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CERM 2016

47th Central Regional Meeting

Elements & Strategies for a Better Future

May 18-21, 2016

Northern Kentucky Convention Center

2016 Central Region Award Winners
The Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences
awardee Dr. Judson Haynes has consistently demonstrated strong leadership in advancing diversity in the chemical sciences and he has significantly stimulated or fostered activities that promote inclusiveness within the ACS Central Region and indeed, within the broader national level. He has freely, expertly, and consistently given to the overall scientific community. During his time of employment at Procter & Gamble in the Cincinnati area he has reached far beyond the boundaries of his employment to promote inclusion and diversity in the chemical community. His leadership experiences in these areas include being a Board Member and Midwest Regional Chair of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemist and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE); becoming the Vice President of that national organization; and ultimately becoming the President of that organization from 2012-2015. In addition he has creatively shown leadership while serving as a minorities mentor to individuals in his employment and by his interaction with his peers and with students in the Cincinnati area. His has served as a keynote speaker for several minority topic sessions within the Cincinnati area including local Section meetings. For these activities and others, he has been a recipient of the “Procter & Gamble Mentor Manager Award (2008)” and the “American Chemical Society Leadership Award (2004)”. Judson Haynes has proven himself to be a creative, innovative and skilled scientist and an excellent and outgoing role model for inclusion in the sciences. He is an actively involved member of the Cincinnati scientific community and is highly regarded, respected and indeed admired by his peers for his ability to be an active model for inclusion and advancing diversity.
awardee For over 35 years, Dr. Thomas H. Lane has continually engaged in activities that advance diversity in the chemical sciences and fostered activities that promote inclusiveness within the ACS Central Region. Since the late 1970s, Dr. Lane has understood the importance of education for all as well as the need to diversify the workforce, and has consistently worked to that end. His teaching experience solidified his understanding of student involvement in the learning process. Specifically Tom Lane provided support to Delta College in providing hands-on laboratory learning experiences to students from an underrepresented diverse community and established two continuing needs-based scholarships for students struggling financially. Knowing the Importance of early learning, he provided workplace experiences and funding for hands-on laboratory and research experiences for K-16 teachers and students. Tom encouraged co-workers to mentor underrepresented students in chemistry programs and consider hiring qualified ethnically diverse students as co-operative learning students in area industries. His presence on the Delta College Board of Trustees helped create a culture of diversity at Delta College. As President of the American Chemical Society, Dr. Lane established a joint presidential task force on diversity, renewing and invigorating working relationships with organizations of underrepresented minorities.

The E. Ann Nalley Regional Award for Volunteer Service to the American Chemical Society
awardee Dr. Roger Parker has consistently demonstrated strong leadership in advancing the activities of the local, regional and national ACS and significantly stimulated membership involvement through his volunteer activities. He has unselfishly reached far beyond the boundaries of his employment to promote society and community interactions. In his service activities he has demonstrated exemplary leadership. His involvement with the ACS includes service in numerous ACS National Offices and committees. He has served the Cincinnati Section in nearly every elected office, serving as Chair of the Section twice (the only individual to ever do this) and served as the elected Councilor of the Cincinnati Section for 33 years. In term of his contributions to the ACS Central Region, he has served as General Chair or Co-General Chair for two Regional meetings and he has served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Central Region, for over 20 years. Dr. Parker has also proven his volunteerism within the local Cincinnati community. He has served for over 30 year as a Boy Scouts of America Explorer Post Leader. Dr. Roger Parker has proven himself to be an unselfish and outgoing community service volunteer. He is an actively involved member of the Cincinnati scientific community. He is highly regarded, respected and indeed admired by his peers.

The ACS Regional Award for Excellence in High School Teaching
awardee Alice Putti graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, with a B.S. Chemistry / Secondary Education Certification in 1994, followed by a M. Ed Secondary Education degree from Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan, in 2000. She has been teaching Chemistry at Jenison High School, Jenison, Michigan, for the past 20 years. She founded and continues to lead the West Michigan Chemistry Teachers Association, comprised of chemistry teachers in her area. This professional learning community collaborates with each other and shares ideas and strategies for teaching and learning. Alice works closely with the College Board, serving as a workshop consultant, free response exam writer, question leader and test reader. She has multiple publications and presentations: Conference Presentations in 2012 and 2014 at BCCE (Biennial Conference on Chemical Education) and in 2013 at MSTA (Michigan Science Teachers Association); led a webinar for American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT), October 2014 “Cookbook to Inquiry: Strategies to revise traditional cookbook labs into guided inquiry activities.“; A teacher’s Workshop at PITTCON 2016 and in Pittsburgh at a Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh meeting in 2013; publications in JCE and Science Teacher. In addition to her teaching assignments, she founded and sponsored since 2014 Girls in STEM Club, an outreach program of the high school and elementary school. She also coaches for Science Olympiad.

The ACS Partners for Progress and Prosperity Award
awardee Chemists Without Borders is the winner of the Central Regional P3 Award. Chemists without Borders, CWB, is a non-profit organization of volunteers with many American Chemical Society members. The key projects of the group are water purity in Bangladesh, South Asia. Chemistry Education in Sierra Leone, Africa, and Pharmaceutical Quality in Africa. The nominator of the award is Ronda Grosse, Research Program Leader, Dow Corning Corporation, member of the Midland Section. Supporting partners include Bego Berger, Chairman, Chemists Without Borders, Benecia CA, Ray Kronquist, President, Chemists Without Borders, San Francisco, CA and Ronda Grosse, Director, Chemists Without Borders, Saginaw, MI. CWB’s mission is to solve humanitarian problems by mobilizing the resources and expertise of the global chemistry community and its networks. With the help of volunteers CWB seeks to use scientific approaches to address important global issues. Current goals include aiding people and communities in developing countries to ensure availability of clean water, supporting green chemistry education and practices, promoting distribution of proven, but underutilized, chemical technologies and other resources, and remote universal access to scientific information. Through Chemists Without Boarders, chemists from academia, industry and non-profit organizations are uniting to work toward solutions to longstanding humanitarian issues.

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Awardees Announced
  1. The 2016 Central Region Award winners have been announced.

    Congratulations to this year's winners!