2017 ACS Fellows

The 2017 Fellows were announced in the June 19, 2017 issue of Chemical & Engineering News.

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Allen, Roxie V.

photo of Roxie V. Allen

St. John's School

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for sustained service as a leader in chemical education for facilitating professional development for teachers of chemistry, encouraging new teachers and students, and serving in many leadership roles.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for contributions to the Division of Chemical Education through service as a mentor for students and teachers alike in roles promoting chemical education excellence and equity in K-12.

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Balasubramanian, Balu

photo of Balu Balasubramanian

Pharma Innovation Sourcing Center

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for contributions to the globalization of medicinal chemistry research and the establishment of a successful joint venture linking drug discovery scientists in the United States and India.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for his contributions to the Division of Medicinal Chemistry (MEDI) in founding an annual "first-time disclosures" symposium, and an ACS and MEDI co-sponsored medicinal chemistry course in India.


Balbes, Lisa M.

photo of Lisa M. Balbes

Balbes Consultants LLC

Contribution to the science/profession: Honored for her instrumental role in producing millions of dollars in successful grant applications. Brings transformative leadership to the STEM program of the Boy Scouts of America, including the 2017 National Jamboree STEM Quest program.

Contribution to the ACS community: As Chair of the Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs, she transformed ACS career efforts into a vital asset for members during the difficult employment situation of 2007, including a vibrant workshop program and additional career tools.


Baysinger, Grace

photo of Grace Baysinger

Stanford Libraries

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for significant contributions to the fields of chemical information education and chemistry librarianship, service on boards of scientific publishers, and as a mentor to other chemical information professionals.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for service to the Division of Chemical Information; to the Committees on Chemical Abstracts Service, Community Activities, and Publications; and on special ACS task forces, and for organizing symposia.


Boncella, James M.

photo of James M. Boncella

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for seminal discoveries in actinide chemistry and pioneering high-valent uranium chemistry, as exemplified by the breakthrough discovery of the imido equivalent ([U(NR)2]2+) of the ubiquitous uranyl ion.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for leading major strategic planning efforts as a former Chair of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry, which led to the development of a sustainable budget and bringing Division operations into the black.


Bunning, Timothy J.

photo of Timothy J. Bunning

Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory

Contribution to the science/profession: Honored for research, development, and community leadership of switchable diffractive structures using holographic photopolymerization, phototunable cholesteric liquid crystals, and photomechanical materials for optical sensing, laser beam control, and filtering.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for forwarding the mission of the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering through 15 years as Member-at-Large bridging to new communities, Program Chair expanding technical offerings, STEM advocate diversifying the experience of future chemists, and current Treasurer.


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Caserio, Marjorie C.

photo of Marjorie Caserio

University of California, San Diego (Emeritus)

Contribution to the science/profession: Honored for a distinguished career that has spanned seven decades as a university chemistry educator and administrator and author of chemistry textbooks.

Contribution to the ACS community: Served on 11 ACS committees and played a prominent role in the creation and evolution of ACS policy and oversight for both undergraduate and graduate education in chemistry.


Chen, Hong-Yuan

photo of Hong-Yuan Chen

Nanjing University

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for continuous leadership in the development of the analytical chemistry discipline in China and for being a driving force in accelerating the analytical chemistry for life sciences over the whole country.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized as an exceptional advocate of ACS and for his efficient public outreach activities for ACS in China, and for serving as an Editorial Advisory Board member of Analytical Chemistry and ACS Sensors.


Clark, Aurora E.

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Washington State University

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for contributions to computational nuclear chemistry and for her pioneering use of network analysis to understand the behavior of liquids across multiple length and time scales.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for activities in supporting the Local Section, for her continuing contributions to the Division of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology, and for many contributions to the broader ACS community.


Cobb, D. Richard

photo of D. Richard Cobb

Eastman Kodak Company (Retired)

Contribution to the science/profession: In his 42-year career as a chemical research technician, he has been a tireless advocate for the professional status of technicians, and a leader of health, safety, and environmental programs.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for his leadership, which has made a significant difference in the four national committees, two Divisions, two Regional Meetings, Region Board, and Local Section that he has led.


