A tandem of chemists from Texas A&M University were recently chosen to receive the 2015 American Chemical Society (ACS) Awards for proven expertise in their research fields.
Dr. Kim R. Dunbar, an esteemed professor of chemistry, along with assistant professor Dr. Vickie M. Williamson, will be two of 78 chemists in the country to receive ACS Awards. The list of recipients was released in the Chemical & Engineering News August 11 issue. Dunbar will be receiving the ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry care of Strem Chemicals Inc., and Williamson will be awarded for Achievement in Research for the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry care of Pearson Education.
According to the award write up for Dunbar, she is recognized for her “outstanding achievements in the field of coordination compounds as magnetic and conducting materials and for extraordinary service in inorganic chemistry.” Williamson will be receiving the award for her “cutting-edge contributions to chemical education research on the visualization of the particulate nature of matter.” They will receive $5,000 each, along with a certificate and an invitation to the ceremony during the spring of next year with the 249th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, scheduled to take place in Denver on March 22-26, 2015.
Dunbar is known internationally for her expertise in synthetic and physical inorganic chemistry, and is only the second woman to be awarded the ACS’s most prestigious award for inorganic chemistry since its establishment 52 years ago. The first female awardee was also from Texas A&M in 1995 — Marcetta Y. Darensbourg, a fellow accomplished chemistry professor. Williamson’s work is centered on visualization in chemical education, and is the 9th awardee of this international award from the ACS.
For the complete list of next year’s ACS Awardees and to know more about these awards, click here.
To learn more about the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M, visit http://www.chem.tamu.edu.
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