ACS PRF Grantees in the News
Dr. Nima Shokri, Lecturer in the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Sciences at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, is the 2015 recipient of the Soil Physics and Hydrology Early Career Award given by the Soil Science Society of America. Dr. Shokri was also awarded an ACS PRF DNI grant in May 2012. His research grant is entitled “Fundamental Studies of the Morphology and Dynamics of the Phase Entrapment in Immiscible Two-Phase Flow through Porous Media.” Summary results on this grant can be found in the ACS PRF 59th Annual Report on Research 2014. He commented that his DNI grant helped him tremendously at the early stage of his career and enabled him to initiate a new research line in his career. This research resulted in peer-reviewed papers that were published in high impact journals. Two PhD students, one undergraduate student, and two post-doc researchers were supported or involved in this project illustrating the great impact of this funding on the development of his research group. Dr. Nima stated that the PRF grant was “very instrumental in securing additional research funding to support his research on topics related to the focus of this project.” Current activities in Dr. Nima’s Research Group are detailed at the “Multiphase Flow and Porous Media” web page.
Dr. Moises A. Carreon, Associate Professor of Engineering in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, at the Colorado School of Mines, in Golden, CO and a former ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator grantee, received a 2013 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Though the PECASE award is given for general contributions of the awardee to Science and Engineering, Dr. Carreon says, “Certainly the ACS PRF grant helped me to start working independently in ‘membrane science area’, which is an active research area in my group”. Dr. Carreon’s DNI grant was titled “Rational Design of Zeolite Nanocrystals and Membranes at Different Length Scales for Carbon Dioxide Separation”. Additional information on his research can be found at his web site.
ACS PRF grantee, Dr. Kevin Boyce received the 2013 MacArthur Fellowships award. Dr. Boyce is an Associate Professor at Stanford University. He received an ACS PRF “starter grant” in October 2004, when he was in the Department of Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago. His ACS PRF research project was “Use of Paleobiology to Investigate the Preservation of Plant Biochemistry in Coal and Organically Preserved Fossils”. Additional information on his research can be found at his web site.
ACS PRF grantee, Dr. Elsa Reichmanis was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Woman in
Chemistry or Chemical Engineering from the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). She will be honored at a special ceremony during the 44th World Chemistry Congress to be held (August, 11 - 16 2013) in Istanbul, Turkey. The awards program, which was initiated as part of the 2011 International Year of Chemistry celebrations, is to acknowledge and promote the work of women chemists and chemical engineers worldwide.
Dr. Reichmanis is a professor in the Materials Science and Engineering department at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research interests include the chemistry, properties and application of materials technologies for photonic and electronic applications, with a particular focus on polymeric and nanostructured materials for advanced technologies. She received four ACS PRF grants including three Scientific Education (SE) grants. Additional information on her research can be found at her web site.
ACS PRF grantee, Dr. Peter J. Stang was awarded the 2013 Priestley Medal by the American Chemical Society at an awards ceremony at the 245th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans. Dr. Stang was recognized for his cutting-edge research that has far-reaching implications for many areas of science. His work in the field of supramolecular and directional chemistry has practical uses in areas as diverse as drug delivery and oil refining.
Dr. Stang, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of Utah, is the editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS). He has been the recipient of four ACS PRF research grants since 1981. In 2010 Dr. Stang received the National Medal of Science, which is the highest U.S. honor for a scientist or engineer. Additional information on his research can be found at his web site.
ACS PRF grantee Dr. J. Casey Moore received the 2013 Francis P. Shepard Medal from the Society for Sedimentary Geology. The award was presented to Dr. Moore at the 2013 President's Reception and Awards Ceremony, during the SEPM Annual Meeting held in Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Dr. Moore, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Cruz has been the recipient of five ACS PRF grants including one Summer Research Fellowship. Additional information on his research can be found at his web site.
ACS PRF grantee Dr. Kyle M. Straub will be receiving the 2013 James Lee Wilson Award from the Society for Sedimentary Geology. The award will be presented to Dr. Straub at the 2013 President's Reception and Awards Ceremony, during the SEPM Annual Meeting held in Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Dr. Straub is an assistant professor at the Tulane University and received an ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator grant in 2010. Additional information on his research can be found at his web site.
ACS PRF grantee Dr. Kenneth D. Ridgway received the 2012 Randolph W. “Bill” and Cecile T. Bromery Award for the Minorities from The Geological Society of America. Dr. Ridgway, a Native American of the Lenape (Delaware) tribe was honored for his significant research in the field of geological sciences, in addition to actively recruiting minorities into science and engineering. Dr. Ridgway is a Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Purdue University and received two ACS PRF grants in 2000 and 2008. Additional information on his research can be found at his web site.
ACS PRF grantee Dr. Katharine W. Huntington received the 2012 Young Scientist Award (Donath Medal) from The Geological Society of America. Dr. Huntington is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Space at the University of Washington. She was honored for her work in understanding how climatic and deformational processes influence the evolution of mountainous landscapes. The Donath Medal is awarded each year to one young scientist for outstanding achievement in contributing to geologic knowledge through original research. Dr. Huntington received an ACS PRF grant in 2009. Additional information on her research can be found at her web site.
Dr. Laura McCunn--an assistant chemistry professor at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia-- was awarded an October 2012 Undergraduate Research grant from the ACS Petroleum Research Fund. The research funded by the grant was summarized in an article published in the Charlestown Daily Mail on February 24, 2013. The grant will provide support to seven undergraduate students who will assist her in performing the funded research. Her research interests include the structure, reactivity and spectral properties of radicals. Additional information on her research and teaching activities can be found at her web site.
ACS PRF grantee Dr. Gabriel J. Bowen received the 2012 James B. Macelwane Medal from the American Geophysical Union. Dr. Bowen is an Associate Professor of geology at the University of Utah. He was recognized for his contributions in hydrology, ecology, biogeochemistry, forensic anthropology and paleoclimatology. The James B. Macelwane Medal is awarded annually to three to five individuals for their significant contributions to the geophysical sciences. Dr. Bowen received an ACS PRF starter grant in 2006 and currently holds an ACS PRF New Directions grant. Additional information on his research can be found at his web site.
ACS PRF grantee Dr. Allen J. Bard, University of Texas, Austin is one of six ACS members to receive the 2011 National Medal of Science award. Dr. Bard was honored by President Barack Obama during a White House Ceremony held on February 1, 2013. He was acknowledged for contributions in electrochemistry including electroluminescence, semiconductor photo electrochemistry, electro-analytical chemistry and the invention of the scanning electrochemical microscope. Additional information on his research can be found at Dr. Bard’s web site.
ACS PRF grantee Dr. Frances H. Arnold received the 2011 National Medal of Technology & Innovation award “for pioneering research on biofuels and chemicals that could lead to the replacement of pollution-generating materials.” Dr. Arnold is a Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering & Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology. She was honored by President Barack Obama during a White House Ceremony held on February 1, 2013. In 2003, she was a sponsor for an ACS PRF Alternative Energy Postdoctoral fellow. Additional information on her research can be found at Dr. Arnold’s web site.