Corfield, Peter W. R.

photo of Peter W. R. Corfield

Fordham University

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for his research, extensive work with teachers and students in science education, and his impact on diversity in the science workforce through work with minority and economically disadvantaged students.

Contribution to the ACS community: Honored for service in the New York Local Section for over 40 years, including his ongoing support and direction for the educational programs of the Westchester Subsection that he developed.


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Danheiser, Rick L.

photo of Rick L. Danheiser

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Contribution to the science/profession: Developed numerous innovative and elegant methodologies, including the Danheiser Annulation, the Danheiser Benzannulation, and cycloadditions of highly unsaturated conjugated molecules for the synthesis of complex carbocyclic and heterocyclic organic compounds.

Contribution to the ACS community: Through his sustained tenure as Editor-in-Chief of Organic Syntheses, he championed reproducible, independently validated, and practical procedures for useful synthetic transformations. Advocated compellingly for increased reproducibility in chemical research.


Darensbourg, Donald J.

photo of Donald J. Darensbourg

Texas A&M University

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for his pioneering contributions to the chemistry of carbon dioxide and its utilization in polymer synthesis.

Contribution to the ACS community: Honored for decades of dedicated service to the ACS as Treasurer of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry and as a member of the Committee on Professional Training.


Duke, Stephen O.

photo of Stephen O. Duke

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for pioneering and sustained research on the effects and modes of action of pesticides on target and non-target organisms, and for research that has promoted natural compound-based pesticides.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for sustained service to the Division of Agrochemicals by promotion of international interactions, strategic planning, communication of research, programming, as well as serving in many leadership roles and offices.


Dwyer, Tammy J.

photo of Tammy J. Dwyer

University of San Diego

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for leading transformative change elevating undergraduate research, increasing the faculty and research profile of her department, and contributing significantly to the field of NMR solution structures of DNA.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for engaging high school chemistry students and teachers as San Diego Local Section Education Committee Chair and member (1994‒2012) and for creating sponsored monthly meetings and initiating employment efforts as Local Section Chair (2000‒2001).


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Faulkner, Larry R.

photo of Larry R. Faulkner

University of Texas at Austin

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for fundamental contributions to the field of electrochemistry and for extraordinary service in both academic governance and leadership in scientific research.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for chairing the ACS Presidential Commission on Advancing Graduate Education in the Chemical Sciences, establishing new perspectives on education, professional preparation, financial support, and resource management for graduate education.


Fortman, John J.

photo of John J. Fortman

Wright State University (Emeritus)

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for contributions to chemical education with a variety of chemical demonstration shows reaching 250,000 students, numerous publications and presentations, and as mentor to a new generation of chemistry demonstrators.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for 20-plus years as an ACS Tour Speaker. In 78 tours in all 50 states, Washington DC, and Puerto Rico, he has visited 170 Local Sections, delivering 367 presentations.


Fox, Elise Bickford

photo of Elise Bickford Fox

Savannah River National Laboratory

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for the advancement of materials characterization for renewable energy and the promotion of renewable energy policy, which drove the development of current and future policy for the southeastern United States.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for leadership at every level of ACS, including the Savannah River Local Section, the Division of Energy and Fuels, the Committee on Environmental Improvement, the Younger Chemists Committee, and outreach to the community.


Frechette, Joelle

photo of Joelle Frechette

Johns Hopkins University

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for significant contributions in the measurement and manipulation of surface forces and adhesion to understand and design the behavior and properties of nanomaterials and soft matter.

Contribution to the ACS community: Served the Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry as Chair of the Victor K. LaMer Award Committee, member of the Summer Symposium Committee, and organizer of the Summer Symposium.


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Garcia, Dana

photo of Dana Garcia

Arkema Inc.

