2018 ChemLuminary Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2018 ChemLuminary award winners!

American Chemical Society

Award for Volunteer Service to the American Chemical Society

Carol A. Duane

For her passion and work in ACS volunteer efforts to empower members with the skills to lead within ACS, their workplace, and their community.

Committee on Public Relations and Communications

Helen M. Free Award for Public Outreach

Steven Murov

The 2018 Helen M. Free Award is presented to Steven Murov. Steven has presented chemistry shows for thousands of children to emphasize the fun, excitement and importance of science. He also organized hundreds of free community science presentations to improve science literacy in California’s Central Valley.

Outstanding Continuing Public Relations Program of a Local Section

Orange County Local Section

The Orange County Local Section provided the community with tangible examples of careers in -- and benefits of – chemistry. The section has hosted annual award programs for high school and college chemistry students and their families for over 48 years.

Best New Public Relations Program of a Local Section

Louisiana Local Section

The Louisiana Section hosted a Dr. Seuss STEM day at the Louisiana Children’s Museum. Volunteers in Dr. Seuss hats demonstrated experiments to show more than 700 visitors that chemistry is important and that chemists are regular people.

Women Chemists Committee

Best Overall WCC Local Section

East Central Illinois Local Section

The Women Chemists Committee of the East Central Illinois Local Section organized a “Bonding with Chemistry” day camp for middle school girls. The event promotes a diversity of topics, includes hand-on experiments, and highlights careers that encourage young women to think creatively about their futures.

Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs

Outstanding Local Section Career Program Award

Philadelphia and Princeton Local Sections

The pharmaceutical industry in the greater Princeton and Philadelphia area underwent changes in 2016 and 2017 that disrupted the careers of a significant portion of our membership.  To address this issue and provide assistance to our members in this changing employment environment, the ACS Philadelphia and Princeton Sections co-hosted a Career Panel Discussion on non-traditional chemistry careers.  The event took place on May 11, 2017 in Bowen Hall at Princeton University.

Younger Chemists Committee

Outstanding Local Section Younger Chemists Committee Award

East Central Illinois Local Section

The ACS East Central Illinois Local Section Younger Chemists' Committee included a cooking class and flavor lecture, industry tour to Millipore Sigma, coffee socials, a brewery tour, and helped organize the Second Annual Undergraduate Research Conference to name a few events.

Outstanding or Creative Local Section Younger Chemists Committee Event

Silicon Valley Local Section

The Silicon Valley Local Section partnered with the local section senior chemists committee to host a home brew competition at Golden State Brewery in Santa Clara, California.

Committee on Divisional Activities

Recognition of Innovation and Outstanding Service to Members of a Division

Division of Small Chemical Businesses

The Division of Small Chemical Businesses with financial support from a DAC Innovative Project Grant and funds from their budget, participated in 4 ACS Regional Meetings and Canadian Chemistry Society 100th Annual Meeting. The goal was to develop the Division’s membership. Programming with oral presentations and posters, Innovation Fair and Expo Booths, and networking events were all part of the outreach plan to meeting attendees and Small Chemical Businesses Division members.

Most Unique Project as Funded by a Division Innovative Project Grant

Division of Professional Relations

The Division of Professional Relations’ IPG Leaders led a team to host 2.5 days of NORM 2017 Innovation Track programming & events including the inaugural Innovation Fair as part of the Vendor Expo. They then extrapolated that success to the Fall 2017 National Meeting and Exposition where they also partnered with the Division of Small Chemical Businesses on a national Innovation Fair in the Exhibition that hosted 12 start-up companies & additional Innovation programming in Division of Business Development & Management and Division of Energy & Fuels. All under the 2017 Presidential Innovation Initiative.

Joint LSAC & DAC Award

Division of Polymer Chemistry and the New York Local Section

A three-day symposium entitled Journey to MARS was organized by the New York Local Section’s Chemical Marketing & Economics Group and the Division of Polymer Chemistry. 800 members attended the event, more than twice the Division of Polymer Chemistry symposium record of 350 attendees.

Society Committee on Education

Fostering Interactions Between Local Sections & Student Chapters

Kentucky Lake Local Section

The Kentucky Lake Local Section hosted children science centers that ran concurrent with a scientific presentation at each of their monthly meetings. Every student chapter (4 universities) within this section hosted at least one Science Center in 2017. Volunteers led children through activities and demos while discussing the chemistry behind the theme. The section had the opportunity to witness the growth of the student member volunteers as they became more confident in sharing their chemistry knowledge.

Outstanding U. S. National Chemistry Olympiad

Georgia Local Section

1044 students from 32 high schools participated in the competition, a 203% increase compared to previous years. A special tutorial session was offered via Google Hangout to help the finalists prepare for the National Exam competition.

Outstanding High School Student Program Award

Midland Local Section

The Midland local section developed and conducted programs at three high schools in two counties. In 2017, 13 classes learned about mixtures and emulsions with modified presentations and activities created for these groups.

