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COLLEGIATE AND PROFESSIONAL NEWS
2012 ACS Award in Pure
Professor Oleg Ozerov and Gary Anderson, OA,
Alpha Eta 1962
The 2011 ACS Award in Pure Chemistry was
presented to Professor Oleg V. Ozerov from
Texas A&M University. First awarded in 1931 to
two-time Nobel Prize-winning chemist Linus
Pauling, the award celebrates independence of
thought and originality in research among
chemists 35 and under. It is bestowed annually
by the ACS "to recognize and encourage fun-
damental research in pure chemistry carried out
in North America by young men and women
who have accomplished research of unusual
merit for an individual on the threshold of his
or her career."
Ozerov, whose research focus is synthetic
organometallic chemistry and its applications
in catalysis and energy-related problems, is
cited }"for the discovery of novel bond-making
and bond-breaking reactions mediated by tran-
sition metal and main group derivatives."
Among other noteworthy projects, Ozerov is
a principal investigator in a novel National
Science Foundation-funded Center for
Chemical Innovation (CCI) for solar energy
known as the Powering the Planet Program.
The effort seeks to capitalize on unique chemi-
cal ways to harness this model energy source
and revolutionize a planet in desperate need of
fossil fuel alternatives.
In general Ozerov and his research group
engage in molecular design, targeting either
unusual molecular structures or new ways to
make or break chemical bonds -worthwhile
pursuits that he notes are absolutely necessary
to ensure future progress in his profession and
so many others.
"Chemical reactions are essentially
sequences of bonds between various atoms
being broken and formed in a particular order,"
Ozerov added. "Therefore, understanding how
you can do these elementary steps is crucial for
the development of new catalytic processes."
2012 AIChE Award in
The 2011 AIChE
Award in Chemical
Engineering recipient is
Nicholas T. Abbott, the
_ ,John T. Sobota and
Magdalen L. Sobota
Professor of Chemical
* and Biological Eng-
ineering from the
University of Wisconsin-
Professor Nicholas Madison. Professor
T Abbott Abbott earned his
Bachelor of Engineering
(Honors) in 1995 from the University of
Adelaide, Australia, and his PhD in Chemical
Engineering from MIT in 2001.
He has published over 230 papers, including
7 in Science, awarded more than 37 US patents
that have led to the founding of two companies.
His group pioneered the use of liquid crys-
talline materials for amplification of bio/molec-
ular interactions, and co-founded the company
Platypus Technologies LLC to commercialize
associated technology. They have also designed
and synthesized redox-active and light-active
amphiphiles, which has recently yielded the
basis of new methods for spatial and temporal
control of gene delivery. He served as the
Chairman of the Department of Chemical and
Biological Engineering at University of
Wisconsin-Madison from 2009-2012.
2012 Alpha Chi Sigma Scholar
Gamma 2009, is pursu-
ing a doctorate degree
in polymer simulation
Institute of Technology
(MIT). He graduated
summa cum laude
from Case Western
(CWRU) in 2012 with Jacob Wagner,
bachelor's degrees in Gamma 2009
chemistry, physics and
polymer science and engineering.
In addition to serving as webmaster for
Gamma Chapter, Jacob also held leadership
positions in several other campus organiza-
tions, including the Case Amateur Radio Club,
the Case Art History Club, Tau Beta Pi and
At CWRU, Jacob received numerous awards
and scholarships, including the President's
Scholarship from CWRU, the Ohio Academic
Scholarship from the Ohio Board of Regents
and several amateur radio scholarships. He was
elected to Tau Beta Pi in 2009 and Mortar Board
and Phi Beta Kappa in 2011.
Jacob has pursued his changing research
interests through internships, research experi-
ences for undergraduates (REUs) and under-
graduate research. He has worked as a summer
lab assistant at Sherwin-Williams and an intern
at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. He
also pursued an REU at MIT, determining the
most effective way to make a substrate for mes-
enchymal stem cells.
Jacob pursued two senior projects at CWRU.
He currently is preparing manuscripts about
the projects for the Journal of Chemical Physics
and the Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid
2012 Priscilla Carney Jones
Priscilla Carney was
born on April 30, 1937.
She attended Wheaton
College in MA, Bryn
Mawr College and the
University of Wisconsin,
Madison, where she
earned a Ph. D. in
chemistry in 1968. She
was among the first Alysha Moretti
women to earn the doc- Widener University
torate in chemistry at
UW. While in Madison, she met and married
her husband of nearly forty years, Paul R. Jones,
Beta Eta 1971, OA. Priscilla served as a research
associate and an adjunct professor in the
Chemistry Department of the University of
North Texas for many years. It was her wish to
establish a scholarship for a woman in her
junior or senior undergraduate year majoring in
chemistry or chemistry-related science. It is
awarded on the basis of both need and scholar-
ship. The selection committee is a joint sub-
committee of the Women Chemists Committee
and the Younger Chemists Committee of the
American Chemical Society. The 2012 awardee
is Ms. Alysha Moretti.
Alysha Moretti is a senior at Widener
University in Chester, PA completing a dual
major in Chemistry with an ACS Certification
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