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for significant contributions to the development of advanced vibrational spectroscopic techniques aimed at research projects focused on process control, for championing collaborative research, and for fostering the growth of young scientists.

Contribution to the ACS community: Served in multiple Division of Polymer Chemistry roles, including Chair of the Library Subscription and Membership Committees, Assistant Editor of Polymer Preprints, and long-time organizer for the inclusive General Papers Symposia.


Gilbertson, Scott R.

photo of Scott R. Gilbertson

University of Houston

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for the groundbreaking development of parallel methods for catalyst preparation for the synthesis of transition metal phosphine complexes with stable secondary structure, for the development of pharmacotherapeutics for cocaine addiction, and for impact on synthesis/medicine.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for leadership on the Division of Organic Chemistry Executive Committee, pioneering service to ACS, NIH, and the Gordon Research Conferences, and developing an antibiotics consortium bringing scientists together to move medicine forward.


Goode, Regis Ann

photo of Regis Ann Goode

Ridge View High School

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized as a leader in secondary school chemical education as a teacher of Advanced Placement Chemistry and Chemistry in the Community, and for educating and mentoring others in the profession.

Contribution to the ACS community: Honored for over three decades of involvement in ACS chemical education projects, such as Chemistry in the Community, AACT, ChemMatters, and the Task Force for Safety Education Guidelines.


Granados-Focil, Sergio

photo of Sergio Granados-Focil

Clark University

Contribution to the science/profession: Honored for important contributions to the development of well-defined ion conducting polymers and outstanding contributions to the incorporation of polymer science in chemistry curriculum.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for sustained and dedicated volunteer service to the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering.


Gravely, Etta C.

photo of Etta C. Gravely

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for 50 years of contributing to innovative chemistry pedagogy for precollege and college students. Facilitated positive quality change in chemical education at many institutions through the College Chemistry Consultant Services.

Contribution to the ACS community: Served in four elected Local Section offices, co-chaired two regional undergraduate research meetings-in-miniature, and chaired a national task force. Led the Local Section to win the outstanding section award.  


Greenberg, Arthur

photo of Arthur Greenberg

University of New Hampshire

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for service as journal founder/editor and college administrator and for contributions to the fields of polycyclic aromatics, focusing on analysis, hazards and metabolism, and structural chemistry, especially strained molecules and amides.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized as an author of books on the history and image of chemistry. Other contributions include public presentations, volunteer service on professional committees and boards, and as an educator and Project SEED mentor.


Gupton, John T.

photo of John T. Gupton

University of Richmond

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for the education and mentoring of undergraduates in the classroom and research lab at a primarily undergraduate institution, while publishing new synthetic methods for the construction of medicinally important heterocycles.

Contribution to the ACS community: Served as an exceptional volunteer for Divisions and Local Sections, and elected Councilor/Officer for the Council on Undergraduate Research. Promoted community awareness of the importance of chemistry.


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Hammond, Gerald B. "GB"

photo of Gerald B. "GB" Hammond

University of Louisville

Contribution to the science/profession: Honored for outstanding contributions to the synthesis of important fluorinated molecules using novel alkyne and allene building blocks, hydrogen fluoride-derived reagents, exploring the synthetic potential of gold catalysis and natural products.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for excellence in service to the Division of Fluorine Chemistry, as an NSF Program Director, and as an organizer of successful conferences and meetings at the international and national levels.


Hill Jr., Robert H.

photo of Robert H. Hill, Jr.

Battelle Memorial Institute

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for human pesticide exposure evaluation at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which contributed to our understanding of the impact of pesticide exposure.

Contribution to the ACS community: Showed exceptional leadership as Chair of the Committee on Chemical Safety through numerous projects culminating with its strategic plan.


Hogue, Lynn

photo of Lynn Hogue

Miami University (Retired)

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized as a leader, mentor, and role model in outreach and teacher education; her students are using the “Lynn Hogue” model of encouragement, excitement, and inspiration for the next generation.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for her excitement, enthusiasm, and innovation of chemistry outreach through her service on the Committee on Community Activities as Chair and the Committee on Public Relations and Communications.


