American Chemical Society honors Janet Bryant with 2020 Award for Volunteer Service

WASHINGTON, June 28, 2019 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) has announced that Janet Bryant will receive the 2020 Award for Volunteer Service. This award is presented annually to honor volunteer efforts that have served ACS and contributed to the organization’s goals and objectives. Bryant is being honored for her holistic and strategic approach to volunteerism, unwavering commitment to empowering chemists, and proven track record of translating goals and needs into tangible actions.

Bryant, recently retired after 38 years with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), has been an ACS member for more than 20 years. During this time, she has been deeply involved in a number of society activities and committees, with a particular focus on career building, networking and the advancement of women in the chemical sciences. She has served as the chair of the ACS Women Chemists Committee, the ACS Richland Section and the ACS Division of Business Development & Management, among others.

“Janet is an extraordinary leader who possesses the soft social skills of communication and intuition needed to get things done,” says Angela Hoffman, Ph.D., professor of chemistry at the University of Portland. “Her passion and deep-seated desire to deliver makes a rare combination of depth and breadth paired with an innate ability to communicate, engage and inspire. A great volunteer is usually asked to contribute again and again. Janet is everyone’s favorite volunteer because she is so able and effective.”

In addition to her leadership and service across various chemistry communities, Bryant was named an ACS Fellow in 2011, and has served as a leading authority in scientific expertise and professional development. Her efforts in both areas have been recognized by ACS and PNNL over the course of her career.

“Janet has engaged, inspired and mentored members of the ACS community for nearly 25 years,” says David Heldebrant, Ph.D., chief scientist at PNNL. “Her tireless efforts to bring people together to solve problems in education, industry and the world in which we live is exemplary. She is the epitome of a volunteer ambassador, sharing her passion for the discipline and ACS at every turn.”

As part of her award, Bryant will deliver the keynote address at the ChemLuminary Awards ceremony during the Fall 2020 ACS National Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco.

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