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College alumni and faculty members win 2009 ACS National Awards

American Chemical Society

September 30, 2008

Three College of Chemistry faculty members and three alumni have won 2009 American Chemical Society awards.

Faculty members Graham Fleming, Richard Saykally and Andrew Streitwieser won awards along with alumni Cynthia Friend, Mary Singleton and JoAnne Stubbe.

Fleming won the Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical and Experimental Chemistry of Liquids. Sponsored by ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co., the award recognizes distinguished contributions to the understanding of the chemistry and physics of liquids. The last college faculty member to win the award was David Chandler, in 1989. Hildebrand won the initial award in 1981.

Saykally won the Peter Debye Award in Physical Chemistry. Sponsored by E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co., the award encourages outstanding research in physical chemistry. Saykally is the latest in a long line of distinguished college faculty members to win the award, including George Pimentel, Gabor Somorjai, Graham Fleming, William Miller and Stephen Leone.

Streitweiser won the Roger Adams Award in Organic Chemistry. Sponsored by Organic Reactions, Inc. and Organic Syntheses, Inc., the award recognizes outstanding lifetime contributions to the field of organic chemistry in its broadest sense. Streitweiser, professor emeritus of chemistry, is the first College of Chemistry faculty member to win the award.

Friend (Ph.D. '81) won the George A. Olah Award in Hydrocarbon or Petroleum Chemistry. Sponsored by The George A. Olah Endowment, the award encourages and stimulates outstanding research achievements in hydrocarbon or petroleum chemistry. Friend is chair of the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department at Harvard University.

Singleton (M.S. '60) won the ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences. Sponsored by The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc, the award recognizes individuals who have significantly stimulated or fostered the interest of women in chemistry. Singleton, who has been active in alumni affairs, is a retired Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientist.

Stubbe (Ph.D. '71) won the Nakanishi Prize. Sponsored by the Nakanishi Prize Endowment, the award stimulates significant work that extends chemical and spectroscopic methods to the study of important biological phenomena. Stubbe is a professor at MIT and a former member of the Berkeley College of Chemistry Advisory Board.

Vignettes of the award recipients will appear in Chemical & Engineering News in early 2009. The recipients will be honored at the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, in conjunction with the 237th ACS national meeting in Salt Lake City.

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