Congratulations to the following Chemistry personnel for being honored with awards from The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Tom Holme. Cassling Family Family Award - recognizes and rewards outstanding faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Holme’s nominator calls his teaching “truly legendary,” beginning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he established a weekly television show to explain science to the public. Holme has a unique ability to quickly recognize the level of knowledge of his audience (or class) and aim his presentation at their level. He can tell when he is getting through and when he is not. If he is not, he adjusts, presents his message differently, adding his unique brand of humor.
Javier Vela. Early Achievement in Research - recognizes faculty who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in research and/or artistic creativity unusually early in their professional careers. Vela is rapidly becoming a world leader in developing new chemical strategies for the preparation and functionalization of colloidal semiconductor and metal nanocrystals, and “quantum dots” toward applications in biological imaging, energy conversion, and catalysis. He has pioneered novel strategies to control surface functionalization of nanocrystals that are used as fluorescent probes in biological imaging and tracking. Vela is also gaining tremendous insights into the formation of nanoscale materials. During his early research career, Vela has established numerous collaborations, and has been especially active at involving under-represented students in his research through Science-Bound and Project SEED.
Jacob Petrich. Graduate Mentoring - recognizes the effectiveness of major professors who serve as mentors and who enrich the student-professor relationship by support and attention to detail, which enables students to finish their work in a timely and scholarly manner. Petrich has been an incredibly successful mentor of graduate students. He has mentored 15 successful Ph.D. students, six of whom hold faculty positions in universities. This is an exemplary record. Even more astounding is that four of his Ph.D. students (Feng Gai, Doug English, Pramit Chowdhury, and Ram Adhikary) have been awarded the Zaffarano Prize for graduate student research. This is an ISU record for the number of students from one group to receive the Zaffarano Prize. Equally impressive is the fact that since the prize was first awarded in 1988, 1/6 of the awardees have been in Petrich’s group.
Melissa Gruhn - Chemistry Stores Manager. Professional & Scientific Excellence – recognizes and honors professional and scientific employees who have achieved excellence in their respective fields. Since becoming manager of Chemistry Stores in 2007, she has implemented many new conveniences, increased product selection, and provided new vendor services. Through improved efficiencies, she has increased sales and passed the earnings back to the customers by reducing markup fees.
Carla Holbrook - Chemistry secretary. Merit Excellence – recognizes and honors Merit employees who have achieved excellence in their respective fields. Carla has worked in chemistry for 27 of her 40 years at ISU. Her ability to readily adapt to change and her institutional knowledge of policies and procedures make her an outstanding departmental resource. Her efforts and expertise are vital to the research enterprise of the department and also to the educational mission of the department’s substantial undergraduate teaching load.