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Jennings, Wyn

photo of Wyn Jennings

National Science Foundation

Contribution to the science/profession: Played a leadership role in developing and implementing the NSF's Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship program that supports interdisciplinary research and education.

Contribution to the ACS community: Led the Committee on Science's Alternative Energy Systems initiative, which organized five national meeting symposia, published three research papers, and developed online content addressing alternative energy systems.


Jessop, Julie L. P.

photo of Julie L. P. Jessop

The University of Iowa

Contribution to the science/profession: Drives innovations in STEM education and enthusiastically recruits the next generation through K-12 outreach. She exponentially increases her impact by mentoring STEM faculty and students to do likewise.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for providing Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering focus, financial savings, and flexibility through strategic planning, leadership development, and migration to electronic media. She continues to strengthen the Division through strategic alliances with ACS committees.


Jones, Mark E.

photo of Mark E. Jones

The Dow Chemical Company

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for dedication to communicating the value of chemistry, advocating for the role of industry in the profession, and technical leadership in lanthanide catalysis.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for dedication to the goals of the ACS and serving fellow members through passionate leadership in communicating the value of chemistry and the role of industry in the profession.


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Kaiser, Ralf I.

photo of Ralf I. Kaiser

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Contribution to the science/profession: Pioneered the use of molecular beams and surface science experiments to investigate chemical reactions in the gas and condensed phase forming complex molecules observed by astronomers throughout the universe.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized as the founder and driving force for the Astrochemistry Subdivision which established this emerging field in the ACS portfolio and assisted the initiation of the Astrochemistry Dissertation Award.


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Larsen, Barbara S.

photo of Barbara S. Larsen

DuPont Company

Contribution to the science/profession: Developed a novel process to produce safer fluorinated polymer products and an analytical method to confirm consumer safety. The Larsen Method (now EPA-required) has supported product release exceeding $500 million.

Contribution to the ACS community: Chaired and revived the Delaware Valley Mass Spectrometry Topical Group. Served in Local Section leadership and as a Councilor. Contributed industrial viewpoint on two editorial advisory boards for Analytical Chemistry.


Lee, Katherine L.

photo of Katherine L. Lee

Pfizer, Inc.

Contribution to the science/profession: As outstanding medicinal chemist, she has discovered four compounds that have reached Phase II clinical trials. At Pfizer, she led the chemistry team that discovered a first-in-class IRAK4 inhibitor.

Contribution to the ACS community: A leader in the Northeastern Local Section and the Division of Organic Chemistry, she introduced innovative programs to engage younger chemists and help all chemists advance their careers.


Levy, Irvin J.

photo of Irvin J. Levy

Gordon College

Contribution to the science/profession: Honored for significant contributions in advancing the field of green chemistry education, including expanding the community of green chemists, contributing scientific communications, and increasing student engagement.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for excellence in service to the Division of Chemical Education (CHED), bringing in new, cross-Divisional programming to the CHED program and introducing relevant, green chemistry programming to the Division.


Lichtenberger, Dennis L.

photo of Dennis L. Lichtenberger

The University of Arizona

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for pioneering the precise measurement of electron energies in complex molecules in the gas-phase and for uncovering the ways in which these energies determine chemical, catalytic, and physical behavior.

Contribution to the ACS community: Served in all Southern Arizona Local Section offices, in multiple roles in the Division of Inorganic Chemistry, including Chair of the Organometallic Subdivision, several years as a Councilor, and as an organizer of numerous ACS symposia and workshops.


Lucia, Lucian

photo of Lucian Lucia

North Carolina State University and Qilu University of Technology

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for significant contributions to green chemistry from improved effectiveness of Kraft pulping technology through manipulation of liquor usage to insightful communications of nanocellulose as a biomaterial.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for sustained service to the Division of Cellulose and Renewable Materials serving as Chair, Councilor, Secretary, advocate for members with disabilities, and initiator of innovative activities within the Division.


