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JUNIATA CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR IS 'VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR' FOR COUNCIL ON UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

(Posted June 6, 2001)

I. David Reingold, professor of chemistry at Juniata College, received the first "Volunteer of the Year " Award from the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) June 23 at the group's annual counselor's meeting at Elon University in Elon, N.C. The award recognizes a CUR member "whose personal labors for CUR might otherwise go unrecognized and whose service involves many facets of the organization."

The Council on Undergraduate Research supports and promotes high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. The colleges, universities, and individuals affiliated with CUR share a focus on undergraduate education, and a belief that education is best served by faculty-student collaborative research combined with investigative teaching strategies. The group was founded in 1978 and its members represent more than 870 colleges and universities. Reingold's work for the group has been extensive. He was chair of the organization's finance committee from 1998 to 2001. He organized CUR's first Proposal Writing Institute in 2000 and will host the group's second institute at Juniata College July 14 to 18. He served as chair of the group's chemistry division and helped raise funds for the Undergraduate Research Summer Fellowship Program, a project where CUR works with chemical companies to sponsor students in summer positions. Reingold also worked with other members to start a database for graduate schools listing undergraduate students who have performed scientific research projects.

Reingold joined the Juniata faculty in 1988. He was promoted to associate professor in 1988 and to full professor in 1992. He received Juniata's Beachley
Award for Distinguished Academic Service in 2001 and was awarded the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching from the college in 1992.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College in 1971 and went on to earn a doctoral degree in chemistry from the University of Oregon in 1976. He held a postdoctoral research position at the University of Alberta from 1977 to 1978. He also was a visiting professor at the University of Chicago and Lewis and Clark College. He worked as an assistant professor at Haverford College from 1978 to 1979 and at Middlebury College from 1979 to 1986.

Reingold is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Council of Undergraduate Research. He also is a proposal reviewer for the National Science Foundation and the Petroleum Research Fund. He has received grants totaling more than $500,000 from the National Science Foundation, the Petroleum Research Fund, the Research Corporation, and the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation to support his research in the synthesis of non-natural products.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.