Tuesday, March 18, 2014

National Recognition in Science & Green Chemistry

Last night in an awards ceremony at the American Chemical Society's (ACS) national meeting in Dallas, student Brittany Marshall '15, a chemistry major and president of Gordon's ACS Chapter accepted two awards: Outstanding Chapter [2012-13 academic year] in higher education; and recognition as a Green Chemistry Chapter.

The ACS national meeting attracts 12,000 chemical professionals and includes 1,066 student chapters at colleges and universities. Outstanding Chapter is the highest honor in higher education chapters by ACS. Only 30 chapters in the nation received both of the Outstanding Chapter and Green Chemistry awards and recognition. For the past two years Gordon has received the highest set of honors possible—fewer than 3% of student chapters receive those combined honors.

With more than 161,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information. ACS plays an influential leadership role in educating and communicating with public policy makers and the general public about the importance of chemistry in our lives. This includes identifying new solutions, improving public health, protecting the environment and contributing to the economy.

To be recognized by their most senior leaders at their national annual conference, is a significant moment for our Chapter and Gordon's science community. Participation in the national conference is a celebrated moment for Gordon's Chemistry students—made evident when two students currently studying abroad (Stacey Stobel, Germany and Mollie Enright, Ireland) flew back to attend. This is the second consecutive year Gordon has received the Outstanding Chapter honors at the National Awards Ceremony and third year as a Green Chemistry Chapter.

Photo: Stacy Stobel and Mollie Enright, Kristen Entwistle (alumnus), HanByul Chang (member of ACS Undergraduate Program Advisory Board), Sarah McCarron, Brittany Marshall Logan Walsh and Gordon's ACS advisors Justin Andrews and Irv Lev.

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