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Ma, Yinfa

photo of Yinfa Ma

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for developing innovative analytical methodologies and technologies across diverse application areas, including early cancer detection, nanofluidics, single-molecule and single-cell detection, and environmental contaminant screening.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for distinguished service in education, providing significant K-12 and undergraduate research opportunities, and sustained service as an active ACS volunteer for three decades at the local and national levels.


McNair, Harold M.

photo of Harold M McNair

Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Emeritus)

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for Basic Gas Chromatography, originally published by McNair in 1967 by Varian-Aerograph, now in its second edition under Wiley with 130,000 copies sold in English and translated to seven other languages.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized as the father of the ACS short course. He has delivered chromatography and related short courses for more than 50 years, with all proceeds going to student travel and research support. Supervised 61 graduate student theses.


Mirkin, Chad A.

photo of Chad A. Mirkin

Northwestern University

Contribution to the science/profession: Honored for his pioneering contributions to nanochemistry and the materials and devices that have resulted from them, which have improved lives and dramatically increased scientific understanding and capabilities.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for promoting the field of chemistry at the national and international policy level, bolstering the public's understanding and awareness of STEM, and mentoring thousands of chemistry students at all levels.


Mitchell, Alyson E.

photo of Alyson E. Mitchell

University of California, Davis

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for identifying compositional changes that occur in foods in response to agronomic and post-harvest processing, and for developing methods to improve food safety and quality.

Contribution to the ACS community: Served as Chair, Program Chair, E-newsletter Editor, Alternate Councilor, and Strategic Planning Committee member for the Division of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (AGFD). Organized many well-attended symposia at ACS meetings and mentored the AGFD University of California, Davis Student Chapter.


Mullins, Sarah

photo of Sarah Mullins

3M Company

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for technical and leadership contributions in the research and development of inorganic materials for 3M products.

Contribution to the ACS community: Moves ideas and best practices between Local Section and national programs. On multiple occasions, she has served as the storyteller and face of ACS initiatives, including Project SEED, Speaking Simply, and policy advocacy.


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Natale, Nicholas R.

photo of Nicholas R. Natale

University of Montana

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for research in medicinal and heterocyclic synthetic methods, including lanthanides in organic chemistry, at the Universities of Idaho and Montana over the past four decades.

Contribution to the ACS community: As an active ACS volunteer since 1976, he has made impact at the student affiliate, local section, regional, and national levels. He has served as a National Chemistry Week coordinator since 1996, and as a Project SEED and ACS Scholars mentor.


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Peters, Dennis G.

photo of Dennis G. Peters

Indiana University, Bloomington

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for outstanding mentorship and classroom teaching of graduate and undergraduate students, colleagues, and visitors. Known internationally for excellence in research involving organic electrochemistry.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for Local Section activities and sponsorship of undergraduate and graduate students, and for service on ACS award committees and in the Divisions of Analytical Chemistry and Chemical Education.


Petrov, Viacheslav

photo of Viacheslav Petrov

The Chemours Company

Contribution to the science/profession: Honored for outstanding contributions to industrial process chemistry including commercialization of the TFE/DMA nucleophilic fluorinating agent, development of photoresists for semiconductor production, green refrigerants, fluoropolymers, and the chemistry of fluorinated organosulfur compounds.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for continued excellence in service to the leadership of the Division of Fluorine Chemistry since 1998 and the organization of outstanding international and national symposia and meetings.


Przybycien, Todd M.

photo of Todd M. Przybycien

Carnegie Mellon University

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for combining multiple distinct disciplines, including protein biophysics and interfacial phenomena, to demonstrate the importance of molecular and interfacial interactions in drug formulation and delivery and in bioseparations.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for outstanding service and leadership in ACS and the Division of Biochemical Technology (BIOT). Contributions include ACS professional education, National Meeting programming, BIOT strategic planning and volunteer recognition, and outreach via international collaborations.


