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ASU Chemistry Group Gets National Nod

November 19, 2012

Angelo State University’s student affiliates chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has received an Honorable Mention Award from the national ACS for the chapter’s activities during the 2011-12 academic year.

This marks the seventh straight year the ASU chapter has received a year-end award from the national ACS.  The ASU group was also highlighted as a “Spotlight Chapter” in the November/December 2012 issue of inChemistry, the ACS student member magazine.

The ASU chapter was recognized for its participation in chemistry outreach activities, attendance at national meetings, and fundraising and social events.  Chapter members annually take part in ASU Science Days, Mole Day, Earth Day and National Chemistry Week activities, and have hosted several “Green Chemistry” events on the ASU campus.  They also conduct a campus speaker program, have regular fundraising events and frequently include local and area high school students in their activities.  Members also present their research at various organizational meetings, including the national ACS and Texas Academy of Science.

Additionally, the national ACS also recognized the ASU chapter as a Green Chemistry Chapter for engaging in at least three green chemistry activities during the academic year.  “Green Chemistry” is a movement that encourages the design of processes that reduce the usage of hazardous or environmentally unfriendly substances, encouraging the idea of sustainability in the chemical industry and in research.

Faculty sponsors for ASU’s student chapter are Kevin Boudreaux, senior instructor of chemistry, and Dr. Edith Osborne, assistant professor of biochemistry.

ACS is the world’s largest scientific society.  It is a non-profit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress, and is a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences.  Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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