Recognition Committee Report, Fall 2010



George is a long-time member of the ACS Chemical Education Division (CHED) and has served the profession and ACS CHED with distinction. Most notably, George was Chair of the ACS Division of Chemical Education Biennial Conference Committee from 2003 – 2006 following his exquisite organization of the 17th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) as General Chair in 2002. Furthermore, he was an officer for the ACS Puget Sound Section from 1996- 2006. Through his involvement with the Washington College Chemistry Teacher’s Association (WCCTA), George has also been involved with the two-year colleges, serving on the ACS Guidelines for Chemistry at Two-Year Colleges Committee and the Two-year College Chemistry Consortium since 2005.

He was an early adopter of technology in the classroom, first using MS-DOS tutorial programs written by his colleagues for learning organic nomenclature and organic qualitative analysis, and later with animations of reaction mechanisms and PowerPoint presentations in the lecture hall. George has never viewed technology as a replacement for high-quality ‘live’ classroom presentation and balances his use of technology with good old-fashioned, and elegant, work at the chalkboard. George was also one of the first faculty members in the department to set up and maintain websites for dissemination of course materials.

George Kriz is one of the most versatile teachers around. Over the course of his career, George has taught courses ranging from chemical concepts (Chem 101), to advanced NMR techniques and special topics courses. In all of these endeavors, George puts student learning above all else. He has never ‘mailed-in’ a lecture! George is also a terrific mentor to independent study and research project students.

Call for Nominations for 2011 The Division of Chemical Education, Inc. selects a division member each year for the annual DivCHED “Outstanding Service to the Division Award”. The award is presented at the fall National ACS meeting during the Sunday evening CHED Reception. The guidelines for this award are that the awardees be members of CHED and have contributed outstanding service to CHED. Individuals who currently hold office or chair a committee in CHED would not be eligible for this award until their term of office has expired. I am accepting nominations until April 30 for the 2011 award. Please send your nomination with supporting information to me.

Anna Wilson, Chair Recognition Committee

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