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Reynolds, James

photo of James Reynolds

Eastman Kodak Company

Contribution to the science/profession: Applied fundamental principles of physical-organic chemistry to the creation of photographic films and materials with improved performance, faster speed, longer shelf-life, archival stability, lower cost, and reduced environmental impact.

Contribution to the ACS community: Used technology to improve efficiency, foster cooperation, and build community among Rochester Local Section members, students, teachers, employers, job seekers, and the public. Served as Rochester Local Section Councilor and Chair.


Ribes, Al

photo of Al Ribes

The Dow Chemical Company

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for contributions to Corporate Improvement programs and strategic analytical partnerships with businesses, for improving project skills of several hundred professionals, and for analytical technology transfers and manufacturing support.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for service at the Committee, Division, and Local Section levels, increasing symposia by minority scientists and bringing electronic balloting and professional managerial support to the Division of Analytical Chemistry.


Rizzo, JaimeLee Iolani

photo of JaimeLee Iolani Rizzo

Pace University

Contribution to the science/profession: Honored for research involving the development of novel antimicrobial materials bearing major significance for public health. Materials include carbohydrate-based surfaces and naturally derived surfaces infused with essential oils.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for outreach to young people and the general public with the creation of a new Chemists Celebrate Earth Day event, two new high school outreach events, and supporting existing ones within the Local Section.


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Sajwan, Kenneth S.

photo of Kenneth S. Sajwan

Savannah State University

Contribution to the science/profession: Contributed significantly to the understanding of coal and coal combustion products and persistent organic pollutants in the coastal environment and biota.

Contribution to the ACS community: Served as Chair-Elect and Chair of the Coastal Georgia Local Section and as a Southeast Regional Meeting organizer. Provided radiation training to K-12 science teachers and mentored underrepresented and special needs students in his region.


Sampson, Nicole S.

photo of Nicole S. Sampson

Stony Brook University

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for her work translating the mycobacterial cholesterol metabolism pathway into drug targets and developing precision polymer chemistry and probes to unravel receptor interactions in mammalian fertilization.

Contribution to the ACS community: Served as Chair of the Joint Board-Council Committee on Publications, as a Councilor for the Division of Biological Chemistry, and on ACS National Award Committees.


Schneller, Stewart W.

photo of Stewart W. Schneller

Auburn University

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for research developing novel antiviral compounds, including leads for the treatment of DNA and RNA viral infections. Also recognized for his outstanding mentorship of 117 students and postdoctoral researchers.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for his service with the ACS Division of Medicinal Chemistry and the International Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry and for establishing lectureships at Auburn University and the University of South Florida.


Schuster, Gary B.

photo of Gary B. Schuster

Georgia Institute of Technology

Contribution to the science/profession: As an inspiring teacher, researcher, and administrator of distinction, he advanced both fundamental and practical chemical knowledge and championed science through outstanding service in academic administration.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for membership on the C&EN Editorial Advisory Board and the Joint Board-Council Committee on Publications and for co-authorship of the ACS report Advancing Graduate Education in the Chemical Sciences.


Sibert, Edwin

photo of Edwin Sibert

University of Wisconsin–Madison

Contribution to the science/profession: Honored for trailblazing work in theoretical spectroscopy and in undergraduate education.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for leadership of the Wisconsin Local Section and the Division of Physical Chemistry and improving their responsiveness to membership.


Szabo, William A.

photo of William A. Szabo

Consultant in Drug Development (Retired)

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for overseeing the manufacture and commercialization of over 5000 organic, organometallic, and inorganic fine chemicals in support of chemical and pharmaceutical research worldwide.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for outstanding leadership in multiple positions in the San Diego Local Section, increasing its outreach activities to the general public, and the planning of a successful Western Regional Meeting.


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Tantillo, Dean J.

photo of Dean J. Tantillo

University of California, Davis

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for applying the tools of theoretical chemistry to solve important mechanistic and structural problems in the areas of chemical biology, natural products biosynthesis, and organic and organometallic reactivity.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for playing a leadership role in local ACS governance, organizing local and international meetings for chemists, and developing approaches for increasing accessibility of chemical research for blind students.


