relations Program of a Local Section

Indiana Local Section

The Indiana Local Section created a chemistry-themed playroom at St. Vincent Medical Group facility to promote learning and awareness of science in health care. Supported in part by an Innovative Project Grant, the project was completed by volunteers in two weekends and the opening coincided with Mole Day and National Chemistry Week.

Women Chemists Committee

Outstanding Program Aimed at Retaining Women in the Chemical Enterprise (23:38)

Virginia Local Section

A panel of women chemists featuring chemist and author Jeanette Brown encouraged students to interact with chemists who have followed diverse career paths and who were at different stages of their careers.  Transportation  was arranged for students from local universities and community colleges to attend.

Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs

Outstanding Local Section Career Program Award

Small to Medium Large Size Category (25:06)

Detroit Local Section

The Detroit Local Section offered 10 workshops that focused on preparing new graduates as well as mid-career chemists on managing their job search, networking, use of new technologies, and managing workplace relationships at the Central Regional Meeting.

Large to Very Large Size Category (26:32)

North Jersey Local Section

Last year, over 1,500 chemists lost their jobs in the North Jersey Section.   The section launched efforts to help including frequent Careers in Transition group meetings; new career consultants; networking meetings and socials, job board listings, and career counseling services.

Younger Chemists Committee

Outstanding Local Section Younger Chemists Committee (27:53)

St. Louis Local Section

The Saint Louis YCC built upon their existing successful Career Management Seminar series by continuing the Chemistry Career Nights and executing a social event during the summer that connected young chemists from many institutions.  Also, support of undergraduates was expanded by establishing the Young Researcher Award.

Outstanding or Creative Local Section Younger Chemists Committee Event (29:12)

Puerto Rico Local Section

The Puerto Rico YCC hosted a dinner that honored volunteers and included a fashion show. Three outfits were chosen by a panel of judges promoting sustainability and showcasing style and talent in Puerto Rico. The recognition of volunteers was a highlight of this year’s many successful activities.

Committee on Divisional Activities

Recognition of Innovation and Outstanding Service to Members of a Division (30:57)

Division of Business Development & Management (BGMT)

The Division of Business Development and Management served as a fiscal agent and organizer of a boutique conference aimed at mid-to senior level professionals in the pharmaceutical industry to discuss materials science and chemistry related to formulation and physical form control.

Division of Computers in Chemistry (COMP)

The Teach, Discover, Treat initiative by COMP provides computational chemistry tutorials that impact education and drug discovery for neglected diseases.  This initiative,  steered by an international committee with leaders from academia and industry, has produced a set of 6 tutorials through  community action.

Division of Energy & Fuels (ENFL)

The formation of the Energy and Fuels Division was a large undertaking requiring help from many volunteers.  In its first year, the division has acquired a large membership by providing symposia  and benefits for members that address current global energy challenges.

Division of Organic Chemistry (ORGN)

The Technical Achievements in Organic Chemistry Award Symposium recognized outstanding contributions in the field of organic chemistry from accomplished chemists at the Bachelor’s and Master's levels who are pursuing careers in chemical industry and research institutes. Symposium awardees presented their research at the 2012 ACS Fall National Meeting.

Society Committee on Education

Fostering Interactions Between Local Sections & Student Chapters (36:45)

Puerto Rico Local Section

 Puerto Rico established a new student chapter, and  participated in two outreach events including the Festival de Química, two Science Café's, and a Green Chemistry Fashion Show and celebration. More than 500 student volunteers were involved in these activities.

Richland Local Section

Entitled “Go Nano!”,  the Saturday Science event for grades 5th through 8th  students featured hands-on activities centered around the National Chemistry Week theme of nanotechnology.  The event was organized by the Eastern Oregon University Student Members with support from the Richland Section, the Eastern Oregon University Native American Program, and the Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center.

Outstanding High School Student Program Award (38:58)

New York Local Section

High School Chemistry Programs sponsored by the New York Section benefited hundreds of high school students and teachers. Programs included: Project SEED, Chemistry Olympiad, Chemagination, Brooklyn High School Research Poster Session, the Chemistry Teacher Topical Group, the Nichols High School Teacher Award, subsection chemistry achievement awards, NCW volunteering and poem contest, and Brooklyn Chemistry Day.

Outstanding Kids & Chemistry Award (40:01)

Detroit Local Section

The organizers of the Detroit Kids & Chemistry program incorporated a “wow” component into each experiment for students, and the relevance of chemistry to everyday living is always stressed.  Kids & Chemistry volunteers range from retirees to student members,  because making new volunteers feel welcome is an important part of the program.

