Thursday, September 29, 2011

Green Chemistry Ambassadors Receive Honors

Gordon College is on the forefront of green chemistry education. From Professor Irv Levy’s development of education resources in green chemistry to our role as a founding member of the Green Chemistry Education Network, it’s a program of national distinction.

To add to the program’s successes, the student chapter of the American Chemical Society at Gordon College recently received the Commendable Chapter Award and will be honored at the National American Chemical Society Meeting.
The chapter really took off in the fall of 2010 when it reintroduced itself as an academic club for students interested in vocational careers in chemistry and green chemistry. “This is a huge accomplishment for our first year as a reestablished club,” said Kristen Entwistle ’12, a double major in chemistry and biology from Canton, Ohio. “After only a year it has been making impressive advances in achieving chapter goals and making a difference in the broader green chemistry community.” The student chapter helps provide tutoring in the city of Lynn; assists homeschool students with hands-on experiments here at Gordon; is fundraising to create a scholarship for first-year students hoping to study at Gordon; and has provided teachers of green chemistry at the Boston Museum of Science.

The Commendable Chapter Award—one of the most significant chapter honors awarded by the American Chemical Society—will take place in March 2012 in San Diego, California. Not only will the Gordon student chapter be recognized with this award; six Gordon students will present original research on this national chemistry stage representing the quality of Gordon’s program and the research they’ve been producing.

Photo: The American Chemical Society Student Chapter at Gordon College. Ben Stewart ’13, Ariel Guiguizian ’12, Kristen Entwistle ’12 and Justin Andrews, ’14.

This is the 50th anniversary year of the Division of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science at Gordon College. Departments include Biology, Chemistry, Kinesiology, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Physics and 3-2 Engineering

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