Outstanding Kids & Chemistry Award

Greater Houston Local Section

In 2017, the Greater Houston local section sponsored and participated in 15 outreach events that provided STEM educational opportunities to local pre-college age children. Their efforts reached elementary, secondary, and high school students.

Committee on Project SEED

Outstanding Project SEED Program Award

New York Local Section

The New York Local Section had forty-eight participants and 18 of them presented at the Sci-Mix meeting in Washington DC. All participated at the Intel, New York Section High School, and Montclair Research poster competitions. One received the National SEED College scholarship.

Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs

ACS President’s Award for Local Section Government Affairs

Northeastern Local section

The Northeastern Local Section Government Affairs Committee members organized science policy and advocacy training events and meetings with two Members of Congress, attended a US Senator’s town hall, and participated in the March for Science.

Leadership Advisory Board

Outstanding Leadership Development Program Award

Division of Energy & Fuels

The Energy & Fuels Division utilized a Strategic Planning Retreat to allow members to set aside self-interest to represent their members' needs and use data evaluation, listening, communication, negotiation, and consensus building skills to enhance their development as leaders.

Indiana Local Section

The Indiana Local Section provided members the opportunity to develop collaboration, communication, and innovation skills by brainstorming sessions in preparation for the 2023 ACS National Meeting that will be held in Indianapolis.

Corporation Associates

Outstanding Local Section Industry Event

South Jersey Local Section

The South Jersey Local Section, in partnership with the Committee on Technician Affairs, created a webinar to provide mid-career chemists information about non-Ph.D. industrial chemistry careers and the benefits of ACS Membership.

Committee on Technician Affairs

Best Event or Activity Organized by, or Benefiting, the Applied Chemical Technology Professional Community

Midland Local Section

The Mid-Michigan Technicians Group offered 16 events to benefit technicians in 2017. It offered three Lunch & Learn workshops, three social events for members and families, five networking opportunities, and five member-led volunteer opportunities.

Committee on Minority Affairs

Best Overall Local Section Minority Affairs Committee

Virginia Local Section

The Virginia Local Section held a two-day event that included a community fundraiser with featured a speaker from the "Hidden Figures" book and a summit for Minority Students in the area from Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Union University and Virginia State University. The event also featured career planning, the value of service and professional development.

Committee on International Activities

Global Engagement Award for International Chemical Sciences Chapters

JingJinJi International Chemical Sciences Chapter

Five prestigious Nobel Laureates shared their academic achievements at the Peiyang Nobel Symposium and The International Symposium on Visionary Trends in Molecular Science organized by Tianjin University in strategic partnership with the journals Nature and Science, and sponsored by world-renowned journals and institutes including the ACS.

Global Engagement Award for Local Sections

Midland Local Section

The Midland Local Section  taught science and science education to nearly 50 participants over ten days in Guatemala. Clinics involved both teachers and children, including a teachers-only event at the University of Guatemala Altiplano.

Global Engagement Award for Technical Divisions

Division of Small Chemical Businesses

The Division of Small Chemical Businesses participated in the Canadian Chemistry Society 100th Annual Meeting with the goal of developing the Division’s membership. Programming included: oral presentations and posters, an Innovation Fair and Expo Booths, and networking events.

Senior Chemists Committee

Most Innovative Activity in a Local Section for Senior Chemists

Central Texas Local Section

The Central Texas Centennial Celebration included a poster session, banquet, and presentations by senior chemists, guests from ACS Governance and the CEO of Gordon Conferences. Section history and the influence of notable chemists were featured. A lively poster session highlighted research, chemistry history, student organizations, and section activities. Students from Texas State University’s Journalism Department produced a professional quality film. Grants from the Senior Chemists Committee, the Local Section Activities Committee, and local industry provided support for the event.

Best Ongoing Senior Activity in a Local Section that Benefits the Community, Local Schools, or Legislative Government

Minnesota Local Section

The Minnesota Local Section Senior Chemists group had a successful year. Bi-monthly lunch meetings were held at a local restaurant, and included a short talk or a discussion. One discussion focused on “The Education of Chemists.” At a special Holiday Lunch held in December 2017, there were two book reviews of science-related books, as well as books for prizes. Tours included the Public Television Studios in St. Paul, the 3M Innovation Center in Maplewood, and the undergraduate research labs at the University of St. Thomas.

Committee on Meetings & Expositions

Outstanding Regional Meeting

2016 Northwest Regional Meeting

The  71st meeting of the Northwest Region of the  American  Chemical  Society, NORM2016, was hosted by the  Alaska  Local  Section in  Anchorage,  AK.  State of the art chemical information was a keystone of the conference and participants from around the world participated in multidisciplinary and inclusive plenary lectures, oral/poster presentations, and professional development workshops.

Committee on Community Activities

Best NCW Event Organized by a Student Group

South Florida Local Section

The South Florida Local Section annually invites section members and families to the Ft Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science where student chapters present chemistry demonstrations and hands-on activities for children and parents at the museum.