Committee on Local Section Activities &
Committee on Divisional Activities

Outstanding Collaboration Between A Division and Local Section (42:33)

Georgia Local Section &
Division of Small Chemical Businesses

The Georgia Section and the Division of Small Chemical Businesses hosted a Showcase Expo for local chemical companies to provide an opportunity to network and reconnect with ACS and the Local Section. 18 company booths were present with 82 in attendance, and costs were defrayed by an  Innovative Project Grant and support from Kennesaw State University.

Northeastern Local Section &
Division of Small Chemical Businesses

The Small Chemical Businesses Division and Northeastern section sponsored a  symposium geared to local biomedical firms  with topics including conventional lending, the ACS Program for Entrepreneurs, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center opportunities,  dilutive and non-dilutive equity funding, and the advantages of social media marketing.

Committee on Project SEED

Outstanding Project SEED Program Award (45:50)

Georgia Local Section

The Georgia Local Section provided invaluable experience to eight high school students who interacted with graduate students and faculty daily throughout the summer program.  The outcome of these interactions was positive.  All of the students involved plan to attend college upon graduating from high school.

Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs

ACS President’s Award for Local Section Government Affairs (47:48)

Northeast Tennessee Local Section

The Northeast Tennessee Government Activities Committee hosted their U. S. Representative who spoke about the importance of science advocacy, fielded questions from the audience, and generated a discussion on science policy. The event attracted newcomers including students, and served as a forum for communicating chemistry's value to the public and policymakers.

Committee on Environmental Improvement

Outstanding Sustainability Activities (48:50)

Pittsburgh Local Section

Mini-grants from the Committees on Environmental Improvement and Local Section Activities supported two projects.  The first used art to depict atmospheric CO² concentration variation for the past 800,000 years with the hope to stimulate public dialogues on sustainability and global climate change; and the second was a high school Green Chemistry education program at the Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy.

Leadership Advisory Board

Outstanding Leader Development Program Award (50:03)

Lehigh Valley Local Section

Piloting the first Leadership Development System Strategic Planning Retreat, Lehigh Valley provided an opportunity to coalesce around an actionable strategic plan, and set a clear direction to move forward as a team.   This initiative has since served as a model now offered to ACS Committees, Technical Divisions and Local Sections.

Corporation Associates

Outstanding Local Section Industry Event (52:06)

Georgia Local Section

The  Georgia Local Section’s Chemical Businesses Committee hosted a Showcase Expo for local chemical organizations with 18 company booths and 82 attendees, which was supported by an ACS Innovative Project Grant and Kennesaw State University.

Committee on Minority Affairs

Best Overall Local Section Minority Affairs Committee (53:32)

Georgia Local Section

Georgia activities addressed their mission of exposing minorities to the sciences and increasing minority participation.  In 2012, more than 425 people participated in local section events, and 90% of them were underrepresented minorities.

Committee on International Activities

Global Engagement Award (55:01)

New York Local Section

The New York Chemical Marketing & Economics Group demonstrated exemplary effort in international engagement with Latin American themes. The group hosted its first awards event  with over  165 attendees from Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Germany, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, and the United States.  Additionally, a large coalition of partners were forged to help reach out to a diverse audience.

Chemists With Disabilities

Chemists with Disabilities Inclusion Award (56:51)

Virginia Local Section

The Down Syndrome Association 5K Run and Family Festival were hosted with help from the Chemistry Club, ACS members, and faculty from John Tyler Community College.  Seven hands-on activities helped children learn about the science of light, color and dyes, weather, polymers, and fossils.  Additionally, ACS science kits were distributed to schools for children with disabilities.

Committee on Meetings & Expositions

Outstanding Regional Meeting (58:04)

2011 Southwest Regional Meeting

The Central Texas Local Section hosted the Southwest Regional Meeting where over 1200 attendees enjoyed 57 technical sessions with a special focus on the 2011 celebration of the International Year of Chemistry.  There were two plenary talks, one of which featured Nobel Prize winner, Dr Robert Curl, which was held as an public event for the local chemical community.

Committee on Community Activities

Best Student Member NCW Event (1:00:17)

Lehigh Valley Local Section

The Lehigh Valley Local Section partnered with the Penn State Berks Chemical Society to celebrate National Chemistry Week.  A kick-off celebration at the Reading Public Museum was held where students and parents gathered to learn about nano-technology and its many applications.

Creative & Innovative Use of Chemists Celebrate Earth Day Theme (1:01:31)

Virginia Local Section

The Virginia Section partnered with the Chesterfield County, and John Tyler Community College's Fool for Art event featuring local artists who displayed artwork made from recycled materials. Volunteers included ACS members, faculty and students from local colleges as well as high school chemistry club students.

