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Katerina Korch '12 is the winner of the Iota Sigma Pi Undergraduate Award for Excellence in Chemistry. Iota Sigma Pi is the National Honor Society of Women in Chemistry and they give only one award a year. Katerina also was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for her graduate school career at Cal Tech, and was selected as an alternate in the competition for a Fulbright Fellowship.

 

Fred Lytle '64 has been named the recipient of the 2011 ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education. The Award was presented at the October, 2011 FACSS National Meeting. See here for more details. Fred now works at Indigo BioSystems in Indianapolis.

Katie Shughrue '11 was one of three undergraduate students nationwide chosen to make a research presentation at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. at a meeting of the Council on Undergraduate Research. She made a short presentation on a research project she has worked on with Richard Hark. The meeting was a celebration of undergraduate research to mark the merger of the council and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Shughrue's research, which was funded by a grant from the II-VI Foundation, is titled "The Analysis of 'Conflict Minerals' using Laser-induced Breakdown Spectroscopy: the Example of Columbite-Tantalite." The same work was selected as one of 74 (out of over 700 applications) "Posters on the Hill," presented on Capitol Hill on April 11, 2011. Katie also won the SAS Student Award from the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh.

Brandon Moyer '11 won a Goldwater Scholarship for his junior and senior years at Juniata. He spent the summer of '09 doing research in Prague, at the Czech National Academy of Sciences, and his junior year studying in Marburg, Germany. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to return to Marburg after graduation. He will then attend graduate school at the University of North Carolina.

Samantha Bristol '11 attended a Geological Society of America conference where she won the Outstanding Undergraduate Poster award. She presented on her research on the analysis of historical rocks by Laser Inducved Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS), a project she did with Richard Hark. Sam is attending graduate school in geochemistry at Iowa State University.

Zak Page '10 won a Goldwater Scholarship for his junior and senior years at Juniata. He spent the summer of '08 and '09 working with Todd Emrick '92 in the Polymer Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts. He also spent the fall of '09 at Cambridge University working with Dr. Wilhelm Huck. Zak won a fellowship from the Department of Energy to support his work as a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts. Fewer than 5% of the applicants received awards in a nationwide competition.

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Anna Bloom '10 won a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the Max Planck Institute in Germany in 2010-11. In a satisfying bit of symmetry, her advisor there will be Wolfgang Schrader, who was an exchange student at Juniata from his home institution in Germany in the 1980's. Anna is now a graduate student at Penn State.

Joshua Beaver '09 won an NSF Fellowship to support his work as a graduate student at the University of North Carolina. Only 17% of the applicants received awards in a nationwide competition.

Jeremy Weaver '09 won a DAAD RISE Professional Internship to work for Bayer in Frankfurt, Germany after graduation. He is now attending graduate school at Texas A&M.

Katrina Kratz '07 is attending graduate school in Polymer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts. She won an NSF-IGERT Fellowship after two years of graduate school.

Chris Spiese '04 is an Assistant Professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Aaron Amick '03 is an Assistant Professor at Washington College is Chestertown, MD.

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As part of the DfE Formulator team, Melanie Vrabel '03 received the highly prestigious James W. Craig Pollution Prevention Leadership Award. The DfE Formulator team works with industry to develop safer products, such as cleaning products. You may have seen the DfE logo on products such as the new Clorox GreenWorks line, Scrubbing Bubbles, Shout, etc. Melanie personally works with each of the companies to help them choose ingredients that are safer for human health and the environment.

The James W. Craig Pollution Prevention Leadership Award may be granted to any EPA employee who has brought about fundamental and sustained improvement in the Agency's core programs and processes through the identification and integration of practical pollution prevention solutions to environmental problems. A plaque was presented to each of team member by EPA Deputy Administrator Marcus Peacock, at the National EPA Awards ceremony on May 20, 2008.

Angie Sauers '02 is a postdoc at the University of Massachusetts, working with Todd Emrick '92. During her teaching postdoc at the University of Georgia she invented a technique for using in-class clickers to emulate free-answer exam questions. Already this is being used by a number of people around the country.

Tim Musselman '01 is executive director of the Virginia Pharmacists Association.

Amanda Grannas '98 received a CAREER grant from NSF in 2006. This is a five-year grant to support herself, a teaching postdoc, a masters student, a high school teacher, and several undergraduate in her research on the Arctic icecap. Amanda is Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Villanova University. Amanda and Sally Wasileski '98 were the inaugural winners of the GE Plastics Analytical Chemistry Award at Purdue University. The award is for excellence in graduate studies and carries a plaque and a $2500 cash prize. Sally is now Assistant Professor of Chemistry at University of North Carolina, Asheville.

Todd Emrick '92 was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in the Polymer Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Todd won a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation in 2003 to support his research on novel materials, and he is now Director of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at UMass, which is widely considered to be the premier polymer department in the country. He is the winner of Juniata's 2005 Young Alumni Award.

Erin Sheets '91 was lured to Minnesota as an Associate Professor in the College of Pharmacy at University of Minnesota, Duluth.

Al Schroff '90, PhD Purdue, was named Young Investigator of the Year at Abbott Laboratories Diagnostics Division.

Robbie Iulliucci '90 has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at Washington and Jefferson University. He recently received an NSF-RUI grant for more than $325,000.

Danielle (Rupp) Gladfelter '87, a teacher in York, PA, was winner of a Sallie Mae award as one of the best 100 teachers in America.

Chris Palmer '85, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Montana, won Presidential Early Career Development Award in 1999.

John Kuriyan '83 was the recipient of the Richard Lounsbery Award - a medal and a prize of $50,000 awarded annually in recognition of extraordinary scientific achievement in biology and medicine, alternating between young American and French scientists. Kuriyan, investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Chancellor's Professor, department of molecular and cell biology, University of California, Berkeley, was chosen "for his critical role in revealing the structural mechanisms underlying processivity in DNA replication and the regulation of tyrosine kinases and their interacting target proteins." The award was established by Vera Lounsbery in memory of her husband and has been presented by the National Academy of Sciences since 1979.

Walt Prozialeck '74, Professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacology at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, was the first recipient of the Irwin M. Korr Award presented by the American Osteopathic Association for excellence in basic biomedical research.

James Hamilton '69 was the recipient of the 2010 Avanti Award in Lipids. This award was bestowed by the Biophysical Society Award Committee for Hamilton's innovative contributions in the application of nuclear magnetic resonance methods to phospholipids and fatty acids. The Biophysical Society is a professional, scientific society established to encourage development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics. Hamilton was one of eight recipients to receive the award at the Society's 56th Annual Meeting on Monday, February 22, 2010 in San Francisco. He is a Professor of professor of biophysics and physiology at Boston University.

Tom Werner '64, a Professor of Chemistry at Union College in Schenectady, NY, was the winner of the 2002 American Chemical Society Award for Research at an Undergraduate Institution.

Ralph O. Mumma '56 was the recipient of one of two 2001 International Awards for Research in Agrochemicals. Mumma has published more than 240 papers and consulted for numerous companies during his career as a professor in the college of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State.

John Yates '56 has received the 2007 Peter Debye Award from the American Chemical Society. He is now in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Virginia.

Dave Hercules '54 was honored by an issue of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry dedicated to him on the occasion of his 70th birthday. This is the first time in its history that the journal (formerly Fresenius' Zeitschrift fur Analytische Chemie) has so honored an individual who is not a native German speaker. Dave also received the Sutherland Award, Vanderbilt's highest award for research accomplishment.