Most Creative & Innovative Use of the CCED Theme

Midland Local Section

A three-location Earth Day event was held. Chippewa Nature Center, Midland Recyclers and Creative 360 all sponsored interactive events. There were garden tours and food testing activities, which showcased high-protein insects as food.

Most Creative NCW Celebration Using the Yearly Theme

Virginia Local Section

The Virginia Local Section’s celebration of NCW was held at the Science Museum of Virginia focusing on fun rock-filled themed activities. More than 780 children and adults attended the event, which included 60 area chemists, professors from colleges and universities, student volunteers that showed attendees how chemistry is involved in fossils, geology and environmental sciences.

Outstanding Community Involvement in CCED

Chicago Local Section

The Chicago Local Section helped shape and participated in one of the largest March for Science satellite rallies and hosted a table in the post-March exposition. Hundreds of people interacted with the Chicago Local Section through their “ask a chemist” station, viewing which the chemistry companies were closest to their homes, and receiving Chemists Celebrate Earth Day and other outreach materials.

Outstanding Community Involvement in NCW

Pittsburgh Local Section

For the 19th consecutive year the Pittsburgh Local Section’s National Chemistry Week/ChemFest celebration was held at the Carnegie Science Center. The event featured the theme “Chemistry Rocks!” and major sponsors for the event included the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh, PPG Foundation, and the PPG Science Education Council.

Outstanding NCW Event for a Specific Audience

Binghamton Local Section

The Binghamton Local Section conducted a teacher’s workshop on hands-on classroom activities based on the NCW theme Chemistry Rocks! Fourteen teachers from 10 different local schools teaching grades K through 12 attended the 3-hour workshop.

Outstanding Ongoing CCED Event

Northeastern Local Section

An outreach event at the Boston Museum of Science featured nearly 500 attendees, 75 educators, and 15 activities. Activities included investigating the chemistry of gum, milk, and soap, measuring the E-factor of M&Ms, making cabbage juice pH indicator, and much more.

Outstanding Ongoing NCW Event

New York Local Section

The 30th Annual National Chemistry Week celebration was held at the New York Hall of Science. The theme of 'Chemistry Rocks' inspired the student members to be creative in developing innovative hands-on demonstrations for the children attending.

Outstanding Public Outreach Event Organized by a Student Group

North Jersey Local Section

The Fair for Emerging Researchers was aimed at introducing middle-school students to the scientific method. A science fair was held on Drew University’s campus and 125 students presented 80 projects, which were judged by faculty and staff. Top projects were awarded scholarship prizes.

Committee on Local Section Activities

Best Activity or Program in a Local Section Stimulating Membership Involvement

Midland Local Section

The Midland Local Section’s ACS Day at the Fair offered discounted ride bands to members and their families to be used during the week of the fair. The Section rented the picnic building and offered a fun afternoon with free food and networking. Fun hands-on science experiments were also offered at this event.

Local Section Partnership Award

Indiana Local Section

Music and Chemistry in Perfect Harmony was held at the University of Indiana’s Fine Arts Center in conjunction with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The event included a networking reception, two lectures and a hands-on instrument experience for attendees.

Most Innovative New Activity or Program

Toledo Local Section

The Toledo local section celebrated the culmination of their centennial anniversary with a beautiful Oh Chemis-tree, Oh Chemis-tree display at the Wildwood Preserve Metropark Manor House.  Over 29,000 visitors viewed the chemistry themed display over a 16-day period.

Outstanding Performance by a Local Section – Small Size Category Award

Kentucky Lake Local Section

The Kentucky Lake Local Section held a number of events designed to appeal to students, academic and industrial members and our surrounding communities.  Program highlights included children’s science center activities, a Nobel Prize Gala, and National Chemistry Week and Earth Day activities to name just a few.

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

Savannah River Local Section

The Savannah River Section had an incredible 2017 with 23 events held throughout the year.  A wide range of activities focusing on educational outreach, environmental awareness, member networking, collaboration and celebrating member achievements were hallmarks of a successful year.

Outstanding Performance by a Local Section – Medium Size Category Award

Midland Local Section

The Midland local section hosted over 100 events, focusing on key areas of outreach to students and the general community.  The section provided high quality scientific programming while sponsoring events and initiatives to support affinity groups such as the Young Researchers Committee, the Senior Chemists, and the Mid-Michigan Technicians Group.

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

Indiana Local Section

Throughout 2017, the Indiana Local Section put chemistry in the spotlight by promoting chemistry through a wide range of community outreach events. The section maximized their impact through active partnerships and participation in several statewide science based events.

Outstanding Performance by a Local Section – Large Size Category Award

San Diego Local Section

Chemistry Everywhere! was the theme for the San Diego local section in 2017.  The year was full of events, outreach, and education. The section proudly represented ACS members in southern California, by proudly carrying the banner for chemistry in their community!

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

New York Local Section

Volunteers from the New York local section and its student chapters poured their efforts into organizing over 110 events ranging from traditional evening seminars to symposia at the ACS meetings. The section also engaged in innovative social media efforts to connect section member and student chapters via Facebook.