FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Wed Sep 23 16:42:03 EDT 2009

American Chemical Society seeks nominations for award honoring communicating chemistry to the public

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is seeking nominations for its 2011 Grady-Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public. Nominations are due Nov. 1, 2009, and may be submitted online.

The winner will be announced during the summer of 2010 and the award will be presented at the Society’s 2011 spring national meeting, March 27-31, in Anaheim, Calif.

The Grady-Stack Award is a national award given annually by the ACS to recognize and stimulate outstanding reporting that promotes the public’s understanding of chemistry, chemical engineering and related fields. The award consists of $3,000, a gold medallion and a bronze replica. It was established in 1955 and is named for James T. Grady and James H. Stack, two former managers of the ACS News Service. Nominees are not required to be scientists.

Among the noted journalists who have won the award are David Perlman, San Francisco Chronicle; Joe Palca, National Public Radio; Curt Suplee, The Washington Post; Harold McGee and Robert Wolke, national food columnists and authors who write about the chemistry of food; and Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Prize-winning chemist who is also a poet and playwright.

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