Most Creative NCW Celebration Using the Yearly Theme (1:02:47)

Orange County Local Section

The Orange County National Chemistry Week celebration was held at the Santa Ana zoo with more than 2,500 attending.  This zoo features many educational programs and has partnered with the section during National Chemistry Week since the late 1990's.

Outstanding Community Involvement in Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (1:04:20)

Indiana Local Section

With more than 25 booths at the County Fairgrounds, the Indiana section highlighted Science Day, an event geared to develop interest in the sciences amongst elementary school students.  A local radio station broadcasted from the event where over 600 people attended.

Outstanding Community Involvement in NCW (1:05:29)

Saint Joseph Valley Local Section

The St. Joseph Valley National Chemistry Week Event was comprised of three components including a presentation for 16 area schools; a two-day Science Spectacular event at the Science Center with over 24 different groups involved; and a library event reaching a total audience of 5,300.

Outstanding NCW Event for a Specific Audience (1:06:33)

Virginia Local Section

Virginia participated in a three-week celebration of National Chemistry Week that included raising scholarship money for community college students, sponsoring tables at the Down Syndrome Association 5K run, and distributing ACS science kits to schools for children with disabilities.

Outstanding On-going NCW Event (1:08:10)

Virginia Local Section

The Virginia Local Section has carried out a three-week National Chemistry Week celebration on an on-going basis for the past decade.

Committee on Local Section Activities

Best Activity or Program in a Local Section Stimulating Membership Involvement (1:09:58)

Georgia Local Section

Georgia is recognized for the Showcase Expo providing members an opportunity to network with local chemical businesses and to reconnect with ACS.

Local Section Partnership Award (1:11:19)

Indiana Local Section

Partnering with St. Vincent Health Network and the City of Indianapolis, a clinic’s waiting room was transformed into a chemistry-themed playroom.  Furniture, toys, and iPads programmed with chemistry-related games were donated by local businesses.

Most Innovative New Activity or Program (1:12:33)

Savannah River Local Section

Savannah River hosted screenings of science-based movies free to the public with an expert to discuss the accurate and not-so-accurate aspects in the movie. Members of the public were able to interact with "real scientists" from different backgrounds at various social venues.

Outstanding Performance by a Local Section – Small Size Category Award (1:14:03)

Kentucky Lake Local Section

Kentucky Lake has six active committees and an informative and current website.  Their membership program maintains a good balance between new and older members, and in the last year, they sponsored a Leadership Development Course; had an active National Chemistry Week; and upgraded their bylaws to reflect electronic elections.

Outstanding Performance by a Local Section – Medium Small Size Category Award (1:15:46)

Mid-Hudson Local Section

With very active committees, Mid-Hudson sponsored a variety of programs such as education outreach by utilizing an IPG for High School Teacher Outreach.  Elections were held, a representative was sent to the Leadership Institute, and their website was populated with informative and current information.

Outstanding Performance by a Local Section – Medium Size Category Award (1:17:18)

Midland Local Section

Midland participated in the Great Lakes Regional Meeting; organized 45 events including an NCW Fall Scientific Meeting; hosted three SEED students; sponsored the Visiting Professor Program; Chemistry Olympiad; and the Mid-Michigan Technicians Group.

Outstanding Performance by a Local Section – Medium Large Size Category Award (1:18:56)

St. Louis Local Section

In addition to National Chemistry Week and Earth Day, Saint Louis sponsored science fairs, a Careers program, Project SEED, YCC, a “Science Night”, and a Girl Scout program. Utilizing an Innovative Project Grant, a Leadership Development Forum was initiated bringing young and senior chemists together to share ideas; and the Battle of the Burets was created to involve high school chemistry students.

Outstanding Performance by a Local Section – Large Size Category Award (1:20:04)

Pittsburgh Local Section

Pittsburgh engaged young and new members with YCC activities for Girl Scouts; mentoring from women in the chemical sciences; fund raising for Breast Cancer; sponsorship of the Pittsburgh Regional Science Fair; Earth Day and NCW events;  a monthly lectures series; Science Cafés; Project SEED programs; and the establishment of a local Speakers Bureau.

Outstanding Performance by a Local Section – Very Large Size Category Award (1:21:30)

New York Local Section

Thirty-two events were reported, in addition to those organized by subsections and topical groups, that included a strong Project SEED program; National Chemistry Week events; a Global Engagement Award, and dedication of a SUNY Institution as an ACS Landmark.  Utilizing an Innovation Project Grant, the New York section supported “Walk The Brooklyn Bridge Day” drawing approximately 200 people who carried ACS banners.