Prized Science 2011 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: “Building the World’s Fastest Camera”

Vimeo ID: 28684754

This episode features Ahmed Zewail, Ph.D., winner of the ACS 2011 Priestley Medal, the highest honor from the world’s largest scientific society. It highlights Zewail's development of technology that’s paving the way for new medicines, new fuels, new materials that will give people longer, healthier, happier lives.

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Ep. 2: “New Drugs – From a Cup of Tea”

Vimeo ID: 29274273

This episode features David Craik, Ph.D., winner of the ACS 2011 Ralph F. Hirschmann Award in Peptide Chemistry, sponsored by Merck Research Laboratories. It highlights Craik's advances toward new drugs for treating health problems that affect millions of people around the world, including antibiotic-resistant bacteria and AIDS.

Ep. 3: “Helping People Stay On Their Medication”

Vimeo ID: 30205493

This episode features John A. Lowe, III, Ph.D., winner of the 2011 ACS Award in Industrial Chemistry sponsored by the ACS Division of Business Development and Management and the ACS Division of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry. It highlights Lowe’s advances that led to the development of a schizophrenia drug with fewer side effects and a drug that relieves nausea and vomiting in patients on cancer chemotherapy.

Ep. 4: “Amazing Catalysts”

Vimeo ID: 30106103

This episode features Jeffery C. Bricker, Ph.D., winner of the 2011 ACS Award for Creative Invention sponsored by the ACS Corporation Associates. Bricker’s pioneering work helped produce catalysts that are key ingredients in cleaner detergents and gasoline. One of Bricker’s catalysts also significantly reduced the cost of producing styrene and polypropylene, two of the most widely used plastics in the world.

Ep. 5: “A Revolutionary New “Dry Ink” for Laser Printers & Photocopy Machines”

Vimeo ID: 31738062

This episode features a team of scientists at the Xerox Corporation, including Patricia Burns, Ph.D., Grazyna Kmiecik-Lawrynowicz, Ph.D., Chieh-Min Cheng, Ph.D., and Tie Hwee Ng, Ph.D. They invented a “super-toner,” a revolutionary new ink for copiers and laser printers that reduces emissions of carbon dioxide in toner production and produces higher-quality color images more economically. The American Chemical Society selected them as recipients of its 2011 ACS Award for Team Innovation, sponsored by ACS Corporation Associates.