Tribe, Lorena

photo of Lorena Tribe

Pennsylvania State University–Berks

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for atomistic computations of environmental interfaces to provide ab initio models for the structure and dynamics of complex systems, such as the environmental fate of glyphosate and contamination of aquifers by arsenic.

Contribution to the ACS community: Led the first onsite ACS strategic planning event as Lehigh Valley Local Section Chair, recognized 24 Local Section members as Awards Chair, and produced four editions of The Surface and Colloid Chemist (Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry newsletter).


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Varma-Nelson, Pratibha

photo of Pratibha Varma-Nelson

Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis

Contribution to the science/profession: Work on face-to-face and cyber versions of Peer Led Team Learning has facilitated understanding of learning chemistry in small groups in the two environments and effective dissemination of innovations.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for providing fundamental support to chemists implementing peer teaching methods, serving in multiple capacities within the Division of Chemical Education, and providing national service to C&EN.


Venepalli, Bhaskar R.

photo of Bhaskar R. Venepalli

CiVentiChem

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for his scientific achievements in developing new drug products and new chemistries; for his leadership, business, and entrepreneurship skills in managing business; and for creating employment for many chemists.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for his impactful career in science and business and for his deep dedication in helping fellow chemists through career counseling, mentoring, professional development, and global outreach service to ACS.


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Wang, James H.

photo of James H. Wang

Sinopec Shanghai Research Institute of Petrochemical Technology

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for achievements in inventing and developing polymeric materials ranging from functional polymers to sustainable polymers, novel micro- and nano-structured polymer systems, and green polymer modification processes.

Contribution to the ACS community: Recognized for serving as Chair of the Northeast Wisconsin Local Section, Program Chair of the ACS Shanghai International Chemical Sciences Chapter and as an organizer of national symposia and the first ACS International Innovation Conference.


Warren, Ean

photo of Ean Warren

U.S. Geological Survey

Contribution to the science/profession: Oversaw a $20 million earth science research program for more than 100 scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey, including responsibility for program funding, personnel, safety, IT, facilities, and property.

Contribution to the ACS community: Established long-running local and national programs to provide networking and educational opportunities: the Santa Clara Valley Local Section’s Connect with Chemists, the Younger Chemists Committee's Fun Run/Walk, and the Committee on Environmental Improvement’s Chemistry and the Environment Film Series.


Wells, Martha J.M.

photo of Martha J.M. Wells

EnviroChem Services

Contribution to the science/profession: Improved environmental understanding by developing separation chemistry and analysis for environmental samples in difficult matrices in her diverse roles in government, industry, academia, and as a consultant/entrepreneur.

Contribution to the ACS community: As Program Chair and Chair of the Division of Environmental Chemistry, her transition from print to electronic dissemination of programs and preprints ensured the financial survival of the Division.


Wójtowicz, Marek A.

photo of Marek A. Wójtowicz

Advanced Fuel Research, Inc.

Contribution to the science/profession: Recognized for significant contributions to coal science, biomass conversion, and carbon materials, particularly the fate of nitrogen in coal conversion, experiments, and modeling of biomass pyrolysis, multifunctional carbons, and sorbents.

Contribution to the ACS community: Held leadership positions (Chair, Program Secretary, Trustee) in the Division of Fuel Chemistry, now the Division of Energy and Fuels. Presided over Division programming and membership revitalization and helped strengthen Trust Fund sustainability.


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Xue, Ziling

photo of Ziling Xue

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Contribution to the science/profession: Honored for significant contributions to synthetic and physical inorganic chemistry. He discovered the pathway to the archetypical carbene that led a Nobel Prize and is cited in textbooks in the field.

Contribution to the ACS community: As the Division of Inorganic Chemistry Membership Chair for eight years, he led successful recruitment activities, resulting in 300%, 20%, and 31% increases in undergraduate, student, and total new memberships, respectively, in 2015.


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